8 Best Cassette Recorders | December 2016
We spent 25 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. We can't imagine why you might want one of these cassette recorders, when the phone in your pocket can do everything they do better, faster and in a smaller package, but if you insist on using old-school technology for personal reasons - voila. Skip to the best cassette recorder on Amazon.
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
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
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
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
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
|Rating||4.4 / 5.0|
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
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
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
|Rating||4.4 / 5.0|
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
|Rating||4.7 / 5.0|
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
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
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
|Rating||5.0 / 5.0|