I recently got back into using mini-cassette recorders cause I love the simplicity and that for what I use it for, (memos or reminders) I don't mind the low audio quality
If it's low quality memos and reminders what you're recording, might as well use a keyring mp3 player from a dollar store, and you won't find yourself lost when the tapes finally wear out into a bunch.
I actually enjoy how old school any digital song can sound when you play it through a cassette recorder! 80's pop songs sound even better when re-recorded on cassettes in my opinion
Anything analog's inherently superior, provided it's recorded on high quality media, but the quality is not going to increase by going from digital to analog, though you can preserve it to some degree by keeping it analog (e.g. vinyl to cassette). Surely a worn out tape or a cheap recorder may muffle off some of the high freq roughness, but you can do that with virtually any built in stereo eq and it will sound just as "better".
I used to use cassette tapes for recording little events in my life when I was 13, now I'm 22. Ah, Good 'ol days of tech. 😀
20 bucks I have cassettes older than your parents 🤣
Why upgrade really when they can still work well enough. Below is my Sony M-530v cassette recorder I bought second hand two years ago. I also went back to watching VHS tapes. Their picture/audio quality does not degrade as fast as most people think. And they are far more durable than any stinkin' DVD media! 😉 I still like DVDs but hate it that newer disks won't play on earlier DVD playersand that they scratch too easy like CDs. They really should have been enclosed the in protective transparent cases. I think pre-release designs were like that though...
Why not use the best of 2 worlds when available? behold the Laserdisc!
Nevermind the relative advantage regarding resolution, most DVD's I own are poorly mastered because of trailers and extra garbage wasting precious bits that could have been used to store higher quality media. Yet, if you take care of them like you're supposed to, they will never look any worse, unlike their analog counterpart.
You simply aren't being careful enough with your stuff. I don't have a single scratch on any of my CD's or DVD's; not one. It's not about having a museum at home, just handle with care, it's not rocket science.