- noun a piece of equipment that reads signals recorded on a storage medium and usually converts them to an electrical signal
- A transducer which converts magnetic signals recorded or stored on magnetic recording media, such as tapes or disks, into output electrical signals. When used in the context of tape which has audio and/or video, the signals are usually said to be reproduced, while in the context of data, the signals are usually said to be read. Also called play head, magnetic read head, magnetic reading head, read head, reading head, or reproduce head.
- synonymplay head