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Reel to reel, cassette and other analogue tape formats.

RE: Small amount of hiss doesn't bother me

would agree with the comments made by Bill and Victor. If you can swing it, half track the way to go.

If not an option, and you are locked in the 707 and 909 or similar machines and formats, dolby HX pro or an outboard Dolby S encoder may be an option or alternative. Problem wth DBX is once encoded, you can only playback with DBX, not without it.

on either quarter track machine you can also make a significant improvement by taking the signals off the tape heads and route to a tube tape head preamp. Their playback circuits were designed in the days of high neg fdback to lower THD levels, so much better sounding alternatives are out there now.

Quite a few of the tube phono stages are available, and not a lot of cash. you would have to modify the RIAA eq curve to fit either NAB or IEC tape curve. so would need some basic soldering skills.

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