Product Type: Sony cassette decks
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Every hi-fi should have one of these
Sony TC-WE 435
Sony TC-WE 435
Date: 15/05/01, updated on 01/06/01 (1337 review reads)
Advantages: excellent sound quality despite it being an analogue format
Disadvantages: some minor design flaws, mains lead is far too short
The Sony TCWE435 Twin Cassette Deck hosts a great range of features including many not featured on so-called "top of the range" cassette decks, features such as digital display tape counters on both decks and pitch control which makes it perfect for worn out cassettes which have become stretched with years of use, perhaps in dodgy walkmans with bad drive systems.
Both playback and recording sound quality is good and, although cassettes have a limit to how good they will play back anyway by nature, it would be hard to find anything as good as this deck in the average enviroment, which is after all what we are all likely to have. It is also unlikely that we will see any advances in cassette based technology since digital mediums have become common place (minidisc and CD-Rs and even mp3), not that much could be done to improve the Sony TCWE435 Twin Cassette Deck. The highly useful controls and displays present will get the most out of any tape in almost any condition.
The Sony TCWE435 Twin Cassette Deck features Dolby B/C/Hx Pro noise reduction, which reduces (not eliminate) tape hiss. Personally, I do not play anything back with Dolby as it kills too much of the top end. I record with Dolby on and playback with Dolby off and use good quality ferric tapes and chrome tapes, mainly to go with my personal cassette player (an Aiwa one) and the combination works well for me.
Whilst this is a subjective opinion and not based on scientifically measure things like "total harmonic distortion", "siganl to noise ratios" et al, what this Sony deck does is produce excellent recordings that sound good on most playback systems (I don't use midi systems as they are of such poor quality in general) and it plays well, too. Reasonably priced too and is well worth investing in now before cassette decks become rare as the makers concentrate on CD and MD systems.