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Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder

B&H # PARQ2102 Mfr # RQ-2102
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Product Highlights
  • Uses Standard Cassettes
  • Powered by 4 'C' Batteries
  • External Mic Input
  • Headphone Output
  • 3 Digit Tape Counter
  • Various Push Button Functions

Panasonic's RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder is an old standby for cassette recording. Simple and easy to use, the RQ-2102 uses standard cassettes to record voice or other ambient sounds. The recorder is powered by 4 'C' batteries (not included) and features an external microphone input and headphone output. Functions and features of the RQ-2102 include: Full Auto-Stop, Auto-Stop, Pause, Cue and Review, and a 3 digit tape counter.

Powered by 4 'C' batteries
Headphone output connection
External Microphone input connection
Functions: Full Auto-Stop, Auto-Stop, Pause, Cue and Review
Connections External microphone
Headphone output
Batteries 4 x 'C' 1
Please Note:

Not included

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Functions Full Auto-Stop
Auto-Stop
Pause
Cue and Review
Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder
  • Power Cord
  • User Manual
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    PanasonicRQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder
     
    4.4

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable (17)
    • Compact (16)
    • Good audio (10)

    Cons

    • Picks up background noise (4)

    Best Uses

    • Conversation piece (9)
    • Lectures (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (8), Technically challenged (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nice Low Tech Recorder

    I'm an acoustic guitarist that wanted to get back to basics like acually palying the guitar instead of constantly reconfiguring my pc. I like to hear back compositions I am working on. This is...Read complete review

    I'm an acoustic guitarist that wanted to get back to basics like acually palying the guitar instead of constantly reconfiguring my pc. I like to hear back compositions I am working on. This is a great little recorder for that. With the recorder on a hard surface you will hear the motor in the recordings a little bit. Just put it on your mousepad or get an external mic if that bothers you. This recorder is perfect for anyone wanting simplicity again.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Sound quality could be better

    Although cassettes are becoming a thing of the past, some of us "old timers" still have a number of them to be enjoyed.
    This product has some good features, including...Read complete review

    Although cassettes are becoming a thing of the past, some of us "old timers" still have a number of them to be enjoyed.
    This product has some good features, including the tape counter; however, the quality of sound leaves something to be desired. It's a far cry from the really quality SONY TC-110 A I had back in the 70's!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    easy to use for even the elderly

    By from la la land

    from LA, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Bulky

    Best Uses

    • Conversations

    Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

    old school but it fits the purpose. Looks nice and works well. Simple to use features.

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    5.0

    Product working fine so far.

    By Coach

    from Los Angeles, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • High Quality Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Conversations

      Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

      I use it to record a phone message and replay the message to jot down the key information I need from the message.

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      5.0

      Perfect for my use (art project)

      By Nina the Artist

      from New York, NY

      About Me Technically Challenged

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • High Quality Sound
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Had To Buy Batteries
      • Heavy
      • Picks Up Background Noise

      Best Uses

      • Conversations

      Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

      I used this to make a recording representing urban and industrial sounds. I also wanted it to sound muffled and almost eerie, and it was a success especially since it had been my first time using a cassette recorder.

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      5.0

      Great Basic Cassette Recorder

      By nettie

      from North Haven, CT

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • High Quality Sound
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Leisure Listening

        Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

        This is a wonderful basic cassette recorder. We have always had a good experience with Panasonic Equipment and this is no different. This is a basic recorder, easy to use. We purchased this for my father who has lost most of his eyesite. This is easy enough for him to use by the feel of the large buttons.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Just the right size.

        By Mickey

        from Annapolis, MD

        About Me Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • High Quality Sound
        • Long Battery Life
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Conversations

          Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

          I needed something compact and easy to use on the road when I write songs.This fit the BILL!!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Reliable traditional basic

          By KO

          from NYC

          About Me In A Hurry, Practical, Traditional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Kind Of Clunky
            • Lo-fi

            Best Uses

            • Recording Speech

            Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

            I use this for recording lines in plays that I need to memorize. I find it very easy to use because it's the same analogue type I've been familiar with for many years. These are fast becoming obsolete, so I'll go digital next time!! I love that it has a counter, making it easy to "find my place." Many current audio cassette recorders don't have this. The onboard mic is OK in a pinch, but pretty weak and lo-fi, so you'll be happier using some kind of very affordable plug in mic.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Panasonic Tape Player/Recorder

            By Joe

            from Groton, NY

            About Me Gearhead

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

                I searched the internet for a machine for a Hospice patient that is mostly blind and the player are his eyes. My decision was based solely on what was available as well as how soon I would be able to procure this player for him. I had a panasonic player in 1971 and the final cost this time was close to what the cost was all those years ago with free shipping in the United States.

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                5.0

                This product is great

                By cwilliams

                from dallas, texas

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • High Quality Sound
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Lectures

                  Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

                  I love this cassette recorder because it easy to use and it has great sound quality..and the sound is greater than the orginal speakers that I hooked to my karaoke machine..What a great buy...

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Old Fashioned??But works well.

                  By Jimka

                  from Chicago, Il.

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Limited Freq Response

                  Best Uses

                  • Conversations
                  • Convert Old Tapes
                  • Lectures

                  Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

                  Listening to my vast collection of music cassette tapes. Don't need to lug a boombox around. Keep it right next to you. Has accurate mechanical digital counter for rewind & replay. FF & Rewind are fast unlike some boomboxes. Easy pushbutton operation. AC power supply integral with unit. Not stereo, but that does not bother me. Can feed output to PC for MP3 conversion with 3rd party software.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  It's OK

                  By E Z L

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design

                  Cons

                  • Picks Up Background Noise
                  • Poor Quality Sound

                  Best Uses

                  • Conversations

                  Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

                  It's OK--
                  having trouble recording music to stereo--but it's ok for mono.
                  sound quality is decent but definitely not professional sounding: good for everyday recording type of stuff.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great player!

                  By DanaLynn

                  from Mount Prospect, IL

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • High Quality Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

                      This is a classic cassette player a real throw back to the 70's/80's. It looks old school but works great!

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Serves its purpose

                      By BBREID99

                      from Perkasie, PA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Portable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Playing Cassettes

                        Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

                        My kids compete in dance competitions which require us to record music on cassettes so I needed a cassette player for them to practice with the recorded music. The Panasonic cassette player works well, its use is intuitive and its size is easily portable. It would be nice if the output volume was louder, and its made of plastic, but overall for the price, it works well and fits my need. I like that is uses an AC adapter, but also has the option for batteries.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        I found exactly what I was looking for

                        By Starz

                        from Durham, NC

                        About Me Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • Picks Up Background Noise

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Conversations

                        Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

                        Cassette recorders are almost ancient history to some but for me this lightweight portable recorder fits the bill. I use it for making live recordings of acoustic music of myself and my kids performing and for home use. The fidelity isn't great but more than acceptable. Simple to use and transport. Reliable and flexible with either battery or wall plug in. For the economy and price can't be beat.

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        No Remote Jack for Telephone Recording

                        By P.D. Peery

                        from Sacramento, CA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

                        I purchased this product for the purpose of recording phone calls for Family History interviews. When I tried to connect it to my recording unit, I was unable to do so as it required a recorder with a "remote jack." I had a Craig 2603 recorder way back that had a remote jack. I just expected the Panasonic RQ-2102 to have the same.

                        The Panasonic is a fine little recorder, but of little use to me without the remote capability. I should have called before I made the purchase. I may find a use for it yet. It works just fine as a basic portable cassette recorder, a little behind the times, however, in a digital world. (:>

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Just what we needed!

                        By Randy

                        from Corsicana, TX

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

                            These cassette players were exactly what we needed to take advantage of some older, but still effective, language tutorials on cassettes.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            great for everyday use

                            By richieraff

                            from Upstate, NY

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Conversations
                              • Lectures

                              Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

                              nice and conpact, easy to operate.

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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Very pleased with this product

                              By KNic

                              from Kentucky

                              About Me Audio Hobbyist

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Cassette Conversion
                                • Preserve Old Audio

                                Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

                                I purchased this item for my Dad as a gift. He uses it to record old cassettes onto the computer where he can then convert the audio on them to mp3 files or burn it to a CD for easy playback. He has been very pleased with it thus far. It appears to be soundly constructed and he appreciates that it has an AC power supply. Many other models that we had considered were powered only by battery and/or were cheaply made. Also very please with B&H service and quick shipping, as always.

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Machine!!

                                By Tom the Editor

                                from Layton, Utah

                                About Me Technically Challenged

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact Design
                                • High Quality Sound
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Business

                                  Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

                                  I use this for transfering audio tapes to CDs and for use in movies I edit for clients. Good clarity and very easy to use. I transfer directly into my computer with a cable with RCA plug ins on one end.

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                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Portable Cassette Recorder by Panasonic

                                  By Tom

                                  from Auburn, ME

                                  About Me Grandparents introducing, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy for child to use
                                  • High Quality Sound
                                  • Reliable
                                  • Well constructed

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

                                      Our 4 year old grandson is utterly fascinated with this technology. He can read along with books on tape. He can record and play back his own voice and loves it.

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                                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Portable Cassette Recorder by Panasonic

                                      By Crater

                                      from on the larger fo the two moon.

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact Design
                                      • High Quality Sound

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder:

                                          I use this cassette recorder to listen to classic literature. The books are often expensive and I value a player which treats them gently. The RQ-2102 is very quiet, has a traditional button array. The volume has good range but does not overload the speakers beyond optimum clarity. It is light and has a small footprint. I have not found anything bad about it yet. I could wish the power cord was a little longer.

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