Are there any CrO2 tapes you wish existed?

by CuteHat
  • CuteHat 10-06-2019, 11:02 AM
    I mostly listen to music on my PC, but I also have a handful of tapes I'll put on at home as well. My favorite for listening to with headphones is a BASF chromium dioxide type II tape of Synchronicity by The Police. I hadn't heard the album before finding the tape, and even though I'm not an audiophile or anything, it's always a little disappointing when i go to listen to it online. Inevitably I get my Walkman out of the drawer and go back to the tape. But naturally these only really got made during the height of cassette popularity, and music made afterwards either got no cassette release, or a very cheap one. I have tapes of some of my favorite early 90s albums like They Might Be Giants' Flood but it just doesn't hold up anymore quality-wise, whereas a CrO2 tape made a decade prior will still hold up.

    So yeah--any tapes you have that were made too early or too late for a high quality version? Got any Chromium tapes of your own? Are they genuine BASF? I didn't see any other cassette threads on this board so feel free to talk about that in general, like what you like to listen with. I've noticed too many boomboxes and car players have a bad audio floor that really shows at higher system volumes or with Dolby B engaged.
  • malmon 10-06-2019, 11:36 AM
    Well, if it was up to me, I'd like all tapes to be type iv with Dolby S, but alas, I don't think they even make metal tape anymore. The couple I have are new old stock.

    That being said, I do have one type I tape that actually sounds quite amazing - Moonrise by Night Tempo.
  • CuteHat 10-06-2019, 04:37 PM
    (10-06-2019, 11:36 AM)malmon Wrote: Well, if it was up to me, I'd like all tapes to be type iv with Dolby S, but alas, I don't think they even make metal tape anymore. The couple I have are new old stock.

    That being said, I do have one type I tape that actually sounds quite amazing - Moonrise by Night Tempo.

    Ah I've not come across a type iv here, but the local store has a relatively small selection of tapes. Actually they seem to have a lot behind the counter but only put a small number out on display because few people get them. I may ask if they have any back there. Maybe it'd be more common for classical music recordings, than popular stuff?
  • malmon 10-06-2019, 04:48 PM
    (10-06-2019, 04:37 PM)CuteHat Wrote:
    (10-06-2019, 11:36 AM)malmon Wrote: Well, if it was up to me, I'd like all tapes to be type iv with Dolby S, but alas, I don't think they even make metal tape anymore. The couple I have are new old stock.

    That being said, I do have one type I tape that actually sounds quite amazing - Moonrise by Night Tempo.

    Ah I've not come across a type iv here, but the local store has a relatively small selection of tapes. Actually they seem to have a lot behind the counter but only put a small number out on display because few people get them. I may ask if they have any back there. Maybe it'd be more common for classical music recordings, than popular stuff?


    I'm sure some pop was released on metal, but the overall number of albums and units released on metal is quite miniscule. Recorded and played back on a decent machine, it's barely distinguishable from CD, at least to my ears. My KX580 could probably do with some servicing though.

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Are there any CrO2 tapes you wish existed?