Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

Fiio’s reboot of the Walkman no longer hides those glorious cassettes

Fiio CP13 Transparent cassette player.

What’s better than engaging in the time-honored tradition of listening to a cassette tape while on the go? I’d argue it’s being able to see tape itself — in all its glory — as you indulge in your favorite mix, or a prerecorded album. That’s what you get with the new transparent edition of the Fiio CP13, a modern interpretation of the classic Walkman that caused a minor stir when it debuted at CES 2024.

The transparent edition joins the CP13’s existing colors (red/silver, blue/silver, and white/black) at the official price of $129, however, we see that Amazon is already selling it for less at just $99.

The CP13 truly is an homage to the glory days of analog audio. The device has no Bluetooth for wireless headphones, and no digital storage or playback of any kind. You simply pop a cassette in, connect a set of wired headphones or earbuds via the 3.5mm jack, and press down on the classic, oversized play button.

Still, it’s not without a few improvements. The first and arguably most important is the built-in rechargeable battery. You may miss the heyday of the mixed tape, but I’ll bet you don’t miss having to swap out a set of dead AA batteries mid-album. The CP13 is rated for 13 hours of playback, after which you can recharge it via the USB-C port.

Then there’s amplifier and motor. Both have been upgraded from the components that used to drive these tape players. So while analog cassettes are still the same old, variable medium they’ve always been, there’s a chance they might sound better than you remember on the CP13.

Simon Cohen
Simon Cohen covers a variety of consumer technologies, but has a special interest in audio and video products, like spatial…
Hurry! Beats Studio Pro headphones are half off for Prime Day
Beats Studio Pro on side.

We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw this amazing deal on the Beats Studio Pro headphones. We can’t be sure how long this promotion is going to last, so if you’ve been waiting for a nice discount on Beats headphones, now is the time to act. Today, you can order the Beats Studio Pro for only $170. At full price, this set of cans would normally run you $350, so you’ll be getting this terrific set of noise-canceling headphones for more than half off!

Why you should buy the Beats Studio Pro
For those unaware, Beats is actually owned and operated by Apple. And if there’s one thing for certain, it’s that Apple has consistently produced some excellent audio products. We’ve seen plenty of Prime Day AirPods deals, but the Studio Pro has risen to the top. There’s so much to love here, and it all starts with the arresting sound quality the headset delivers. 

Read more
Best Buy Prime Day Sale 2024: TV, headphone and appliance deals
Cyberpunk 2077 running on the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14.

It's July 16, and you know what that means: It's day one of Prime Day, so the deals are flowing. But Amazon is not your only source for amazing Prime Day deals today. Several other retailers are joining the sales event, and Best Buy is one of our favorite sources of Prime Day laptop deals, Prime Day TV deals, Prime Day headphone deals, and more. While you're at it, you might also check out the Walmart Prime Day deals, and Target, too. Back to Best Buy, you can find things like amazing Prime Day smart home deals, Prime Day gaming PC deals, and Prime Day gaming laptop deals. With so much to shop at Best Buy today, we thought we'd track down the best of what Best Buy has to offer for Prime Day. Read onward for all of the deals we think you should take a look at, and make a purchase if you see something you like, as there's no telling when a deal could expire.
Best Buy Prime Day laptop deals

If you're after the top-of-the-line models of the best laptops, or you want to stick to a tight budget for your next computer, there's surely something for you from the Best Buy Prime Day laptop deals that we've collected here. Whether you're planning to buy a basic laptop, or high-end laptop for professional purposes, or a gaming laptop to play the best PC games, you can enjoy huge savings if you take advantage of any of the following offers. There are even some Prime Day MacBook deals here for Apple fans.

Read more
Wireless ANC headphones for $40? Prime Day madness is here
QCY H3 ANC headphones.

QCY is a company that few folks have heard of, despite the fact that it's the China-based manufacturer that assembles many wireless headphones from brands you likely have heard of. You'll find lots of QCY products on Amazon at rock-bottom prices, and I confess, this made me deeply skeptical about their quality. Still, when QCY reached out and asked if I'd like to try out its H3 ANC wireless headphones (which sell for $50), my curiosity got the better of me.

I've only had them for a few days, so it's too early for a full review, but I'm already stunned by how much these ultra-affordable wireless cans get right. They're lightweight, and very comfortable to wear for long periods. The battery lasts for a claimed 60 hours, and so far, that seems to be true. The noise-canceling and transparency modes won't make Sony or Apple owners jealous, but they do their jobs well enough. And while their sound quality is not as good as say, the Sennheiser Accentum Wireless ($180), they sound far better than their price suggests. Solid bass response combined with clear highs let me genuinely enjoy listening with these cans.

Read more