Maxell MX-S METAL CASSETTE TAPE Tape Decks

4.75/5 (12 Reviews)


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METAL BIAS PREMIUM CASSETTE TAPE


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nakahead a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2005

Bottom Line:   
The Maxell MX-S has an incredible dynamic range and no hiss whatsoever! It has given me fantastic results year after year. However you'll need a well looked after machine to get the best of it (most modern Naks are factory set up for Maxell anyway). I must say that the MX-S even beats my Sony super metal master tapes in some mysterious ways, especially with the Dragon! Good bye DAT...Long live analog!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $8.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KJ Bleus a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Re: Maxell MX-S cassette

Still the best analogue cassette performer in regards to quality, consistency and durability.

Just wanted to add that this is a great idea to do some reviews and comparisons of the highend metal type IV cassette tape medium that is now becoming collectors territory.

I'll support the effort, and add some new cassette reviews to the original one on Maxell MX-S. By the way, MX-S is my preferred cassette, although I dabble using others like Sony Super Metal Master, TDK MA-EX, and MA-XG. These four cassette editions are the very best of breed ever produced.

Read more about cassettes and Nakamichi cassette decks on my Nak CyberSpot web portal at:

http://www.angelfire.com/wi/blueswapper/bluesnak99.html

Also, visit the very excellent cassette tribute webpages of Dysoplex Man at:

http://www.dysoplex.com/btg/maxell.html

Regards,

K.J. Bleus
Madison, Wisc USA
kjbleus@lycos.com

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $3.00

Purchased At:   That would be tellin



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by asw_tech a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Ok here's an up to date review on an outdated media format..(analog cassetes) But I presently use these tapes for my most discriminating musical sources such as HDCD, DVD-A, CD-Analog, and Yes LP's still!! I spent alot of deniro revamping my home audio system due to divorce, countless moves, equipment wear, and finally, my desire to buy the best tapes using audiophile quality components like Nakamichi tape decks, Stanton Cartridges (890SA)for my 1/2 speed master records, and some really sweet sounding DVD's and HDCD's (No SACD's yet) Too much $$$ IMO
Anyway here's what I found using Maxell's last and quite probably BEST cassette ever produced..These tapes while very costly, give you the best sonic accuracy and dynamics from an analog medium that's still available to the true audiophile. I use them for playback both at home on my Nak BX 300 and my Clarion Pro Audio car head unit (no longer made) I've made tapes of every type of music conceivable from hard rock (Pink Floyd, LZ, and Def Leppard old leppard pre 90's) to softer more acoustical sources like (Dire Straits, Steely Dan, Kenny "G", and even some classical music like James Horner, John Williams and John Dunbar Dances with Wolves) type of music. I have a wide range of musical appreciation as I approach my 40's. Something time has afforded me without significant hearing loss. You can after properly bias adjusting these tapes, drive them all the way to +07 to +10 db and they WON'T distort in any way. They preserve the delicate nuances of the source from cymbals, to acoustic guitars to the gut wrenching BOOM of heavily bass laden heavy metal types of music faithfully. Their build quality is superior, and they only come in 60 and 90 minute lengths to preserve the 1 mil thickness which is vital to preventing stretching, punch thru, damage inherent with magnetic tape.
With very low hiss and incredible range Maxell's MXS tapes are simply the best money can buy short of purchasing the MAX Ceramic shell $20 a piece cassettes which came and went as the medium moved from analog to digital. To say these tapes are a very reliable and long lasting without loss of the dynamics of music tape would be a very accurate statement. I've used every other brand of tape from TDK MAX, to BASF, Memorex, Sony Metal ES, Ampex, Denon, Nakamichi ZX, and various other hi dollar cassettes. They simply don't measure up to Maxell's build quality, and faithful playback year after year reliability. Nothing comes close. You truly have to go to CD'R's which are fallible due to sratches, cracks, and other obvious daily life consequences from plastic discs, which were never meant to be handled the way in-which cassette tapes were designed to withstand.
You never actually touch the magnetic tape which preserves the flawless, and I might add delicate vinyl 1 mil thick tape in a superior built like a battleship housing that Maxell continued with their MXS tapes right up to their discontinuation!
Tapes that I mastered 5 even 10 years ago sound as true, and accurate, as the day they were made. If you love the wonderful sound of anlog tape, something digital attempts to capture, you simply can't find a better storage device than the Maxell MXS metal cassette period. It cannot be topped. Those who have these tapes, know of their quality, and should take care to properly store these tapes in a cool, dry storage location. (Not on your car's dashboard in the heat of summer) Even CD's won't last under those conditions. So my advice to those considering which tape to choose, need look no further, than to seek Maxell's MXS Metal tape cassettes. You won't regret it. I promise you!!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998

Purchased At:   J & R Music World (n



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stephen Adelbert Smith a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I purchased three Maxell MX-S 90-minute audio tapes in 1993. Between July 1993 and April 1994, I recorded my favorite Oldies records from vinyl record sources, audio tapes, and compact disc sources, using two JVC Model TD-W207 dual stereo cassette tape decks, a Realistic 32-1200C stereo mixing console, a Technics Model SL-D5 Direct Drive Automatic Turntable, and a Realistic V15-RS stereo magnetic cartridge. I used Maxell MX-S 90-minute tapes for recording at normal speeds and for recording half-speed master tapes of old 78-RPM records. Dolby B Noise Reduction was used on all recordings. All normal recordings and the preliminary half-speed master recordings of 78-RPM records were recorded at the standard cassette tape speed of 1 7/8 inches per second. To produce the final recording of 78-RPM records, the half-speed master tape was played on JVC TD-W207 tape deck #1 at high-speed dubbing (3 3/4 inches per second) while feeding the signal to JVC TD-W207 tape deck #2 recording at the normal speed of 1 7/8 inches per second. All recording levels were set to a maximum peak level of +4 decibels, according to recording guidelines in the JVC TD-W207 owner's manual. After eight to nine years of playing and shipping the tapes with me from Hawaii to Korea and then to Colorado, the three tapes still retain the same clarity when they were recorded in 1993, with a decibel loss of 2 decibels on two tapes and no noticeable decibel loss on the third tape. My tape collection includes Maxell UD-90 audio cassette tapes from 1984 and various other Maxell brand tapes. These tapes continue to play after 18 years. A friend in the 1970s recommended Maxell tapes to me as a good brand of tapes; and I agree with his opinion, after my personal experience with Maxell Tapes over the past 18 years. Stephen A. Smith, Denver, Colorado, March 25, 2002

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Purchased At:   Tower Records, Honol



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan Garrobo a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I'm not familiar with Maxell MX-S, but I'm more familiar with Maxell Metal Vertex. Purchased some in Japan way back in 1992, each piece is individually serial numbered. While in Japan I also had a chance to other high-end metal tapes (cassette) like Sony Metal Master & TDK MA-XG, no joke these are quite expensive but they sounded equally excellent and perfectly matches the power of Nakamichi Dragon player, push it to the limit! Sound can only be better judged by your own discriminating ears and not by any other testing apparatus! enjoy the music!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $12.00

Purchased At:   Akihabara, Japan




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