Recent research from Hi-Fi Choice magazine surveying over 1200 readers illustrates that at least among audiophiles, the reel-to-reel tape format is the leading choice when asked which audio format would you like to make a comeback.
Reel-to-reel tape beat out other formats including eight track, miniDisk, and cassettes.
We get asked a lot of questions about reel to reel players. These range from how to buy one to recording, playback and the maintenance of both tapes and decks. We thought it would be helpful to assemble a list of tips and suggestions from our reel to reel community as well as some notable experts around the industry.
Running a finger over the spooled tape reveals no unevenness, no ridges. It made me think of (and I compared them to) fresh blank tape as it arrived from the factory. For this alone, anyone who uses 7-inch spools on a regular basis should purchase at least one for critical playback of treasured tapes.