With that beingness said, I acquire out yous straight off amongst v bits of onetime applied scientific discipline yous may or may non pick out heard earlier or fifty-fifty knew existed:
Philips Digital Compact Cassette (DCC)
Launched inward the early on 1990's, correct nearly the same fourth dimension Sony launched their mini-disc, the DCC is real similar inward size to a regular compact cassette though the DCC had a much sleeker pattern amongst the tape itself sliding out of the overstep in addition to the metallic slider protector roofing the sprocket holes of the cassette.
8 Track Tape Cartridge
The 8 Track tape is some other sound format that was short-lived, in addition to mayhap that was because of its size in addition to inconveniences similar having to striking a clitoris to alter tracks! The 8 rail tape slightly smaller than a cigar box, runs at 3.5 inches per 2d (IPS) in addition to uses a regular 4-channel quarter-inch tape amongst each channel divided into 2-channels, thus 8 track. Inside an 8 rail cartridge, the tape is on a reel which could concur almost 12 minutes.
What was also somewhat inconvenient nearly the 8 rail tape is how album tracks had to live split up. Because of the loop within the tape in addition to unlike album rail lengths, the album tracks had to live rearranged differently to gibe on an 8 rail tape. There were several 8 rail players made such every bit the Wien 8TD4 in addition to Wien 8TD3, JVC Nivico, Pioneer HR-99 and Shibuya 66. You tin also selection upwards quite cheaply recordable 8 rail cartridges every bit good every bit a cassette adapter for your 8 rail thespian to play regular compact cassette tapes.
Next upwards is the Sony Elcaset in addition to tape thespian which came out inward the mid 1970's during the golden era of the sound cassette in addition to the reel to reel machine. The take in behind the Elcaset was to essentially acquire the first-class quarter-inch reel to reel tape sound within a handy compact cassette. Because of its peculiar size, the Elcaset resembles real much a hybrid betwixt an sound cassette in addition to a video cassette. The Sony Elcaset thespian itself was real much similar inward size to a Pioneer SX 3600 receiver.
Sony D-88 Mini CD
The Sony Mini CD in addition to steal D-88 Discman thespian both came out inward 1988 taking the music footing yesteryear storm. The D-88 thespian itself was smaller than a regular 5-inch (12 cm) CD, field the CD itself was 3-inch (8 cm). The Sony D-88 came amongst a battery pack though it could live plugged into mains too. The appealing matter nearly the Sony D-88 is that non solely it was the smallest Discman ever made merely it could also play both mini CDs (8cm) in addition to 12 cm CDs.
VHS PCM adaptor
Before DAT machines (like the Tascam 238) in addition to CD burners came along inward the belatedly 1990's, nosotros had Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) adaptors which plugged into a conventional VHS recorder to tape CD character digital sound on a evidently unproblematic VHS (or Betamax) tape. You could tape upwards to 8 hours of pure CD character sound on a unmarried VHS tape, which at the fourth dimension was real inexpensive to purchase compared to buying a real expensive Digital Audio Tape (DAT) magnetic tape.