No doubt! Kills those other mediums every time!
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Nothing like listening to a favorite cut, only to be interrupted by the player clicking over to the next track to continue the song!
On another note, I'm considering a "final" road rig-disc brake, E-tap$$$
I've had my "plastic"rig for 10 years now.
I'd like to do my final 300 meter sprint in style.
"100’ of unraveled snarled tape wrapped up under the trap door of the dash mounted 8 track player, only discovered when you pull it out of of the slot because it stopped playing until you realized....then using a steak knife to dig it out."
newf27- I may have done that to my mom's Xavier Cugat tape in the 66 Impala.
The Muntz as I recall, was temperamental.
Agreed......tape is the most natural medium. I bought 8 track tapes when they first came out. The most attractive selling appeal was to those who wanted good sound in the car. Car players, in the day, were far from quality units and, over time, they "ate" the tapes in a variety of ways from breaks, snarls, and others. Plus, the 8 track cassettes weren't the best of construction. The only option for tape in the day was reel to reel.
Having owned all the tape mediums the 8 track was superior to the, later to be introduced, cassette. They were smaller and more reliable. Reason is that the 8 track played at a higher rate of inches/second (IPS). Same as recording a TV broadcast at a slower speed rather than a higher one. Cramming more info into a smaller space.
Simply put...if you own some 8 track tapes and use a quality player you probably will be happy with the results.
There are several issues that limit 8 tracks to lo-fi status, but probably the biggest is the pinch roller being part of the cartridge itself which - combined with the endless loop - contributed to their high-ish wow and flutter. Broadcast carts got around that limitation by making the roller part of the player, not the cart.