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TEAC AD-800 CD Player and Cassette with USB Codec (Black)

4.4 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews
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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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Technical Details

  • Cassette Deck

Product Description

TEAC's unique 3-in-1 unit plays and records from either the cassette deck, CD player or an external source onto the USB port. Play music from your cassette collection or import music from your iPod or MP3 Player. This is the only system that gives you this option - and a musical performance that only TEAC can achieve.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11.4 x 5.8 x 17.1 inches
Item Weight 15 pounds
Shipping Weight 14.6 pounds
Department Home Theaters
Manufacturer TEAC
ASIN B0037VZUPO
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Item model number AD800
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4.4 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #47 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Stereo System Components > CD & Tape Players > CD Players
#86,423 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com February 10, 2010

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The TEAC AD-800 allows you to record audio from the tape deck onto a connected USB flash drive in MP3 format. From there, connect the flash drive to your computer and either save the MP3 file to a music folder on your computer, or write the MP3 files from the flash drive to a CD (using your computer).

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.
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A couple of absolutes: (1)Conversion to MP3 will result in significant loss of audio fidelity, but it's a loss most people can live with and, perhaps, don't hear. (2)A minority of computer users have the hardware/software knowledge to convert their cassettes and LPs to a digital format which will allow them to listen to this music on their MP3 players. Analog to digital conversion may be simple for some, but for most people, their analog music library is lost when their analog playback machines cease to function.

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.
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I have always used "metal" tapes the type IV ones for recording at the highest available quality on cassettes. I made a recording using a metal tape and was surprised to hear the previous recording playing under the current recording. It appears that the erase head isn't powerful enough to erase metal tapes. I wrote Teac and they confirmed that the deck would play back metal tapes but not record them and that I should use chrome or normal bias tapes.

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.
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I am a "Senior Citizen" of the female variety and not at all an audiophile, but I hooked this guy up to an old amp I inherited when my father died and got it working perfectly on the first try! My old cassette tapes sound wonderful, and the documentation is very good, which is half the battle. Fear not to tread...
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Truth in lending, I use this player to pipe the sound into my computer for archiving my old cassette tapes. So, I do not use the MP3 recording feature.

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.

In service,

Rich
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This was a recent purchase and the TEAC AD-800 has proved to be an excellent deck. The controls are clear and easy to use. The sound quality from the cassette and CD is excellent. The USB port is on the front face for easy access. I found it very easy to store music from cassette onto a USB storage device for transfer to my laptop. To me, TEAC has a good reputation for quality, so I anticipate long life out of this unit.
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