Summary: Doesn't sound as good, rewind as fast or have as many delineations on the VU , making precise level setting hardER- as the last Sonys sold. But they aren't sold anymore, and this unit is awful close; sounding way better then earlier Teac/Tascam cassettes.
Summary: This unit replaced a similar unit for our church services. It's standard size for rack mounting meant that installation was a breeze. Instruction manual was complete and it was installed and in use in less than 10 minutes. Controls are intuitive and all persons that use it are well pleased.
Worked well for about two months and then ate cassetes and pinch roller broke off
David Milberg "Radio Dave", Amazon
19 February 2012
Summary: Initial quality on this device was absolutlely superior....then after about two months of frequent usage, it began "eating cassettes" and one of the pinch rollers broke off. I would expect a product with the Tascam badge to be more rugged and reliable.
Summary: Hallo Thomann-Team u. Home-Recorder, habe mir das Tascam CD-A550 als universale Abspielmöglichkeit in mein Studiorack integriert. Als Kombi-Gerät, auch mit der Möglichkeit alte Cassettenaufnahmen in meine DAW zu überspielen, ist es mit seiner Racktauglichkeit praktisch ohne Alteranive.