Are all new personal stereos doomed?

From Techmoan.

I was hoping to have better news – but nope, it is what it is. I have to call it – the likelihood of ever seeing a good new cassette ‘Walkman’ ever again is so close to zero…I’ll just say it’s zero.

I have to thank YoungSung Jeon (our man in Korea) for going to all the trouble of making a two hour round trip to pick this up from a store and then sending it on to me.

While I had hoped that this would have shown that it’s still possible for a company to make a reasonable quality cassette "walkman’ type device in 2021 – it demonstrated the opposite. However this result does have a value of its own. Rather than fruitlessly buying each new device that comes out only to get the same results – we can see that the problem lies with the mechanisms that remain available.
Since it seems extremely unlikely that anyone is going to start making a new high quality personal stereo cassette transport ever again – we can now draw a line under this period of history. Finding a newly manufactured high quality cassette ‘Walkman’ has now become as impossible as finding a newly manufactured high quality Edison Cylinder player. Things move on. These devices have passed into history. As a result you now either choose to buy an old one with the understanding that you deal with whatever issues come from making that decision – or you just don’t get one.

00:00 Old man
01:54 What’s in the box
03:49 Buttons
05:14 First impressions
07:10 Quirks
08:14 Bluetooth
08:53 Audio Tests
11:19 You can’t polish a …
15:52 Wow & Flutter & more Wow
16:41 How to spot & avoid these
19:52 The truth hurts
20:49 Patreon Credits

CORRECTION:
The test audio track used was misnamed – the correct track details are
English Country Garden by Aaron Kenny

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