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Thursday
Sep282017

Hipac - Pioneer's forgotten 1970s cassette rival

There's nothing I enjoy more than discovering and passing on details about a forgotten format. The fun of seeing the immediate reaction and then watching the video being shared across the internet is hard to describe. 
   
The format featured in this video is called Hipac and if you search for more information about it on the internet you'll find next to nothing. Then again it's very unlikely you would be searching for it as it's missing off all the historical audio format lists I can find. Even obscure formats like the Sanyo MicroPack 35 usually get a mention and that one was just a dictation system.
    
I've gathered everything I've learnt about HiPac and present it here in the only English language youtube demonstration of this forgotten 1970s cartridge system.
   

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There's a Japanese wikipedia page for "HAI-PAKU": https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%8F%E3%82%A4%E3%83%91%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF

interestingly there's a red link at the bottom to another format, "Fidelipak" (FIDERIPAKU, フィデリパック). I wonder what that is?

September 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRich

To answer myself, a video of a Fidelipac: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTEjXzOS9Nw My that is a huge cartridge.

Searching for Fidelipac turns up information about the radio carts, but this looks like something different?

September 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRich

I covered Fidelipac back in July http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2017/7/18/the-jingle-cart-machine.html

September 29, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Me parece genial todos tus videos, he aprendido mucho sobre todos estos formatos que tú presentas, sobre todo tecnología vintage que es algo que me apasiona, solo quería saber si tienes contemplado probar la cámara 8mm de kodak, ya que están tratando de revivir este formato.

Saludos y Muchas Gracias

September 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos Shaw

Puedo hacer algo sobre Super 8 en algún momento, pero no tengo planes inmediatos para hacer un video sobre él.

September 29, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Is it only me that really likes 'The Moans' that one was so funny Matt :@)

September 30, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterpaul

Congratulations for digging up yet another (after the Sabamobil and Sanyo's Micro Pack) forgotten format. I consider myself to be quite knowledgeable about vintage consumer electronics. But all these formats are new on me. Excellent Job!

As far as I can see, there's only one audio tape format left to come up with: DC International...
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/DC-International (No english version available at this time.) Grundig was this close to teaming up with Sony - but Philips finally made the deal.
https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/CorporateInfo/History/SonyHistory/2-05.html

September 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKurt Mueller

Too many reviews of old junk. get back to modern day stuff Techmoan, these reviews are just too tedius.

October 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGus

Three out of the last five videos have been reviews of new products.
How about only watching the videos you are interested in?

October 1, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I really prefer the `old junk' videos!

October 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSnimmsu

No, "Gus"!

"Too many reviews of old junk. get back to modern day stuff Techmoan"

There's a plethora of web sites on the internet that provide info about and reviews of the latest in tech. You know how to google?

"these reviews are just too tedius."

I do agree that, every now and then, a little editing would help to deliver the video message quicker and more to the point.

October 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKurt Mueller

I can't agree with Gus; the old junk is fascinating - I thought I was reasonably well up on music formats until I started watching Techmoan and have seen numerous audio and video media I had never even heard of, despite growing up in the 1970s.
New gadgets are also interesting, and the mix of old and new makes each new Techmoan video a surprise to be anticipated.
Keep it up, Mat. Btw the Orbitrac record cleaner can now be ordered from Amazon in the UK.

October 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

Roland - thanks for the information about the Orbitrac - I've updated the links.

October 5, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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