Maxell XLI-S - 1992 - USIf you are considering this cassette, it is very likely because you know their real value in terms of their capability and performance for exceptional sound reproduction. Some of these well-known Super Ferric tapes are now incredibly sought after because of one major reason. These will perform so well that if you close the "curtain" on someone and ask him what Type of tape they are listening to, most will not be able to tell. The main reason why these are superior is simple. They can be played on any basic cassette player, walkman, boombox, and all the way to the most sophisticated Nakamucho-like valued high-end cassette decks, without the need for the 70microseconds chrome/metal setting.
NOTE: Wrappers show light scuffing throughout. No rips. One of these cassettes is listed separately here as it has a cracked case. It's been discounted.
NOTE: New cassette with cracked case just added. November 26, 2022. Small crack on the front.
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 XLI-S - 1992 - US