Summary: I bought this piece of junk a year ago. I ended up giving it to a friend,who ended up throwing it in the garbage. 1. The cassette player always played the tape faster than what it should have. Always sounded like I was like I was listening to the chipmunks. 2. The cd recorder always left off the first few seconds of the song if I pushed split track. 3. It didn't matter what remote I was using. It would end up turning on.
Summary: This turntable and most if not all the Crosley's turntables are overpriced for what it gives you. First off, the sound quality is not very good and the tone arm does not have a weight control to prevent the stylus from severely damaging your ablums if accidently kicked or knocked. Also without weight control on the tone arm, more pressure is applied on the sound groves and your albums won't last very long.
Summary: The songwriter arrived inoperable. Crosley tech support told me to return to seller. The seller did not have another in stock, so I ordered from a different seller. This one also arrived inoperable. The 3rd one arrived with only a missing stylus; Crosley tech support is sending me a new stylus, and I believe this will solve the problem...but as of this date the product still does not work. Either I am jinxed, or quality control at Crosley stinks.
Summary: I bought this because I wanted something with which to listen to my vinyl and which could be put in a home office. And while I was at it, record that vinyl to CD. However, it has all the fidelity of a AM transistor radio from the 70's, and while the resulting CDs sound good on a different system than when the vinyl is played, the CD recording process requires you to sit by the machine in order to manually enter the track breaks and to stop the recording process manually.
Summary: The Crosley Radio CR248 Songwriter CD recorder is great when it works. However, after 2 weeks, I had to return it for repairs. The tape cassette did not work and I couldn't record anything onto the CD. It is now at the shop. I had to call twice to get them to give me a return authorization and there was no indication in the packaging telling me to contact Best in Home, the place that shipped it to me.
Summary: I bought this item because I have serious amounts of vinyl and old cassettes I wanted to digitize. Sad to say, I started with the cassettes. For that purpose, this device excels. I digitized about 100 old (mostly spoken-word) cassettes. By that time, I was no longer able to return it; and when the first LPs came out sounding tinny and slightly fast, I found myself seriously wishing I could do so. I must say, this device was a snap to use.
Summary: I was very disappointed with the whole experience. Firstly, the machine never worked and also the accompanying directions and brochure was most inadequate and very poorly written.Furthermore, it took great effort and persistence to finally return the songwriter for another machine.I hope my next experience is not as trying!