Is the Cassette Player Making a Comeback? Crosley Radio Seems to Think So
We’ve had our own debates here about what’s happening with the resurgence of vinyl and whether or not that “fad” was beginning to fade. Whatever your thoughts there, companies have had a ton of success recently adopting a sort of nostalgic approach to technology, and more specifically technology within the audio category. Vinyl is the prime example, and one of the brands who’s been able to benefit greatly from that is Crosley Radio.
Now, though, Crosley is primed to take the next step beyond vinyl. Following the course of music-listening history, the company announced this week that they’ve launched two new cassette players—the CT100 and CT200—the first-ever cassette players that the company has ever manufactured.
“Just as our portable record players helped bring vinyl mainstream years ago, we know our new cassette players will lead the charge on the revival of the cassette tape,” Director of Marketing Jason Menard said in a statement. “These new cassette players bring together the retro design and nostalgia of the 80s with modern technology, making them a must-have for all generations of music lovers.”
The Crosley Radio CT200 Cassette Player
Both the CT100 and CT200 feature a tape deck with cassette auto stop, AM/FM radio, and a headphone jack. And, like some of those cassette players of old, these units feature built-in microphones giving the user the ability to talk or sing into the unit while recording themselves. (I really feel like I need to pause for a moment as a tech journalist and check what year it is…)
Of course, though, these new cassette players bring in a little bit of 21st century flare to ensure that the user gets a somewhat modern experience. The CT100 comes with the ability to play music off of a thumb drive, SD card, or four different radio bands. The CT200, meanwhile, has a volume unit meter, treble and bass dials, and an extendable antenna.
Both cassette players are available now through the Crosley Radio website. The CT100 goes for $59.95 while the CT200 sells for $69.95.