By the early s I pretty much assumed reel-to-reel recorders were consigned to the audiophile dust bin of history. CDs were rapidly replacing LPs, the 8-track, never much of a recording medium died and was replaced by the Compact Cassette, which could record, but had far worse specs than high-quality reel-to-reel recorders. Of course in the world of audiophiles, what was old can become new. Even Sony, purveyor of all things digital, started selling vinyl in Even the iTunes Store, debuted by Apple in , is seeing sales decline in downloaded music.
Cassette tapes and analog tape reels have made a rather surprising comeback in recent years, with music-lovers dusting off their old tape players to bring some analog life to their home stereo systems. Reel-to-reel players can offer incredibly good fidelity when properly calibrated, while cassettes tend to produce a more lo-fi sound that's found favor with independent bands who wish to offer an affordable physical product for their fans. Check out Reverb's selection of new, used and vintage tape decks and reel to reel players. Your purchases also help protect forests, including trees traditionally used to make instruments. Home Audio.
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