Walkman Car Connecting Pack for MD Walkman and CD Walkman (Model# CPA-9C)
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- The CPA-9C cassette adapter is ideal for listening to your CD or MP3 player through your car's in-dash cassette player.
- Plug the jack into your player and the cassette tape into your car's cassette deck to start enjoying your tunes while your drive.
- Compatible with decks that make you insert the cassette with the tape opening facing the side.
- Mini-plug inserts into your portable MP3 or CD player's headphone jack.
- Silent mechanism reduces mechanical noise on the road. Self-adjusting spring-loaded head maintains optimum contact with your cassette deck's tape head.
- Compatible with car cassette decks that have side tape opening
- Self-adjusting spring head and silent mechanism
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Sony CPA-9C Cassette Adaptor
Top Customer Reviews
Eight months ago, I traded in the Neon for a Jetta which had both a CD and cassette player, so the cassette adapter wound up collecting dust along with my old cell phone and other assorted items in my electronics graveyard. But this week I purchased an iPod, and I also got an iRock FM transmitter to listen to my MP3's at work and during the commute. Unfortunately that is not the best product in the world. I contemplated exchanging the iRock for a Belkin FM transmitter, when it was suggested to me that I try a car cassette adapter. I dug through the electronics graveyard, and almost thought I had thrown this out when I found it. I plugged it into the headphone jack of the iPod, then played the cassette on my stereo. The sound quality is excellent on this as well.
This is an excellent product if you have a car with only a cassette player, and want to listen to CDs, or if you have an iPod and want to listen to MP3's cheaply and easily.
A piece of advice, though for those who need the adapter for their CD player: you may want to opt instead for an actual car pack, which has a cigarette lighter adapter for the CD player, otherwise you'll be burning through the batteries like crazy.
A final word about expectation management: any non-direct hookup, either through FM or via cassette adapter, offers limited performance BY DESIGN. Frequency response and dyanmic range for FM radios and magnetic tapes are by far inferior to what you can get with CDs and MP3 players, and the additional signal conversions (analog to magnetic and back, or analog to RF and back) don't help much either. So expect a good solution from a cassette adapter, but don't expect CD quality.
You simply turn on your car stereo, insert the adapter into your cassette player as if it were a tape, insert the plug into your MP3 player, and start up your music. Easy! In fact, I never even looked at the instructions that came with it.
I think the sound is pretty good and it always works.
I had tried an FM transmitter and, maybe because I live in a very populated area, could never find a free FM frequency for the iPod, so threw it away.
One of the reasons I bought the car I did was because it had a cassette player so I could use a cassette adapter. Some cars are starting to come with inputs for MP3 players, so I expect that will be the way to go in the future.
Being able to play my iPod in the car for my long work commutes has saved my sanity!
This device works only with cassette decks that load with the tape to one side (not front loading), as the cable that connects to your portable device comes out of a short side, so check your cassette deck before purchasing this. The best part is that it works silently, allowing your music to sound as clear as it should. You can adjust the sound through your stereo or through the portable device itself.
I've used this both with a regular iPod and an iPod mini with great success. It's much better (and cheaper) than buying one of the FM stereo broadcasting devices because it's never dependent upon available airwaves and never needs re-tuning as you move from one radio zone to another.
Highly recommended if you plan on listening to digital music in the car. As long as your car has the correct kind of cassette deck and your portable device has a standard headphone jack, it will work without a hitch.
Update to review, several months later: This adaptor started making a clicking sound, and occasionally makes a terrifying electronic buzz that nearly scares me into accidents. It did spend the winter in the car, although my garage never gets below freezing. Unfortunately, I can't tell if this noise problem is because of my old car stereo or because of some electronic defect in the adaptor that cropped up after heavy use.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had an old Sony adapter that worked great for years but it was really really old. Got this one and it was much cheaper made. Popped it in and it sounded great. Read morePublished 2 days ago by SteveS
I have one of these from 10 years ago. The bass sound much better on the old one. The cable is flimsy, so I bought a new one. This new one does't deliver. Read morePublished 12 days ago by JLB
I have used these many times. This one had an issue and my stereo kept saying to check the tape so I can't use it.Published 14 days ago by Taylor
I use this almost every day and am experiencing no problems with it. I was skeptical about using this specifically for the car. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Rychu
Started rattling very loudly almost immediately (within a week). Bought a 2nd one because I thought I got a lemon. That one did the same thing a month later. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Svetla V
This adapter is pricey compared to the others I've used, but it is still going strong after over a year of constant use. All the other ones died a few months in. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Paul G