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Akai CR-83D 8-Track Tape Player - Cool Retro Piece!

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Akai Cr-83D 8-Track Tape Player - Cool Retro Piece! Deck

Akai CR-83D 8-Track Tape Player - Cool Retro Piece!

SkyFi 479

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479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States


This is a novelty item, not a piece of HiFi equipment, and is meant for someone looking to experience an 8-track tape deck for the first time, or an experienced user looking for a nostalgic rush.  

It has two cool backlit VU meters for the left and right channels, and a rotary counter for elapsed time.

This piece was serviced and is working.  We lubricated all the moving parts and replaced the belts.  It's mostly working now, but cannot guarantee its long term reliability since most 8-track players were cheaply made.  We did not test the recording feature(s) as we did not have access to any blank 8-track tapes, and even if we found them due to 40+ years of age we doubt they would even function correctly.

Please note this is by no means a top performing format - so don't expect to hook it up to your HiFi and be blown away.  Sound quality is "passable" but you should be able to recognize the song :-).  Boy are we glad this format came and went, especially in cars!

It's also very cool looking to be placed on a shelf as a conversation piece. 

Some Details:

The Akai CR-83D is an 8-track, 2-channel stereo system featuring automatic stop, continuous play and easy tape counting.

The combination head employed in the CR-83D is coated with a special substance for a super smooth finish to which dust will not adhere. Thus, head cleaning is minimized and longer head life is assured.

As an added convenience, this model features fast forward for rapid selection of tape programs and a pause control for temporary suspension of playback, or convenient tape editing.

Type: 2-head, single deck
Track System: 8-track, 2-channel stereo
Tape Speed: 9.5 cm/s
Heads: 1 x record/playback, 1 x erase
Motor: 1 x DC
Frequency Response: 60Hz to 14kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio: 48dB
Wow and Flutter: 0.15%
Total Harmonic Distortion: 2%
Input: 70mV (line), 0.7mV (mic)
Output: 0.775V (line)
Semiconductors: 22 transistors, 21 diodes

Click here for a PDF copy of the original 1976 Brochure

Please click here for detailed specifics regarding our specialized packing process that separates us from the rest.



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SKU: 100240