Panasonic RQ2102 Cassette Recorder

In the days before CD players, iPods and other electronic devices, personal recording and playback used magnetic cassette tapes on analog recorders. Although the recording quality wasn’t fantastic, they were the best we had if we wanted to record some music, a radio show, a college lecture, or dictate a letter.

Cassette recorders were the ‘state of the art’ in personal recording technology before the digital revolution took hold. Most kids had one that they could connect to mains electricity via an AC adapter or use the replaceable DC batteries.

Cassette tapes were available in 30 minute, 60 minute and 120-minute recording lengths and you could record on both sides of the tape. They had a built-in microphone and speaker but had provision to use an external microphone and earphones if the user preferred. However, all this seemed to disappear when CD players came on the market, until now.

The ‘Panasonic RQ2102 Cassette Recorder’ from Panasonic is still around and is still thriving.

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Detailed information about Panasonic RQ2102 Cassette Recorder

The recorder measures about 5” x 3” x 1” and weighs just 6.4 ounces. It has an AC power lead but requires four ‘C’ batteries for true portability.

It features a built-in carrying handle so the owner can carry it around listening to the music they love. It has a 3” dynamic speaker, which although only gives mono audio, is perfectly adequate for portable music and speech.

It has a built-in high sensitivity condenser microphone so you can record live without having to worry about carrying an external mike. The exterior of the recorder is super-quirky and very reminiscent of the 90s!


Retro and sleek Panasonic cassette recorder

Built-in speaker and microphone

Small enough to fit in a pocket or a bag