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Consumer Electronics by S. P. Bali

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EIGHT-TRACK SYSTEM

The eight-track system, although somewhat physically larger, is portable and easy to use. It performs well and is usually less expensive than the cassette. The eight-track stereo tape cartridge, with its endless tape, is suitable for the special conditions found in the automobile. The system requires little attention on the part of the operator other than setting the sound level, tone, and balance controls. The cartridge, once inserted into the transport mechanism will continue to play all of the program material continuously until ejected.

The greatest detractor of the eight-track player seems to centre around the fact that the operator cannot “slew” the tape to a preferred selection. Some manufacturers do provide a fast-forward ...

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