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Old 31st March 2008
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There are indeed big differences in DAT tapes and how reliably they run. These differences are in the plastic shells and the thinness of the tape. As with everything, you get what you pay for. Deep discount dat tapes usually fail.

There are two different thicknesses of tape--one for up to 60 minute and a thinner tape for 90 and 120. Precision shells help the tape not to bind and jam.

I have found HHB and BASF/EMTEC to be the best and most reliable. Sony is OK.
TDK is OK.

I have had no problems with the 120 tapes over many years of use. Since in your application the tape runs at 2X speed, you may need to use the longer tapes.

However, in general, I feel that dat should be abandoned.