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ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter

B&H # IOTAPE2PC MFR # TAPE 2 PC
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Product Highlights
  • Mac/Windows Compatible
  • Dual Cassette Deck
  • USB 1.1 Connection
  • Converter Software Included
  • Requires Internet Connection and iTunes

The TAPE 2 PC from Ion is a high-quality dual cassette deck that allows you to easily convert your favorite tapes to MP3 files for use with your personal media player. Simply connect the TAPE 2 PC to your Mac or Windows computer via USB, and use the included software to convert the tape.

The TAPE 2 PC can also be used as a standard cassette deck in your home entertainment system. Use the included RCA cables to connect to your stereo system for listening in your living room, den, or bedroom.

Note! TAPE 2 PC requires you to download and install Apple iTunes in order to convert your music into MP3 files.

Tape to MP3
The TAPE 2 PC uses a standard USB 1.1 connection to connect to your Mac or PC to convert your favorite tapes into MP3 music files.
EZ Tape Converter 2 for PC Software
The EZTC2 software allows Windows users to convert their tapes quickly, and also includes Gracenote MusicID technology to automatically retrieve album, artist, and song information. 1
EZ Audio Converter for Mac Software
The EZAC software allows Mac users to convert their tapes easily. The software also lets you enter track information. 2
Home Stereo
Use the included stereo RCA cable to use the TAPE 2 PC with your home stereo system.
Dual Cassette Deck
The TAPE 2 PC features two cassette decks. Both can be used for playback, and Deck B may also be used for recording, great for dubbing tapes, or recording external sources to tape.
Tape Type Selector
The Metal/CrO2 selector provides optimal playback, depending on the type of cassette tape used.
Display
The front-panel display shows audio meters and lets you know the record and dubbing status. A tape counter is also provided.
System
Type Stereo Double Cassette Deck with USB
Head Type Deck A: Playback
Deck B: Rec/Playback
2-Gap Ferrite Head for Erasure
Motor Type 2 x DC Servo Motors
Frequency Response Chrome Tape: 40Hz - 15kHz (±3dB)
Normal Tape: 40Hz - 14kHz (±3dB)
Signal to Noise Ratio 58dB
Wow and Flutter < 0.2%
Noise Reduction Dynamic Noise Reduction
Dolby HX Pro No
Convenience
Pitch Control No
Track Search No
Auto Reverse Not Specified by Manufacturer
Relay Play/Record Not Specified by Manufacturer
Counter Type Mechanical (Deck B Only)
High Speed Dubbing Yes
Remote Control No
Connectors
Input 1 x Stereo RCA Input
Output 1 x Stereo RCA Output
Other 1 x USB 1.1 Port
General
Dimensions (WxHxD) 16.5 x 5.3 x 8.5" (420 x 135 x 215mm)
Weight 8.5 lbs (4kg)
ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter
  • Stereo RCA Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Software CD
  • Quickstart Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    ION AudioTAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter
     
    4.1

    (based on 55 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Simple controls (41)
    • Good audio (33)
    • Attractive (27)
    • Durable (17)
    • Good power output (6)

    Cons

    • Flimsy (6)
    • Poor sound (4)

    Best Uses

    • Basic systems (22)
    • Audiophiles (19)
    • Smaller rooms / apartments (4)
    • Large rooms (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (22), Audiophile (18), Tech savvy (18), Technically challenged (7), Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (29)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    easy conversion

    I had a great collection of music but on cassettes. I needed a way to convert the music and experimented with several systems and software but never received satisfactory results.I noticed the cassette conversion...Read complete review

    I had a great collection of music but on cassettes. I needed a way to convert the music and experimented with several systems and software but never received satisfactory results.I noticed the cassette conversion package in your catologue,it was complete with easy application and gave a quality reproduction,overall I was more than happy with the results

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not the best sound quality

    I was excited at first to receive the product and find how easy it was to use. Set up was plug and play and getting songs from tapes to an MP3 was fast and...Read complete review

    I was excited at first to receive the product and find how easy it was to use. Set up was plug and play and getting songs from tapes to an MP3 was fast and painless however the sound quality is NOT good. I was disappointed to hear all of the static and artifact that takes away from the sound. After repeating the upload process several times using several different tapes I concluded that this device is unable to produce a decent quality MP3 from the tapes.

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    5.0

    Great Product and Great Price!

    By Jade Warrior

    from Huntington, IN

    About Me Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clean Sound
    • Easy Controls

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Audiophiles
      • Basic Systems

      Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

      I am converting my most important cassette tapes and LPs to mp3s. This product is seamless and the software is simple and intuitive. The recording quality is only as good as the source material, which will obviously pick up tape hiss and LP artifacts, but I am very impressed with the overall quality of the conversions.

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      4.0

      Good product does what's advertised

      By Jim

      from New Jersey

      Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

      Bought this to convert a library of cassettes to digital format. Product is ok but you can't expect Nakkamici quality for $90. This is replacing a 32 year old well made Akai deck which I can no longer get parts for and fix. The CD that comes with the unit says to go to the website to download the latest version of the software. Beware, I believe I got a Trojan virus on my machine from this software. It's pretty basic anyway and I have since replaced with Audacity. This machine does what it advertises and is a cheap price. Hope it lasts for a few years so I can do lots of conversions.

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      4.0

      Great value for the price

      By The Pom

      from Australia

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems

        Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

        As yet I have not had the chance to try all it's features, but am very pleased with the performance as a component with my audio system.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Average Quality; Easy to Use

        By Susan

        from Lexington, Ky

        About Me Practical, Technically Capable

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Controls
        • Easy Install
        • Easy to use

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • Poor Sound

        Best Uses

        • Home Use
        • Small Projects

        Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

        We have converted over 75 hours using this cassette deck. Deck and software were very easy to install and operate. Deck not sturdy, buttons and controls feel loose and often don't engage on first attempt. Only around 80% of cassette tapes played okay in this deck, but played in other decks. Sound quality low, had to record using much higher gain than should have required. Resulted in noisy, distorted sound.

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        4.0

        Excellent Acquisition.

        By Ted

        from Southeast AZ

        About Me Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Clean Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy Controls
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Needs Better Software

        Best Uses

        • Cassette Conversion

        Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

        I have been converting cassettes to MP3's and it has been laborious at best, until I got this ION device. It has made the transition from tape to hard drive smooth. My only wish would be a better software package, but it will do.

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        • No

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        1.0

        Below Standard Quality

        By tradigi

        from Union, NJ

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

            Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

            From the very first tape, it dragged and wobbled. I tried several other tapes, but to no avail. It's very cheaply made. The tape drive mechanism is very unstable. Even the buttons are flimsy when engaged. This is a dual tape machine and the main problem was with the Tape 1 side. But it totally defeats the purpose of why I purchased it. I have since returned it, because in my view it's an inferior product. To be honest, it's not even worth $15.00, let alone $[$] Manufacturers who produce products like this need to get their act together. I realize it's not a $300+ machine. Even so, for something costing over $[$] it should at least be functional.

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            4.0

            Solid Cassette Conversion

            By ragamuffin

            from NJ

            About Me Audiophile

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy Controls

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Audiophiles

              Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

              Good product, with conversion to mp3. Software leaves a little to be desired as there is only a gain control. For the price, worth it.

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              5.0

              Easy to copy tapes to computer!

              By phylnabhan

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Average Consumer, Practical

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Clean Sound
              • Durable
              • Easy Controls
              • Easy To Install

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Audiophiles
                • Basic Systems
                • Copying Tapes To Pc

                Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

                I bought this dual tape to MP3 converter for two reasons. First, I wanted to copy the hundreds of tapes I have made to MP3 format, and secondly to play these tapes as all of my other tape players quit working.

                I love how easy it is to copy tapes to my map. I can also copy them to my windows computer. It is SO EASY! I installed the disc which took little time, connected the tape player to my computer with the supplied cord, and followed the very easy instructions. I am copying tapes now as I work on the computer. Believe me, it is so easy!

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                5.0

                Tape to USB to MP3

                By Ken

                from Tucson, AZ

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clean Sound
                • Easy Controls

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Basic Systems

                  Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

                  I have only used it briefly, but it worked as advertized. I converted an old open reel recording from SEA to cassette and then on to my laptop to eventully save it on CD. Sound quality was virtually the same from media to media.

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                  4.0

                  Works fine

                  By Music Guy

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Clean Sound
                  • Easy Controls

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

                      It performs as advertised. No problems, I'm satisfied.

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                      4.0

                      Works Perfectly As Intended

                      By Raz

                      from NH

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Easy Controls

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

                          This unit works great. It was easy to set up and use. It has made transferring music from my old cassettes to mp3's on my computer fun. I would recommend this unit to anyone looking for something such as this.

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                          5.0

                          Excellant Deal

                          By Brian

                          from Massachusetts

                          About Me Pro Audio / DJ

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Clean Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Audiophiles

                            Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

                            For the price, this is everything I need for restoration work. The software is great for pre-seperating songs or audio segments. I will still use Audition for fine work, but otherwise - thumbs up!

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                            5.0

                            I truly recommend this; a real winner.

                            By Technically Challenged

                            from Brooklyn, New York

                            About Me Technically Challenged

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clean Sound
                            • Easy Controls
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Audiophiles

                              Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

                              I've been searching for a system to convert my cassettes for years. This is truly a blessing. I thought that I would have problems operating this unit because I'm not too computer savvy; how mistaken I was. It is the most simple and easiest way to convert cassettes to MP3

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                              1.0

                              Cheap tape deck that did not work well

                              By Steve

                              from Wilmington, DE

                              About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Flimsy

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

                                  My first impression was that it was of mediocre quality - very lightweight, and when you press the play button, the entire panel of buttons (including rewind, ff, etc.) bends downward. I wasn't particularly impressed with the sound, but I chalked that up to the tapes I was using. After a couple of days, it started to have trouble playing tapes that ran fine on a different player (a boom box). The speed would fluctuate, slowing down and speeding up. At that point, I returned it in favor of another brand that cost two-and-a-half times as much.

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                                  5.0

                                  A format changer!

                                  By Oldtimer

                                  from Leesburg,Al

                                  About Me Practical

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Clean Sound
                                  • Easy Controls

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Basic Systems

                                    Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

                                    Great way to download cassettes to CDs.

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                                    5.0

                                    Good tape deck for the money

                                    By Beef Smellington

                                    from New Jersey

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Clean Sound
                                    • Easy Controls

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Basic Systems

                                      Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

                                      Sounds good. I haven't tried to convert any tapes to mp3 yet. You can't go wrong for the money if you are looking to play back your old tapes.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great unit.

                                      By JimBob

                                      from Palm Desert, CA

                                      About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clean Sound
                                      • Easy Controls

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Audiophiles

                                        Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

                                        Easy to use converting the old tapes to new format. Also like to record off radio and then convert so I can listen to my favs.

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                                        4.0

                                        does what it says it will

                                        By Tony

                                        from NYC

                                        About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clean Sound
                                        • Easy Controls

                                        Cons

                                        • Can't make your tapes HD

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Transfer of old music

                                        Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

                                        The product works great is simple and matches well with MAC (I did not try it with Microsoft).

                                        The software installs quickly and after a couple of uses is easy to master. Since many of my old tapes, many over 30 yrs were worn some tracks didn't sound very good. Most of my old tapes recorded in a most acceptable way and I was satisfied. Essentially your tapes will sound as good as they do on your current sound system.

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                                        4.0

                                        Decent Unit

                                        By TommyD

                                        from Marlton, NJ

                                        About Me Musician, Practical

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to use

                                        Cons

                                        • Flimsy

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

                                          I had some old conversations on cassette tape. These were my father talking about our family history. When he died I found these tapes and needed to get them converted to a digital format. The ION unit did the job. Is it the sturdiest feeling unit? Probably not. But for the money, it did exactly what it was supposed to do. I thought the software, EZ Tape Converter, was easy to install and very easy to use. I would recommend this unit as a practical way to convert old cassettes to MP3. Ive only had the unit for a couple weeks so its possible the unit will die tomorrow but it did convert all of my tapes as I needed.

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                                          2.0

                                          Worked great but not for long

                                          By IanF

                                          from Northern VA

                                          About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Does what I expected
                                          • Easy to use

                                          Cons

                                          • Quality

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about ION Audio TAPE 2 PC USB Cassette-to-MP3 Converter:

                                            Unit did exactly what I wanted...provided a way to rip my old casette tapes to the PC as MP3s (similar to the way I converted all of my LPs several years ago). Unit worked great, better and easier than expected, for the first 7 tapes...then the recording head on the unit went belly up. With ION's tech support, I was able to confirm that it was a unit problem and not something in my computer settings. Called B&H, their customer service folks were great, sent the unit back, and am now waiting for a replacement. Hopefully this was an exception, and not a rule...we'll see

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