TDK MA-X - 1986 - US

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TDK MA-X - 1986 - US

TDKs best Type IV from the mid 80s.

A legendary and superbly capable cassette. The same tape inside this can be found in the crikey expensive MA-XG, only that the MA-XG has a shell made out of alloy.

NOTE: These 4 tapes have white powder on the pancakes. Very common to TDK Metals of this era and it is not detrimental to the tape or its quality. Do your research on this. There are videos on YouTube, even by Tony Villa (CassetteComeback videos) put out a video about all of this. Apparently Fast Forwarding (>>) and then Rewinding (<<) the tape from beginning to end and back a couple of times removes this powder from the pancake, and it is then good to go. Maybe after the (>>) and then (<<) you may want to open the cassette and attempt to blow off the tiny white powder particles that would probably be sitting at the bottom of the shells on the inside of the cassette. This is all doable, however you will need to be super carefull. It is not an easy process, but let's be realistic, you need to expect some drawbacks when wanting to deal with anything that is nearly 40 years old. 

About TDK:

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.[3] 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.

Operations in the USA began in 1965 with a New York City office,[4] and European operations began in 1970 with an office in FrankfurtWest Germany.[5]

Since 1997 TDK has gradually withdrawn from the production of compact cassettes.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 The SA ("Super Avilyn") and D ("Dynamic") lines were withdrawn in 2012 under Imation ownership.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.[4] 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.[6][7] This also included a license to use the "TDK Life on Record" brand on data storage and audio products[8] for 25 years.[6] In September 2015, Imation announced that it had agreed to relinquish this license[9] and would cease selling TDK-branded products by the end of the year.[10]

TDK MA-X - 1986 - US