Best cassette players 2024
Best cassette players 2024
Best cassette players 2024

Best cassette players 2024: Pure nostalgia

Compared to last year, not many new models of cassette recorders and portable players appeared on the market, although one notable premiere did take place. The main suppliers of new cassette players are still brands from China, and most of them are not designed for high-quality recording and playback of music – only the first type of cassette is supported, and the quality of the CVL leaves much to be desired. However, to satisfy nostalgic feelings and play old family recordings, all the models listed in the article are perfect.

8. ANENG

8. ANENG

Tape type – first | Built-in radio – yes | Card reader – no | Bluetooth – yes | USB – yes | Remote control – no

Pros – transparent body, radio receiver, low price

Cons – no battery

Verdict – original player made of transparent plastic

The inexpensive player impresses with its completely transparent body, which allows you to see the entire internal structure, as well as a built-in radio with a telescopic antenna and a small speaker on the front panel. You shouldn’t expect high quality sound from it, but it will certainly attract the attention of others. The USB port allows you to digitize a signal from a cassette and send it to a computer, and the Bluetooth module allows you to use not only wired but also wireless headphones.

7. Panda PA6501

7. Panda PA6501

Tape type – first | Built-in radio – yes | Card reader – no | Bluetooth – no | USB – no | Remote control – no

Pros – recording function, good mechanics, radio

Cons – I would like a battery

Verdict – high-quality inexpensive player

Classic design and set of functions – a cassette player with the function of recording radio programs from a built-in FM/CB receiver and a small 2-Watt speaker on the front panel. In addition to the headphone jack, there is also an input for an external microphone. Reception quality is ensured by two antennas – telescopic for FM and built-in for CB. The device can operate either from an AC adapter or from two AAA batteries.

6. FIOLEESSM-216

6. FIOLEES SM-216

Tape type – first | Built-in radio – no | Card reader – no | Bluetooth – yes | USB – no | Remote control – no

Pros – dual speaker on the lid, external microphone input, recording function

Cons – no built-in battery

Verdict – classic portable player with recording

The presence of a built-in microphone, an input for an external microphone and two speakers on the front panel do not elevate the model to the category of full-fledged voice recorders, but significantly expand its functionality. The presence of a Bluetooth adapter allows you to use wireless headphones with the model; a traditional 3.5 mm output is also present. The package includes an AC adapter, but there is no internal battery, so for portable use you will need two AA batteries.

5. Jazmm CR-381

5. Jazmm CR-381

Tape type – first | Built-in radio – no | Card reader – microSD | USB – yes | Bluetooth – no | Remote control – no

Pros – nice design, built-in acoustics, built-in battery

Cons – no Bluetooth

Verdict – an interesting player with an LCD display and a card reader

A real cassette player of the 21st century, which has a built-in lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1,000 mAh and a card reader that allows you to digitize cassettes and record the result on a memory card. The only thing missing is wireless functionality, but there is a large and beautiful milky-white display on the lid. The player supports cassettes of the first type (with an iron oxide coating on the tape), and the presence of a built-in microphone allows it to be used as a voice recorder. The power of the built-in speaker is 0.5 Watt, the model weighs only 222 grams.

4. WISCENT WTB-795

4. WISCENT WTB-795

Tape type – first | Built-in radio – yes | Card reader – no | Bluetooth – yes | USB – yes | Remote control – no

Pros – stereophonic acoustics, radio, Bluetooth

Cons: Handheld mode requires 4 batteries

Verdict – a small cassette player with most of the necessary functions

The cute little boombox has one cassette deck and a stereo speaker system built on 3-inch full-range speakers. For digitization, a USB port is provided for flash drives; you can record both music from cassettes and programs from the radio onto them. The built-in tuner operates in the FM and AM bands; to operate in portable mode, you will need four type C batteries. The model has a 3.5 mm headphone output, and the Bluetooth module is designed for using the boombox as a wireless speaker.

3. Jazmm CD-W16

3. Jazmm CD-W16

Tape type – first | Built-in radio – yes | Card reader – yes | Bluetooth – yes | USB – yes | Remote control – yes

Pros – large built-in battery, CD player, good acoustics

Cons – weight?

Verdict – an original boombox with a full set of features

In addition to a single-cassette deck, this cubic boombox also has a CD player, built-in radio, USB port, microSD card reader and radio. In combination with the Bluetooth module and FM radio, you get a complete range of signal sources for any occasion. The main advantage of the model is the presence of a capacious 5,000 mAh battery, which is enough for 8 hours of operation without access to an outlet. Built-in stereo acoustics have a power of 5 watts per channel, and the model weighs 1.36 kg.

2. POVWUATH 959

2. POVWUATH 959

Tape type – first | Built-in radio – yes | Card reader – yes | Bluetooth – yes | USB – yes | Remote control – no

Pros – quad-band radio, dial indicators

Cons: Requires 6 batteries

Verdict – classic 80s design with a modern twist

This boombox seems to have stepped out of the pages of a 1980s catalog – a cassette deck, a radio receiver with four frequency ranges, a tone block for high and low frequencies, a compartment for six type C batteries. The fact that the model was released in the 21st century is indicated by the presence of a Bluetooth adapter, USB port and card reader for microSD memory cards. The radio operates both from batteries and from the mains; the radio receiver supports FM, AM and two short-wave sub-bands. The acoustic system is quite powerful; the required bass pressure is provided by two bass reflex units on the rear panel. The boombox weighs 3 kg.

1. FiiO CP13

1. FiiO CP13

Tape type – first | Built-in radio – no | Card reader – no | Bluetooth – no | USB – no | Remote control – no

Pros – good mechanics, high-quality amplifier

Cons – long wait for order

Verdict – a rare case of a quality modern cassette player

FiiO is famous for its excellent digital players, so when releasing a cassette player, it paid special attention to sound quality. The model has a good tape drive mechanism with auto-reverse and a flywheel made of pure copper, the amplification path is built on JRC5532 operational amplifiers, the body is made entirely of copper alloy and serves as an excellent platform for the CVL. A tribute to today is a capacious battery, charged via the USB-C port, the charge of which is enough for 13 hours of listening. There is no recording function, all control is carried out using four buttons on the side panel and an analog volume control. The player is available in four colors; at the moment, the delivery of FiiO CP13 will have to wait at least a month.