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View Poll Results: Choose all that apply!
CD's 17 89.47%
Vinyl Albums 13 68.42%
Cassette Tapes 6 31.58%
8 Tracks 4 21.05%
MP3, Flac etc 13 68.42%
Streaming 10 52.63%
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Old 06-01-2017, 07:30 AM   #19
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Have your 8-track tapes held up that well over the years?
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I havent had them that long but some of the ones I have gotton need new pads,etc......... I got a 50a collection tape and that pad was basically gone.... Luckily I had a brand new one and I opened the cartridge and put it in....... (I dont know if you know but most times the tapes DO NOT SOUND GOOD if the pad isnt there (Or isnt firm) (Same as cassettes))

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8-tracks were capable of delivering real quadrophomic very faithfully. Vinyl was not.
I wonder if thats because tape is better than the material records are made out of?
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Old 06-01-2017, 01:59 PM   #20
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I wonder if thats because tape is better than the material records are made out of?
No, it had nothing to do with material. It was all about technology.

You see it's quite easy to have four discrete channels which can be read separately on a tape. This was as true of cassettes as it was of 8-track, but Phillips refused to pay the price to licence Quad technology for cassettes so that Quad was only available on 8-tracks.

But when it comes to vinyl, there's only one stylus riding in a single groove. The technology for getting perfect stereo reproduction from the vibrations carried by a single stylus is ingenious. (Read about it here.) But the technology for getting even decent Quadrophonic reproduction from the vibrations carried by a single stylus proved impossible. Three competing and non-compatible systems were marketed to decode a stylus' vibrations into Quad sound - QS, SQ and CD-4. CD-4 was the "best", but even that wasn't very good. As a result, few music lovers were enticed to put up the money for a home Quad system and the format died.



But for the car 8-tracks could deliver very decent Quad sound.

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Old 06-25-2020, 09:48 PM   #21
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My 13 year old loves owning physical copies of her music and has most of the My Chemical Romance catalog on vinyl as well as CD.
Yay!

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CD and vinyl......have a good sized collection...but I used to also own cassettes and 8 tracks back in the day. My Onkyo tape deck went kaput years ago and I have no idea what happened to my old 8 track player.
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Do you still have your old cassette and 8-track tapes? Because excellent refurbished players can easily be found.

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I hate forums...it said I could not post then deleted my damn post.....

at any rate I still have a few cassettes but no 8 tracks ..I think they were thrown out a long time ago.
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Re: Zeppboy's Format Poll

I voted for CDs and MP3 files, as I tend to listen to MP3 files (I mostly listen to music on headphones) but I have a reasonable collection of CDs. If I want to buy an album I generally I prefer to buy it on CD and upload them onto my computer rather than download them directly. I like to have the artwork and liner notes in physical form (also, it might just be a perception on my part, but I think the tracks I upload tend to sound slightly better than the ones I've downloaded). I find the MP3 format is most useful when I want to acquire individual tracks, for example if there is a song I really like on an album I don't care for or for songs that appear on a compilation alongside songs I already own on the artist's regular albums (e.g. I downloaded Positively Fourth Street from a Bob Dylan compilation album as a separate track rather than buying the album itself).

My parents owned a few cassette tapes when I was growing up, but I have no first hand experience of listening to 8-tracks or vinyl. I don't use streaming services - I like being able to catalog my collection and prefer to own my favourite music so I can access it offline at any time.
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