Stephen Burns from Dallas, Texas, as part of the Mixxim project, decided to take care of the owners of the still working cassette players by proposing the MixxTape high-definition audio player project on Kickstarter. Judging by its appearance, it really is a compact cassette – you just want to get out the hexagonal handle and rewind the tape. But this will not work, since we have before us a sample of modern digital electronics.
MixxTape (the 4th generation of the device was presented on Kickstarter, which appeared back in 2013) is a portable player in a compact cassette form factor that supports resolutions up to 24 bit / 192 kHz. On board – an inch full-color TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 240×240 pixels, Bluetooth, 4.8 GB of internal memory, expandable up to 512 GB with a microSD card.
The novelty can be used without a cassette recorder, for which it has a headphone jack. But in a tape recorder, MixxTape will transmit the signal to the playback head – much like a cassette tape. It is not entirely clear how the hitchhiking will behave in this case, which is triggered when the left reel unit of the cassette is stationary – but these are already details.
For charging the built-in 300 mAh battery (up to 5 hours of playback) and connecting to a computer, MixxTape provides a USB-C port. The novelty reproduces FLAC (24-bit), MP3, M4A, WMA, OGG, APE, WAV, AAC-LC and ACELP, on the screen – a multilingual interface.
A month before the end of the project, with $50,000 declared for its successful implementation, MixxTape has already raised $11,000.
On Kickstarter, MixxTape will cost $76 (at full price after completion of the project at $120).