How To Radically Improve (or Worsen) Sound Quality in Windows 7

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    CuriousAbout7

    I make the cassettes for my father. He's getting on towards a hundred years old and cassettes are easier for him to handle. As for repairing a cassette player - I do that myself. He's using a shoe box cassette player. It's a 1985 Panasonic Portable Cassette Tape Recorder RQ-2103 or something similar. Panasonic still makes this type of cassette player/recoders. They are built to last. Gears are used rather than belts in certain key functions. The current model is: Panasonic RQ2102 Cassette Recorder - it sells for $278.97 on Amazon. Since he's almost deaf, high fidelity isn't a major concern.

    There are several places that provide digitized flac, mp3, ogg files of old 78 records. I have to mention George Blood LP; who provides digitized archival audio from obsolete and deteriorating records. georgeblood.com

    Here is a description of a typical digitizing:

    "Digitized at 78 revolutions per minute. Four stylii were used to transfer this record. They are 3.5mil truncated eliptical, 2.3mil truncated conical, 2.8mil truncated conical, 3.3mil truncated conical. These were recorded flat and then also equalized with Turnover: 500.0." The Internet Archive


    Phredtx
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    Windows 7 Ultimate, 64 bit
       #12

    Phredtx said:
    CuriousAbout7

    I make the cassettes for my father. He's getting on towards a hundred years old and cassettes are easier for him to handle. As for repairing a cassette player - I do that myself. He's using a shoe box cassette player. It's a 1985 Panasonic Portable Cassette Tape Recorder RQ-2103 or something similar. Panasonic still makes this type of cassette player/recoders. They are built to last. Gears are used rather than belts in certain key functions. The current model is: Panasonic RQ2102 Cassette Recorder - it sells for $278.97 on Amazon. Since he's almost deaf, high fidelity isn't a major concern.

    There are several places that provide digitized flac, mp3, ogg files of old 78 records. I have to mention George Blood LP; who provides digitized archival audio from obsolete and deteriorating records. georgeblood.com

    Here is a description of a typical digitizing:

    "Digitized at 78 revolutions per minute. Four stylii were used to transfer this record. They are 3.5mil truncated eliptical, 2.3mil truncated conical, 2.8mil truncated conical, 3.3mil truncated conical. These were recorded flat and then also equalized with Turnover: 500.0." The Internet Archive


    Phredtx
    Fair enough. This is a 1 in a million type situation. The rest of the world uses digital and the people that care choose their DAC or use a turntable with a quality cartridge and take care in setting it up. Though very few people take the time to learn to do that very well so they are often plagued with bloated, distorted bass that they mistakenly think is powerful. Speaker setup is also so crucial, another area few people understand. Unfortunately well set up speakers are far from the walls and this causes a lot of friction in the home if there isn't a room just for listening. And few people can afford that these days. Listening with headphones means you can choose a lot cheaper turntable and power amp if you go with a power amp at all. Unfortunately listening with headphones is closely linked to tinnitus but it usually takes at least a decade to appear. And when its done its almost always irreversible and they're plagued with non-stop ringing in their ears for the rest of their life. We should have been taught this in school of course. Instead not 1% of kids these days has any clue what damage they are doing listening with earbuds. Even at normal levels it damages the ears because the transducer is so close to the eardrum. And most kids play it LOUD at times. Then there's nightclubs which always play music way over safe levels.
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