- Mar 16, 2016
- Suffolk UK
True, I agree.
Amir and half of us here, probably lusted after a Nak Dragon back in the day. (me the CR-7a) We were all trying to record something, anything, with zero loss of fidelity. We spent hours, lots of money and tweaked everything to make the perfect 'recording' (mix tape).
I remember spending a fortune on the absolute best S-VHS HiFi video recorder just for recording audio as I realised cassette simply couldn't do it. A Mitsubishi HS-E70. It was phenomenal, but what did I record on it to see how good it really was? A CD. I heard flaws, the low level HF noise from head switching. It wasn't absolutely 'perfect'. The CD source was perfect and only when DAT came along, could I truly have, what appeared to be, absolute identical copies.
I had a Nakamichi 482Z, which at the time was the cheapest of their three-head Dolby C machines that had adjustments for bias, sensitivity and EQ, albeit all manual and all internal. Still cost me some £450 in 1980. I then exchanged a Michell Gyrodec/Kuzma/Mr Brier for a brand new Technics S-VHS to get over the problems of the cassette format, mainly 45 minutes maximum recording time, which was no good for unattended recording of the Proms from the radio. All that went away when digital recording came available, and recording time was limited only by the HD capacity in the PC.