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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2011
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This is a good unit for someone who wants to spend a lot of time manually recording cassettes. I bought it mainly for this purpose because I have a LOT of cassette tapes. My biggest issue with it was that it didnt have a rewind key for the cassette, nor a pause button. Two essentials (for me) for recording tapes. The one-touch (one-funtion) button for the cassette was just unacceptable for a unit of this price. My other issue was the lack of volume. I am NOT a person who likes to play my music at skull-splitting levels, but the maximum volume on this unit barely made it to comfortable,even for my modest taste, so those of you who like to break the music sound barrier wouldnt be happy with it. You also have to manually separate every track, unless you want all of your songs on one track. That means you cant start recording and go off and do other things until recording is finished. And the mode display was microscopic...literally. I had to use a magnifying glass to read the display, which was fully large enough to make the display info readable.
Other than these issues, it was a good unit, but I had to send it back because I just couldnt justify the price against its faults. Its fit, finish, and sound quality (minus the volume...no pun intended) were very good, and it is a quality unit otherwise.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2011
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The Jensen JTA-980 Stereo Turntable Music System has made for an attractive addition. The User Manual could be more specific and I initially stumbled to a halt. My problem was quickly rectified by kindly advice from Spectra Customer Service(Sylvia), who politely informed me of the corrective steps to acheiving success.
I've already tested the CD, phono' and cassette recording systems, finding them all, to give great reprodutive discs.
Thank-you Jensen, Amazon, Deepdiscount.com, Spectra and USPS for providing an excellent product and great service.
Gordon.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2011
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I am very disappointed in this unit. Not only did CD Drive 1 (of the 2 CD drives) not work, I could not get anything to record (to CD Drive 2). I liked the fact the cabinet was wood, but that's about it. The totally manual record player was really a short-coming for a unit costing what this cost me. I have returned it for a refund as I do not want to try a replacement.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2011
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it is smaller than the picture description and the LP cover does not close with a 33LP playing and the touch pads did not respond on command
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2012
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The turn table didn't work and the speakers sound bad and the whole thing seemed cheap. We just were not happy with it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2011
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We liked this sound system because the price was right and the sound was good. We listen to music and news in the mornig ,it does this so much better than our old system.Our old sound system did not take into account my husbands lack of hearing and my good hearing. With this we were able to find a happy medium. I was also able to transfer all my tapes to cd without trouble. We are happy customers.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2012
Absolutely the worst stereo ever!!!!!!!Cassette is on the side. Am/fm did not work at all. Cassette sound was so low that when you turn it up, it roars like a jet. cd # 1 did play!!!Hurray!!!!!!!!! I went no farther, not trying the turntable, and boxed it up. I paid double shipping ($60) on this machine that should have stayed in China. When will companies start making quality products here in the GOOD OLD USA???????? Also, on the return address, it had "Return Center". I guess some other "victim" had returned it and they sent a defective machine to me!!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2011
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Has it's flaws but all in all I recommend it to the non professional. Recorder lacks a few options, but it's modestly priced, I like the turntable. I recommend you run it off a regular stereo amp/tuner. It lacks power but recording quality is good but machine sometimes makes whirring noise that gets recorded at beginning as it powers up. Also the start button hesitates some, and that causes errors. But I would recommend this to a friend, I'm very happy with it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2011
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you need to get a feel for what to do with recording records, once you do it gets easy. Turn up the recording level some, it won't distort. Very easy to make duplicate cd's. The unit I received is a newer version of one I had previously purchased and returned do to damage in shipping. Much better than the old ones.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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This is a good stereo for people who want to play their CDs, tapes and vinyl records. It has good speakers. The size is perfect for the new cabinets designed for HDTVs. A good buy for all the functions it has. Have not tried the record feature yet, but it is also a plus.
**Sorry! I have downgraded my review! The tape deck button broke after six months (out of warranty!) and now neither CD side is working correctly! Very upset! I now can only use the turntable. I hope it holds out. The tape player and turntable were barely used. No wonder I saw it so cheap through mail order.
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