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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000030.txt from 2000/09

From: "Benjamin Maas" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] What about CD recorders
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2000 15:43:58 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
> Benjamin said all the right things. I have both a Tascam 5000 and an HHb
> 850, and the HHb is heads and tails above the Tascam. I didn't
> know it was
> better to use the DAT as a back up to the CD though - I have been doing it
> the other way around.......
> Roger

I own a set of Panasonic 3800 DATs which although industry standards aren't
the best sounding nor most reliable machines in the world. I find that CDs
are generally going to give you a more stable playback (DAT tape is a
fragile tape). I can "rip" audio off of CDs onto my computer or go out of
the digital out from my CD player into my workstation (like a DAT). I
usually use my HHB as a master because the digital convertrs sound *so* much
better than the Panasonic. Of course, stand-alone converters sound even
beter, and sometimes I use those.

The problem with the Tascam 5000 is the BLER error rates are off the charts
on the discs burned. My cd duplicator won't even recognise the discs burned
on one of those machines. I have not seen an analysis of error rates on the
HHB, but they are certainly lower than the Tascam's.


Benjamin Maas
Freelance Clarinetist and Recording Engineer
Los Angeles, CA

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