Toshiba Reveal High Resolution Audio Quality Cassette Tape
Mike Sanders / 4 weeks ago
Toshiba Reveal High-Resolution Cassette Tapes
These days, cassette tapes are practically redundant. The closest you will probably get to see one in action these days is in a car from the 80’s (or a cheap one from the 90’s). I would be willing to bet that many kids these days would have no idea what one was or the uses they had.
You might need a pencil
I am showing my age here, but as a kid, I grew up with cassette tapes. Even my first computer, an Acorn Electron (a cheaper home version of the BBC Micro) ran games and programs using cassette tapes transmitting basically a modem signal. There are many reading this that will have a misty fond memory of recording the top 40 on the radio using precision record/stop/pause functions on their cassette player. Additionally, the ‘repairs’ occasionally necessary via the usage of a pencil.
Despite many considering this technology now redundant or obsolete, in a report via WhatHifi, Toshiba has produced a cassette with what they claim to be capable of supporting high-resolution quality audio recordings. Exactly how this has been achieved it a little unclear. I doubt they were able to repurpose a C90 tape. It may, after all, just be a claim and a sticker, but there is some validity to this.
Why this seems legitimate
Japan, as you may know, has a strong passion for technology. As part of this, Japan actually has a recognized Audio standards authority and as such, if Toshiba does decide to mass market this the product will have to meet certain standards.
At present, I wouldn’t recommend getting your old cassette player out awaiting the arrival of high-quality audio releases, but it at least shows that the technology, while forgotten, may not necessarily be redundant.
What do you think? Are cassette players still viable? – Let us know in the comments!