USB Audio Cassette Tape Converter to iPod CD MP3 Player

This is an amazingly popular product that is sold under many different names, labels, and brands. Many of these names are confusing and long but can be found on Google if you search for them. They all point to basically the same product that essentially looks and works the same.

Below is a list of just some of the names and brands I was able to find on the Internet. I am sure there are many more. Feel free to drop me an email if you discover more new names, I will add them to the list.


Cassette Tape to Digital MP3 Audio Sound Converter Player - Models They look the same as the SilverCrest one
SilverCrest SilverCrest Cassette Tape Converter

Technaxx DT-01 Digi
DB Tech
Vaas Portable
Clarity CRC2765
Cassette Tape 2
Ion audio

There are also some others that look slightly different from the outside, especially the design on the cassette lid and window cut-out, but essentially they are the same from the inside.

The cheapest one I was able to find was on eBay for £11.50 (including postage and VAT), BNIB and comes all the way directly from china.

Converting tapes to MP3

This cassette player connects to your Windows PC or MAC via a USB cable so that you can transfer your audio songs to the computers hard disk. In other words it converts your analog sound from the cassette to digital and stores it on your PC.

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 an excellent product and ideal for anyone with a basic skill level in computers. 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 OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7, MAC OS 10+. Although the manufacturer doesn't recommend it, it even worked on my 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. It has some interesting design features such as being able to be powered from the computers USB port when connected to it.

The sound quality is actually quite good providing you  and ditch the 'standard' headphones they supplied and use a Sony pair with a 3.5 mm stereo jack. The good sound quality is probably due to the good head and the audio chip that they have used - which you can see in the following sections of this article.

Converting audio cassettes to MP3 / CD is very simple these days and there are many firms providing such a service. Vis Labs used to provide the service years ago, but now we focus on digital mastering, clean-up, and restoration using state of the art equipment.

Input Sockets

As well as a USB socket it has a headphone socket, so you can use it as you would an ordinary walkman. The inside design and construction is very similar to that of a walkman style cassette player. You can see the inside of this unit, PCB, Audio Head, Motor, and much more using the menu links to the top left of this page.

Vintage Walkmans

USB Audio Cassette Tape Converter to iPod CD MP3 Player
Look Inside Tape Converter
Tape Drive Mechanism
Tape Transport Design
Chipset & Electronics
Power Supply Options
Plastic Case Design & Manufacturing
SilverCrest USB Audio Cassette Tape Converter Packaging
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Author: Peter J. Vis