There are very few portable radio cassette recorders on the market anymore. When the tape player broke on my old Alba, the only two choices I had were a much more expensive Roberts, or this Lloytron one. As I only use this in the kitchen, I opted for the Lloytron. Well, the radio does play, but often with what sounds like echoing low-voiced chipmunks in the background, no matter how well I tune the radio in. As for the tape player, as long as you very carefully place the tape into the machine, and very gently close the door, it plays fine. Essentially, it works okay, but you get what you pay for.