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Old 05-29-2010, 01:23 PM
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Question TDK SA-90

I have read through a lot of threads here to educate myself about TDK cassettes. Back in the day , I used to always purchase TDK SA-90 cassettes. They seemed to give the best performance for the money and for a long time, when you bought a five-pack, you would get a nice little cassette carrying case. I was using them on my Pioneer CT-F750 deck and found that the tapes I made on it were excellent!

So time moves on, and last year I picked up a mint Sony TC-WA9ES deck. Now this is a pretty nice deck and it has Dolby A,B,C and S. So I went "digging" for what I had left of my new, unused, vintage TDK SA-90 tapes. They are like these:





The label says "1991 TDK Corporation" and that "Tape made in Japan, assembled in USA". Of course, they are Type II cassettes.

OK, so I don't have enough to these to last forever. So I spotted these at a Yard Sale last summer and picked them up for a buck.




The label doesn't have a date on it like the others, but still says "Tape made in Japan, cassette assembled in USA". They are also Type II tapes.

I found this one at a Yard Sale also for a quarter. It had obviously been purchased at some point as a clearance item for $1.00. (HOT )





It is dated 1988. It says "Made in Japan" and is obviously also a Type II tape.


A few months ago, I was in the local discount store and had a look at the "Clearance" rack and found these for 50 cents each. I figured they might be good for some general purpose use and bought all 6.





They are not dated, but say "Tape made in Japan, cassette assembled in Thailand". Obviously they are only Type I, but cheap enough.


So now I notice that there are sellers on the Internet that sell new TDK SA-90 Type II cassettes like these:





They are dated 2008 Imation Corporation and say "Tape made in Korea, cassette assembled in Thailand" and are labeled as Type II.


OK, so here's the questions!

1. Are the CD Power cassettes effectively the same as the original SA-90 tapes, except for length and trying to market to the crowd for taping CDs?

2. Is the SA-76 the same as the original SA-90 tapes but only in a different length?

3. What is the consensus about the "New" Imation SA-90 tapes? They seem to be available at pretty good prices on the internet, especially if you buy in packs of 10 or more?

Thanks for your input.
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Old 05-29-2010, 01:58 PM
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I cannot comment on the CD Power but I will say that the SA continued to be a very fine tape right up until the mid 1990s. The later examples were not as good in my opinion.

The '91 & '88 SAs that you have are excellent cassettes.
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Old 05-30-2010, 11:08 AM
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Thumbs up Earlier thread about this tape

I did a brief review of this tape, look for this thread: TDK CD Power 110. Sorry I couldn't get it to link to this reply.
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I did a brief review of this tape, look for this thread: TDK CD Power 110. Sorry I couldn't get it to link to this reply.
I found it. Very interesting!


http://www.tapeheads.net/showthread.php?t=5190
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:45 PM
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It seems that the general consensus is that the "new" TDK SA90 tapes, the ones that are made in Korea and assembled in Thailand, probably aren't as good as the older, made in Japan and assembled in the U.S. tapes. So I thought it looked like a good opportunity to pick these up this week.





As you can see, there are 4 two-packs of the older style SA90 tapes, which have a 1987 copyright date on them. I noticed that nowhere on the shrink-wrap on the cassette does it mention anything about CDs. However, you will notice that it says "Ideal for Compact Disc Recording" on the top of the hang-tab header card.

The other 9 single packaged tapes do not have a date on the package, but do say "Best for CD" on the shrink-wrap. Obviously, these are later production.

I picked this bunch up for what I thought was a very reasonable price and imagine that this "stash" will probably be sufficient to meet my needs in the future!
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The '88 & '87 (last years with a green 90) are some of my favorite SAs the SA-X versions being particularly excellent . I have all the years you displayed plus a few more and I can tell you that you will not be disappointed . I have 20 of the last gasp SAs and they are not in the same league as the older ones. The last year they made SA-X was the last decent year, but even then not az good as '91 and older .
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TDK SA has never let me down, even in the newer versions unlike the Maxell "man-in-chair" XL's did.
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I picked this bunch up for what I thought was a very reasonable price and imagine that this "stash" will probably be sufficient to meet my needs in the future!
You have some excellent tapes there. Well done.

I love those SAs from the late 80s and early 90s.
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You have some excellent tapes there. Well done.

I love those SAs from the late 80s and early 90s.


Me too. TDK SAs were my tape of choice when I could no longer get BASF chrome tapes. I can say that I've never had one let me down.
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Old 04-03-2016, 04:17 AM
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TDK SA 90

Hello,
I found this cassette TDK SA 90N, in a flea market, in France, for 1€.
Only one
It was made in Germany, in 1988.
What is the meaning of the "N"
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Old 04-03-2016, 01:29 PM
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Good luck with that 1988 SA, better have it blessed by a Priest...
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From what I've noticed, it seems only those tapes assembled in USA at that time seem to railroad. I bet this made in Germany one is close to flawless.

I know I might be kicking a hornet's nest with this post but this has been my observation in this whole thing!
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Old 04-03-2016, 02:55 PM
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I have a few 1988 Made in Germany SA 90's and they are exactly the same as the made in USA ones. Same tape same shell just assembled in a different country, makes no difference. I have 100% made in Japan 1989 SA and 1989 SA tape made in Japan assembled in USA that have completely different shells that have the same problems.
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OK, fair enough
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I will keep repeating, I've never had a TDK tape fail on me. Got TDK D going back to 1981 and SA back to 1979...still going strong.

One USA made SA-X snapped in a car player....but it had been "stored" in Arkansas on the dash of a car. After splicing it's still going - albeit in the UK now.


We still do not know the reason why some people have problems with TDK cassettes.
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I will keep repeating, I've never had a TDK tape fail on me.
What's the purpose of repeating this every time a TDK railroading issue comes up? We get it...you have good luck with those tapes. Frankly it's starting to come across as smug.

There are definite issues with these tapes. Whether YOU have had problems with them or not is immaterial.
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What's the purpose of repeating this every time a TDK railroading issue comes up? We get it...you have good luck with those tapes. Frankly it's starting to come across as smug.

There are definite issues with these tapes. Whether YOU have had problems with them or not is immaterial.
Same reason those of you who have experienced problems with TDK cassettes mention it every time a thread is started about a TDK tape.
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Old 04-04-2016, 08:20 AM
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OK we get it and give in, TDK is the greatest tape company that was ever created.. At this point if a TDK lover had problems they probably wouldn't admit it anyway then they would have to eat crow and that's never going to happen. I will gladly trade any of my TDK's for any Maxell's just PM me and I will let you know what my TDK stockpile consists of...And by the way I like TDK pre 1988, 1988 and after are the one's I have the most problems with...

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What's the purpose of repeating this every time a TDK railroading issue comes up? We get it...you have good luck with those tapes. Frankly it's starting to come across as smug.

There are definite issues with these tapes. Whether YOU have had problems with them or not is immaterial.
Gotta disagree. The folks who post "railroad track issues" make the posts always sound like run! run! run! away from these tapes. The fact is my experience is the same as absinthe_boy's: I've never had this issue with SA, and I've used it in every incarnation. I have had issues with dropouts in the end-of-the-line versions, but for the ones identified as having railroad track issues -- don't make it sound like a given, because it's not.
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From here on out I will never explain or identify any issue with any TDK tape. Love your tapes....
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