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Yamaha welcomes back Eight Track

Vinyl is on the rise. In fact, the all-but-forgotten format now feels more tangible than ever before. It’s with that inspiration and our spirit of innovation that we announce our latest endeavor – an effort to resurrect another audio relic of the past and bring it into the 21st century.
INTRODUCING
MUSICCAST TRACK 8
What once came standard in your car in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s now has a place in the wireless, multi-room audio setup of your home. Welcome back, eight-track.

http://news.yamaha.email/f/rnl.aspx/...09j=2trxt1NCLM

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Vinyl is on the rise. In fact, the all-but-forgotten format now feels more tangible than ever before. It’s with that inspiration and our spirit of innovation that we announce our latest endeavor – an effort to resurrect another audio relic of the past and bring it into the 21st century.

INTRODUCING

MUSICCAST TRACK 8

What once came standard in your car in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s now has a place in the wireless, multi-room audio setup of your home. Welcome back, eight-track.



http://news.yamaha.email/f/rnl.aspx/...09j=2trxt1NCLM

Interesting that this comes out on April fools day Geoff...
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Leave it at 8 ohms and call it a day :)
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Interesting that this comes out on April fools day Geoff...
Back in the day, (I'm talking in the sixties), they were a revelation for car audio............................................. ..................until they weren't!
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'twas only a matter of time.


Funny, I was born in '63 and I never used an 8 track and can't remember anyone who did (actually I have a very, very vague recollection as a kid of my friend's older brother having an 8 track in his car or something).


I always wondered who actually used them, and why.
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born in 62.. i had an 8 track player in my first car.. then cassettes took over about 1979...

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born in 62.. i had an 8 track player in my first car.. then cassettes took over about 1979...
i installed 8 track in my car in 75 because i had 8 tracks from my brother. Cassette tapes were the new thing but quad 8 track came out about the same time. i was young and ended up with 8 track cassette fm stereo and 8 track separate in my car. At that time i had all bases covered.
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i installed 8 track in my car in 75 because i had 8 tracks from my brother. Cassette tapes were the new thing but quad 8 track came out about the same time. i was young and ended up with 8 track cassette fm stereo and 8 track separate in my car. At that time i had all bases covered.
i'm guessing you may have dabbled in reel to reel..
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Is this April Fools day? Cassette and 8 tracks?

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Is this April Fools day? Cassette and 8 tracks?
Yes, the Yamaha link makes that clear at the end of their "joke."
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Nice! I have hundreds of Teresa Teng CDs/SACDs. 8-tracks would be so cool.....
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Nice! I have hundreds of Teresa Teng CDs/SACDs. 8-tracks would be so cool.....
not really .. the sound was mediocre at best , and often a song would be split between 2 "channels" (there were 4 channels per 8 track ).. making some songs pretty un listenable...

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Nothing wrong with a good cassette deck as those definitely can approach a sound quality that I'd call "very good", but I've not really heard an 8-track that comes close to that.

It was nice how you could easily move from song to song on an 8-track, but other than that...I got nothing. I remember I had a friend when younger that had an 8-track deck and speakers/amp built into an end-table. It was quite an interesting setup (came that way, was not custom).
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Back in the day, (I'm talking in the sixties), they were a revelation for car audio............................................. ..................until they weren't!

That 'revelation' was ------------------ crappy audio! I still had my first receiver at that time, a Sansui 500a driving a pair of AR2's, with a Dual or Garrard turntable. The Garrard was like the first 8 track I ever owned, pretty crappy. It was also the last of either that I ever owned. The Dual was much better. I had a 64 VW 'Deluxe' Beetle I had converted to 12v just so I could have an 8 track. The 12v system worked out great. The 8 track? Meh! Lousy hiss, tapes breaking, etc. Might have been the brand - Kraco. Anyone here remember the Kraco brand? For a modern day equivalent, think Pyle. Nuff said!

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That 'revelation' was ------------------ crappy audio! I still had my first receiver at that time, a Sansui 500a driving a pair of AR2's, with a Dual or Garrard turntable. The Garrard was like the first 8 track I ever owned, pretty crappy. It was also the last of either that I ever owned. The Dual was much better. I had a 64 VW 'Deluxe' Beetle I had converted to 12v just so I could have an 8 track. The 12v system worked out great. The 8 track? Meh! Lousy hiss, tapes breaking, etc. Might have been the brand - Kraco. Anyone here remember the Kraco brand? For a modern day equivalent, think Pyle. Nuff said!
Revelation as in much better than the AM only radio in my mother's 1966 Mustang.

But overall it was a terrible technology.

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I guess whichever technology was the first to let the consumer select their own music in the car rather than whatever happens to be on the radio for that drive is a milestone in "in car entertainment" though, so for that I guess 8-track is due some respect.
[I don't count the limited number of car phonograph players because they didn't truly work except when the car was parked or (perhaps) cruising along a straight, flat highway. . . with your fingers crossed there would be no potholes, curves, hills, or bumps.]

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8-track had the advantage of continuous playback. With cassettes, that was only available with autoreverse players (which were probably not available when cassettes first came out, and was an added expense). But it was a built-in feature of 8-track.

Also, 8-track predates cassette:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8-track_tape

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassette_tape

So, yes, 8-track was the first practical option for playing one's own choice of music in a car. As for cassettes being better, if they were not better, then there would have been no reason to introduce them in the first place.

This April Fool's thread really, though, made me think of an interesting movie from 1995 that is not a joke: So Wrong They're Right. It is a documentary about people who like 8-track tapes (in 1995). What is particularly interesting is hearing what they say about why they like 8-track.
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Anyone here remember the Kraco brand? For a modern day equivalent, think Pyle. Nuff said!

Pyle, at one time, used to make decent car audio though. No idea when they got so crappy.

Kraco was always a budget choice. used to find those at the auto parts stores/KMart back in the day, along with Craig.
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Pyle, at one time, used to make decent car audio though. No idea when they got so crappy.

Kraco was always a budget choice. used to find those at the auto parts stores/KMart back in the day, along with Craig.
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I had an 8 track tape boombox and around 30 8 tracks as well as a home stereo with an 8 track tape player.

The best way to listen to music is in 5.1 imho.
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