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Just got a TRS-80 CoCo. Can I use any old Casette player to load games?

#TRS-80 Casette Newbie CoCo

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#1 RockyRaccoon OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:56 PM

As the title says, I got a TRS-80 CoCo. It comes with a Pak game. (Chess), and it's been modded to use RCA Video/In out style jacks. (I believe this is called a composite mod? I am basically returning to the collectors scene of retro games after a VERY long hiatus.) for what I think is a good price of 35 dollars off ebay.

 

NOW, besides the cassette interface cable, do I need a super special cassette player to load tapes? Or can I just use any old cassette player after fiddling with volume settings? As far as I can tell the only benefit of a 'super special TRS-80 specific' cassette is the ability for the computer to control it directly? (Or heck, can I even play an audio file of the cassette off my computer or smart phone?)

 

Just making sure I know what to get and look out for~



#2 arcadeshopper OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:22 PM

As the title says, I got a TRS-80 CoCo. It comes with a Pak game. (Chess), and it's been modded to use RCA Video/In out style jacks. (I believe this is called a composite mod? I am basically returning to the collectors scene of retro games after a VERY long hiatus.) for what I think is a good price of 35 dollars off ebay.
 
NOW, besides the cassette interface cable, do I need a super special cassette player to load tapes? Or can I just use any old cassette player after fiddling with volume settings? As far as I can tell the only benefit of a 'super special TRS-80 specific' cassette is the ability for the computer to control it directly? (Or heck, can I even play an audio file of the cassette off my computer or smart phone?)
 
Just making sure I know what to get and look out for~

Yes you can use any cassette recorder and I had good luck using my Windows tablet with a stereo to Mono adapter

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#3 RockyRaccoon OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 10, 2017 5:49 PM

Thanks for the reply, acadeshopper! That's neat then! I can buy a generic cassette deck then or just use a spare old smartphone I have laying around then.







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