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My day sucked. I need a new portable audio device.

post #1 of 19
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Someone stole my ****ing CD player today. It was a panasonic 860 shockwave. It could have only been someone in my Gym class, so when I find out who it was, I'm ripping em apart, getting suspended, not gonna give a ****, miss classes, fail school, and my life will "suck" in the eyes of those who base others lives by their income. But kicking his ass will feel so good.

Anyway, I need a new portable player of some sort. My dilemma is that because CDs are so ungodly expensive these days (I'm in high school making 40 bucks a week, a CD shouldn't cost me 17 ****ing dollars), I'm thinking of going the mix tape route, buying tapes of local DJs with music I like at a store nearby. I figure its a great way to hear some new ****, all (hopefully) good songs instead of 1 or 2 and the rest being a whack album, less expensive, ect ect ect.

But... I know tapes aren't the best sounding of any media, and knowing these'll be coming from some poor saps mediocre sounding turntables with ****ty cables and a mixer, it gives me an uneasy feeling (makes me wish I was still ignorant to the ways of good audio). But at the same time, I also find alot of the things stressed over here kind of rediculous. Some of you seem to make a minor nuance in a headphone the end of the world.

So, forgetting that these'll be mix tapes, just how bad are tapes in general, without eggasgerating things, in comparison to a CD? As far as being a portable player, how different would a good tape player be compared to a good CD player?

Second, what portable tape player would you ghuys reccomend? I know this isn't researched nearly as much as portable CD players and shir, but I can hope one of you knows whats up.

Maybe I'll just get another PCDP (or maybe i'll get the one back), but disregarding the whole sound quality thing, I find the mix tapes a much better route.

Peace.
post #2 of 19
I personally use a minidisc player since the quality is very sweet.

Anyway, tapes can sound good, if their recorded with Dolby Noise reduction (preferably dolby B, C or S) and the person recording the material has a cassette deck (meaning separate deck) with recording control (so the volume of the tape can be made to sound just as loud as the cd). I used to own one of those expensive japanese walksmans, sounded great but started acting crazy after 18 monthes of constant use. So i took the dip into a MD walkman and love it, sounds really nice.

I can only say on past experience i've had nothing but trouble with Aiwa walkmans, they sound grainy and fall apart very quickly. Sony walkmans sound pretty good but then again, its a cassette (cassette frequency is 22khz, cd is 44.1...44.1 is the standard for cd's and minidisc, dvd audio is anywhere from 96khz to 192khz).

The expensive japanese walkman i owned cost me $185 and my MD walkman costed me $99, guess what? The MD player sounds a million times better. MD is the way to go if you can afford a MD recorder (runs $200 and up).

My opinion? Buy another discman, their cheap and sound pretty good, you dont need to spend a ton of cash on one. Plus, go here to buy cds for $10:

http://www.discorama.com/

They are located in New York City and i have purchased cds before, no problems so far. I hope you do find the ****ing ******* that stole ur discman and kick the living **** out of him. Good luck! Any thoughts?

George

ps. tape walksmans are being fazed out, so try to avoid them.
post #3 of 19
Shoot.

There are a bunch of $30 diskmans that kick ass! Lots of power, flat, detailed.... but, sadly, with most of those, they have a, uh, bit of a noise floor.
post #4 of 19
Amen Man!!! my friggin sharp md was stolin....**** these thieves....i think it worth a couple years of prison for the wonderfull bloodlust of justice.
post #5 of 19
If I could offer a few things here...

First off, I doubt anyone a skool is going to steal a tape player....

Next off, I would coniser an MP3 pcdp. Then, tear it to shreds (the case). Make it look like ****, make it appear to be held together with duct tape and worth about $1. Then, as your around people, hit it like it's broken and skipping and mumble under your breath about what a POS it is.

That should stop that from happening again. Just don't let *anyone* in on it.

Look at this as a great opprotunity to get something better.

Also, use only the cheapest-looking Koss headphones there are with those 60-Ohm drivers. (KSC-35 should do nicely).

Really, scrape it all up, acetone off all the markings, break the door hinge and duct tape it. No one will ever know...
post #6 of 19
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First off, I doubt anyone a skool is going to steal a tape player....
they would if they knew it costs over 400 like mine...
tape walkmans the size of a cassette
post #7 of 19
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Originally posted by Ctn


they would if they knew it costs over 400 like mine...
tape walkmans the size of a cassette
I have one of those too, but the tapehead (i think) is a little screwy in the sound department...still works fine. I paid $180 for it...wish it still worked, sound was on par with a cassette deck!

George
post #8 of 19
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Originally posted by gloco


I have one of those too, but the tapehead (i think) is a little screwy in the sound department...still works fine. I paid $180 for it...wish it still worked, sound was on par with a cassette deck!

George
Are you guys speaking of the WM-EX20?

post #9 of 19
Mine still works

The sound is very nice.
Takes gumstick batts
remote

Pity record companies dont release quality metal cassettes

"Its a Sony"
post #10 of 19
Mine also took gumsticks! I never bothered with the remote though. I wonder if its worth trying to get it repaired...i doubt Sony USA would even touch it though. Quality Metal Tapes? I used to use the second step of High bias tapes (superior High Bias?), those were better than the first grade of Metal Bias (superior Metal Bias was the best) tapes. Well...i can find very good quality tapes in Chinatown in Lower Manhattan...hell i've seen tapes from companies that i didn't even know made tapes!

George
post #11 of 19
aww i think its worth it...since they dont make cassette players like they use it...its all plastic and BIG err i mean HUGE now.

I use type 5 TDK metal bias tapes pretty damn close to cd
reaches 18khz.

When tapes r concerened...I get the best since they "were" cheap back then...now omg they costs like 20 bux for a good 60min blank tape.
post #12 of 19
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Originally posted by RickG


Are you guys speaking of the WM-EX20?

The model# on mine is WM-FX833.

George
post #13 of 19
not sure what mine is
wm-fx something hehehe
the print has been "rubbed" off
post #14 of 19
I have several walkman type cassette players, the most recent being a Panasonic RQ-NX60V that I got a year or two ago that has an all-metal body and remote control, came in around $50-60. The problem I've found with cassette players in general, whether home or portable is that after awhile if the heads get a little out of alignment, tapes can still sound good, but usually only on the deck that made the tape. I've had problems with tapes sounding better on one player than another.

That being said, I'd advise getting a cheaper cassette player and an inexpensive CD player. You should be able to get each from Panasonic or Sony for $50-60 each. Won't be the best soundiing, but a less expensive player is less likely to be stolen and you can always rough it up a bit like others have suggested.

-Keith
post #15 of 19
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Originally posted by gloco


The model# on mine is WM-FX833.

George
Thanks, George.

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