Best CD Recorders and CD Recording Systems

Despite the decline in mainstream CD usage, some consumers still have CD recording needs for radio, vinyl and other formats. Read on for our top choices from the CD Recorders and Recording systems available on the market today.

TEAC has been a leader in audio recorders since the reel-to-reel tape days and continues this tradition in both its professional and consumer line of CD recorders. The CDRW890 is an affordable option in a high-quality CD recorder. This recorder features both analog and digital audio inputs, as well as analog output capability. With its very straightforward operation, the CDRW890 (currently in its mkII generation) definitely deserves consideration for those copying from CD, Cassette, or vinyl record source material. You can also make live CD recordings by connecting a microphone to an audio mixer and then connecting the audio mixer to the CD recorder.

If you are really serious about listening to your music on CD, or make your own original CD recordings, the Tascam CD-RW900MKII CD Recorder is an option to consider.

Made by TEAC, TASCAM products are targeted for the professional market, but that doesn't mean that consumers can't take advantage of them.

The CD-RW900MKII has analog and both digital optical and coaxial audio inputs and outputs.

For recording, the CD-RW900MKII features independent level controls for both the left and right channel inputs, pitch control, as well as a jog control to facilitate more precise editing.

In addition, a front panel P/S2 keyboard input is provided (you need to buy the keyboard separately) that allows additional control capability.

For playback, there is a 4 second memory buffer - so if the unit is bumped, or there is an intermittent glitch, smooth CD playback is more reliable.

If you are looking for a CD recorder that provides more precise control, especially for home produced recordings, check out the Tascam CD-RW900MKII.

Note: Microphone(s) must be connected through an external audio mixer.

The Audio Technica AT-LP60-USB LP-to-Digital Recording System is a package that includes an audio turntable (with cartridge) with a USB output that can connect to a PC or Laptop. Also included is all the software you need to transfer old LP Vinyl records to CD or MP3 for continued listening pleasure on a home audio system or portable digital music player. An added bonus is that the turntable has a built-in preamp that allows it to be connected to standard CD or AUX audio inputs on home theater receivers that may not have a dedicated turntable input.

With today's popularity of CDs and MP3s, there is a definite need to be able to transfer all those old vinyl records and cassette tapes so that you can listen to them in a more convenient manner. With the TEAC LP And Cassette To CD/Digital Converter, just put on your record, put in your audio cassette and then also slide in your blank CD and you are set to go. Also, after installing the provided Audacity software when connected to a PC (or Mac), the converter can transfer your cassettes and vinyl records to your PC as MP3 files for playback directly from your PC or transfer to a portable MP3 player.

However, that isn't all, the TEAC LP And Cassette To CD/Digital Converter also incorporates a built-in stereo amplifier and speakers for a great listening experience for a variety of room settings.

Here is a vinyl record-to-MP3 recorder with a twist. Not only does this turntable convert your vinyl records to MP3 (which you can then copy onto USB flash drives, or CDs), it also has a built-in stereo speaker system for listening to your records "live".

A USB cable and conversion software is provided for connection to a compatible PC or MAC, as well as standard RCA line outputs for connection to an external audio system. Since the Archive LP has a built-in phono preamp, you can connect it to any audio input on your stereo or home theater receiver that you would normally connect a CD player or audio cassette deck. On the other hand, unlike "legacy turntables" do not connect the Archive LP to a stereo or home theater receiver's phono inputs.

Its "wood-like" finish gives the turntable a stylish look. Also, a 100 hour life needle is provided, and replacements are also offered.

If you are looking for a CD recording system with something a little extra, check out the Boytone BT-29W.

The BT-29W is more than just a CD recorder. Inside its box it incorporates not one, but two CD players, one of which records. This enables you to make copies of your favorite CDs without having to connect an additional external player or use a PC with a dual CD drive.

However, that is just the start. In addition to the dual CD system, the BT-29W also includes an AM/FM radio, vinyl record turntable, audio cassette player, and auxiliary audio inputs. Of course, you can record all to CD if you wish.

However, there is even more! You can also play music from and record to both SD Cards and USB flash drives, and you can even stream audio directly from your smartphone via Bluetooth.

NOTE: You can copy CDs to USB and SD Card, but not vice versa. However, you can record from SD to USB and vice versa.

There is even room for a built-in stereo speaker system, and for private listening you can plug in any set of headphones.

The is definitely one unusual audio playback/cd recording system!

ION Audio CD Direct
ION Audio CD Direct. Image provided by Ion Audio

Ion Audio offers a lot audio conversion products, and their CD Direct some additional twists.

In addition to Vinyl Record-to-CD conversion, you can also connect the CD Direct your PC (or MAC) and make MP3 copies of your Vinyl records for easy playback on your PC or copied onto other compatible devices.

However, another twist is that in addition to its audio conversion capabilities, the CD also has it own built-in stereo amplifier and speakers, making it a self-contain recording and playback device.

However, if you prefer, the CD Direct also has a built-in phono preamp and set of analog RCA-style audio output connections that allow play back through any stereo or home theater receiver.

The CD Direct comes with a USB cable and Software CD - so you are set to go. More »

Here is a CD recording system that is as attractive looking as it is functional.

Featuring a stylish retro, wood-like cabinet, the Crosley CR2405 packs in a vinyl record turntable, audio cassette deck (located on the right side of the unit as you look from the front), AM/FM radio, and a CD player/recorder. There is also a set of aux audio inputs.

You can use the CD recorder to make copies of your old tapes and records, as well as from devices plugged into the aux input.

The Crosley CR2405 also includes a built-in stereo speaker system and headphone jack for private listening.

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