plusdeckEX – Convert Audio Cassettes To MP3 And Vice Versa

plusdeckEX (Image courtesy Akihabara News)
By Andrew Liszewski

I can understand why analog audio fans still embrace vinyl records since they can last a remarkably long time with a little TLC. Consumer-grade audio cassettes however, I just don’t get. The tape is easy to damage and since it’s a magnetic medium it will degrade over time, there’s no stopping it. So if for some reason you want to preserve that crappy mix tape you recorded off the radio I suggest getting it converted to a digital format as soon as possible.

The plusdeckEX is designed to do just that. It connects to a PC via USB and includes a 7.1 channel built-in sound card for converting the analog signal from a cassette tape into a digital file format like MP3. The downside of course is that the process can only be done in real-time (unlike ripping an audio CD) but it ensures your analog tunes will be preserved for an eternity. (As long as you properly backup the files.)

And for those who are still living with just a cassette player in their cars the plusdeckEX works the other way as well, allowing you to transfer your MP3s to an audio cassette and enjoy them on the road. There doesn’t appear to be any pricing info on the plusdeckEX as of yet, but it’s expected to go on sale sometime in 2008.

[ plusdeckEX ] VIA [ Freshpilot ]

2 thoughts on “plusdeckEX – Convert Audio Cassettes To MP3 And Vice Versa”

  1. Optical media have ALSO been shown to degrade (or deteriorate) over time. I’ve got cassettes from 20 years ago that sound just as good as when new. Of course, I only used top-notch tapes. Cassettes are analog, true…but they’re also linear (like an album). Also, a tape can be damaged and still be saved (at least in part). A CD, on the other hand can be completely trashed by a single scratch in the wrong spot. Both media have their pros & cons.

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