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Broken mechanically, works electronically.
on 10 October 2012
Bought this to replace another for my car stereo. Arrived within a couple of days, tried it out, didn't work. As someone else has wrote in a review it continuously reaches the "end" of the tape and stops playback after a few seconds.
The way these work is they use the signal from the wire (e.g. iPod headphone jack) and put it against the tape playhead in the stereo, but as well as that there is a separate mechanical part of the tape which tells the stereo when the tape is at the end of the reel so that it stops. This part is made of about 6/7 different gears all linked together - it was these which were the problem on the tape I bought. The gears in the old tape/3.5mm I had worked fine, but the wire was broken. I had an idea.
I opened it up and took out the wiring part (all it is is a tiny circuit board with the metal playback head on it) and switched that into my old one - with a little jiggery pokery. Et voilá! It worked perfectly, albeit a bit tinny through my crap speakers.
Don't buy this one, the failure rate of the gears seems to be very high. Instead get a different one, but try for one with a fairly thick cable, as that's what broke on my first one due to it getting knotted up.