As long as you have a standalone Dolby unit handy. Otherwise, with a good high end on your speakers, everything will sound like someone is taking a shower while running a belt sander in the background.AKAI GX-747, safely tucked away in a closet. Yes, old recordings degrade. I was lucky to purchase some unused Ampex 456 tapes from a recording studio that went digital. still in airtight plasticbags. Could be a trip down nostalgia lane to make a tape or two with my favourite music.