playback head

playback head

[′plā‚bak ‚hed]
(electronics)
A head that converts a changing magnetic field on a moving magnetic tape into corresponding electric signals. Also known as reproduce head.
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When the loop of the first two tracks (each song needed two tracks for stereo) had been played, the playback head of the eight-track machine moved down with a memorable clunking sound to the next two tracks, and so on.
I called the Ampex people and told them that I had ruined the playback head and needed another head.
They became popular because of their relatively small size, their convenience, and the fact that as they were read by a laser beam rather than being physically touched by a stylus or playback head, they didn't wear out.
They start with a commercially made reel-to-reel tape transport system, then soup it up with customized recording and playback heads.
The optical servo is tightly coupled to the drive's recording and playback heads, allowing for extremely precise positioning of the drive's heads relative to the tape.