OOps! Hi-fi thread looming?
Would love all that tech talk, if I understood a word of it. My works van is 2016 so only has a socket to plug in your MP3 and devices. My car is 2001 so is still 'old skool'. Got my Renault CD player and a spare tape deck for £8 each ($5) at a car breakers.
I tape my records on a Nakamichi DR2 3x descreet head tape deck. I don't understand the science, but these load up the tapes with a higher signal strength than normal decks and need head demagnitising regularly. Playback is almost indistinguishable from source (Roksan Xerxes, or Marantz CD10), although you can hear the subtle difference between vinyl and CD via the cassette in the car. I almost bought a 'Nak' car tape player once, but didn't have the spare dosh at the time. These are RARE now!
Most amazing dynamic demo tape I have was made on DR with TDK 'AR' Superferric was the album 'Baby' by Yellow on vinyl; that Germanic dude who also did 'Flag'. Freaked them out when I took my DR2 down the local hi-fi emporium to try out some Ruark compact speakers. So I don't care much about convenience.
Best stuff to drive to is ambient electronic in my view.
What are your drive tunes?
I wouldn't mind a hi-fi thread, I can go nuts on that. Too bad I no longer own any hi-fi, or even mid-fi anymore.
You have a good tape deck IMO and can easily make good recordings with little fuss. The problem with the super snob "Dragon" and all it's bells and whistles is that in the right hands it can make stellar recordings and playback. In the wrong hands, it can really sound like shit. Kinda like why they don't put fully adjustable suspension on a Harley....the owners don't have a damn clue what to do with it, and would likely adjust it in a manner that would be unsafe and crash. In a nutshell, the high frequencies get boosted during recording, if it didn't the highs get lost on the tape and you'd never hear them again on playback. It's done to make sure the highs actually get on there. Then the Dolby knocks that boosted signal back down, reducing hiss in the process but also allowing you to distinguish between soft and loud passages.
Regarding tape, be careful with metal IV tape. Over time, it wears the heads badly. The ever so slight benefits of IV over CrO2 II just isn't worth it if you have an expensive deck. This is why the industry actually quit putting type IV in their decks, including Nakamichi.
I generally don't drive anywhere long enough to listen to anything in my vehicle, which is weird as I have a hard drive with over 12,000 lossless songs on it. And as the Jeep only has a USB 2.0 to plug into, I'm practically at work by the time the unit recognizes and assembles all the files into a menu for me to access.
I ride the bike pretty much every day anyway. But when I do take the Jeep, it's anything from golden oldies, classic rock, blues, old school R&B, metal and local rock between the 1950s and current. Not a fan of electronica as I'm a musician that plays an analog instrument (guitar and bass). So I just don't "get it". But I do have a station programmed on the satellite called "Spa" that plays mood/ambient stuff that's pretty relaxing that would be good for keeping road rage at bay on a bad traffic day. But I need something lively to keep me awake in a car. Driving bores me to sleep as it just isn't interactive enough to keep me awake.