For a while Radio Shack sold under the RCA brand - most of the stuff they sold was re-branded Pioneer. That's what this looks like. To the OP - Add me to the chorus of people recommending a professional deck. Look for TASCAM, Marantz, HHB, among others. The pro decks use any CD not just Music CDs. Also - consider a digital recorder like Arnold recommends. You can connect it to the tape output on your receiver and have nice clean recordings at higher resolution which is good for editing. Nothing wrong with using optical disc though they work great as well. I completely sympathize with your difficulties connecting direct to your computer and understand why you'd not want to do that.