TDK D - 1985 - US
The well respected and affordable Type I cassette. Legendary and reliable.
Honestly, the later and cheaper ones are just as good, so you'll really only want this version for nostalgia or collecting purposes.
A big of negative bias and NR, and this is a very musical cassette.
The price of this tape is NOT reflective of its rarity. This is a bargain compared to a very popular listing on SPECIAL on eBay at $13.49...
NOTE 1: 30 Minutes - Last one! Nov 25, 2023. RARE Length. Lightly scuffed (see pic). Made in Japan.
NOTE 2: 60 & 90 Minutes - Brand new Tapes. Made in Japan for the USA market.
NOTE 3: 90 Minutes. "Audio tape made in Japan, cassette assembled in USA". This one will cost you $1 more! Why? Buy one of each and tell me what you think why this might be, and win 150 Bonus Cassette Coins on top of the ~85 you will get from buying one of each. Just telling me why... will not get you this bonus! You will need to make the purchase first. One of each! It can be either one of the "Made in Japan" 60 or 90 minutes" and one of the "Assembled in the USA" 90 Minutes. Since there are only 15 of the ones "Assembled in the USA", this can only be done up to 15 times. Only one bonus per customer, regardless of how many sets you purchase.
TDK was founded in Tokyo, Japan, on 7 December 1935 to manufacture the iron-based magnetic material ferrite, which had been recently invented by Yogoro Kato and Takeshi Takei. In 1952 and 1957 they began production of magnetic tapes, with compact cassette tapes following in 1966; it is for these that the company is most widely noted. TDK used to manufacture an extensive portfolio of magnetic and optical media, including several formats of videotape and blank CD-R and recordable DVD discs until the recording business was sold to Imation in 2007.
Since 1997 TDK has gradually withdrawn from the production of compact cassettes. First with the MA-X and AR ("Acoustic Response"), then the AD ("Acoustic Dynamic") and SA-X line in 2001 and 2002 respectively, then the MA ("Metal Alloy") line in 2004. The SA ("Super Avilyn") and D ("Dynamic") lines were withdrawn in 2012 under Imation ownership. Industry trends see the company moving into new forms of media; in 2004 TDK was the first media manufacturer to join the companies developing BD post-DVD technology. TDK operated a semiconductor division in California for about a decade, but divested it in 2005.
In late 2007, Imation acquired TDK's recording business, including flash media, optical media, magnetic tape, and accessories, for $300 million. This also included a license to use the "TDK Life on Record" brand on data storage and audio products for 25 years. In September 2015, Imation announced that it had agreed to relinquish this license and would cease selling TDK-branded products by the end of the year.
TDK D 1985 - Made in Japan or Made in the USA