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Maxell CD-330

Car cassette adapter

8 Reviews | 3 questions - 9 answers

Item # 170CD330

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Our take on the Maxell CD-330

This handy adapter from Maxell lets you listen to a portable CD, MP3, or MiniDisc player through your car's cassette receiver. Just plug the stereo mini connector into the player's headphone or line out jack, and insert the adapter into your car cassette deck. Warranty: 90 days.

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What's in the Box:

  • Cassette audio adapter with attached 46" cord (has 3.5mm male mini-plug on the end)
  • Instructions on packaging

Maxell CD-330 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

Maxell CD-330

Anonymous from New York, ny on 4/13/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I like this product

Pros: I can use my iPod to listen to music

Cons: You can hear the tape playing while the music is on

Great substitute

Liam from Florida on 12/3/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Cheap way to play music through aux port if you still have an old cassette player, good product.

Pros: Simple to use, Cheap substitute for aux cord


Very Good Quality

ElizzaM from Harrisburg, PA on 2/21/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Maxell CD-330 of astounding quality (bass superb) I purchased several years ago finally gave out on me so I purchased one from another online retailer and was utterly disappointed at its tinny sound and considered it a throwaway. I purchased this one from Crutchfield and am happy to say that it has a separate bass button and produces very nice range and crisp quality overall. While not up to the quality of the one I've used for years, this is a nice second. I also tried the Philips converter (another retailer) and it is sharp and crisp but lacks in bass range compared to Maxell. Crutchfield was perfec;t with shipping, packaging, timeliness and price.




Ed from Atlanta, GA on 1/7/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Using the cassette adapter is easier than installing a new satellite receiver, However, the sound quality is poor and muffled-like, and the volume level needs to be high. It does the job and is less expensive than a receiver, but because of the poor sound quality, I will install a receiver in the near future. The MP-3 ability is a nice feature, as well.



Just what I was looking for

ffrode from Grass Lake, MI on 1/2/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I needed a device that would allow my wife to listen to CDs in a car that only had a cassette player radio, The Maxwell CD-330 is exactly what I needed and I needed it fast and inexpensively and Crutchfield came through on all counts--reasonable price, fast and free shipping, with the exact product I wanted. No one else came close.

Pros: great product, free shipping, fast shipping, great price

Cons: none

Maxell CD-330

Jeff F from Lake Placid, FL on 10/12/2013

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I have a limited time to use the product but will give it a real test on my 1800 mile trip from MN to FL. So far, so good, and the customer service and delivery process were great.

Pros: Allows me to use my MP3 thru the cassette in my older technology vehicle. Price was very reasonable. Service was great. Shipping was very quick.

Cons: None.

Great product!!

Todd from Midland, MI on 10/11/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I read the previous review prior to purchasing and I was worried that I might not have very good sound quality but the sound is different than the radio in the car. The car I use this in has a standard factory installed radio and is over 10 year old. This is an excellent value!

Pros: Very easy to use, just plug in the MP3, stick the tape in the tape deck and go!

Cons: none that I can see.

Works great (for what it is)

Allan from Wisconsin on 1/14/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a very simple and inexpensive way to connect an MP3 player or other external device to your car sound system. I used it with two vehicles. In the first vehicle I installed a Sanyo FXCD-550 (also purchased from Crutchfield) and the external iPod sounded great. We were very pleased with the audio quality. In the second vehicle, a 2002 Ford Windstar, I had the factory AM/FM/CD/Cassette player. The Maxell CD-330 adapter worked fine, but the sound was a little muddy. In some further reading I did, apparently this is due to the limited frequency response of the standard car stereo. The Sanyo had better specs, and thus better sounded with the adapter and attached iPod. I considered upgrading to a wired FM modulator, but my wife decided she could live with the sound quality.




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Overview: The Maxell CD-330 cassette adapter allows you to play your portable MP3, CD, MD or PC device through your vehicle's cassette receiver.

Loading: The 46" cord is attached to the right side corner of the cassette adapter. The edge of the cassette can be opened to allow you to move the cord from the right side corner to the left side corner, left bottom corner, or right bottom corner. This allows the adapter to fit both front-loading and side-loading cassette players, and adapt the cord to the direction the tape is inserted into the player.

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Why did you buy this?

I Read several Reviews on The Maxell CD-330 That helped in choosing it over lesser known brands. [ Gordon  Sep 03, 2016 ]
A simple solution to transmit good quality sound from iPhone to car stereo system on an older car that lacks bluetooth, aux inputs, etc. [ Robert  Apr 13, 2016 ]
My 1993 Isuzu Trooper truck is old, still has a tape deck, this is all i need really with my phone. looking forward to playing my music out of all four speakers working. [ JUSTIN  Jan 14, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

If your Sirius Receiver has a working 1/8" Stereo (Headphone) Jack and your casette deck works, yes it will play through your stereo. For best results, clean the head on the casette deck (I'd use a "cleaner loop tape" and then 180 proof Isopropyl Alcohol on a Q-tip) and DO NOT allow the cord on the adapter to become kinked. [ DAVID  Dec 30, 2015 ]
I've used another one for that purpose and yes it did work. [ DANIEL A  Dec 30, 2015 ]
It only goes in a casette player. [ John  Dec 22, 2015 ]
No, only a cassette tape [ MICHAEL  Dec 22, 2015 ]
If it has a cassette player it will work. [ Joe  Dec 21, 2015 ]
It goes in a cassette deck only. Afaik there is not a similar product for cds since a cf has to spin. If yoy don't have a wired input or a cassette deck you will need to use the fm tuner as your auxilkary input. Ideally find something that physically connects between the antenna and tuner ad this will work much better than simply "transmitting" an fm signal. [ Rolf  Dec 21, 2015 ]
No, it isn't for a CD player. It's for cars that still have a cassette deck. And it allows you to use an MP3 player by inserting this product into the cassette player and the other end plugs into your MP3 player. It works great! [ MELISSA  Dec 21, 2015 ]
No only into a cassette player in your car, lets you listen to a portable CD, MP3, or MiniDisc player through your car's cassette receiver. [ Kenny  Dec 21, 2015 ]  Staff
Yes the plugs will fit , however the end result will be disappointing. I found that the sound quality was poor with lots of interference leaking in. I abandoned both products in favor of a different technology. [ Lloyd  Mar 26, 2015 ]