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Vinyl revival? Pah. Set your watch back 30 years because Groov-e wants to bring back portable CD and cassette tape players.

If your interest in vinyl hasn't been revived in recent years, then how about dusting off your casette tapes instead?

Portable music might mean downloads and streaming for most of us in 2016 but Groov-e is hoping its range of affordable 'retro' products will have you pining for the portable CD and cassette experience. Yes, really.

There are three new models, two portable CD players and a tape machine, priced from £18 to £35. (And they join a surprisingly large number of similar products that are still on sale.)

The basic Groov-e Personal CD Player supports CD, CD-R and CD-RW discs and costs just £25. It comes in red, black, blue or silver finishes and is supplied with earphones (sadly not in the style of the vintage Walkmans of old). Don't forget you'll need your own batteries.

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If listening to CDs on your commute leaves you longing for your digital files, Groov-e will be only too happy to sell you an upgraded portable CD player complete with a 99-song MP3 player and an FM radio. And it's just £10 more.

Worried about the reliability of listening to CDs on the move? Worry not: both players come with "anti-skip protection", which we all know means your CDs will almost never skip... 

But if you really want to go full retro - and, let's be honest, don’t care much for sound quality - then Groov-e’s Personal Cassette Player & Recorder (!) is for you. For £18 of your pocket money the player comes with a built-in FM radio and a clip-on attachment for your belt. And what a look that would be.

Convinced? The Groov-e retro players are on sale now on Amazon.

If that's got you feeling nostalgic, then you might enjoy our look back at this What Hi-Fi? cassette tape player Group Test from 1981...

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Benedict_Arnold's picture

What did I post Yesterday

About vertical turntables?

Tomorrow will be the 8-track and on Monday the quarter-inch reel-to-reel...

Cross my palm with silver and I shall tell you more....

Joe Cox's picture

We're all ears...

lottery numbers, please.

Gilboa's picture


Portable CD and cassette players are a retro step too far I believe!

Shane Shaugnessy's picture

Better to go "vintage"

15-20 years ago you could buy a portable cd player that was slim and looked nice, surely they could do better than that cheap, plastic, junk look.

Graham Luke's picture


Aww, Shane! Don't rain on their parade; this is bloomin' marvellous!

Who's got boxes of cassette tapes with ol' favourites on and nothing to play them on?

I know I have.

I wouldn't mind betting that with a decent pair of 'phones, these will sound luvvly jubbly.