FiiO launches retro CP13 portable cassette tape player for analog enthusiasts in China
FiiO has released the CP13 portable cassette tape player. This retro-styled, aluminum body player is targeted to analog audio enthusiasts who desire high quality, non-digital sound.
Although vinyl records, cassette tapes, and CDs went out of favor years ago, a recent resurgence in interest has brought them back. Enthusiasts can buy and listen to pop songs published on newly released records and CDs at most department stores, while tape remains more of a niche with fewer new releases.
Type I to IV cassette tapes are read by a high-quality tape head that uses a balanced circuit to carry sound signals with high fidelity while a heavy copper flywheel driven by a 4.2 volt, stabilized motor reduces jitter and pitch errors. The flywheel is 1.20 inches (30.4 mm) in diameter and 0.158 inch (4 mm) thick.
The high signal-to-noise, low-distortion analog audio signal is amplified from the head by a LTA8092 op amp before reaching the knurled, analog volume dial. The final signal powering the headphones is amplified by a JRC5532 op amp and has a signal-to-noise greater than 55 dB.
The cassette player uses a rechargeable 1800 mAh, 3.7 volt lithium battery that can be charged using the USB-C port. The aluminum-body player measures 4.72 x 3.48 x 1.25 inches (120 x 88.3 x 31.8 mm) and weighs 10.9 ounces (310 grams).
The CP13 is currently available in China for 699 yuan (~$97). Overseas sales is expected to start spring 2024 with pricing undetermined. In the meantime, why not pick up some cassettes to listen to while you wait for the CP13 to launch in your country.