The 8 Best Cassette Recorders

Updated December 15, 2016 by Steven John

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8. QFX J-7 Boombox

The QFX J-7 Boombox has the same look and functionality of a cassette recorder/radio found on store shelves more than two decades ago. Despite its dated look, it receives a clear radio signal thanks to its large antenna, and it plays and records tapes with ease.
  • great low price tag
  • compact and lightweight
  • some units fail in matter of months
Brand QFX
Model J-7
Weight 1.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Memorex MB1055

The Memorex MB1055 staggers the placement of its control buttons for ease of use. For example, the fast forward and rewind buttons are side-by-side, but are spaced well apart from the play and record controls. This prevents accidental stopping or starting of a recording.
  • good for personal memos
  • slim design fits bag or large pocket
  • rather overpriced option
Brand Memorex
Model MB1005
Weight 8 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. RCA RP3504 Voice Recorder

The RCA RP3504 Voice Recorder has a decent built-in microphone, but can also accommodate, via an auxiliary jack, the stand-up tabletop microphone that comes included or any other microphone you choose. It also comes with an external power adapter.
  • automatic level control
  • decent top-mounted speaker
  • slow rewind function
Brand RCA
Model RP3504
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. Coby CVR-22

The Coby CVR-22 is in the so-called shoebox style of cassette recorders once ubiquitous wherever interviews were conducted or when classrooms needed audio played. This unit is pleasantly easy to use, making it a good choice for children and seniors alike.
  • one-touch recording function
  • retractable handle
  • does not allow stereo playback
Brand Coby
Model CVR-22
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

4. Broksonic TSG-45 Walkman

The Broksonic TSG-45 Walkman is the perfect choice for the audio lover with a taste for vintage hardware. It features a whole flight of graphic equalizer controls that allow you to customize the sound of your music or other programming.
  • full stereo capability
  • dual speaker system
  • analog radio station display
Brand Broksonic
Model TSG-45
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Jaras JJ-2016 Limited Edition

With the compact Jaras JJ-2016 Limited Edition, you can enjoy your old tape collection yet again, or you can introduce cassettes to a new generation of audiophiles. It works with headphones or can play music or programs through its built-in speaker.
  • telescoping antenna
  • backed by 3-year warranty
  • inferior buit-in microphone
Brand Jaras
Model pending
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Sony TCM-210DV Standard

The Sony TCM-210DV Standard is the pinnacle of an antiquated technology. This well-built device, primarily intended for voice recording, produces the clearest, most faithful sound recordings that the medium of the cassette tape can muster.
  • built-in microphone
  • voice-operated recording function
  • expensive but high quality
Brand Sony
Model TCM210DV
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Quantum FX J21U

At a glance, this Quantum FX J21U looks ready to liven up a block party circa 1991. Upon closer inspection, one will note that, in addition to accepting cassette tapes, it can also accommodate a USB connection or an SD card.
  • battery or ac power
  • excellent radio reception
  • deep bass notes
Brand Quantum
Model J-21U
Weight 4.3 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

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Last updated on December 15, 2016 by Steven John

When not writing or spending time with his family, Steven tries to squeeze in some mountain climbing. In addition to writing for several websites and journals, Steven has published multiple novels.

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