Califone CAS1500 Cassette Player/Recorder

Califone CAS1500 Cassette Player/Recorder

Califone CAS1500 Cassette Player/Recorder

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Califone CAS1500 Cassette Player/Recorder

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  • Durable ABS Construction
  • Cassette Playback and Recording
  • Integrated Mic and Speaker
  • 2.5mm/3.5mm Remote Mic Inputs
  • 500mW Amplifier
  • Volume Control
  • Large, Sturdy Buttons
  • Dual 1/4" Headphone Jacks
  • AC or Battery Power
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Califone CAS1500 overview

  • 1Description

The CAS1500 Cassette Player/Recorder from Califone is a compact and durable cassette player and recorder that's ideal for use in schools, libraries, and other learning environments. The unit is made from rugged ABS plastic and offers a built-in microphone and speaker so you can record and playback audio without any additional equipment. The 500mW amplifier is loud enough for classes of up to 20 people, ideal for group learning.

The unit offers 2.5mm and 3.5mm remote mic inputs, allowing you to connect an external microphone if desired. There are also dual 1/4" headphone jacks, letting you connect headphones, a jackbox, or an external speaker for private or group learning. The volume control lets you make quick adjustments to speaker or headphone volume. The large and sturdy function buttons are easy to operate for independent learners, even young ones. The unit can operate on AC power with the included plug, or it can use a set of 4 C batteries for wireless operation.

Note: Califone recommends using C-60 tapes or shorter. Longer tapes are thinner and more prone to breakage.

Compact design with a rugged ABS plastic construction for lasting durability and day-to-day use in schools, libraries, and other learning environments
The built-in microphone and speaker let you record and playback audio without any additional equipment
The 500mW amplifier is loud enough for classes of up to 20 people, ideal for group learning
2.5mm and 3.5mm remote mic inputs allow you to connect an external microphone if desired
Dual 1/4" headphone jacks let you connect headphones, a jackbox, or an external speaker for private or group learning
The volume control lets you make quick adjustments to speaker or headphone volume
The large and sturdy function buttons are easy to operate for independent learners, even young ones
The unit can operate on AC power with the included plug, or it can use a set of 4 C batteries for wireless operation
The recorder has a 1-year warranty that includes use in schools, churches, businesses, and government locations, whereas most cassette recorder/players have their warranties voided when used in institutions
UPC: 610356830635
In the Box
Califone CAS1500 Cassette Player/Recorder
  • AC Adapter
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Califone CAS1500 specs

    Output Power 500mW
    Wow and Flutter < 0.35%
    Microphone Integrated Electret Condenser
    Record Level Auto Logic Control (ALC)
    Mechanism Auto Stop
    Controls Record, Play, Fast Forward, Rewind, Eject, Pause, Volume
    Tape Counter 3-Digit
    Speaker Integrated Speaker
    Connectors 1 x 3.5mm Mic Input
    1 x 2.5mm Remote Mic Input
    1 x 1/4" Headphone Jack
    1 x 1/4" Headphone/External Speaker Jack
    Power 110-240VAC (> 6VDC/800mA) via Included Power Adapter
    4 x C Batteries (Sold Separately)
    Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.75 x 5.6 x 2" (273 x 142 x 51mm)
    Weight 3 lbs (1.36kg) (Without Batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.5 x 7.6 x 2.8"

    Califone CAS1500 reviews

    CAS1500 Cassette Player/Recorder is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent packaging and Good product I ordered this cassette player for my 93 year old mother. She made lots of recordings many years ago and her old player quit working. I was able to quickly show her how to use it and it is a good quality product with excellent sound from the speaker. It is fairly large for this kind of product by today's standards but the excellent sound warrants the size and makes it easier for my mom to use. I highly recommend.
    Date published: 2014-11-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice & sounds great. Sounds great when play the music. Affordable price. Thanks.
    Date published: 2013-03-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A satisfactory product I use the recorder in my bird watching activities. So far, it has worked well, especially the counter (which on some past machines I've had didn't work). It seems to be well made and dependable. I would recommend it to others,
    Date published: 2016-04-06
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from paperweight I am a fan of Califone products for the ubiquity of their record players in classrooms and educational setttings. This tape recorder however should remain in its box. Its playback is noisy, its built in microphone is noisy, and it munches tapes. I would only recommend this unit to a friend if it was the last tape recorder on earth.
    Date published: 2014-05-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Decent Voice Recorder With External Microphone I wanted a cassette recorder reminiscent of the one I had as a kid in the late 1960s. Given the price point, this one is workable and represents a decent compromise. The good: form factor and general build quality are good. I like that it has a mic input, remote pause and 1/4" phono plug/headphone outputs. The audio quality for voice recording, using a decent external microphone (I was using an AKG handheld dynamic voice mic) is pretty good, considering this is Type 1 tape with no noise reduction. Noticeably better than micro cassette with the same external mic. With this mic, I found it best to not overdrive the input, so I talked not so loudly; there's no record level control, it's all automatic. The bad: If you're used to servo-driven cassette decks from the 1980s, there are a few things to note. You shouldn't go from play to rewind or FF directly without first stopping the transport, else you risk breaking the device. This doesn't have that kind of transport. Even an old Sony Walkman, or a micro cassette recorder, would permit those kinds of control changes. With this unit, it's safest to press stop before changing modes. This is indicated in the instructions. Also, it doesn't vary its record bias or equalization with higher bias tapes, like chrome, ferri-chrome or metal. It'll play them, but you'll notice the high end will be brighter than normal. This unit is designed for use with Type 1 normal bias tapes. The ugly: the internal mic is all but useless, as you pick up motor noise from the plastic chassis. Best to use an external mic at all times. And if you playback too loudly the speaker will buzz. This isn't a high-fidelity, music-oriented recorder. I'd say its intent is for voice recording. But, with a good external mic, at the appropriate sound level, it produces good voice recordings. I like its portability with 4 C-sized batteries, and it comes with an AC adapter, too.
    Date published: 2018-08-12
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Garbage !!! This item was a waste of money . It didn't work At A LL !!!!
    Date published: 2015-10-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great cassette player Very good sound. �Easy to use. would have liked it to be smaller.
    Date published: 2018-05-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid product Good replacement. Can't find many around anymore.
    Date published: 2013-06-19
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