Man I forgot one. Our family adopted quadraphonic 8 track tape. Now that
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From: "Mike Richter" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, July 03, 2006 7:56 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] VHS and Beta (was Re: [ARSCLIST] Longevity)
> phillip holmes wrote:
>> Um, if they can make it 2 track at 15IPS and fit it in a cartridge, I'll
>> buy it. I lucked out and went with the inferior format, VHS.
> It is not a matter of "better". In most respects, beta offered higher
> quality, but much less durability. Until very late in the game, a beta
> tape was threaded before any operation. That increased wear and risk of
> damage on fast-forward and rewind. It also has a disturbing tendency to
> pick up debris (however stored) and to foul the heads with it.
> In many respects, Sony and its few followers were chasing VHS with too
> little and too late. One could get four-hour playback on VHS before Sony
> delivered two-hour. The first wireless remote for VHS was concurrent with
> the first wired one for Betamax.
> And so on.
> I have hundreds of Betamax tapes and thousands of VHS. When the beta is
> not scratched or fouled, its performance is superior and I dub from that
> to DVD preferentially. About 80% of the time, I'm forced to VHS.
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