8-Track Cartridge Deck (1974)
Type: 2-head, single deck
Track System: 8-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 9.5 cm/s
Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase
Motor: electronic speed control motor
Frequency Response: 30Hz to 15kHz
Input: 45mV (line), 0.15mV (mic)
Output: 0.8V (line)
Dimensions: 21-1/8 x 4-3/4 x 11-1/4 inches
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Reviewed Aug 07th, 2016 by RTM
I found one of these in the early '90's in a GW store. ($10.00)
I've owned several other recorder players (Akai, Sharp and Pioneer-the last of which is my usual favorite) and THIS quad player is the most High Fidelity of any that I've owned. (Followed closely by any one of several Pioneers, but obviously-since these did NOT have a lot of high fidelity ambition applied to them-end user cost of entry was always a factor to the marketplace of the time) It comes very close to equaling the RECORD/PB quality of decent 3.75ips two head RTR's. Faint praise to some, but better than most people might remember. Of course all the mechanical (kuh-klunk) issues are there, but what's not is the intrusive hiss , wow, flutter and poor alignment crosstalk issues. You will have to clean, align and re-calibrate the motor (a major pain as the speed adjustment is on the motor shaft itself) to get the best out of them. The 10/10 score is relative to the rest of the format. It won't go toe to toe with a good consumer/semi-pro or professional RTR or late generation Cassette machine. But they speak better for the format (with a good tape) than most folks might like to admit. Worth having for its being the best of its format/conversation piece value.