I have a "Clas Ohlson TCD-983WEC CDMP3". It's a cheap "multi-unit" music player bought maybe 10 years ago or longer. I'm using it exclusively for its (cheap) tape player, since my original tape player has sadly stopped working. I'm trying to digitize some old tapes.
I first connected a standard quality audio cable from the "LINE OUT R" on the device to the "LINE IN" (blue) connector on my PC's sound card. No sound whatsoever, regardless of the device/settings in Audacity.
I then switched the audio cable to the "LINE OUT L" on the device. No sound whatsoever, regardless of the device/settings in Audacity.
Finally, in desperation, I connected the audio cable to the "HEADPHONE JACK" on the front of the device, which I would assume is only for connecting a headphone and not for capturing audio... immediately got sound in Audacity, and it even seems to be in stereo!
What could explain this? Why do the actual "LINE OUT" connectors not output any sound signals at all, but the headphone one does, and apparently in stereo on top of it? And is the headphone jack "lesser" somehow? If I use it (and I don't see how I have any choice at this point), am I getting a "lesser" quality audio signal?