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Tuesday
May062014

Fun with Forgotten Audio Formats - DCC & Elcaset

(L to R) Elcaset, DCC and a 10.5" 1/4 Tape ReelOver the last year or so I’ve been assembling an esoteric HiFi system featuring a mix of both old and new components. The equipment I've bought has little to do with convenience, value for money or performance, in fact, most of the items have been selected purely for their curiosity value. I’ve enjoyed learning about reel-to-reel tapes, 8-tracks, DCC, and Elcaset. I’ve also invested in a new record player (sorry, turntable) and purchased records (sorry, vinyl) for the first time since the early 80s.  It’s no coincidence that I’ve started to enjoy listening to music again too.

Music should be about fun and enjoyment, it seems that, like many people, I lost sight of that in recent years and instead concentrated on convenience, fidelity and efficiency. Tapes were banished to boxes in the loft, records were dumped in crates in the garage and even my CDs were replaced by sleek but charmless glowing boxes wired up to thin unobtrusive speakers.

I’d suggest if you want some fun, the next time you encounter a rainy Sunday afternoon, drag that 'obsolete' media out of storage and wire up your old HiFi equipment. I guarantee it will put a big grin on your face, and you never know, next year you too might find yourself driving around on Record Store Day looking for a limited edition Glow in the Dark Vinyl 10” single.



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Some of the other items seen in this video

DJ Height DS1000 Hi-Fi Cabinet (ebay UK Store)
Pro-Ject RPM 1.3 Genie Turntable (Amazon UK)

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DCC Article on Wikipedia
Elcaset Article on Wikipedia

Excellent Archived Philips Webpage explaining the tech behind DCC.

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A pre-recorded DCC dealer on ebay

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Reader Comments (24)

Excellent reviews, as usual ;-) Must admit I'd never heard of the Elcaset so that was particularly interesting. I do remember the MiniDISC/DCC "war" though, february 1993 comes to miind for some reason, feels like a lifetime ago now...

May 6, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterwebvan

I too was aware of the DCC/MiniDisc war when it happened - but I sat it out for a couple of years until the MiniDisc portables came down to a more sensible price. I enjoyed using MiniDiscs for a couple of years - until the iPod came along and took all the oxygen out of the room.

May 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Actually, MiniDiscs had won the war in 1996 when Philips quietly took down DCC.

Would have been cool to see some of these interesting formats...

Also, MiniDiscs lasted all the way up until 2013 (Well, until Sony finally broke the format)!

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPikachu4170

Nice retro presentation, I'm in Sweden and they sold the SONY Elcaset decks really cheap here after Sony decided to cut them...
I didn't get one (I'm surprised myself!) but I think the shortage of blank tapes (even then) added to the calculation!
Thanks for the 'down-memory-lane' trip! :)

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatte

Talking about esoteric audio recording gear, I just remember I was the owner of a HUGE Hitachi PCM-V300 recorder in the early 80's
This one: http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/4913/pcmv300.jpg
Recorded digital PCM audio on on regular VHS tapes. About 20kg I recall... a beast and a monster! :)

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatte

Very entertaining review, didn't know about the Elcaset either. Nice to learn something new about old technology :)
Back then I went with the masses and changed from C-cassette to CD and from there to mp3. I still have my C-cassettes and CD's though so inspired by from your video I'm going to listen my C-cassettes and CD's next weekend :)

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish guy

Great review,two formats I have never seen before, I was a lover of the minidisc and used to spend many a Sunday night recording my favorite radio station playing house music compilations and then the next day having to manually insert track points so I could skip to each track,a long and laborious job...kids these days don't know how lucky they are lol

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBigsyd

Fascinating stuff, thanks.

I too was a MiniDisk fan, I think Sony did themselves a disservice by not pushing it as a computer suitable system at the outset (I know they were worried about media copyright issues.....) but the actual system was in existence before(?) Iomega's Zip drives and would have been the first affordable re-writable mass storage system. There could have been a lot less lost early jpg's if XP users had a reliable back-up! ;-)

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

It seems Finland got the whole load of SONY's remaining inventory of ELCASET!
I've heard Sweden and sometimes Norway, but this article seems to set it straight:
http://home.iae.nl/users/pb0aia/cm/elcaset/el-end.html
:~)

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatte

Matte wrote:
"It seems Finland got the whole load of SONY's remaining inventory of ELCASET!
I've heard Sweden and sometimes Norway, but this article seems to set it straight:
http://home.iae.nl/users/pb0aia/cm/elcaset/el-end.html
:~)"

Cool information, thanks for the link! Never knew this even I live in Finland :) Perhaps because i was about 5 years old in 1979-80 and didn't know anything about music players :P

May 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFinnish guy

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