Maxell XLII-S - 1988 - EU
A classic Type II. Great tape with a great shell.
Has pronounced treble compared to it's contemporary, the SA-X. Best used with decks with bias adjustment. This however gives it great bass too.
When you get the bias right, this is a remarkably good cassette with superb dynamic range and low noise.
This is the English made version for the American market, hence why it's classed as a collectible in the EU.
60 Minutes Tapes are Made in England! The wrapper on these are flawless, dirt and scratch free, making them rare in this condition. One of the heaviest cassette tape in our inventory, clocking in at 81 grams! These are sheer tanks!
Last 2 available! July 20, 2022 from a lot of about 23 I got in early 2020. Never had them available before and I highly doubt I'll ever find another lot or single tapes.
The single 100 Minutes cassette is made in JAPAN and NOT common at all.
Maxell was formed in 1960, when a dry cell manufacturing plant was created at the company's headquarters in Ibaraki, Osaka. In 1961, Maxell Electric Industrial Company, Limited was created out of the dry battery and magnetic tape divisions of Nitto Electric Industrial Company, Limited (now Nitto Denko Corporation).
The company's notable products are batteries—the company's name is a contraction of "maximum capacity dry cell"—wireless charging solutions, storage devices, computer tapes, professional broadcast tapes and functional materials. In the past, the company manufactured recording media, including audio cassettes and blank VHS tapes, and recordable optical discs including CD-R/RW and DVD±RW.
On March 4, 2008, Maxell announced that they would outsource the manufacturing of their optical media.
During the height of the Compact Audio Cassette's popularity, Maxell's audio cassettes were held in high regard, producing some of the finest examples of the standard available. The performance of the XLII-S (CrO2) and MX (pure metal particles) cassettes was regarded by many audiophiles to be the ultimate achievement in the pre digital domestic recording medium.
In the 1980s, Maxell became an icon of pop culture when it produced advertisements popularly known as "Blown Away Guy" for its line of audio cassettes. The original campaign conceived by Art Director Lars Anderson began as a two-page spread in Rolling Stone Magazine ad in 1980, and was made into television spots in 1981 which ran throughout the 1980s.
Maxell audio cassettes are available in 46, 60, 90, 100, 120 and 150 minute lengths.
Maxell XLII-S - 1988 - EU