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 CDRW890mkII CD-Recorder

TEAC CDRW890mkII CD-Recorder
TEAC CDRW890mkII CD-Recorder. Images provided by TEAC

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. Buy from Amazon »

ION LP2CD - Vinyl LP to CD Recording System

ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Front View with Accessories
ION Audio LP2CD - USB Turntable and CD Recorder Combination - Front View with Accessories. Photos (c) Robert Silva Licensed to

The LP2CD is an analog-to-digital conversion product from ION Audio. The LP2CD combines a vinyl record turntable with a CD-Burner in a single device. To make recording to CD easy, the LP2CD includes an onboard 700MB flash drive that allows you to review your recording before doing a final burn to CD. In addition, the LP2CD also has audio inputs that allow recording from external sources, such as a cassette deck, or another CD player, and also has provisions for more editing options on a PC/MAC via its built-in USB port. Buy from Amazon »

Audio-Technica AT-LP60-USB - LP to Digital Recording System

Audio-Technica AT-LP60
Audio-Technica AT-LP60-USB - LP to Digital Recording System. Image provided by Audio-Technica

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. Buy from Amazon »

Teac LPR550-USB CD Recorder with Cassette and Turntable

Teac LPR550-USB CD Recorder with Cassette and Turntable
Teac LPR550-USB CD Recorder with Cassette and Turntable. Images provided TEAC

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. Buy from Amazon »

TEAC - Audio Restoring Cassette To CD Converter

TEAC - Audio Restoring Cassette To CD Converter
TEAC - Audio Restoring Cassette To CD Converter. Image Courtesy of Hammacher Schlemmer

Have you tried to transfer your old audio cassettes to CD, but aren't happy with the results? If so, then you might check out the TEAC Cassette Restoration to CD Converter. This unit provides additional Dolby Noise reduction processing that provides a smoother sounding, and more consistent, quality result when copying audio cassettes to CDs. In addition, this unit also provides the ability to transfer music files from compatible USB devices to CD or vice versa, making the TEAC Audio Restoring Cassette To CD Converter a very flexible transfer and audio recording unit.
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ION Audio Archive LP

Ion Audio Archive LP. Image provided by Ion Audio

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. Buy from Amazon »

ION Audio CD Direct

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 »

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