|Originally posted by cymro:
The greater the depth of the head, the poorer is its ability to "overwrite" existing recordings.
I completely agree with your logic here. Unfortunately my experiences so far don't back it up, probably because of our friend Murphy.
The recorder used for the head change documentation was my first recorder. It had served well in standard home theater duty, recording HBO and SHO movies to virgin SVHS and DVHS tapes. After some considerable use, the machine started having problems playing its own tapes, particularly near the end of the tapes. Cleaning tapes would restore operation for only a few plays. It finally got so bad I had to stop using it. I moved the machine to a second location where I planned to do OTA recording. While I was setting that up I repeatedly ran a JVC DF-480 tape through it. To my surprise, it started working quite well again, as long as I kept using that 480 tape. I suppose clogging was the explanation. The highly polished (and high quality) DF-480 tape wasn't shedding anything that would clog the very worn heads.
Re: Analog and Digital. In a former life I collected rare "golden age" stereo LP recordings, made by the geniuses that invented the process. Those are very
"analog" for the youngsters here. The game was to use the latest technology (like $2000 hand-made phono cartridges) to extract ever more perfection from those beautiful recordings. It was truly amazing how good they could be made to sound. Maybe the slogan should be:
Analog: There's always a little more.
Digital: That's all there is.
Analog -- Always out of adjustment.
Digital -- Always one more bug.