Will DAT Be a Dud?

"I just can't bring myself to buy a compact-disc player until I have something in writing that says that's the last thing they're going to invent," says comedian Rita Rudner. Sorry, Rita. Now there's a major new format to agonize over: digital audio tape. Sony's model DTC-75ES, the first mass-market DAT recorder available in the U.S., began arriving in stores last week.

While the machines have been sold in Europe and Japan for more than two years, the U.S. debut has been delayed by controversy. Reason: the recorders can produce flawless copies of CDs, which has raised fears in the music...

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