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Subject: Re: Cassette Adaptor Probs

Re: Cassette Adaptor Probs

From: Chris Houghten <>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 10:20:57 -0500

I have to agree about using the line in, but here is my experience with the
cassette adapter.
With some cassette decks you have to do something special to use an adapter.
In one of my past cars I had to hold down one of the buttons when i inserted
the adapter. It was documented in the car's manual under the radio
listing(it was the stock radio).
Also, if you can find it(I don't remember where I got mine), my Sony adapter
has a 5 position switch on it that moves the head a tiny bit with each
setting and I actually can improve the quality that way as I can adjust it
to better line up with the head. The setting varies with each vehicle and I
am very happy I am able to do this.
I have used adapters that didn't line up with the head closely enough and
were reversed back and forth like is happening with yours.(I was always able
to get them to work by jamming my fingers in the slot and wiggling the
adapter around til the head lined up but the sound was awful and that is
probably not too good for the player). I could also usually improve sound a
little by doing the same thing and trying to line the head up better but the
one I have now with the settings is a much better solution.
I wish someone would make a cd adapter already.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris Holt" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2003 8:19 AM
Subject: Re: Cassette Adaptor Probs

> On Fri, 28 Feb 2003 09:46:33 +0100, Fabian Cenedese wrote:
> >My problem is not directly RockBox related but maybe some of you have
> >experienced the same problems. I use my JBR20 with a cassette adaptor
> >in the car radio as this one doesn't have a line in. This usually works
> >well.
> >But sometimes the radio doesn't recognize the simulated ribbon, switches
> >to the other side, switches back and finally spews out the adaptor. I
> >already
> >had a look inside the adaptor but didn't see anything I could improve.
> >Has anybody had the same problems and knows a solution? Because
> >a 20GB HD full of music really improves car driving :)
> You could try a different brand of adapter. The one you have is probably
> applying too much tension and the cassette deck assumes the tape has run
> out. I used to have a Memorex model that used a gearing system to spin
> the reels but it was too noisy (though it never triggered auto reverse)
> and now I use a Sony adapter which is very quiet (uses a ribbon like
> yours) but it will trigger auto reverse when it is cold in the car. I
> usually hold it up to the heater vent for a few seconds and all is well.
> :)
> >(Sidenote: I also tried the line in from the CD-changer. This also works
> >but I don't like having a running CD-player all the time I'm listening
> to
> >the JBR).
> But the line in must sound LOTS better than the cass. adapter! Why is it
> different having the running CD player than having the running tape deck?
> Either one is going to wear out sooner or later, and I'd bet the tape
> deck will wear out long before the changer. (It may already be wearing
> out which is why it's so sensitive to the adapter) If I had that option
> of any sort of Line In, I would definitely be using it instead of the
> adapter.
> >Thanks
> >
> >bye Fabi
> >
> Chris
Received on 2003-02-28

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