Flea Market Find – 8-Track Tape Player

So for $5, I was able to nab a boxed (though used) Stereo 8 player. Not a common purchase I know, but it is bound to get at least some use as a stereo component.

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The Box, weighing about 7 pounds while full

Eight-tracks, for those who don’t know, were once the reigning format for portable music, later being replaced by the cassette tape. Like the four-track tape, the eight-track would have multiple programs per tape that could be switched from one to the other using a button on the player. Though eight-track tapes, like the name implies, can hold more music than a four-track tape, they do so in the same amount of space. Ultimately, the sound quality of an eight-track tape is less than the quality of a four-track tape.

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Queen’s News of the World

Upon adding the unit to my stereo, I can say that the sound quality is indeed low. If anything, eight-track tapes can be kept around for their novelty, or the off chance I find something on one that I cannot get anywhere else.

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Front of the 8-track tape player

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Angled view of the player with 8-track

 

Famicoman

Developer, Hacker, Tinkerer, Archivist, Retro Technologist.

 

One thought on “Flea Market Find – 8-Track Tape Player

  1. High School 1978 – Queen, News of the World 8-track was standard issue and the “We are the Champions” riff played at full volume while leaving a bit of rubber in the school parking lot because you had to hurry off to go burn a fatty.

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