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5.0 out of 5 stars Sony 90 min cassettes
I bought (several)of these for a retired friend in London who still regards cassettes as the height of audio technology. The only problem is that cassettes are just no longer available in England - and 90 minute cassettes are pretty impossible to find even here in NYC - so I went to Amazon and sure enough I found these Sony 90 minute cassettes - mailed them to my friend...
Published on December 6, 2011 by Michael Sean Fisher

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1.0 out of 5 stars Different brand tapes were received
I did not receive the product described. Instead I received an off-brand tape. This advertised product is completely false buyer beware!!!!!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Randy Scatch


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony 90 min cassettes, December 6, 2011
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I bought (several)of these for a retired friend in London who still regards cassettes as the height of audio technology. The only problem is that cassettes are just no longer available in England - and 90 minute cassettes are pretty impossible to find even here in NYC - so I went to Amazon and sure enough I found these Sony 90 minute cassettes - mailed them to my friend and she is absolutely delighted.
The cassettes arrived in about a week - the price was fair. Very pleased to have found a nearly antique product!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars analog lives!, March 31, 2013
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I don't care how strongly the digital people want to get rid of analog; tape far surpasses CDs and hard drives if one is seeking archival preservation of recordings. So posterity and I appreciate that Sony and their retailers keep enough stock of this product on hand for professionals like me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SONY MUSIC CASSETTES, September 28, 2012
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I prefer Sony HF cassettes over other brands since I use them exclusively to record music from CDs. The sound is always clean with no distortion or hissing found in other cassettes. Also, Sony's cassettes picks up the highs and lows of songs so you always get quality stereo sound rather than flat, monotone sound in other cassettes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cassette tapes, February 25, 2011
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My church uses these tapes to record sermons, and my local store stopped selling them. I was happy that Amazon has them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, Crisp Sound, May 25, 2013
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I have an 18 year old Mazda Miata with a tape deck and wanted some new music in the car. These Sony tapes yielded excellent sound - quite a bit better than expected. My wife even commented on the qulity of the sound (likely compared to the old tapes that I've had in the car for 10 plus years and are worn to the bone - but that's okay). High quality, right price, no complaints at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Happened to Cassettes, May 14, 2013
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I have a very large collection of cassettes and I use blank cassettes to tape CD music and then play it on my walkman....They really come in handy--but it is difficult to find a store that sells them--SO--where does one go--AMAZON...Barbara Cooper
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sony 5C90HFR 90-Minute HF Cassette Recorders 5-Brick, May 25, 2013
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Sony, the one and only. I like these tapes over Maxwell tapes. I do a lot of live recordings, and these tapes sound nice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with sony, June 5, 2013
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I've been using cassette tapes for years in my work. Sony is the only brand I'll use. I'm just so glad Amazaon still carries them because I can't find them in stores anywhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Cassests, May 17, 2013
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These are good cassets for the price which you are paying for it.

I used it for recording my own songs using karaoke track, I found resourded sound quality decent
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5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't say the highest quality recording tape (although they do a good job) but they have the best mechanism ever devised, November 14, 2014
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One reason I haven't let go of cassette technology is because there are soooooo many albums that were released on cassette that haven't been re-released on CD (cassette versions of albums have been sold since the 60's...... that's a long time !!!!! You can find them online and at yard sales and garage sales everywhere.....some I've found were new or like new....

I have been buying Sony HF cassettes since the mid-80's and with the exception of a few series that were released, they are the smoothest running cassettes. Period. I didn't say the highest quality recording tape (although they do a good job) but they have the best mechanism ever devised.

What really separates them from the rest are the liner sheets......they are perfect.....the liner sheets keep them stacked really good and they don't seem to ever get tight and with cassettes, that is the most important thing.....those liner sheets are super slippery so the tape doesn't bind....

When I learn songs on piano from tapes, it's rewind, play, rewind, play continuously and they never seem to get tight even doing this. Almost every other cassette will fail when it is being used like this.

Another thing is if your cassette deck has the tape standing on edge and not laying down, the tape tends to have even worse problems.....I made a box for my Sony dual cassette so the front faces up and a plexi-glass lid that closes to keep it clean and all tapes perform better laying down as gravity helps to keep them stacked much better......when tapes play or record standing up, there is a lot of wobble in the two spools and this can cause warbled recordings and playback, especially at the beginning of each side....this has always been a weakness of cassettes compared to reel to reel tapes....cassettes are way more convenient than reel to reel tapes, but the system has always had its' weaknesses.....

Another fault of standard cassettes compared to videocassettes, is videocassettes have a guard that covers the tape when it's removed from the player so the tape cannot be touched.....touching the recording tape on any kind of tape will permanently damage it in that spot causing drop-outs.....touching the tape can also cause crap to get on the heads, capstans and rollers of your players which can continue to damage your other tapes.... I make a habit of ALWAYS rewinding my tapes before removing them from any player....it's just not worth it holding your spot and not rewinding them as they can be so easily damaged when the recording tape is exposed.....

Keep tapes away from any type of magnetic field !!!!! Power supplies (wall warts) TV's, speakers, headphones, microphones.....anything that has magnets or a magnetic field in it as this can damage the recording on your tape. This also applies to floppy disks, 8 track tapes, reel to reel tapes and micro-cassettes as well as the different types of videocassettes and DAT tapes.....

Keeping them in their case is super important too because when they start getting dirty, they don't work as good......keep cassettes in as dry of a place as possible......super wet environments can kill tapes as it can make them shed (shedding is when the oxide comes off the plastic tape)....when tapes shed, you're lucky if you can even get a good copy on to another as the oxide makes them work and it is literally falling off)......the best place you can keep your tapes is in a Tupperware with an air-tight lid....

Also, avoid allowing them to get overheated either by direct sunlight or by high temperature.....they can't handle this and tapes can be damaged so badly by this sometimes, even if you re-record them, they never play or run right again (cassette tape is very thin)....

Clean your heads, rollers and capstans often and demagnetize your heads and metal parts on your tape decks regularly too (a capstan is the metal pin that the roller presses against)....

This is my favorite type of cleaner for my decks (several companies make this type), especially for car decks where it's hard to get to the parts and electronic tape decks where the rollers won't spin with the tape deck door open.....this type cleans rollers, heads and capstans.....wet the felt parts with the cleaning fluid and replace the whole cleaner when the felt starts looking too dirty...make sure to clean in both directions on auto-reverse decks:

http://smile.amazon.com/jWIN-JC-15-Automatic-Cassette-639247750159/dp/B00BYG9AU0/ref=sr_1_12 ie=UTF8&qid=1416127652&sr=8-12&keywords=cassette+head+cleaner

Original pre-recorded cassettes don't seem to last well, so copy them on to a reliable blank (like a Sony HF) and put them away in a safe place (a couple copies or more is a good idea on important tapes or a tape that cannot be replaced)......copy them off with a decent dual cassette (I like the Sony TC-WE475 which you can find used online) and use normal speed dubbing with the Dolby off for best results. The Sony TC-WE475 has music search that can search up to 30 songs away in forward or rewind directions, auto-reverse and Dolby B & C (the music search needs 2 - 3 seconds of blank between songs to detect it)....I like to use Dolby B to record from external sources (not when using tape to tape dubbing) and when I play the tapes back, I turn the Dolby off. The Sony TC-WE475 even has adjustable speed playback on the left deck (playback only) which is nice to fine tune tapes that may be too fast or too slow or when tuning to a musical instrument. Record levels should never peak out (the top LED marker) as this can possibly cause distortion on the finished tape. Each deck on that tape deck has it's own motor and transport mechanism and you can rewind and fast forward tapes on whichever deck isn't playing without affecting the playback of the other. The Sony TC-WE435 is almost identical as far as ability and functions and quality but it's a little bit older.

Whenever I record a tape, I fast forward it to the end and rewind it to the beginning 3 times.....this insures that the tape will run as smoothly as possible when recording. Write down on a small piece of paper what the tape counter says as far as length for a 120 minute, 90 minute and a 60 minute tape so you can get a good guess how long a tape is that you want to record (these two tape decks don't have a real time tape counter.....you don't usually get one of those unless you have a more expensive deck). It doesn't hurt to have blank tape after an album ends......just fast forward past it and flip the tape. It is always better to fast forward past the blank rather than flipping it and rewinding it because anytime a tape is out of the player and it isn't rewound, you take a chance of accidentally touching the recording tape which permanently damages it.

Those tape decks also have "Memory" for both decks which allows you to reset the tape counter at any point in the tape and when Memory is turned on, the tape deck will automatically stop at 0000 (while rewinding only....fast forward doesn't work with the Memory function).

There is a 3 position switch that allows you to select the play mode:
1: Play one side and shut off.
2: Play both sides of one tape over and over.
3: Relay: It plays both sides of Tape A and then both sides of Tape B and does this over and over. If you set it to Relay and only put in one tape, it will play both sides and shut off.

The remote for those tape decks is a Sony RM-J910 and is always sold separately but I highly recommend getting it (you'll be glad to have it). The remote can control everything except setting the record level and setting up tape to tape dubbing. It can control both decks separately and it can even control basic functions on a Sony CD player.

The only tape deck Sony currently makes is in a boombox with a CD player and a line in jack and an AM/FM radio but it doesn't have any features to speak of other than shutting itself off after playing or recording (you can record from a CD or the radio or the line in jack with it, but only with automatic level control):

http://smile.amazon.com/Sony-Cassette-Stereo-Boombox-Remote/dp/B003TG89X2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1416136312&sr=8 4&keywords=Sony+cassette+boombox

I have cassettes from the early 80's that still run great and sound great which goes to show how long they can last if you take good care of them....
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