Top Cassette Adapters: Digital Music on Your Old Stereo

Use a cassette tape adapter in an old stereo to play your digital music library

If your car stereo (or home system) only has a cassette player and doesn't have modern facilities to play digital music (via USB Flash drive, MP3 CD, etc.), then you may think that the only solution is an expensive stereo upgrade. However, by using a cassette adapter you can interface devices such as an iPod, iPhone, MP3 player / PMP, smartphone, and more and at a fraction of the cost. Inexpensive car accessories such as this can thus breathe new life into your aging 'tape only' stereo system. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of cassette adapters that are inexpensive and give good sound reproduction.

Whether you have got a front or side-loading cassette tape player, the WESTGO Cassette Adapter enables you to connect various portable devices to your 'tape-only' stereo system. You can use it to connect any MP3 player / PMP, portable CD player or even an iPhone or iPod. Considering how inexpensive the WESTGO Cassette Adapter is, its sound reproduction is impressive and therefore well worth a look.​

Like all cassette adapters, this device converts the audio signal from your portable (via a 3.5mm jack) into a magnetic signal that the cassette player heads can translate -- this is then relayed as sound to the audio system's speakers. The INSTEN 3.5mm Universal Car Audio Cassette Adapter is a well-built cassette adapter that can be used with any iPod, iPhone, smartphone, or portable device that has a headphone output. This product gives excellent sound reproduction via any cassette tape deck and comes with a 40-inch cord. This generous amount of cable is a great bonus feature which will give you plenty of freedom to conveniently locate your portable device -- useful in a car for example when it is sometimes difficult to place your portable in a safe and secure position.

The Maxell P-10 Cassette Adapter allows you to connect any portable device that has a 1/8" (3.5mm) jack output such as an iPod, iPhone, PMP, etc. Like the majority of cassette adapters, this product provides a great solution for enjoying your digital music library via a cassette tape player which wouldn't normally be possible otherwise. Even though the sound obviously isn't as good as directly playing digital audio, the unit transmits hi-fi stereo sound to your speakers with a good level of detail and clarity. If you have got an old boombox or a home stereo system that doesn't have phono auxiliary inputs, then you can also use the Maxell P-10 to interface digital audio sources to these too.

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