- Cassette Deck
TEAC AD-800 CD Player and Cassette with USB Codec (Black)
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- Teac CD/CASSETTE DECK W/ USB CODEC
- Supports CD-R/RW and MP3 Disc
- Auto Reverse Cassette Deck (Rec/Play)
- MP3 Recording from CD/Cassette/AUX
- MP3 Playback from USB Memory Device
- Remote Control
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While this device does NOT write the audio tape directly to the CD, it's a fairly trivial step to perform that function by writing the recorded music from the flash drive to the CD using your computer. Just be sure that you are translating the MP3 files into standard CDA audio files when you write the CD. Your software should, at some point, ask if you are creating an audio cd - just say yes.
You can download a manual for the AD-800 at teac~com/resources/pdf/ad-800/AD-800-EFS-C.pdf. That might help you decide. (Substitute a period or dot for the ~) Or just google for AD-800-EFS-C.pdf.
Page 28 of this manual specifies the USB/MP3 recording specs as having a bit rate of 128kpbs, but no sampling rate is specified.
This Teac deck cannot write to USB flash memory unless it's formatted in FAT. NTFS and HFS will not work. Most USB flash drives are sold preformatted in FAT32, but you may want to double-check that if your flash drive seems to not work with this Teac. If the flash drive is NTFS you'll have to reformat the USB stick in your computer, choosing FAT format.
The Teac AD-800 is not a do all, be all for everyone wishing to convert their analog library to digital media. What it does do, however, is provide a very simple process of moving analog information recorded on cassette to a USB flash drive in MP3 format. Once in MP3 format, the digital media can be easily moved to a computer hard drive, cd, cd-r, MP3 player, etc. It is important to note that there will be audio quality lost as the full spectrum uncompressed audio is moved from the analog cassette to the flash drive in MP3 format. For most listeners, the change is imperceptible and acceptable.
Because there also is the MP3 Codec from the CD and the Aux input, you can also convert CDs and vinyl to MP3 via the USB port and a flash drive. Yes, some procedures are very slow and a pain, when compared to copying digital files directly to digital files. Dubbing analog audio is in real time.
My purchasing confession. I scouted this machine for several weeks before buying one. One of Amazon's "More Buying Choice" vendors, at their website, is offering this deck at $30.00 less than it's shown on the Amazon site from that vendor.
I made this purchase because my pro model Tascam deck, after 25 years of use, died. I have some cassettes that deserve being heard. Also, I like the ability to use the Aux to MP3 codec to convert the audio from HD televised concerts directly to MP3.
The MP3 co-deck creates 128 Kbit/sec files which are alright for use with an iPad but will limit the sound with a better system like one found in the car or a home theater.
These are two pretty substantial limitations but this deck isn't for the audiophile but more for a casual user.
The system provides great quality. I am recording the cassettes at 44 KHz and 16 bit depth, and I store the sound files in zero lossy .wav format. The noise level and tape hiss are all below -71 dB, and that is a significant positive surprise.
The auto reverse feature means that I can record both sides while doing other things around the studio.
I am quite pleased, especially since my tapes are starting to deteriorate.
The only feature I would have added is a fast forward record, but this is still a solid 9/10 product for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am satisfied with this machine. It is exactly what I wanted.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This player has everything I was looking for; a single unit that played cassettes as well as CDs. Most cassette players I found were either a single cassette or a double cassette... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael
I have found this TEAC product to be durable and of good quality. I used it for transferring music from my old cassette tapes to a thumb drive, and then copied the music off my... Read morePublished 14 months ago by BobbyJ
So far so good, this is a good Unit.
It plays CD, Cassette, and USB.
It also records from tape or CD