TheBev wrote:Thanks for that James, that looks reassuringly cheap. :mrgreen:
I'll head over to that thread maybe and ask if Dave (ef37a) ever took one apart and what the verdict was.
I can preempt your question and tell you, no. However, a potentiometer in a box and two RCA (look to be both female) cables? "What could possibly go wrong?"
Really, not a lot. They would have to be incredibly incompetent to bugger that up!
If you have a lot of copying to do it might be an idea to make a 'calibration' tape? You can generate a tone in any DAW (def' Audacity) I suggest the standard 333Hz for cassette at Dolby level (just because it is there!) Then set that to some chosen level in the recording process, say -12dBfs. You are very unlikely to have cassettes with level that far above Dolby.
That might seem a low level in the DAW but is not really and you can boost it digitally at the finish, even at 16 bits, noise will be way,way below even Dolby B tapes.