head alignment



  • noun the correct position of a tape or disk head in relation to the magnetic surface, to give the best performance and correct track location
  • noun the location of the read head in the same position as the write head was, in relation to the magnetic medium


  • The alignment of a head (1) to maintain the proper spatial relationship with the magnetic medium being read, recorded, or erased. In a tape deck, for instance, it is the adjustment of a playback or record head to achieve the proper 90° alignment with the tape path.