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What happened with wire recorders? [message #94278] Thu, 19 August 2021 13:02 Go to next message
Madison is currently offline  Madison
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I've read a bit about them, and it seems like they're the most stable form of storage, so why aren't they more popular? It can't be blamed on the digital revolution because wire recorders fell out of fashion long before then. What happened? Was it just bad PR? I've been to many estate sales and garage sales to hunt one down. I can only find bits and pieces. It's just so odd because I have found three vintage radios in decent condition and countless sets of record albums, so what gives? I've found a few on eBay and will probably pick one up there. I'd still like to know why they're so hard to find.
Re: What happened with wire recorders? [message #94285 is a reply to message #94278] Thu, 19 August 2021 16:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Trilling Me Softly is currently offline  Trilling Me Softly
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Wire recorders were mostly used by businesses, so you're unlikely to find one at an estate sale or similar. I don't think they were ever popular in personal homes - not like a turntable or cassette player. I'd look elsewhere.
Re: What happened with wire recorders? [message #94293 is a reply to message #94285] Fri, 20 August 2021 21:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
gofar99 is currently offline  gofar99
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Hi, There are a number of factors as to why they are not used. First the wire is expensive and unfortunately subject to breakage. Repairs are difficult. Second head wear is high. Third fidelity is rather limited. They were mostly used for dictation and similar functions and never were good enough for hi-fi so when alternatives came out like cassettes they just faded away. Cassettes have been replaced with digital storage now as well.

Good Listening
Re: What happened with wire recorders? [message #94566 is a reply to message #94278] Tue, 05 October 2021 21:43 Go to previous message
Kingfish is currently offline  Kingfish
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They are great conversation pieces when you want to invite other audiophiles over for dinner.

I'm a sucker for history, so I always look at things like this with a kind of reverence rather than "It's just antiquated history."
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