TL;DR - The point of this thread is to discuss the qualities of the cassette tape format as it relates to particular musical styles, and to explore what makes different decks have their own distinctive sonic characteristics. This is not a tape vs vinyl vs digital thread. It seems safe to assume most people here are already familiar with the technical limitations of each of these formats. If you aren't, read elsewhere. Yes yes yes, I know that cassette tapes have a massively higher noise floor and very high amounts of harmonic distortion compared to even a modest digital or vinyl setup. But here is the dilemma I am faced with - I sometimes like the sound of tape saturation to a certain degree, depending on the content. There's something it does to the sensation of presence... something both tactile and visceral. And I also find more and more music in my vein of enjoyment being released on cassette (especially overseas). Sometimes I don't want to cough up the dough to buy a digital copy of something I like (would rather stream through legal means), and I often mistrust contemporary vinyl pressing quality (I once purchased a reissue of Song for My Father with a fly literally pressed into the middle of the record, and went through 3 reissues of The Shape of Jazz to Come, all of which were factory warped beyond play-ability). But I still love the feeling of having a musical recording manifested in a physical package, which I can hold and collect, and I'm willing to pay for that experience. Maybe I'm more of a music-phile than an audiophile (as I'm sure many others here are as well). Maybe cassettes are inherently anti-audiophile. All I know is that I want to support my favorite artists in this way (and build up a personal library), but have very little knowledge of tape deck designs from yesteryears. Saturation doesn't always have to be the enemy. Mods - if this thread is too off-topic, in the wrong forum section, or doesn't suit the interests of SBAF, I would be happy to delete or move it. Just saw a huge hole after using the search engine.