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Is Reel to Reel the new Vinyl? 

The short answer is no, but the long answer is much more complicated and requires a video to explain exactly what is meant by reel to reel, because in some ways it’s a dead format, yet in others it’s enjoying a comeback. 

Clearly a short video like this can't hope to cover every possible aspect of the complete history of Reel to Reel from 1928 to 2017...for example it's missing facts like the first stereo tapes were recorded in Germany in the early 1940s, how different thicknesses and formulations of tapes affect sound quality, and why tails-out storage of tapes is recommended.

If you would like more information on the history of reel to reel, the following website is a great place to start: Reel 2 Reel Texas

Other Information/Links:

The Tape Project (Tapes & Useful Information)

The Verge Article from 2015

United Home Audio (High end 15ips machines)

Horch House (Tapes)

Opus 3 Records (Tapes)

Analogy Records (Tapes)

What Hi-Fi? article (Re-mastering)

If you are shopping for a Reel to Reel machine on ebay  - here's my affiliated link.

UPDATE:  Duplication Process

The company I contacted asking for more details regarding their process, have now got back to me. They've confirmed that they borrow the master tape, make a copy (or more likely a number of identical parallel copies on a bank of tape machines)...they then use these copies as their master to run duplicates off that they sell to you. The original master is returned to the studio. 

Demo Tape

If you want to hear the 1957 2 Track Stereo Demo Tape in full - it's here.

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Reader Comments (14)

I am subscribed to your YT channel, I was wondering , if you have ever done a video on Half speed mastered vinyl? I see that Abbey road studio is re-issuing these although limited, I always thought half speed did sound a bit better and it also seemed they had less pops and crackle than standard release vinyl.

December 14, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterbonesable007

Looking from the outside in there’s very little I could say about it, however the article above from What HiFi? gives a great insight into the process.

December 14, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I can hardly say how desperately I craved a reel-to-reel tape machine in my younger days. They are just the ultimate cool hi-fi device in my mind. Sadly, now that I could possibly afford one, I can’t think what on earth I’d do with one. Maybe just have it sitting there looking cool.
A wonderfully interesting and informative video as always, Mat.

December 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

Excellent episode!

Mark Levinson (the man) not the current company (Madrigal) prefered studio tape as reference media on a modified Studer recorder with Mark Levinson logo already in the 70's and was included in the No-holds-barred HQD System.

I have listened to this system at the then Swedish distributor in the 80's a couple of times and it really sounded excellent, in fact so excellent I got myself a Levinson ML-1 preamp! ^_^ Still works flawlessly.

Mark Levinson ML-5/A
It is based on a Studer A80 2'' transport with Mark Levinsons own record and playback electronics.
Manufactured from 1981 - 1986

Mr Levinson a multi-instrumentalist musician also recorded himself and was featured on some special master tapes and audiophile vinyl records as well.
(You can see the Levinson labeled Studer recorder to the left on this picture.)
also here:

I was recently in Japan, Tokyo and these recordings are still regarded as one of the best ever! :)
Old Mark Levinson equipment as well over there and the Japanese super-audiophiles are really something else! :)

December 14, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterpinswede

Mark Levinson ML-5:
also available in 30/15 IPS version!
Some details here:

December 14, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterpinswede

I worked for a company in London that specialised in prerecorded reel to reel tapes.
The owner ceased trading for a brief period before setting up again as a importer, distributor and retailer.
We traded under the names Tape Music Distributors and Teletape for the retail side of the business.
We also owned the rights to the JR149 speakers which were designed by Jim Rogers.

Seeing this video reminded me of my Beatles prerecorded tape at 3 and 3/4.
Well it was in the back off the stock room when we closed down.
And it still plays on my Technics RS1506 with dual head blocks for half track and quarter track playback.

December 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy

Doing a pure digital master was the original intention behind SACD and its underlying DSD protocol - rather than converting the analog to PCM, it grabs the original low-level bitstream off of the analog masters and then uses noise-shaping to convert that to a listenable signal, in an attempt at doing the best possible preservation of the originals. I mostly assume that it exists as a way of keeping analog-or-die folks happy, because it's the closest you can theoretically get to the analog signal while storing it digitally.

Personally I think it's all a bit overkill, but it's at least compelling from an archive-preservation standpoint, and also makes a lot of sense for the reel-to-reel duplication folks. (Personally I'd rather just go with an SACD and save a few hundred dollars while getting arguably-if-imperceptably better quality vs a 320Kbps mp3...)

December 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy

Great video. Reel-to-reel was/is a superb format hailing from an era when we were trying to constantly improve the quality of the music-listening experience. Sadly, that whole notion died over 15 years ago when SA-CD/DVD-A failed (BD-Audio was more like 1/4 arsed than 1/2 arsed).

I'm looking forward to a video on your Denon turntable and why it replaced the also-superb Sansui we used to see...

December 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDanno

PS I think it should be ‘tails out’ rather than ‘tales out’?

December 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

You are of course correct and I've updated it, thanks.

December 16, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan
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