Retro geeky coolness in a box

In stark contrast to Steve Lawson’s blog post “What is this, how you say, ‘Kassett’??” where he wrote:

“What is it? Is this some new technology I’ve not seen before? A small plastic box, with a long ribbon inside wound round two spools.

Ooh, I remember – cassette tape! Blimey.”

I’d love this piece of hardware; it’s the ultimate in retro nerdiness. (And just ignore anything to the contrary that Mr Lawson may post in the comments below!)

Plus Deck 2

It’s the PlusDeck 2, a cassette deck for your PC! It’s not that I think audio cassettes are superior to MP3 or CD audio (I don’t). It’s just that I’ve got over 800 cassettes and some way of transferring them easily to MP3 would be welcomed at Potting Shed Towers.

And it does look pretty cool. (Quiet now, Steven! And go back to your digital looping boxes!)

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 47 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

4 thoughts on “Retro geeky coolness in a box”

  1. Yeah, Neat, really neat. Why not just throw all the tapes in the bin and buy some CDs where you can actually hear what’s on them instead???? Come on, call yourself a musician, Reverend? It says on the blurb that it has a signal to noise ratio of 55dB – that’s like listening to something really quietly playing in the next room while someone with really bad flatulence farts repeatedly in your face. That’s not good, not good at all, vicar.

    WTFWJD? He’s ban tapes in heaven, that’s what. And remember, you don’t do heavy metal in dobly – you of all people should know that.

    🙂

  2. Throw all my tapes in the bin!! Are you mad?!

    I spent years (and most of my student grant) on those cassettes, in the days when the options were cassette or LP. And cassettes were easier to listen to while making the 40 minutes walk to college. I never really got into the Sony LP Walkman!

    You’ve seen my CD collection, I’m slowly building up my definitive collection of 80s/90s thrash metal on compact disc and while I do I’m happy to supplement it with my cassette collection.

    Besides, have you heard most of my music? Most of it sounds like white noise, anyway! What do I care about Dolby B or C?!!

    Right, I’m off to visit my Mum in Selkirk. In my car. The one with just a radio/cassette player. Now, where are my tapes…?

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