Best Tape Decks in 2020



Onkyo TA-RW311 Stereo Cassette Double Deck Tape Deck Review:


My folks purchased this tape deck new back when ever that was, maybe 1987, 1990??? I acquired it from them at the dawn of 'Home Theater'.
I connected it to the system in the garage/ man cave/ local hang out spot complete with huge old school speakers, disco ball, and cardboard dance floor for those times when you feel like breakin'.
After those years, the tape deck sat unused in my SoCal garage for more years, then indoor for a couple more. A year ago I brought it out of retirement and under the impression one side didn't work. I hooked it up and WHOA! Thing still works... both sides. Works great, sounds great. No issues, surprisingly so after 10 years....even 20 years. No other tape deck I've owned has lasted that long, period; and trouble free. Amazing.
It's like a roach....indestructible.



GoldenTrading Mixed Square Cassette Tape Machine Recorder Rubber Belt for Repair Maintenance - Black (Packs of 30) Review:


My wife found an old "My first sony" tape player at a thrift store. We realized there was something wrong with the mechanism and I've noticed that "Techmoan" on youtube often replaces belts when he's restoring something, so I ordered these. I also had to order a set of various O-rings to replace a little rubber tire on one of the gears. These belts worked just fine and actually seemed better than the ones that were already installed. I see other reviews complaining about the quality, so, I dunno, maybe they're not "professional" quality or whatever. They worked for me.



Pyle Home Dual Cassette Deck | Music Recording Device with RCA Cables | Removable Rack Mounting Hardware | CrO2 Tape Selector | Built-in 3 Digit Tape Counter - 110V/220V Review:


I no longer record on Compact Cassettes, but I got this deck to copy over 2000 spoken word tapes (some with music) to computer files. Being a dual deck, I get 2 transports and 2 playback heads which doubles the number of hours of usable lifetime until it wears out. After about 300 hours of use so far, I am finding it to be a sturdy, dependable, nicely designed machine that is pulling much better than expected sound from these old tapes. The noise floor is surprisingly low, as I see on my computer's spectral analysis and waveforms of the recorded files. The transports are rock steady to my ears. Mechanical rather than solenoid controls mean less to fail. This deck takes a load off of my high end decks for these tasks, too. To get the best results, I am cleaning the heads, tape path, and pinch rollers after about every 10 hours of use and I will demagnetize the heads on a regular basis. I am pleased with this machine and plan to buy another soon. I have another 7100 music tapes to go through later. Quite a few will be played on these Pyle decks for ripping. I noted that the reverse direction in well two is the strongest for pulling tape through when there is a little resistance in the shell. If that doesn't work on a problem tape, any cassette can be carefully opened and repaired - with practice.



Teac W-1200 Dual Cassette Deck with Recorder/ USB/ Pitch/ Karaoke-Mic-in and Remote Review:


This is essentially the Tascam 202 MK-VII without the "wings" for the rack mount. The machine is rather new on the market having only been released in late 2017, so.. one can't say much about its durability. But, let's not forget this ia TEAC. This brand is not known for doozy's. I wish it had balanced XLR's to double the RCA's. But.. we'll have to settle for what it is, for now. In all fairness, the $100-extra Tascam twin doesn't have that either. Otherwise.. happy taping! The thing is a winner.



Pyle Home Digital Tuner Dual Cassette Deck | Media Player | Music Recording Device with RCA Cables | Switchable Rack Mounting Hardware | CrO2 Tape Selector | Included 3 Digit Tape Counter - 110V/220V Review:


This is essentially the Tascam 202 MK-VII without the "wings" for the rack mount. The machine is rather new on the market having only been released in late 2017, so.. one can't say much about its durability. But, let's not forget this ia TEAC. This brand is not known for doozy's. I wish it had balanced XLR's to double the RCA's. But.. we'll have to settle for what it is, for now. In all fairness, the $100-extra Tascam twin doesn't have that either. Otherwise.. happy taping! The thing is a winner.



35+ pcs Mix Cassette Rubber Flat Belt Cassette Machine for DVD Drive, Xbox 360, Repair Rebuild Common Flat Belt Repair Rebuild Review:


I got this with the hopes of finding one the right length to replace a stretched belt on a vintage Toshiba laptop's floppy drive. I'm happy to say that there were some in this variety pack that were the perfect size.