A tape recorder, tape deck, reel-to-reel tape deck, cassette deck or tape machine is an audio storage device that records and plays back sound using magnetic tape for storage. Download high resolution version (800x790, 72 KB)Image of a reel-to-reel recorder, taken by myself. ... Download high resolution version (800x790, 72 KB)Image of a reel-to-reel recorder, taken by myself. ... A typical consumer hi-fi cassette deck from late 1980s, features full electronic transport, separate playback and record heads, Dolby B, C and HXPro noise reduction A cassette deck is a type of tape deck for playing or recording compact audio cassettes. ... Audio storage refers to techniques and formats used to store audio with the goal to reproduce the audio later using audio signal processing to something that resembles the original. ... Compact audio cassette Magnetic tape is a non-volatile storage medium consisting of a magnetic coating on a thin plastic strip. ...
In general, a taperecorder, tape deck, or tape machine is any device that records a fluctuating voltage by moving a strip of magnetic tape across a Tape head, which is a strong electromagnet.
There are a wide variety of Taperecorders in existence, from small hand held devices to large multitrack machines which are roughly equivalent in size to a large, highbacked armchair.
While they are primarily used for sound recording, tape machines were also important for data storage before the advent of floppy disks and CDs, and are still used today, although primarily to provide a nonvolatile backup to hard disk drives.
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