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1,800,000 1,800,000 1,650,000 1,700,000 1,650,000 1,600,000 1,500,000 1,400,000 100,000 250,000 500,000 1,200,000 1,600,000 1,800,000 2,000,000 Cassette Total 200,000 600,000 1,700,000 3,400,000 4,700,000 1,800,000 1,900,000 1,900,000 2,400,000 3,450,000 4,900,000 6,700,000 8,100,000 SOURCE: Angus & Eisenberg, 1969, p. 53. longer solely in the domain of the hi-fi enthusiast. " Cassette sound quality was good, with most cassette decks able to repro­ duce from 50 to 10000 Hz. In 1969 the Dolby noise reduction system was adapted for use with cassettes, reducing tape hiss and improv­ ing dynamic range.

Hughbanks also claims that Edison told one of his workmen that he designed a machine "that would record and reproduce speech" (p. 11). It is no wonder that the phonograph was then commonly referred to as a talking machine. The History of Sound Recording 17 Hughbanks writes that the early phonographs were "tinny and very unmusical" (p. 12). Even its reproduction of speech lacked fidelity. "The reproduction it made was little better than a parody of the voice" ( p. 14). The early phonograph was used to both record and reproduce sound by means of a large acoustic horn (familiar to many people from the RCA/Victor "His Master's Voice" logo), thereby necessitating strong sound sources to provide adequate levels of loudness.

During World War II, the Allies and the Nazis showed an interest in magnetic recording. S. Army and Navy had developed a "Magnetic Wire Sound Re­ corder" that weighed around ten pounds, could record up to four hours, and could run on batteries. The potential uses the military foresaw were for "pilots [who couldJ plug it into a plane's electrical system and record what they see—things they might forget to tell 30 ROCK FORMATION Intelligence when they get home. Signalmen can use the Recorder for intelligence reports.

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