The USB audiocassette tape converter to MP3 is a stereo cassette player, which allows you to convert and store music from an audio cassette to a MP3 file on your personal computer (PC). It is an extremely popular product, which goes by the following brand names.
- Technaxx DT-01 Digi
- DB Tech
- AVKOY CTP-100A
- Vaas Portable
- Clarity CRC2765
- Cassette Tape 2
- Ion audio
Converting Tapes to MP3
This cassette player connects to your PC or MAC via a USB cable. The converter comes with a small piece of software, which captures the data and allows you to store the file as an MP3. The packaged software allows you to save the digital audio as an MP3 file to your computer. You can then transfer the file from your computer to your MP3 player. The software also allows you to burn the files onto an audio CD so that you can listen to your favourite songs from your CD player.
This is ideally suited for people who have very little knowledge of computers and want a simple and quick solution for converting all of their cassette media to MP3 / CD format.
The hardware is compatible with USB 2.0 specifications and works with Windows XP / Vista / 7, and MAC OS 10+. Although the manufacturer does not recommend it, it even worked on an old Windows 2000 PC that I used for testing purposes.
This is a small walkman style stereo cassette player measuring 11.3 cm × 8.4 cm × 3.2 cm, and weighing 170 g without batteries. Although it operates on batteries, the USB port of a computer can also power it, which is extremely useful.
The sound quality is quite good providing you use a high-end pair of Sony headphones.
The cheapest one I was able to find was on eBay for £11.50 (including postage and VAT), and it comes all the way directly from china.
As well as a USB socket, it has a headphone socket, so you can use it as an ordinary cassette player. The inside design and construction is very similar to that of a Walkman style cassette player.
You can see the inside of this unit including, PCB, audio head, and motor, in this multi-page article.
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