• Brand: Radio Shack / Realistic
  • Type: Supertape
  • Reel: 5" (13cm), 7" (18cm)
  • Lengths Available: 600' (180m), 900' (275m), 1200' (360m), 1800' (550m), 2400' (720m), 3600' (1100m)
  • Thickness: SP (1.5 mil), LP (1.0 mil), DP (0.5 -0.75 mil), TP (0.5 mil)
  • Tape Grade / Performance Level: 3-Low Noise / High Output
  • Base Material: Polyester
  • 2020 Advice: Good for Daily Use, Good for all speeds
  • Where Produced: USA
  • Mfg Years: Late 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
  • Sale Condition: Refurbished - 90 day warranty
  • Description:

    Radio Shack’s premier tape was Realistic’s Supertape, a low noise / high output (type 3) tape made in house, probably in the former Allied Electronics tape production facilities which were absorbed by Tandy. Tests at the time didn’t exactly consider this tape as great – although in catalogs performance slightly superior to Scotch’s 207 were published. In reality the tape suffered from poor stability and drop outs compared top tier brands.  Our own tests have shown the tape is actually pretty good – and more importantly, it does not supper from sticky shed or squealing.  Notes:

    • This is a formula that has withstood the test of time – it does not suffer from sticky shed, squealing, or excess oxide shedding, despite its less than best reputation for quality at the time.
    • You can identify this tape by its dark gray (almost black) color and very shiny surface. It does not have a back coating.
    • This formulation was available in all lengths and thicknesses – SP, LP, DP and TP. Like competitive offerings from Scotch, Ampex and Memorex, the DP oxide coating is identical to the SP and LP versions.
    • What might be interesting to Reel to Reel Enthusiasts is that they produced a TP version of this tape, and the TP version was one of the best ones ever made – if only because very few manufacturers tried to produce a high quality TP tape with a modern formulation.
    • Available Refurbished: Yes, you can buy refurbished reels of Supertape in our store.

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