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 Post subject: Re: 8 track tape sound quality
PostPosted: Nov Mon 05, 2018 1:49 pm 
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Fifties, the second picture is that an Automatic Radio speaker?


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 Post subject: Re: 8 track tape sound quality
PostPosted: Nov Mon 05, 2018 6:32 pm 
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I couldn't tell ya. It came from a very low end stereo tuner rig my little brother purchased around 1969 or so, and had a 4" speaker inside, which I replaced with a larger one. I do like that it's a wood cabinet.

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 Post subject: Re: 8 track tape sound quality
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Oh ok it may not be Automatic radio then.

The ones I have of a similar design were two way until I realized there was space enough for a dome tweeter. Now they are three way :mrgreen:


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beat_truck wrote:
They varied big time. Some were passable and some were just atrocious.

Ya one time I had what I think was a BOOTLEG of an album and it was way overmodulated!! (Sounded like 110% -- Not good @ all)

Thankfully most 8 tracks sound goregous!!!


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Dude111 wrote:

Thankfully most 8 tracks sound goregous!!!

Mmmm, not quite, and I have a sh**load of 'em. They're fun, and for their time produced reasonably audio quality, but the '60's-'70's have come and gone, and current methods certainly provide better fidelity.

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Well 8 tracks are mainly for those who love analog like crazy :)


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 Post subject: Re: 8 track tape sound quality
PostPosted: May Wed 08, 2019 6:00 am 
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The glue on those 8 track sensing foils dried out and comes apart very easily. The solution is to play the tape and the instant the tape machine switches to another track, quickly remove it from the tape player. You should see the sensing foil on the end of the cartridge. Replace it with new sensing foil and your tape should be good to go for a long time to come. You can buy replacement 8 track sensing foil and those spongy pressure pads on eBay. There are lots of YouTube videos on how to rebuild 8 track tape cartridges.

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