To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
Received duplicate product without company box, user manual. It was wrapped in plastic. It doesn't have name of Microware anywhere. Returning product right away. Cant keep duplicate copy for original price.
This device records MP3's at 128 KBPS, which is about half the size of the maximum sound quality you'll get from MP3. So, I'm not too pleased with that, but it does a decent enough job for the price. It's a little bit cumbersome to use, but nothing a glance over the manual won't fix. The sound quality isn't the best, because you do get digital pops and beeps at the start of recording. It does have a handy feature that when it reaches the end of a side of a cassette, it automatically rewinds to the beginning of the 2nd side and keeps recording without a pause. Naturally, this will produce a prolonged pause in the recording. Nothing a good audio editing software on PC can't fix.
EDIT 2018-06-11: Just a few follow ups. I discovered this unit is not designed for precise editing. When you start recording, the light flashes on the USB drive, but it hasn't actually started recording yet. It won't actually start recording for a few seconds after you press the start recording button and the light flashes on the USB flash drive. So, keep that in mind. This unit is designed for best use to record the side of a tape from its rewound position until the end.
My unit, after a while, stopped stopping playing when it finished the 2nd side. At first, it would play Side 1, reach the end, and then start Side 2. It would play Side 2 and then when it reached the end, it would stop playing. Now, it's as if I have the switch always set to loop the tape to play both sides infinitely, even though the switch is not set to loop.
EDIT 2018-06-26: The fast forward function stopped working. So, though these units appear to do the job decently enough, they don't appear to be of decent quality construction as I rarely used that function. This is in addition to auto repeat repeating forever when I didn't have that function enabled, and that it worked initially. Given these factors, I have to say these devices may be cheaply made.
EDIT 2018-06-27: I also discovered your tapes have to be in absolutely pristine condition for this thing to work. If there are creases in the tapes, the device thinks its reached the end of the tape and starts over in the middle of the other side. If, for whatever reason, your tape runs at a rate of speed that isn't constant, the device also thinks it's reached the end of the tape and starts again in the middle of the other side.
EDIT 2018-30-2018: And now the thing doesn't stop recording when the record button, used to stop recording, is pressed. I have to remove the USB flash drive from the unit to stop recording. Thankfully, this works without incident, but it just further illustrates the apparently cheap quality of these devices.
I was looking at the reviews on this cassette converter and saw they were good reviews and that it was easy to convert cassette to USB, no computer involved. So I decided to give it a try. When I received it in the mail, I saw that it was scratched up on the front of the recorder, maybe I got the converter that another reviewer got and returned. Despite it being scratched up on the front, I decided to give it a try since I bought it to convert cassette tapes and not for the looks. Besides being scratched up, and like another reviewer said, cheaply made, I was skeptical of it working. Well I converted my first cassette, and by my surprise, it worked! The sound is pretty good, like another reviewer said, you are converting tapes, but for that, to me it still sounds pretty darn good. I haven't tried the auto mode yet, but will try on my next cassette. But all in all, so far, I would recommend this if anyone would like a cheap and easy way to convert your cassettes to USB. I would also recommend being gentle with it, as a reviewer said, if you drop it, it might break into several pieces. Oh and the earbuds that come with it are great as well, they don't hurt or bother my ears like others have.
Perhaps I shouldn't leave a review so soon after my purchase, but I'm really happy with this cheap little audio tape cassette/mp3 converter. I had a micro sd adapter (to usb) and it worked really well, to my surprise. It created a folder called TAPEMP3 on my micro sd, and saved the tape recording to the folder. It is great quality, as good as the tape, and it was really easy. there's a little button on the front, then you press Play while holding that record button. I'm skeptical of reviews, sometimes they make them up to sell their product, but this one is right on, I wish I had enough to buy ten of them, because I'm guessing that it won't last long enough to record all my tapes. Right now, though, it's golden. So much better than manually recording each side and converting that. I'm happy with it right now, though, it's great.
This converter is tremendous! With two AA batteries it is a stand alone device. Using the "manual record" function you can selectively record certain songs. With the "auto record" function it will record the whole tape and it partitions each song into a separate MP3 file. It just sits on my desk while I work and downloads the music; it is so simple to use. With "auto record", if a song has a pause in it, the program starts a new file. You can merge the two files back into one song using Audacity, a free program, or you can use the "manual record" function to selectively record that song. I listen to music everyday using a variety of media. I have still have some cassette tapes that I used to enjoy a lot; for years I have had no way to play them in my vehicles. There was nowhere or no modern format in which to purchase them but I just couldn't quite bring myself to throw the tapes away. The MP3 files can be burned to a CD, played on a computer, or added to iTunes. My old tapes have joined my active library again. Most of all I was so pleasantly surprised by how good the sound quality is! The converter doesn't improve the sound but it creates an MP3 file with sound quality equal to the cassette.
I do not know what to tell you except: this simple contraption really does work! Easy to figure it out. I took a precious cassette I had, plopped it in, add the flash drive and recorded in manual mode. I did not need auto mode since this was speech and would be all mixed up files, and I want to edit the MP3 files myself anyway, It recorded a single MP3 file, which sounded just like the cassette tape.I edited the file and made the numerous MP3 files myself, burned them to a CD and reviewed them carefully
Simply put, this thing this works. If you put in in single auto reverse, it will switch sides once and then stop--meaning with one click of Play/Record, you get the ENTIRE tape, Side A and B, while you go do something else, Play/Record, and then forget it -- it will switch sides and stop at the end of side B. How convenient is that!?
You just got to be careful--it is made all of plastic and looks like it can break easily. So treat it gently.
YouTube review videos show that this item has been around for awhile but under a different name.All reviews were positive.
This player is a great idea, and judging from the reviews it works for some people. Not for me, though. It does what it says most of the time, but it garbles parts of the recording—not most of it, but some of it, here and there without rhyme or reason. (I didn't bump the converter while it was doing its thing.) I know the cassette is okay, because I was listening through headphones as the converter played the cassette, and the sound was fine.
I waited too long to do this test, else I would return it. Well, I guess now what I have is just a cassette player, not a converter, and I'll have to record via my computer.
By the way, it won't recognize a Mac-formatted flash drive, so make sure you use a PC-formatted flash drive. If you buy it, I hope you have better results than I had.
Update 2 days later: Now it doesn't even play cassettes properly: the sound is distorted. If I could take away the one star that I initially gave it, I would do so. Piece of junk. And I see there are a LOT of clone siblings of this junk on Amazon, going by a lot of different names: Reshow, AGPTek, Wikoo, Handy, Rybozen, Pyle, Asinno, and several without a brand name. Take a close look and you'll see that they're all the same. Beware! (Perhaps there are others that do work, but I'd stay away from the ones that have this design, button configuration, etc.