While not as high profile as the resurgence of vinyl, magnetic master tapes are seeing a revival, as well. Thorens is looking to supply that market with the TM 1600. Built in collaboration with Ballfinger, it plays quarter-inch tape, with three direct drive motors: two for the reels and one of the capstan. It can handles reels up to 10.5", has a real-time counter with hours/minutes/seconds/hundredth seconds, and is designed for both horizontal and wall-mount use. It will be available in summer 2020 with a high-gloss black or walnut finish.
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