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26 November 2021

Microcassette in Higher Fidelity - An (almost) Complete List

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The microcassette was introduced by Olympus in 1969. The microcassette is significantly smaller than a Compact Cassette but it uses the same width of magnetic tape. Using thinner tape and a 2.4 cm/s standard speed you can have 30 minutes recording time per side, and double that duration at 1.2 cm/s. Unlike the Compact Cassette the tape spools in the opposite direction, from right to left and it is capstan drive just like Compact cassette.

Microcassettes proved to be popular for recording voice in dictation machines and answering machines. However, Microcassettes have also been used as a medium for recording music on Type IV metal tapes. This article presents some of the higher fidelity Microcassette decks that were manufactured for a short period of time in the early 80's.

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microcassette Capstan Drive

It has to be noted however that before microcassettes, PHILIPS intoduced the minicassette that was featured in the movie A Clockwork Orange but everybody mistakes them by the OLYMPUS microcassettes. They are very similar in size but the Philips minicassette system does not use a capstan for tape transport.

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A Clockwork Orange movie scene featuring PHILIPS minicassette !!


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A Clockwork Orange movie scene featuring PHILIPS minicassette !!

An (almost) complete list of Higher Fidelity microcassette recorders:

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SANYO RD-XM1 (1980)

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FISHER CRM 500 (1981) Sanyo rebadge



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JVC D-M3 (1981)

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Lo-D (Hitachi) D-MC5 (1982)

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SONY TC-MR2 (1982)

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Technics RS-M212 (1981)

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Technics RS-G800 (1982) Tuner-microcassette-amplifier

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AIWA 3-head, Dual Capstan, Prototype 1981

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PIONEER MT-C8 (1984)

15 February 2017

The Fisher DAC-2415 from 1995

fisher dac-2415 cd changer

This is the FISHER DAC-2415 24-CD Changer introduced in 1995. As part of our regular monthly webpage updates, you can read the full description here. A video of the unit can be seen on our YouTube channel here

18 July 2016

Unique 2-in-1 audio components

The most succesfull 2-in-1 separate audio component was probably the dual well cassette deck. The World's First High-Speed Dual recoding cassette deck was the ONKYO TA-W800 from 1981. Let's take a look at some audio components that used a different approach for the 2-in-1 concept.

onkyo

A unique portable radio-cassette recorder with a "slide-in tape 2" by Music Air.

portable boombox

How about a combination between a reel to reel and a compact cassette machine. This is the unique BRG M 11 from Hungary (1970).

BRG M 11

There was of course a 3-in-1 approach too. Reel to reel, compact cassette and 8 track recorder from AKAI. X2000D

AKAI. X2000D

But what if you make a dual reel to reel? This is the KORTING MT 3624 from.....1964.

KORTING MT 3624

You can make vertical standing one too. Dokorder 8010A

Dokorder 8010A

Before the compact cassette - CD combination unit there was also a compact cassette - microcassette combination - Technics M212

Technics M212

Talking about the CD. What if you make a CD player - turntable combination unit. FISHER DAC-9025

FISHER DAC-9025

More vintage audio at www.1001hifi.com