4 Short Lived Recording Formats Ahead Of Their Times!Sunday, July 10, 2016
1. Magnetic Wire Recorder
Instead of recording onto magnetic tape, the wire recorder records onto a strand of stainless steel wire, about the thickness of a human hair. The wire recorder had a brief heyday in the late 1940's and people were really excited about what you could do with a wire recorder. One of the most popular uses for wire recorders was as dictation machines and Webster-Chicago was the number one brand making them at the time.
Digital Micro Tape
If you are someone who grew up in early 2000's you'd probably find hard to imagine people using mechanical magnetic tapes; especially given the popularity of electronic storage technology today. The Sony NT Cassette was a digital micro tape format of the early 1990's that looked very much like the Picocassette, which was the smallest analogue cassette tape ever made.
If you don't remember ever seeing a cassette changer that would be because cassette changers weren't largely sold to the public but used mostly in shops or gyms. Cassette changers came in all shapes and could hold different numbers of cassettes. There were some cassette changers that could hold a massive 20 cassettes such as the Panasonic RS-296US (pictured below) and Philips N2401 Cassette Changer, both from the early 1970's (the Philips N2401 actually held 6 cassette tapes in a stack formation).
The D-Theater tape format is another bit of technology that came out in the late 1990's when the first HD televisions were launched, in the year 1998. D-Theater was essentially HD Video on VHS format and the quality of this tape format could even compete with the likes of BluRay and HD DVD.