I recall that Roberts/Akai (?) once had an open reel 1/4" B/W video tape
recorder that ran at 11 something ips, or at conventional speeds for audio
----- Original Message -----
From: "Roger and Allison Kulp" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 2:29 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] VHS and Beta (was Re: [ARSCLIST] Longevity)
> Didn't Ampex,at one time market an open reel/ R2R video recorder/player?
> Sometime in the 60s,perhaps ?
> Roger Kulp
> phillip holmes <[log in to unmask]> wrote: We had one of those too.
> A complete quad extravaganza. JBL L100, huge
> Marantz receiver, Garrard turntable. It sounded amazing. I see a
> surprising number of those "quad" R2R decks. I've seen more of those than
> the tapes for some reason. I work on R2Rs for people and those old quad
> decks are popular.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tom Fine"
> Sent: Monday, July 03, 2006 11:02 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] VHS and Beta (was Re: [ARSCLIST] Longevity)
>> 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
>> 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.
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