the reels were cooler. I borrowed a pile of them, transferred them to digital and burned to DVD-A
discs. Some of the quad mixes were pretty hokey but some were excellent, and the reels were
later-era, so they used decent tape, had less hiss and no edge warpage. Apparently they were
premium-priced, so no 3.75IPS junk either. If the quad disk formats hadn't been such kludges, the
format might have worked, but I think even if the mass-market version (grooved disks) worked well
and sounded great, there just aren't that many people willing to double the size, cost and
complexity of their sound system. The same wall hit by SACD.
----- Original Message -----
From: "phillip holmes" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, July 03, 2006 9:56 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] VHS and Beta (was Re: [ARSCLIST] Longevity)
> Man I forgot one. Our family adopted quadraphonic 8 track tape. Now that was cool.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mike Richter" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> 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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