Recorded Tape Products for the Consumer

  • John M. Eargle


The first recorded two-track stereo tape product for the consumer was introduced in 1953. It was in the form of 0.64 cm (0.25 inch) width tape running at 19 cm/sec (7.5 inches/sec) on a 17.8-cm (7 inch) reel-to-reel format. The programs were less than 1 hour, and the costs for longer tapes were in the range of $20 to $30. Such were the prices that could be charged when tape was the only medium for stereo. When the stereo LP was introduced in 1957 the original tape format quickly died out.


Noise Reduction Record Head Tape Speed Metal Tape Recorded Wavelength 
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