Inside a cassette adapter

Found one of these rummaging around in the car the other day.

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If you have no idea what this is or don't get what it's for, ask your parents.

The cassette player in the car kept spitting it out, so I figured I'd open it up to see what was inside.

DSC01868.JPGSurprisingly simple inside and much less than I expected. Just the magnetic read/write head and a single circuit board.

DSC01870.JPGDSC01873.JPGThere are just a couple of capacitors and a couple of resistors (on the other side of the board), so it's a very simple circuit.

DSC01875.JPGThe resistors are pretty big, 820 MΩ, presumably to knock down the input down to something the cassette player can deal with.