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Your favorite retro gadgets are back in rotation, but you don’t have to stop by a garage sale or antique shop to get one. So that you’re not spending hours searching online, we put together a short roundup of new and used electronics to buy, including Walkmans, cassette players, CD players, record players, boom boxes, and vintage radios from the 1950s. Although some are a bit pricier than others, most of the items on our roster are affordable over all. Below, find eight tech items nostalgia-loving shoppers will love. For more tech recommendations check out our best retro video game machines list and instant cameras worth buying.
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Missing the ‘80s? This vintage Sony Walkman is in good, working condition, and comes with retro earbuds. The Walkman has an AM/FM radio, a cassette player, bass enhancement, and an anti-rolling mechanism to minimize sound distortion when you’re walking. The walkman two AA batteries (you can buy a pack here).
Record players never really go out of style. 1byOne’s vinyl player combines classic mechanics with modern tech features and a fashionable design. The record player delivers hi-fi sound and spins at 33 and 45 RPM. There’s also built-in wireless connectivity so you can pair it with other devices, and it’ll look nice on a mid-century inspired wooden console. If you’re more into antiques, check out this vintage turntable from the 1960s.
Digitnow’s cassette player fuses the past and present in one device. It’s a USB cassette player that converts your tapes to MP3. To get started: plug the cassette player into your PC or Mac, load a tape in, and press play. Next, you’ll hit “record” on the included software to turn your music into a digital format. You can also save everything as an MP3 and transfer it to your iPhone, Android, laptop, and other digital devices.
They may have quietly taken a back seat to MP3s and streaming platforms, but CD players could be due for a comeback. This portable CD player comes equipped with Hi-Fi decoding technology, plus it’s MP3 compatible. It also has an LDC display, anti-shock protection, USB and battery charging capabilities, and an auxiliary jack to plug up to other devices.
QFX has been a destination for high-quality electronics since 1985. The company has adapted with the times, introducing the Retro-39 Shoebox Tape Recorder by adding USB hardware to their tape recorders. The battery-operated tape player/recorder has a built-in-mic, a carry handle, and a headphone jack.
Looking for a vintage boom box? This Panasonic’s RX-5040 AM/FM cassette play mini stereo has been fully refurbished. The 15″ x 8.5″ x 5″ stereo features cassette playback and recording, a stereo indicator light, and headphone jack. For a more options, try this refurbished ’80s Sanyo boom box, or this never-been-used Panasonic RN-600.
VCRs went out of production about five years ago, so you mostly find used models for sale now. This Panasonic PV-V4522 4-Head Hi-Fi VCR has AV inputs in the front so you can connect it with other electronics such as a camcorder or gaming console. If you’re looking for a VCR/DVD combo, the Toshiba SD-V296 will cost you a lot more ($159) but you’ll get double the connectivity without the extra clutter. Another even cheaper vintage VCR is this Sony SLV-N51. It’s $90 and works fine but there are light scratches on the body and no remote control.
If you really want to take it back then you might enjoy this ultra-retro radio. It’s from 1952 but was modernized to include WiFi, a Bluetooth speaker system, and aux inputs. For a cheaper Bluetooth radio from the same era, check out the Philips Tube Amplifier Receiver.