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HI-FI World's Martin Pipe Reviews RX Reels | Spool's gold!

by Kevin Root August 27, 2021 4 min read

Martin Pipe takes up his tape with this superbly-made reel from the USA.

If you take reel-to-reel seriously, do yourself a favour and give an RX Reel a spin. It takes better care of your precious tape, will aid sound quality and could even prolong the life of your machine. Oh, and it looks the business too!

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Ultimate Guide for Reel to Reel Tape Players

by Staff July 16, 2021 13 min read

So, you are thinking about entering the growing world of reel to reel tape players? While the technology is not new, being present in some capacity since the late 1920’s, it is making a comeback. In fact, beyond the average reel to reel enthusiast, many modern musicians prefer the quality and sound that is not readily achievable by modern recording equipment due to a more “natural” and “fuller” sound. 
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Hi-Fi Journalist Neville Roberts Reviews RX Reels

by Kevin Root June 17, 2021 3 min read

When tape-loving hi-fi journalist Neville Roberts was first asked to review our 10½ inch NAB spool that offered to combine high performance with good looks, he was a little sceptical. Here are just a few of his findings after taking RX Reels for a spin: 
 
...When I first received the RX Reels spool, I could instantly see that it was a high-quality product.
 
...A perfectly balanced spool, such as the RX Reels spool, ensures a consistent tension and this was evident with every tape I played using the RX Reels spool. I really do consider that the price tag is justified. Not only do these reels look great, they help to bring out the best performance from your tape deck.
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Where to Find Quality Pre-Recorded Music on R2R Tape

by Kevin Root June 17, 2021 3 min read

Whether you are an avid collector or just getting into reel to reel, it can be challenging to figure out where to buy quality pre-recorded music on reel to reel tape. 

Here is a list to help out.

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How a GI brought Hitler’s R2R Technology to Bing Crosby - Part 2

by Kevin Root May 27, 2021 3 min read

...Mullin and Palmer headed to Hollywood in October of 1946 where they put on a demonstration at the studios of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, where they debut crystal-clear recording performances by harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler and pianist Jose Iturbi accompanied by the MGM Symphony Orchestra, and this is how Bing Crosby’s tech producer found out about the recording device and set up a demo for Crosby...
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The SoundStage! HIFI Review of RX Reels Blows Our Mind!

by Kevin Root May 06, 2021 5 min read

HiFi Journalist Ken Kessler is one of the most respected reel to reel aficionados in the world and not one easily impressed. Here are just a few of his findings after taking two RX Reels for review spin; 

...the RX reels are among the mechanically best I’ve ever seen. When you remove them from the box, you sense the flatness, the precision, and—lo and behold!—in use they provide the most even take-up I’ve experienced

..the tape spooled to the same flat perfection you usually only see when you open up a factory-fresh blank tape. This is particularly reassuring with irreplaceable tapes.

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