Cassette tapes and players were the height of popularity in the 1970s to early ’90s, but they are making a comeback with those who enjoy retro technology. Listening to music on tape is not the same as listening through a CD or streaming it online, and many enjoy the old-school sound and experience.
What to Consider in a Cassette Recorders/Players
Cassette players come with all different features, so consider if you plan to record audio or create mixtapes, or simply listen to the radio. Portable players come in all sizes, so determine if you are planning to travel and take the music on the go. If you want to listen with headphones, make sure there is a headphone jack.
Best Overall: JENSEN MCR-100 Cassette Player/Recorder
The top-loading cassette deck can both play and record music. This cassette recorder comes complete with one-touch recording, fast forward, rewind, volume control, and a headphone jack. Users can even connect their iPod, MP3, or other digital audio players. It’s complete with easy-to-use buttons, automatic voice level control, a built-in microphone, an external microphone, and a handy desk stand. An adaptor is included and the cassette deck has a retractable carrying handle for on-the-go use.
JENSEN® Cassette Player/Recorder
A Top-loading cassette deck to both play and record music and connect other audio players.
Best Value: Byron Statics Cassette Player FM AM Radio Walkman Portable, Teal
This small and compact cassette player comes in three unique colors. Extremely portable, it comes with an earphone jack, USB capability, and AM/FM radio. The device is powered by two AA batteries or a micro USB cable. It also uses a voice activation system to ensure recordings have sound as well as an automatic stop system to protect old cassette tapes.
ByronStatics Portable Cassette Players Recorders FM AM Radio Walkman Tape Player Built In Mic External Speakers Manual Record VAS Automatic Stop System 2AA Battery Or USB Power Supply Headphone
Small, compact and colorful cassette player used to listen to music and record.
Best for Computers: Reshow Cassette Player
If you’re looking for a cassette recorder that converts tape to MP3, look no further. This unique device quickly converts old cassette tapes to MP3 format with a USB cable. The versatile design is lightweight, compact, and equipped with an AUX jack. It plays a clean, high-quality sound with even the oldest of tapes. Each kit comes with converter software, a guide, and a 5-volt DC USB power cord for conversion.
Reshow Cassette Player – Portable Tape Player Captures MP3 Audio Music via USB – Compatible with Laptops and Personal Computers – Convert Walkman Tape Cassettes to iPod Format (Silver)
A cassette recorder that can covert tape into MP3 files through a USB cable.
Also Consider: SEMIER Portable Cassette Player Recorder
A compact and lightweight cassette player, this portable device comes with AM/FM radio and the capability to record audio anywhere you want. Its built-in speaker offers crystal clear sound quality that you can listen to out loud, or through the 3.5-millimeter earphone jack and included stereo earbuds. So, whether you’re tuning in or out, this cassette recorder should do more than the trick.
SEMIER Portable Cassette Player Recorder AM FM Radio Stereo -Compact Personal Walkman Cassette Tape Player/Recorder with Built in Speaker and Earphones -Silver
A portable cassette player with AM/FM radio and strong audio recording abilities.
Cassette recorders are a blast from the past that will produce great new recordings from old cassette tapes. Listen to old favorites and share new ones by recording through these portable devices.