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Recording cassettes - Leitmotif - 5th October 2019

Hi all. I have hundreds of cassettes from back in the day, mostly of mixes or recordings from the radio. So far I've got through two £15 cassette-to-mp3 players bought off Amazon, both of which stopped working within a couple of days despite being treated with the utmost care. Looking at the alternatives on Amazon, I think they're all made by the same company. None of them have decent ratings.

Anyway, I don't want to throw out all my old cassettes. Does anyone know of a cassette-to-mp3 player that both works and lasts?


RE: Recording cassettes - Muttley - 5th October 2019

Howdy Leitmotif,

I thought I'd do some research for you. How about this page? I've read about four of the entries, numbers 8-4 top down approach format seems interesting enough (and less £).

https://wiki.ezvid.com/best-cassette-mp3-converters

15 years ago, as a late teen, I had the same idea. You never know when you'll find old formats being resurrected in life's constant feedback loop.

I treat this source as "OK" as it's a sort-of Wiki.


RE: Recording cassettes - Muttley - 6th October 2019

Just researched further as actually thinking about getting this one myself - and if it's a dud after a month, it only cost a reduced £10.63. Dansreus USB converter player, no.2 in the list, has 480 4-star reviews on Amazon?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Generic-Super-Portable-Cassette-Converter/dp/B00YQZ521W/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=2019+Updated+Cassette+to+MP3+Converter%2C+USB+Cassette+Player+from+Tapes+to+MP3%2C+Digital+Files+for+Laptop+PC+and+Mac+with+Headphones%2C+from+Walkman+Tapes+to+Mp3+New+Technology%2CSilver&linkCode=g13&qid=1570319490&s=electronics&sr=1-1


RE: Recording cassettes - Leitmotif - 7th October 2019

Thanks for the advice, Muttley. Frustratingly, I bought one of those dual-deck cassette players out of a charity shop a few years ago for £5. It was in perfect condition. Yet for some reason I took it back to the charity shop during a clearout. I think I need my head read!

I'll take a proper look through the list after work. With regard to the 'Generic' one on Amazon, that's one of the ones I tried. Note the appearance, and then look at the others under 'compare with similar items'. I had one of the Tonors as well. Pretty much identical apart from the logo. My experience is that they're as shoddy as can be, and I strongly suspect that they're all made by the same company masquerading as multiple companies. The reviews look genuine enough (they don't sound like literal translations from Mandarin into English), but all I can say is that they don't match my own experience.


RE: Recording cassettes - Muttley - 8th October 2019

Yeah, of course there's the option of "not bothering at all" with the recording shit and instead enjoying everything on its original format. Not that that's rarely possible for "other people than me".


RE: Recording cassettes - noisemonkey - 14th October 2019

I'm using a couple of free audio apps called Ocean Audio and also Goldwave.