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.
RX Reels has recently gained attention by the industry press, and if you’re new to the site, you might be wondering what we’re all about.
Check out my interview with StereoNet.co.uk below, where I go into details about why I believe in my product, and how it came to be. What started as a personal journey to get the best sound quality possible while creating a visually beautiful product has turned into something so much more, and I’m excited to share that with others who feel the same way.
The true reason tape survived wasn’t because analog-obsessed audiophiles, held onto a bittersweet longing for something of the past, but because the fact remained that tape is an incredibly dense archival medium that has never been improved upon.
In 2013, The Absolute Sound shocked readers by proclaiming that a new reel-to-reel deck absolutely crushed the highest-rated turntable-based system ever reviewed by the magazine. “I have never heard rock and roll reproduced more powerfully and realistically in my home or at a show in my entire life,” concluded reviewer Jonathan Valin.
Although vinyl and turntable sales are currently shooting through the roof, analog-loving audiophiles know that reel-to-reel has inherent advantages over the once-again-hot vinyl record, because quite simply the sound quality is as good as it gets.