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AGPtek Tape to PC Super USB Cassette-to-MP3 Player Converter With USB Cable Headphones and Software by Review Summary ,  Sep 10, 2015

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AGPtek Tape to PC Super USB Cassette-to-MP3 Player Converter With USB Cable, Headphones and Software
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 427 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.2
Returned or considering to return: 6.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price3.8   below average
Sound3.7   below average
Music3.3   below average
Quality2.9   mediocre
Battery2.3   mediocre
Instruction2.2   mediocre
Button2.1   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"My computer would not recognize the tape player... the flimsy and very sharp plastic battery door broke off in my fingers as I tried to squeeze the batteries into the compartment."
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"When I examined the battery that had been near the hot end of the tape player, I noticed slight blackening on the negative end of the battery."
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"It feels very flimsy and I have NO idea how I'm going to get the batteries out once they go dead."
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"The converter works great but has a rather flimsy door and battery case on it."
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"This was the only way I could transfer my cassette master tapes over to mp3 format but I need the power adapter for this great little player no batteries were included or DC Power Plug unfortunately :-("
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"I took the other battery out as well."
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"The converter works great but has a rather flimsy door and battery case on it."
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"The mechanical aspects of the cassette unit are quite good, though the compartment for loading the batteries is so tight you can barely get the batteries into it."
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"This was the only way I could transfer my cassette master tapes over to mp3 format but I need the power adapter for this great little player no batteries were included or DC Power Plug unfortunately :-("
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"Great little Cassette player, seems to run for extended time on the batteries and can recharge externally, works exceptionally well."
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Button

Button:
"They are flimsy, and most of the parts(mechanical buttons) are ill fitting and have to be manipulated into working."
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"It worked however it is made of plastic parts so I only use it sparingly as the buttons are flimsy and feel like they are about to break after two uses."
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"I accidentally dropped it on my wood floor and one of the buttons broke off."
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"The unit is pretty has very flimsy cover and buttons are very mechanically with no servo motors tied to them."
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"The unit itself is very flimsy and the variou function buttons stick making it very difficult to operate."
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"Case and buttons seem a little flimsy, so just be careful not to drop it."
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"The buttons are of poor quality, the PLAY button easily sticks, the lid is fragile and will snap off if you open it too quickly, the forward and reverse buttons are cheap plastic and the volume slider is very limited."
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"The unit is pretty has very flimsy cover and buttons are very mechanically with no servo motors tied to them."
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"I have three shoe boxes of old band practice tapes that I wanted to go through and digitize certain songs and this was not going to cut it; I had to buy a used cassette deck for my stereo instead (and I could hear the tapes without the flimsy headphones, push smoother buttons, and rewind and fast forward with greater ease)."
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"Sound quality is good, buttons and door mechanism work fine (they might seem cheap but I'd just call them optimized :) ).I wanted to do a quick product review to let people know that the USB audio worked out of the box on Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)."
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Instruction

Instruction:
"The instructions are hard to read and understand due to be such a small sice."
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"First, the instruction are incorrect - you cannot install the device until AFTER the software is installed."
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"Followed all of the instructions and still am unable to make this thing work."
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"Very tiny and hard to read instructions, which are fairly clear nonethless but then suddenly seem to skip four steps at the end."
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"Instructions aren't great but with a bit of experimentation It did the job very nicely."
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"The instructions are pretty bad, hard to read and don't provide much information."
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"If you need instructions on how to find and do that, then it's best you stick with the very functional older version included with the unit."
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"It seems like the device was made to be compatible with OS's that are very old by now and the instructions were never updates."
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"Very tiny and hard to read instructions, which are fairly clear nonethless but then suddenly seem to skip four steps at the end."
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"Easy instructions."
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"The instructions are pretty bad, hard to read and don't provide much information."
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Music

Music:
"the motor is too weak to play music well."
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"As soon as softer music or speech appears, the annoying hum is there."
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"Audio is ok, dont feel it is good enough for music, but that is more the nature of cassette tapes then the device."
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"GREAT way to convert my old cassettes to MP3 and never lose GREAT music....amazing purchase and totally happy ...PRICE WAS GREAT TOO"
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"Unfortunately, out of the box music was inaudible."
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"the motor is too weak to play music well."
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"I am very pleased with this device and also converted some music cassette tapes with outstanding results."
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"Was able to convert all my husbands old music cassettes to MP3 and WAV."
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"I did find the Audacity software to be somewhat easy to use (which is what records your music onto your computer)."
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"I have years worth of cassette tapes and music that I enjoyed... hated having to buy them again to play on my iPod, iPad or iPhone."
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Noise

Noise:
"The signal to noise ration is not good."
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"The unit does the job, but as many have pointed, it is not a great cassette deck and adds to the noise factor of the media."
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"When it is running in any speed it has a constant rotating noise (with or without a tape in I noticed) which is a bit annoying but I figure for the price I can deal with it."
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"As long as the music is loud (eg Rock band blasting away) the noise is hidden."
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"The motor makes more noise on the recording than you can imagine, the controls are terrible, it auto reverses when IT feels like it."
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"As mentioned in various other reviews, there is a very noticeable hum present in all recordings you make with this device, and Audacity's Noise Removal tool (which is quite effective at removing tape hiss and hum from every other setup I've used) will not eliminate it or lessen it to any degree."
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"There is unbelievable device generated background noises, especially the hissing."
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"I recorded old mix tapes and was able to noise level them with Audacity into mp3 format."
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"I was also able to trim some pieces, remove some noise, adjust the equalization and add bass boost to all the songs I pulled out."
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"Although this works well for what it does, it lacks Dolby Noise Reduction playback."
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Price

Price:
"For the price point, it's sort of hard to expect anything better than what this provides, but that doesn't excuse this item existing at all."
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"Not well constructed, but good value for the money spent."
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"As cheap as it is, I thought it might be junk, but I have been pleasantly surprised."
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"It does that job, I suppose, but the buttons feel like they are going to break each time I push one in (in fact, the whole unit feels very cheap and flimsy)."
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"It works, Kinda flimsy construction wise but for the price it does the job! "
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"Not bad for the price for myself but it was a gift for someone and that was disappointing to me that it was not that great of quality."
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"Amazon service, as always, was amazing--my comments only reflect on a cheap item that simply does not work."
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"Does the job I needed done for a great price."
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"It looked cheap, but looks can be over looked with good performance."
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"Bottom line: Well worth the price."
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"Please don't waste your time or money."
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Quality

Quality:
"Terrible quality, a POS.. Two uses and the poorly designed play button head won't alien correctly to play the tape."
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"Horrible quality cassette player which stopped working after the fourth tape and its recordings introduced a fairly loud background noise."
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"This cassette player is of mediocre quality."
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"The quality of the transfer is not good."
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"The playback quality is terrible."
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"But tape players are hard to come by today and most likely will not exist in the future and cassette tapes lose quality each time you play them and can get broken and damaged."
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"i have to say i am very happy with the software, it allows you to improve the quality of playbackand has a lot of cool features."
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"Quality is as good as the original source."
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"If you already have a good quality cassette deck or a portable device like a Walkman, you can use that."
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"Well, I am because my wife had a bunch of cassette tapes, she does not care about sound quality and she is not worried about me wasting my time on anything as long as I am doing something for her."
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"Recording quality sounds really pretty good."
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Sound

Sound:
"I cannot get it to work properly and sound is horrible."
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"The recording volume on this thing is abysmal, there is a strong hum on the recorded track, and the sound is terrible."
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"It slows down and sounds terrible."
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"the converted sound was absolutely terrible."
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"It was very simple to use but the sound quality when it records is not that good crisp clear sound."
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"I have some nice cassettes which still sound pretty good on a decent player."
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"It plays the cassettes with good sound that sounded bad on my ION Tape to PC."
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"It depends upon the sound card in your computer how good the results will be."
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"Well, I am because my wife had a bunch of cassette tapes, she does not care about sound quality and she is not worried about me wasting my time on anything as long as I am doing something for her."
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"Recording quality sounds really pretty good."
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USB

USB:
"It turns out that my problem was Windows 8 USB drivers."
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"The 'audacity' software installed fine and looked intuitive enough but was worthless without the computer being able to see the USB device (mac and win)."
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"Some complaints are that the USB cord did not stay connected as well as it should have."
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"Unfortunately, the USB cable that came with the supplies did NOT connect to the converter."
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"Some complaints are that the USB cord did not stay connected as well as it should have."
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"The USB power source connection is the perfect connection."
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"I put batteries in (It didn't want to run to well off of the USB power), put a tape in, rewound it, loaded Audacity (downloaded, not the version shipped in the box which is old), then hit play."
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"Sound recordings through the USB are rather clear."
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"It arrived on time in a neat little package and included everything in the picture (headphones, a USB cable, and the converter) as well as a small data disc with the conversion uploading software."
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