Didn't work well, but Crosley offered us a better machine for cost of shipping
Free Press Advocate "barbara dimmick", Amazon
30 September 2011
Summary: I gave this 3 stars not because the machine worked well, but because when we had difficulties, we contacted tech support at Crosley. They promptly offered us our choice among half a dozen far better machines. All we had to do was send our machine back and pay 20 bucks for shipping. Given that our machine was purchased approx three years ago, and only recently used for the first time, I highly recommend that those of you with bad experiences contact tech support.
Summary: This item seemed ideal for my needs since I just wanted to be able to record my cassettes (and eventually some vinyl) onto CDs. I also wanted something simple without having to purchase various equipment and hook it up to a computer. I read the reviews here on this and they were mixed: either it worked or it didn't. Crosley had a good reputation so I was willing to take my chances.
Summary: Rewriting a deleted review with a change from one star to three. Sent this to some friends of mine who were very eager to transfer cassettes and old LPs to CD. First the good. Especially for a system with a couple 5 inch speakers, the sound is very pleasant.They are pleased with that. They also love the look of it. They say it looks better to them than the photos. And when working it performs some mighty handy functions effectively.
Summary: Used the Crosley CR248 Songwriter to record 33rpm albums to CD. Works pretty much as advertized and as per instructions in the owners manual. The one problem I have with the unit is after recording a CD during play back there is a audible noise in the backround. With most selections it isn't too noticeable but on recording with quiet or soft music it is very noticeable.
Beautiful. But came with missing needle and 45 converter.
Raquel T. Michelena, Amazon
29 February 2008
Summary: This is a beautiful equipment. But it came with missing parts. Contacted amazon and the told me They could refund me if I sent the item back. Since I had already broken the box I decided to buy the needle and the 45 converter at an electronics store and got it with no problem. After this it works great.
Summary: The one problem I have is that I cannot pickup a clear AM & no FM station with or without the antennas. I am very disappointed about that. I have a similar unit that is not a recorder and I get clear AM/FM stations. Any suggestions??
Summary: I bought the Crosley Songwriter CD Recorder because I wanted all of its functions in one piece of equipment that was fairly small. However, I did not think the CD sound was very good and the FM radio was full of static. I did not put up the hang-up antenna because I wouldn't want that thing hanging on my wall. Also the AM was not very clear and the directions said to turn the player around until it was good. No thanks! I did not try the record player. I had had enough.
Summary: The Crosley product I purchased has great features physically and is definitely versatile, but is lacking in good sound reproduction and unwaving playback. I'm not expecting this system to band-aid old worn recordings, but with today's technology I was expecting more bass boost and steady intonation. The unit does look attractive, however.
Summary: I do think the other reviews were very accurate re: sound quality, etc. For me, it works to get my cassettes on cds. I also am able to get my records on cd too. It's fairly simple. I do love the appearance of it too.