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RCA RP3504 Cassette Shoebox Voice Recorder by Review Summary ,  Sep 10, 2015

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RCA RP3504 Cassette "Shoebox" Voice Recorder
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 399 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.3
Returned or considering to return: 7.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Size4.2   average
Price4.0   below average
Sound3.5   below average
Microphone3.3   below average
Quality2.9   mediocre
Speed2.5   mediocre
Button1.8   mediocre


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Button

Button:
"When i tried to play it was stuck in fast forward buttons hard to push and record poped bad .I sent this back to refund."
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"Buttons stick and playback sound is terrible."
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"So small the problem is when pressing the buttons the entire machine pivots up on opposite end and bounces."
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"After I noticed the problem the first time, I messed with the buttons for a while and got it to play at normal speed."
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"I bought this as a Christmas present and had to send it back as the recording button was broke."
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"I found this tape recorder useful but not as easy as I had hopedmostly because the buttons are hard to press and there is no counter"
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"Easy to read labeling for button."
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"It has a feel of an old regular player (heavy lever-type buttons, simple 6 buttons, + volume and a couple jacks).Pros:Easily portableBuilt-in speaker, but headphones can be usedComes with power cable and microphoneCan be used just with batteries for completely portable experienceSound was fine (unless batteries are dying)Cons:Battery use requires 4 batteries."
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"This unit was a clear winner mainly because of its large, easy to locate buttons for my elderly relative which made things much easier than other models with smaller buttons, some where it was difficult to determine if buttons are engaged or not."
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"The writing on buttons should be easier to read."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"The device arrived the microphone was broken the seller sent me a new device with microphone right away and its perfect very nice people to deal with..."
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"Internal microphone very weak."
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"Honestly your voice sounds weird if you use a broken microphone."
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"You can also use the microphone that they contain in the package, but I preferred not to use it because my microphone broke in my backpack."
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"The only complaint I've heard from him is that the cord on the microphone is somewhat short."
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"The device arrived the microphone was broken the seller sent me a new device with microphone right away and its perfect very nice people to deal with..."
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"The mic is not for music - but it works well to get the sound from the cell phone onto tape."
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"Comes with a cute little stand up microphone."
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"Works great, love the microphone! "
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"The mic worked pretty good but when hooked up to the computer worked perfectly"
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Price

Price:
"Now, I see, six months after my purchase, that this cheap piece of junk has more than doubled in price for some reason."
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"Broken, complete waste of time and money."
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"So far the Sony ones are my daughters' favorites, but they are hard to find, at least for a reasonable price."
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"It didn't work and I let them know and instead of refunding - they sent me another piece of cheap junk."
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"Horrible product, super cheap, doesn't work."
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"These little recorders are fairly good for the price."
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"Good price!"
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"Works so well for the price its almost mythical."
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"Price was excellent."
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"The only thing is that it is feels a bit light and inexpensive...but what the h**l...the price was right and the service was perfect! "
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Quality

Quality:
"Love the vintage voice recorder, hate the quality."
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"Terrible quality, cheaply made, bad background noise."
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"Terrible sound quality, impossible to use for interviewing or anything else."
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"But the quality of this is terrible - the sound is awful, and the playback speed is all over the place."
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"Batteries died after about 15 hours (the last half hour, the sound quality went down considerably).Not sure how well the handle will hold up - seems very fragile."
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"The quality of the recorder is not good and I will have to buy something more expensive to get the quality I need."
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"Love the vintage voice recorder, hate the quality."
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"I am delighted with the recorder, good quality, compact and easy to use."
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"It was easy to use and seems to be good quality."
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"Good quality and just what I was looking for."
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"The price and quality are good."
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Size

Size:
"So small the problem is when pressing the buttons the entire machine pivots up on opposite end and bounces."
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"The first one failed because the very small diameter power cord frayed where it entered the case."
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"This cassette recorder is just the right size but the eject button is very hard to use."
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"Small size makes it easy to take where ever I go."
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"Nice small size for little hands and for just carrying around if you have tapes you want to listen to."
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"Works great and is 1 2 the size of an older unit."
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Sound

Sound:
"This machine arrived broken- the motor runs but there is no sound."
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"Buttons stick and playback sound is terrible."
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"Honestly your voice sounds weird if you use a broken microphone."
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"Terrible sound quality, impossible to use for interviewing or anything else."
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"Bought 2 both are already broken and sound was never good."
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"But the quality of this is terrible - the sound is awful, and the playback speed is all over the place."
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"Easy to use, good sound! "
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"The sounds of the audio cassettes is wonderful."
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"It works fine and sounds good."
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"The mic is not for music - but it works well to get the sound from the cell phone onto tape."
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"plays great ,and music that comes out of speakers sound great"
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Speed

Speed:
"When i tried to play it was stuck in fast forward buttons hard to push and record poped bad .I sent this back to refund."
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"At times the recorder speeds up voices, is not as audible as expected and is just disappointing, M"
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"Shit immediately broke, it can't decide wether to play at 8x speed or .5x speed"
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"But the quality of this is terrible - the sound is awful, and the playback speed is all over the place."
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"Very disappointing so it wants to play fast and rewind slow."
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"Fast shipping and great product! "
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"Shipping was fast, packaging well done."
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"Fast delivery, my mom loves it."
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"I was very pleased that it came with an A C adapter, and the motor speed was nice and consistent."
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"good job I love it excellent volume fast service good price like the features I play it every day nice"
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