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Consumer Electronics by S. P. Bali

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TAPE vs DISC

A spool of tape provides an unvarying standard of performance throughout its length. A disc's performance, in respect of frequency response and distortion falls off to some extent towards the inner grooves. A low overall distortion can be achieved during tape reproduction, and a superior cross talk performance is possible in both the recording and reproduction of tape.

Normally tape has a long life and is not easily damaged. There need be no difference between disc and tape in respect of noise levels; this applies when both are new, but tape may well become noisier than disc after prolonged use.

The handling of tape, a disadvantage for many users, can be avoided by enclosing the spools in cassettes. These are especially useful for ...

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