Phillips DCC730 18 Bit Digital Compact Cassette Recorder

Phillips DCC730

Ahhh DCC – yet another Betamax moment in the history of media formats – sadly it never did catch on!

It was basically the poor man’s DAT recorder. Far more cost effective, it was also able to playback analogue cassettes too which was very handy in 1995.

In order to squish high quality digital audio onto cassette tape travelling at 1.75 ips, the DCC730 used an early audio compression technology (like the MP3 we use today) called PASC.

At the Garage we used the DCC730 mainly for audio backup & archiving.

Here is an SOS article about it (circa 1995)

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