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3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job but I'm not sure for how long, August 20, 2011
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This review is from: Jumbl Audio USB Cassette Tape to-MP3 Player Adapter with Software CD (Electronics)
This little box works as advertised, but I'm not sure how long it will last. To start at the beginning, the instructions for Audacity software installation are written in micro print by someone who didn't speak english as a first language, but they work and *are* understandable. However, the instructions tell you in the Audacity Preferences to set recording device to "USB PnP Audio Device" from a drop down menu. I did not have that option, so selected SigmaTel audio, and that works.
The first night I was using it, the fast foward button quit working. The player has 'auto reverse' (automatically changes direction at the end of a tape), but Reverse is always in the same direction, so depending what side of the tape is playing/being recorded, it could be reverse or fast forward, so it takes a bit to figure out where you are on the tape.
BUT- the program works, and will save out to mp3 or wav files. I bought this unit because I do not have an ipod and didn't want to buy other units I saw that require the use of itunes. While the included instructions talk about installing Audacity, they do not do much for explaining how to use the program- how to separate the tracks, how to set levels, no details, and the Help section isn't much help. It's not too hard to figure out after a while of trial and error and clicking around how to make things work, but a little more explanation on the basic separating and labeling of tracks would be helpful. Another major point that should have been explained is that the recording level is actually set by the volume wheel on the cassette player, which leaves me wondering what's the point of the gain feature in the Audacity program itself.
Overall, it works to do what it's supposed to do- save my dusty old tapes of collected music to digital format- but the unit seems cheaply made, the door could snap off easily, and I question how long it'll keep going before the reverse or play button also quits. But for about $20, I shouldn't complain.
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Initial post: Nov 26, 2011 6:25:17 AM PST
S. E. Seater says:
Badcat, please give us an update on how long your machine worked right

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 11:40:17 AM PDT
Complain, describe- it's semantics.

I also bought one of these, and also find the manual to be mostly indecipherable gibberish. Fortunately, I have used Audacity before this, and though I was a bit disappointed to find that recording in stereo required I switch to the Win7 side of my Macbook, I was able to record my cassettes with relative ease, although the audio seems a bit wobbly at times. I am not sure if it's the player, or the original recordings.

I did put batteries in the device, despite the fact that the device seemed to be working fine off USB power. Additional testing may be required to determine if this was why the wobbliness occurred- could battery power override USB provided power? I wonder... Also, I hesitate to try it, given the cheapniss factor in the design and manufacture of this device, which I paid about $30 USD for, odd to find it listed at $25 a week later, and a bit disappointing.

Oh, well, I guess I need to get used to being disappointed.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 3:42:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 2, 2014 3:44:00 PM PDT
Gregory P. says:
I have read comments,thank you very much but is still unclear for me it is possible to convert tape towards to CD disk?If anybody will answer me,I really appreciate.Greg.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2016 9:36:33 AM PST
M. Siew says:
I believe once you have the mp3 files (music, songs, tracks), you can use 3rd party software to 'burn' them on to CD-ROM.
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