13 Best Home Audio & Theater CD Recorders

List Updated September 2020

Bestselling Home Audio & Theater CD Recorders in 2020


Sony CFDS70-BLK CD/MP3 Cassette Boombox Home Audio Radio, Black, with Aux Cable

Sony CFDS70-BLK CD/MP3 Cassette Boombox Home Audio Radio, Black, with Aux Cable
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Full-Function Stereo Sound
  • Playback CDs, CD-R/RW and MP3 CDs
  • Shuffle and Program Functions
  • Built-in Cassette Tape Deck with Recording Function
  • FM/AM Tuner

Sony Compact Portable Stereo Sound System Boombox with MP3 CD Player, Digital Tuner AM/FM Radio, Tape Cassette Recorder, Headphone Output & 3.5mm Audio Auxiliary input Jack

Sony Compact Portable Stereo Sound System Boombox with MP3 CD Player, Digital Tuner AM/FM Radio, Tape Cassette Recorder, Headphone Output & 3.5mm Audio Auxiliary input Jack
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • This Bundle includes 5 items; Sony Portable Boombox, AC Power Cord, Auxiliary Cable Xtech CD Lens Cleaner & HeroFiber Ultra Gentle Cleaning Cloth. It's the portable radio with all the options. Whether you're playing CD-R/RW discs, MP3 file discs, rocking out with the digital AM/FM stereo tuner or dubbing music on blank cassettes, this stereo portable boombox does exactly what you need, combining old school and current audio playback options
  • Full playback for MP3 files CD-R and CD-RW with shuffle function, for you to enjoy all your CD content at home or on the go. Plug in and power up at home, or use C batteries to take your music with you wherever you go
  • Connect your digital music player and play at full volume in great sound quality with 1.7W + 1.7W stereo RMS output. Listen to your entire music library in Sony sound quality, including cassettes with the built-in tape deck and recorder
  • Bass Reflex Speaker System and MEGA BASS for rich, deep low tones and a more powerful, crisp overall sound. Catch your favorite radio show with the built-in FM/AM tuner. 30 digital presets and 3 one-touch favorites
  • Audio In jack for connecting your iPod, iPhone, or MP3 players to the Sony CD cassette player, and listening via the built in speakers or via connecting an optional headphones. You can also listen to cassettes via your home theater system by connecting it to the headphone jack

Teac CD-RW890MK2-B CD Recorder (Black)

Teac CD-RW890MK2-B CD Recorder (Black)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • CD Recorder
  • CD-R and CD-RW Recording
  • Program, Repeat, Shuffle Play, Remote Control
  • Center-mounted Drive Mechanism
  • FL Display with Level Meter. Unbalanced Audio Input and Output

Sony CD Radio Cassette Recorder Bundled with AC Power Auxiliary Cable for iPods, iPhones, Smartphones, MP3 Players, Xtech CD Lens Cleaner & HeroFiber Ultra Gentle Cleaning Cloth

Sony CD Radio Cassette Recorder Bundled with AC Power Auxiliary Cable for iPods, iPhones, Smartphones, MP3 Players, Xtech CD Lens Cleaner & HeroFiber Ultra Gentle Cleaning Cloth
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

FosPower (3 Feet) 24K Gold Plated Toslink Digital Optical Audio Cable (S/PDIF) - [Zero RFI & EMI Interference] Metal Connectors & Ultra Durable Nylon Braided Jacket

FosPower (3 Feet) 24K Gold Plated Toslink Digital Optical Audio Cable (S/PDIF) - [Zero RFI & EMI Interference] Metal Connectors & Ultra Durable Nylon Braided Jacket
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Premium Optical Digital S/PDIF Toslink Audio Cable connects from Blu-Ray, DVD or CD player, and other devices with Toslink port to your AC receiver, preamplifier, audio system, home theater system, sound bar or TV
  • Constructed from high quality fiber core that completely eliminates RF, EM, and ground loop interference
  • 24k Gold-plated conductors and ferrules that resist corrosion, tarnish, and provide maximum protection for the fiber tip
  • Durable nylon mesh jacket protects cable from permanently damaging the fiber core from accidental bent
  • Transmission frequency bandwidth: 6Mhz - Supports uncompressed lossless PCM audio and compressed 5.1/7.1 digital surround sound

FosPower (6 Feet) 24K Gold Plated Toslink Digital Optical Audio Cable (S/PDIF) - [Zero RFI & EMI Interference] Metal Connectors & Ultra Durable Nylon Braided Jacket

FosPower (6 Feet) 24K Gold Plated Toslink Digital Optical Audio Cable (S/PDIF) - [Zero RFI & EMI Interference] Metal Connectors & Ultra Durable Nylon Braided Jacket
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Premium Optical Digital S/PDIF Toslink Audio Cable connects from Blu-Ray, DVD or CD player, and other devices with Toslink port to your AC receiver, preamplifier, audio system, home theater system, sound bar or TV
  • Constructed from high quality fiber core that completely eliminates RF, EM, and ground loop interference
  • 24k Gold-plated conductors and ferrules that resist corrosion, tarnish, and provide maximum protection for the fiber tip
  • Durable nylon mesh jacket protects cable from permanently damaging the fiber core from accidental bent
  • Transmission frequency bandwidth: 6Mhz - Supports uncompressed lossless PCM audio and compressed 5.1/7.1 digital surround sound

FosPower (10 Feet) 24K Gold Plated Toslink Digital Optical Audio Cable (S/PDIF) - [Zero RFI & EMI Interference] Metal Connectors & Ultra Durable Nylon Braided Jacket

FosPower (10 Feet) 24K Gold Plated Toslink Digital Optical Audio Cable (S/PDIF) - [Zero RFI & EMI Interference] Metal Connectors & Ultra Durable Nylon Braided Jacket
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Premium Optical Digital S/PDIF Toslink Audio Cable connects from Blu-Ray, DVD or CD player, and other devices with Toslink port to your AC receiver, preamplifier, audio system, home theater system, sound bar or TV
  • Constructed from high quality fiber core that completely eliminates RF, EM, and ground loop interference
  • 24k Gold-plated conductors and ferrules that resist corrosion, tarnish, and provide maximum protection for the fiber tip
  • Durable nylon mesh jacket protects cable from permanently damaging the fiber core from accidental bent
  • Transmission frequency bandwidth: 6Mhz - Supports uncompressed lossless PCM audio and compressed 5.1/7.1 digital surround sound

FosPower (25 Feet) 24K Gold Plated Toslink Digital Optical Audio Cable (S/PDIF) - [Zero RFI & EMI Interference] Metal Connectors & Ultra Durable Nylon Braided Jacket

FosPower (25 Feet) 24K Gold Plated Toslink Digital Optical Audio Cable (S/PDIF) - [Zero RFI & EMI Interference] Metal Connectors & Ultra Durable Nylon Braided Jacket
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Premium Optical Digital S/PDIF Toslink Audio Cable connects from Blu-Ray, DVD or CD player, and other devices with Toslink port to your AC receiver, preamplifier, audio system, home theater system, sound bar or TV
  • Constructed from high quality fiber core that completely eliminates RF, EM, and ground loop interference
  • 24k Gold-plated conductors and ferrules that resist corrosion, tarnish, and provide maximum protection for the fiber tip
  • Durable nylon mesh jacket protects cable from permanently damaging the fiber core from accidental bent
  • CL3 rated for "in-wall" installation - Transmission frequency bandwidth: 6Mhz - Supports uncompressed lossless PCM audio and compressed 5.1/7.1 digital surround sound

Samsung Blu-ray DVD Disc Player With Built-in Wi-Fi 1080p & Full HD Upconversion, Plays Blu-ray Discs, DVDs & CDs, Plus CubeCable 6Ft High Speed HDMI Cable, Black Finish

Samsung Blu-ray DVD Disc Player With Built-in Wi-Fi 1080p & Full HD Upconversion, Plays Blu-ray Discs, DVDs & CDs, Plus CubeCable 6Ft High Speed HDMI Cable, Black Finish
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Full HD 1080p Playback via HDMI - This Blu-ray player supports full HD 1080p Blu-ray disc playback from its HDMI output
  • Built-In Wi-Fi - With built-in Wi-Fi, you can access all your Smart Blu-ray features and apps wirelessly. Sync and stream content to other devices as well, such as PCs, smartphones, tablets and cameras using Samsung AllShare content sharing technology
  • DVD Upscaling to Near HD Quality - With HD Upconversion, non-HD video is automatically enhanced to bring it to near-HD quality. You can watch your favorite DVD movies with greater detail and clarity
  • HDMI - Connect your TV and audio systems for high quality audio and an enhanced entertainment experience when watching your favorite movies, shows and sports
  • Front Panel USB Port - Connect your TV and audio systems for high quality audio and an enhanced entertainment experience when watching your favorite movies, shows and sports

TNP 3.5mm Mono Cable (15FT) - 12V Trigger, IR Infrared Sensor Receiver Extension Extender, 3.5mm 1/8" TS Monaural Mini Mono Audio Plug Jack Connector Male to Male Cable Wire Cord

TNP 3.5mm Mono Cable (15FT) - 12V Trigger, IR Infrared Sensor Receiver Extension Extender, 3.5mm 1/8
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Compatible with most A/V components, power amps, pre-amps, projectors, electronic screens, and IR infrared receivers & senders
  • Deliver quality signal connectivity; Molded connectors with strain relief ensure a solid high quality connection between the connected devices
  • High performance versatile cable accurately transfer quality detailed clean natural pure audio sound with realism and clarity jitter-free mono format signals; Balanced solid conductors for enhanced internal noise rejection and clearer, deeper bass and eliminate strand-interaction distortion
  • Oxygen Free Copper Lines combined with a double shielding allow for a maximum audio quality; reduce distortion and signal loss
  • For use with: DVD Bluray player, car audio system, DAC, CD player, game console, AV receiver, digital recorder, headphone, computer sound card, audiophile quality home theater cinema HiFi system and more

Impecca DVHP9117 Progressive Scan Compact HDMI DVD Player, Upconvert DVDs to 1080p, with LED Display, View Content Via USB Input,

Impecca DVHP9117 Progressive Scan Compact HDMI DVD Player, Upconvert DVDs to 1080p, with LED Display, View Content Via USB Input,
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Up-convert DVD video to Full-HD 1080p with fine detail, Compact Progressive Scan DVD Player
  • Play back from wide range of formats- Multi- format playability allow you to play distinctive file formats including CD/SVCD, MP3, WMA, DVD+-R/RW, DivX, DVD-R/-RW, DVD-Video for maximum viewing and listening pleasure. Meet your movie watching needs with DVD video player, offering excellent resolution and compatibility.
  • USB input: Revolutionize your video and multimedia experience by meeting entertainment needs prolifically. Play your Digital files directly via USB to create the soothing ambiance. Take your home entertainment experience to next level with the finest quality DVD player with USB port. Watch your favorite videos without any hassle.
  • Choose fast or slow playback with sound: Customize your entertainment with Skip, slow motion, advance zoom, & single step play functionality of Home DVD Player. Anti-shock protection ensure that you have nothing but uninterrupted viewing
  • Connectivity: 2.0 Channel DVD/CD Player support Coaxial Audio output for satisfying experience. It shows subtle shades and smoother graduation of colors, resulting in a more vibrant and natural picture. Have an incredible multimedia experience.

FosPower (15 Feet) 24K Gold Plated Toslink Digital Optical Audio Cable (S/PDIF) - [Zero RFI & EMI Interference] Metal Connectors & Ultra Durable Nylon Braided Jacket

FosPower (15 Feet) 24K Gold Plated Toslink Digital Optical Audio Cable (S/PDIF) - [Zero RFI & EMI Interference] Metal Connectors & Ultra Durable Nylon Braided Jacket
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Premium Optical Digital S/PDIF Toslink Audio Cable connects from Blu-Ray, DVD or CD player, and other devices with Toslink port to your AC receiver, preamplifier, audio system, home theater system, sound bar or TV
  • Constructed from high quality fiber core that completely eliminates RF, EM, and ground loop interference
  • 24k Gold-plated conductors and ferrules that resist corrosion, tarnish, and provide maximum protection for the fiber tip
  • Durable nylon mesh jacket protects cable from permanently damaging the fiber core from accidental bent
  • Transmission frequency bandwidth: 6Mhz - Supports uncompressed lossless PCM audio and compressed 5.1/7.1 digital surround sound

ZEXMTE Digital Audio Converter 192kHz DAC 3.5mm Jack Audio Adapter for HDTV

ZEXMTE Digital Audio Converter 192kHz DAC 3.5mm Jack Audio Adapter for HDTV
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Digital Audio Converter Converts Toslink optical or Coaxial digital PCM audio input to analog stereo L/R RCA and 3.5mm headphone outputs simultaneously
  • Supports Sampling Rate at 32KHz, 44.1KHz, 48KHz and 96KHz and 192 KHz; 24-bit S/ PDIF Incoming Bit Stream on Left and Right Channels, And the Noise can be Eliminated When No Signal is Input, and Automatically Mute While Non-audio Signal is Input
  • Input Audio Connector: 1 x Toslink(Inculded 1M 4.0/OD Toslink Cable), 1 x RCA (Coaxial); Output Audio Connector: 2 x RCA(R/L), 1 x 3.5mm Jack; Powered by 5.5mm USB power cable (power adapter is NOT included); Do Not use other plugs, It can only use 5V 1A plug
  • Supports volume adjustment amplifier function,there are professional audio amplifier chip and volume adjusting switch. Allowing you to drive your headphone directly and adjust the output volume
  • It is greatly compatible with network player,HDTV,Blu-ray DVD,DVD,PS3,XBOX 360,DM500S,etc Home Cinema Systems AV Amplifier

What Videos to Watch on the IPod

We often get lost in the notion that the iPod technology was only meant to replace CD players for playing music. But now we might be missing that X-factor that could change the hand held phenomenon from boom box to entertainment center.

To know this we first have to make a comparison on the device itself. There are two ways to watch an iPod video. The first is the classic manner, with headphones on the ears and holding the screen closer to your face. This way is best suited for any type of long term transportation (planes, trains, and automobiles). Perhaps the more upside way would be with the extension system, a cord and holder that connects to the television and projects the video onto a much larger screen. Believe it or not, either method actually has a different effect on the types of videos you want to watch on them. Before we go through those though, it's important that we factor in the types of videos that you absolutely do not want to watch on an iPod in ANY form.

One of the major drawbacks of playing from a small device is the difficulty of crafting proper visual detail. While there are fast coming more and more HD videos and the players to go with them, the fact remains that the small screens or the projection devices can never match the abilities of a DVD or Blu-ray disc. That is why anything, be it a movie or TV show that is heavily reliant on visual detail should be avoided. Any movie huge on special effects (Twister, Transformers, Avatar) are off limits. Television programs like the Planet Earth documentary or sporting events are better viewed live rather than re-hashed for the hand held. The heavy pixilation that often goes into an iPod video could potentially ruin the dramatic effects such stunning visuals can have. Don't fret, though. That is the limit of the drawbacks.

We'll start on the movie side of the video equation. Movies in general are long, almost always in excess of eighty minutes. Keeping the neck craned looking down at a small screen for that long is close to impossible. For this reason, it is best to view movies with the projection device onto the television so you may grab the popcorn or in some cases, the nachos; though heaven knows why you would do that without a slushi close by. Am I right? Boiling down to the type of movie, be very careful about any kind of epics, from Ben Hur all the way to the Lord of the Rings. These movies exceed the dreaded three hour mark (when the butt cramps start) and can chew up a remarkable amount of hard drive space. Better to keep it at the hour and a half line, permitting more choices depending on mood. Next, try to keep the genres to a fixed type. Horrors, actions and science-fiction don't translate well to the iPod, while comedies and dramas don't require the image presentation, relying more heavily on character and story, making them prime choices. Animation is also good, though there is still a dispute about hand drawn versus digital. The war goes on I suppose since both have ups and downs.

Television is another thing entirely. Behind music, TV episodes are the next best thing for a road trip. Ranging between 20-45 minutes in length, they can chew up the endless mile signs and gas stations at a fast clip, sometimes even negating the need for a bathroom break. Though of course nobody wants to pee their pants, so when nature calls, press the pause. Due to the episodic format of television, it is a great deal easier to leave for other activities. While there are still restrictions, the less viable nature of television special effects permits more opportunities for the inclusion of action and sci-fi shows. Perhaps no genre enjoys the small screens more than the good old cartoon. I'm not just speaking of the Animation Domination that the Fox Network is so proud of. I also speak of the old guard that was left behind in the '80s or the Snick toons when Nickelodeon was on top of its game. No genre has enjoyed a comeback quite like this because animation is good in any format, big or small, because the characters are easier to make out and thus, easier to connect with.

So the next time you have your iPod, you're getting ready to ride the train on the sound waves of another Lady Gaga album, stop for a second and think. Why put all my reliance into one sense when I could be using two? Forget the album; watch a bunch of music videos. You get the catchy tune and a freaky video sequence to go with it. Need a laugh? Go on another crazy adventure with Bugs Bunny or the Glee Club. Don't be shy about grabbing the sports highlights either. Maybe your favorite team had some memorable plays you want to treasure forever. Now you'll have it in the palm of your hand. The possibilities for the video parts of the iPod continue to grow, and it is my sincere hope that the day will come when we can abolish the storage shelves, look at that tiny black device on the cable box and say, "Dude, want to see my video library?" Scroll, scroll, scroll...

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