Excerpt: From the very first tape, it dragged and wobbled. I tried several other tapes, but to no avail. It's very cheaply made. The tape drive mechanism is very unstable. Even the buttons are flimsy when engaged. This is a dual tape machine and the main problem was with the Tape 1 side. But it totally defeats the purpose of why I purchased it. I have since returned it, because in my view it's an inferior product.
Excerpt: My first impression was that it was of mediocre quality - very lightweight, and when you press the play button, the entire panel of buttons (including rewind, ff, etc.) bends downward. I wasn't particularly impressed with the sound, but I chalked that up to the tapes I was using. After a couple of days, it started to have trouble playing tapes that ran fine on a different player (a boom box). The speed would fluctuate, slowing down and speeding up.
Excerpt: I have an extensive cassette collection that I was hoping to convert to digital for my new ipod. The Ion Tape 2 PC sounded like the answer to my needs, and a way to save quite a bit of money by transferring my original tapes.However, it didn't deliver what it promised. The conversion process was tedious = each track must be played individually - no high speed dubbing. I'd had been willing to spend the time if the sound quality after conversion was acceptable.
Summary: After seeing mixed reviews, I purchased the Ion Tape 2pc hoping it would produce like the five star ratings I read, not the many one star ratings. Unfortunately, it is a very cheap tape deck. I tried eight different tapes, and they were all playing too fast. I adjusted the gain correctly, set my pc for stereo input and did everything in the instructions. I then tried all tapes on two different cassette decks I have at home, and they worked great.
Summary: I can't list everything that was wrong with this piece of junk. I finally returned it for a refund. Company did not pay shipping costs, every though they promised they would. Do not waste your money.
Summary: All you need is a cable with stereo RCA plugs on one end, and a 3.5mm stereo plug on the other end. Connect the RCA plugs to the "line out" jacks on the tape deck, and plug the 3.5mm plug into the line in jack on the back of your computer (it's colored light blue, usually). Download the free CDex software and sample and convert the analog audio to MP3 files.
Pros: Simplicity; you just plug into your USB port, pop in your cassettes and record MP3s on your computer.
Cons: Definite overkill, considering that virtually EVERY computer with sound has an analog-to-digital converter built in, and you can capture analog audio from ANY source (LPs, 8-tracks, DAT tapes, MiniDiscs) using a much less expensive cable and any of several free digital audio recording programs.
Summary: if you're willing to spend this much just to dub cassettes, you don't need shopping advice; you need shopping therapy. for the same price you can get the same functionality plus additional media options.
Pros: cassette player that's still available commercially
Cons: ridiculous. any cassette device with a line-out jack will deliver the same service at at least half the cost.
Summary: Seems like a high-priced gimmick for technology that existed over a 15 years ago. Granted, back then MP3 didn't exist and hard drive capacities didn't make full song recording feasible. But this product doesn't deliver any tangible benefits that I can comprehend.
Pros: Looks fancy, dual cassette deck, "USB"
Cons: Over a decade ago, I remember having a soundblaster compatible (Mediavision) soundcard in a 486SX25 computer. Even back then (just as today), the soundcard had a stereo line-in port. Using the standard stereo line-in, I connected my brothers dual cassette deck "boombox" to the computer and recorded directly to the PC. So I'm really not sure what value this device delivers. I think walmart sells stereos with line-out jacks for much less than a Benji.