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Re: DATs, Was Re: arsclist Duplicating casette tapes

I would agree with Jerry.  Any contact media is outdated technology.  Besides,
CD-Rs are just plain more durable.  This is common sense, not debatable rocket
science.  Try these simple tests:

Record audio onto both a CD-R and a DAT.  Place each in their respective case,
lay them flat on some pavement and run over them with your car.  Make sure the
cases are good and crushed (repeat if necessary).  Which plays back more

Or nail two finishing nails into the roof of your house.  Removing the media
from their cases slip them onto the nails with the underside facing up.  Allow
them to be exposed to the elements.  When six months passes by take them down
and let me know which plays back more accurately.

Jeff Carroll
Audio Preservation & Restoration Engineer
Southern Folklife Collection
Manuscripts Department
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.(919) 962-1345   Fax (919) 962-3594

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