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Spectrum - TAP, Z80, or TZX?


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hi Guys - Working with adding the ZX Spectrum to launchbox however am wondering what are peoples preffered ROM type? - TAP seems nice as it is exactly like the original tapes including loading screens however they do have their downsides. Z80 seems more robust and a clean snapshot however you lose the loading screen. TZX seems interesting however, and seems a mix of the two.

What are your experiences and is there a clear winner?

 

Many thanks

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Im a .TAP fan myself but you may find that not all titles are dumped in that format so i just use anything that is available, i use spectaculator for emulation it is premium (paid for) but it supports .pok files for cheats and is amazing.

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Ok thanks Harry. Do TAP files literally take the same time to load though as the olden days?. i can see that becoming frustrating after the novelty has worn off.

Also, i have a huge batch of ROMs, all in these different folder formats. there are so many roms i am trying to cut them down. I have deleted all (B), and (A1/2/3/4..) but there are still about 6000. there seem to be many duplicates still but is there an automated solution anywhere other than grinding through it?

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.tap and .tzx are the most popular formats. I would go by .tap

All  Spectrum emulators have the option to load .tap files instantly. If you miss the good old days :) , you can have the .tap load slow (just like the cassete did)

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2 hours ago, floodie said:

Ok thanks Harry. Do TAP files literally take the same time to load though as the olden days?. i can see that becoming frustrating after the novelty has worn off.

Also, i have a huge batch of ROMs, all in these different folder formats. there are so many roms i am trying to cut them down. I have deleted all (B), and (A1/2/3/4..) but there are still about 6000. there seem to be many duplicates still but is there an automated solution anywhere other than grinding through it?

if when importing the folder you tick the box (combine roms named the same) it will only make one entry and you can select which version to load.

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