This transparent cassette player with audiophile chops might be coolest gadget of 2024

Earlier this year, FiiO launched the CP13 cassette player: an analog music product for a digital world launched nearly 45 years after the original Sony Walkman changed portable audio. And our Audio Editor Becky Scarrott absolutely loved it, not least because tape is a much cheaper way of capturing those analog thrills than the ever-increasing cost of vinyl. And now – to channel another ’80s hit, the irreverent music magazine Smash Hits – the CP13 is back! Back! BACK!The engineers at

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