It's good gets the job done. No complaints
This is really a great little player! Sound quality is very good, and it’s very easy to operate - nothing too fancy. A little pricey, but leaps and bounds better than any of the cheaper new alternative models out there today. Only things I would recommend is that they offer it in black and maybe have a few other color options, and attach a clip to the back so you can hook it to your belt and actually walk around with it if you want.
I bought this for the simplicity of design. No radio, EQ, or excessive features. I made the assumption that less features would mean higher quality but it's a pretty low average player. Lots of flutter while playing, the noise floor is gigantic if you use it to record anything, and if you use it to play back what you recorded with it the flutter flutters the flutter forever. Don't expect quality sound from it. It'll just play cassettes like it says on the box. I'll stick with my player from the 80s but this will do if I'm travelling or something.
I had a little trouble with the Product when it arrive, the batteries included did not work. But, once I put in some new batteries it worked perfectly. I love this product and it is good value for the money.
After my mother passing recently, I was gifted a ton of cassettes that she has collected. None of the tape players she had would work anymore, so I bought this one. I am really impressed with the quality of it, as well as the 80s-90s aesthetic of it being clear. After listening to a few of her cassettes, and a few of mine that she had kept, it’s time to start collecting them again. There’s something about magnetic tape that reminds me of a better time in music. It’s more organic feeling, like vinyl.
Love this little recorder.Great sound at a great price. Thank you Retrospekt for letting me listen to my tapes again.
Absolutely love this! New cassette players have always been a slippery slope because most if not all suffer in quality. I would like to refurb or buy a refurb walkman for the future, but this will be my daily driver. It plays wonderfully and it has easy access to make repairs. The recording feature is busy but I didn't buy it for that. I use this for motorcycle camping and chilling in the hammock.
Worth every penny if you want a cassette player thats durable, and will last. You could go the cheaper route and get $30 one but they’re flimsy and feel fragile. This is a real deal player
Pretty sturdy little player, seems reliable and plays at the correct speed. Some noise is expected and within acceptable levels. I really dig what Retrospekt is doing to recycle and preserve analog tech, even if the prices lean a bit on the “lifestyle brand” side of affordability (which for the work put in to do a professional refurb is quite fair).
Very cool & well made...works great!
I recently got into cassettes when I stumbled upon a bunch of old tapes from my grandparents. They even had an old Sony Walkman, but unfortunately it was pretty messed up and I was unable to fix it after a few days of trying. So I decided to look for a new one, and there aren't too many options. You either have some on amazon that are like $15-$30, or you can find some other companies selling them in the range of $100-$300. So, I picked one up off of amazon for about $30. It was really bad, the sound quality was low, and the thing just felt cheap. After returning it, I got the CP-81 from Retrospekt. It's got fantastic sound and I love the design of it. I highly, highly recommend it. And I would say its worth the price if you want a good cassette Walkman that's built to last, and sounds great. I should mention, I am not familiar with the old Walkman's, I was born in 2001, and never used one before recently. So my opinion may differ from someone who knows more. Overall, great product, and I am very happy with it.
Solid tape player, spun a few favorites and it sounds great. Really enjoy being able to plug it in via usb for power instead of going through batteries. Well done!
Great little machine for playing my old cassettes, of which I have many since tape was my favorite format for recorded music well into the 1990s.(I was probably the last person on earth to buy a CD player.) It's relatively inexpensive so it doesn't feel quite as sturdy as the old Sony Walkman models, but for my purposes it's fine.
Looks and works great, but it would be 5 stars if it had a belt clip
Nice player. Everything works well, but don't expect much from recording quality.
Excellent product. If someone told me it came straight from the 80’s I’d believe them.
This cassette player completed exceeded my expectations and plays better than all of the other Walkmans I have! Even though there isn't a switch for it, it plays Type II cassettes wonderfully! It's constructed durably and sounds great with every cassette I've played with it. I highly recommend it!
absolutely love. audio quality is good and such a beautiful design.
Absolutely love it! It’s barely left my side since I got it. Will definitely be shopping with Retrospekt again soon!
I am obsessed with this player. Not only is the transparent shell a delightful reminiscence of late 90s/early 00s electronic aesthetic, it is also the only portable cassette player I have right now that is strong enough to play my (admittedly well-loved) Iron Maiden cassette. That alone is worth the [extremely reasonable] price tag.
Also, I flew home from Xmas with it in my carry-on and, when my old iPod died mid-flight, I whipped out this beauty and got many compliments on it from my fellow passengers.
In summary: 100% recommend, especially if you have stubborn old heavy metal cassettes that you want to listen to again, or if you enjoy being the coolest person on an airplane.
Thank you !
I have been following Retrospekt since long, and am impressed with the kind of product range they have. I am fan of walkman, hence have become fan of RetroSpekt. After a break when I have visited site and came to know that they have their own walkman, and I didn't think twice and ordered it soon. Wait for my unboxing video and full fledge review on youtube. I will share the link soon.
I wanted to compare this to my Sony TPS-L2 that I recently replaced the belts and no surprise but the cp-81 is better!
Works great, sounds great! I love it.
Delivery was pretty fast and the device is beautiful.