Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2017 11:19 UTC
Multimedia, AV

Back before all-digital music, back before the Digital Compact Cassette, back before even the Digital Audio Tape existed, there was a strange audio device that briefly captured the imagination of Hi-Fi freaks across the world. The Elcaset, as it was called, was an enlarged cassette that started in Japan, wove its hidden, spinning spools around the world, and then finished, appropriately enough, in Finland.

As someone who swore by MiniDisc up until quite recently, I love obscure audio formats. This article is from the summer of last year, but I only came across it just now thanks to Atlas Obscura.

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RE[3]: Comment by dionicio
by unclefester on Wed 11th Jan 2017 08:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by dionicio"
unclefester
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2007-01-13


it's sad but true. average consumer in 2017 gets worse daily sound quality in most things than in 1997, which itself was worse than 1977.


I was a teenager in 1977. Consumer audio equipment at the time was total shite. A good component stereo (which sounded far worse than an MP3 played on a modern $20 phone and $10 earbuds) cost as much as a new car.

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RE[4]: Comment by dionicio
by enryfox on Wed 11th Jan 2017 12:35 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by dionicio"
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2012-02-19

I tend to agree that the quality of consumer grade equipment both in the 70's and 80's was quite poor. Anyone remember those terrible turntable + cassette player + amplifier combo with detachable speakers ? I remember one in my uncle home and it sounded terrible.

In my Hi-Fi set-up I have two units from the 70's (namely the power amplifier and the turntable) and they sound excellent but they were expensive back then.

The elcaset was quite expensive too and the sound quality was mostly the same as an open reel recorder running at 3 3/4 ips. It sounds great with no Noise Reduction system, but it was not meant as a general consumer support (as cassette or mp3 today).

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