Summary: I have several uses for this deck. I listen to mix tapes. I make new mix tapes. I use the record level meters as pseudo VU meters. I run it through an Onkyo TX-8255 receiver/amp and some MCS brand speakers. It sounds great! It looks great, too. The deck and the amp look as if they were made for each other. It would have been nice to have pitch control since there can be speed variances between decks, but that is something that can be addressed in other ways.
Summary: The choices for cassette decks are understandably diminishing. This was just right for resurrecting my old cassette collection. I shopped J&R when I lived in NY and continue to do so online since moving.