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Yamaha KX-580 with Tapes 8

Yamaha KX-580 Cassette Deck Review

What? A cassette deck review in 2017? A little anachronistic, surely? A few weeks ago, I mentioned to AA's own Ashley that I'd been getting a bit nostalgic for the defunct format, especially after seeing Andy Hall's extensive collection of Beatles cassettes on his great YouTube channel. Search him, and you'll see what I mean. I mentioned to Ashley that my favourite cassette deck had been my Yamaha KX-580 SE which I'd owned from new since 1999, and which I'd sadly sold for the price of a plate of beans on toast a few years later. I'd also thrown away a lot of tapes that I'd kept in the loft, when I made a necessary downsize in accommodation. I couldn't quite kick the cassette habit though, and shortly after I bought a NAD 613 deck.


Cassette Tape Nostalgia (Rick Astley Nearly 30 Years On)

In the past, I've described the inherent sound of cassette tape as "the analogue goodness of vinyl, just less of it". It wasn't always so however.  Back in 1963, when Philips developed the cassette format, it was never intended to be a music medium, let alone a hi-fi one.  The cassette (and the machine to play and record on them) was compact and simple enough to make a good dictation system for the office.  There were a number of restrictions that hindered the cassette's use for music playback.