Are there any decent newly produced cassette decks

ptl

Standard Member
I have not listened to cassettes for many years but discovered my deck wasn't working when I casually switched it on and tried to record something.

I have had the deck from the early 70s but it has now passed.. I have started to look for a replacement and having heard of Nakamichi have fancied one. Prices of desirable ones -Dragon, CR7E 1000ZXL etc seem extraordinarily expensive. Other makes also seem overpriced considering they can be 25 to 30 years old.

I have recently read an article which implied that not only is vinyl having a major revival, but cassette sales have substantially increased.

My question is what are people using to play the new cassettes on, I can only find advertised new the Teac W1200 Twin Deck (not well reviewed) and the Teac AD850 CD Player Cassette Deck. Are there any other good quality modern decks, or are all those people using 25 to 30 year old items.

PTL
 

iainoco

Well-known Member

noiseboy72

Distinguished Member
There's really nothing to rival the 90s top end machines. The Aiwa XK007 or 009 were just fantastic and could truly make recordings that were almost identical to the source material. Expect to pay the thick end of £1000 for one - more than they were new!

Modern Teac decks are designed for use in playback systems for gyms and dance studios and are neither good quality or well built. Denon made some combo decks back in the mid 2000s that were OK, but the CD players were always the weak point on them.

 

Kapkirk

Active Member
I have not listened to cassettes for many years but discovered my deck wasn't working when I casually switched it on and tried to record something.

I have had the deck from the early 70s but it has now passed.. I have started to look for a replacement and having heard of Nakamichi have fancied one. Prices of desirable ones -Dragon, CR7E 1000ZXL etc seem extraordinarily expensive. Other makes also seem overpriced considering they can be 25 to 30 years old.

I have recently read an article which implied that not only is vinyl having a major revival, but cassette sales have substantially increased.

My question is what are people using to play the new cassettes on, I can only find advertised new the Teac W1200 Twin Deck (not well reviewed) and the Teac AD850 CD Player Cassette Deck. Are there any other good quality modern decks, or are all those people using 25 to 30 year old items.

PTL
Not many good new machines on the market now unfortunately, Nakamichi are of course very desirable units but they are expensive, you might also consider one of the later Yamaha decks, they are pretty robust with good transports and also sound very good. One's like this KX-580 can be had for about £80.
It funny how times change, I remember taking my Perfectly good working Marantz SD-45 cassette deck to cash converters about 7 years ago and struggled to get £10 for it. I really regret giving it to them now but I couldn't be bothered to cart it back home again.
 

Flobs

Active Member
I'm using a 1988 Technics, have a 1995 Aiwa in working order and a 1990 Nakamichi that I recently stopped using. The Technics is quite pleasing on my system.
So I guess those of us still playing tapes rely on what they have that works well. The biggest problem I encounter is tape quality after such a time and abuse (using decks in the past that chewed them up and spat them out).
If your deck was any good look into getting it repaired.
It bothers me a bit as what you are looking at where £2000 or more at the time and are now collectors items. So are you serious or just fishing?
 

Derek S-H

Distinguished Member
@ptl - what's your budget? And are you looking for a 2-head or 3-head deck?

I am lucky enough to own a Nakamichi DR-10. It was £800 in its day and Richer Sounds were clearing the last of their stock - £300 new!

It's easily the best sounding tape deck I've ever owned, having worked my way through an Akai 2-head, Yamaha 2-head and Aiwa 3-head (which was very good, but when the Nak came up I jumped at it).

I wouldn't buy new and would definitely recommend secondhand. Yamaha is easily the most affordable depending on your budget:


Quite a few from Germany that have been fully serviced and worn out parts replaced, some even come with a 1 year warranty.
 

Ascotbilly

Well-known Member
Irrelevant to the OP's question, in the mid / late 90's bought a Cassette Player from a mate. Had a small growing CD collection but Cassette in the car. £10-15 for a big tank like unit, it had been passed round his pals for a few years. Didn't know the brand assumed it was a Dixons or similar own brand. A few months later I got a CD in the car and sold the cassette player on happy at the £5 or so profit I'd made.

Around 2010. working with a guy into hifi who had spent ££££ over the years. Told me he just sold an old cassette player to an enthusiast in Japan for £500. Showed me a picture. Same as I'd sold - Nakamichi :thumbsdow:thumbsdow
 

ptl

Standard Member
Gentlemen, thank you for all your replies. As regards budget, I would probably go up to £250. I don't really understand the comment about fishing, I was just asking a general question.

PTL
 

Mark.Yudkin

Distinguished Member
To be fair, £250 is an rather low budget, I initially understood a rather higher price class.

Since even the Teac W-1200 and Tascam 202 are over your budget and below your expectations, you'll need to scour the classifieds / eBay for something in reasonable condition. Yamaha, Technics or Pioneer may fit the bill.
 

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