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TDK or Maxell cassettes?

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by Sonyfan64 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:59 pm

I am getting back into cassette recording because i like the warm analog sound and i just purchased a mint sony TC-KA3ES deck,which brand TDK or Maxell do you all prefer for sound quality and durability?

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by kradelade » Sun May 11, 2014 3:11 pm

why not sony tapes? i imagine a sony deck would work best with sony tapes, and sony made excellent tapes.

but since you are wondering about tdk or maxell, it's a toss up, really. i have tape from all major manufacturers. unfortunately, tdk metals seem to suffer from some sort of binder decomposition where they leave a white powder on the heads and rollers.

i really like maxell xlii-s, they are just so quiet. but my favorite tape is good old first gen sony metal es. my tc-k950es just loves it and i can't even drive that tape into terrible distortion with the record level maxed.
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by sterling1 » Mon May 19, 2014 12:50 am

My TC-K950ES will only work well with Maxell tape. Modern Sony tape will just get chewed up. I like my tape recorder, I still use it as I do my Sony PCM-7010 DAT Recorders; but, the best sound I get is from my computer.
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by Reinhart » Thu May 22, 2014 4:07 pm

TDK makes a good tape, but if given a choice: Maxell.

Maxell is virtually always a safe choice when it comes to audio tape, especially if we're talking hi-bias and metal bias cassettes.

Heck, as an aside, their UD-35 series tape for open reel recorders are good ... and those M logo reels always looks mesmerizingly good rolling on my Teac.

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