|Originally posted by Duncan
I don't know if Sony still make any of those Quartz Direct Drive tape walkmen... they were always good...
Cassette enthusiasts are severely crippled these days by the lack of good equipment.
Just to make myself clear (and prevent prolonged bashing sessions
), the reason current equipments don't sound good is the lack of precision in their mechanism. Inadequate torque to transport the tape, small capstan and roller, azimuth woes. I had some recent Panasonic players that fluctuate in speed on every half-turn of the reel, and sounded drastically different on sides A/B as well.
Sony touted the EX2000 as a high-quality player, but I haven't seen any reviewer who finds it comparable to the high-end Sonys from a few years ago.
|Else for the exotic side of the scale, its gotta be the WM-D6C... as old as the hills, but still a well respected, and well sort after deck... bit big though
These exotic ones might be your only choice now, because good cassette players are no longer made in small packages
The D6C, however, is expensive... I think it's at least $200 for a used one on eBay. There's also the cheaper D3, which may still set you back $150.