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Sony CFDS05 CD Radio Cassette Recorder Boombox Speaker System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Sony
857 customer reviews
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  • Cassette/Radio/CD Features: Cassette Player, CD Player, Digital Volume Control, Built-In Speakers, AM/FM Radio, Digital Display
  • Electronic Functions: CD Player, Built-in Speakers, Digital Tuner, AM/FM Radio, Cassette Player, Cassette Recorder
  • CD, DVD, Cassette Compatibility: CD, CD-R/RW
  • Includes: Power Cord.
  • Dimensions: Length: 9.38 "; Width: 14.25 "; Depth: 5.38 "
  • Digital display is UNLIGHTED BACK GROUND
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Enjoy full-function portable audio anywhere you go with the CFD-S50 boombox. With MEGA BASS, CD, cassette, and an FM/AM radio, it’s both powerful and convenient. Learn more

Technical Details

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging
  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: CFDS05
  • Display Height: 9.1 inches
  • Item Display Weight: 5 pounds
  • Color: Silver

Product Description

Product Packaging: Standard Packaging

It's the portable radio with all the options. Whether you're playing CD-R/RW discs, rocking out with the digital AM/FM stereo tuner or dubbing music on blank cassettes, the compact CFD-S05 does exactly what you need. Even better, it features large, easy-to-use buttons and deep bass thanks to Sony's Best Reflex Sound System with Mega Bass.

Product Information

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Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight6 pounds
Product Dimensions9.1 x 14.4 x 5.3 inches
Item model numberCFDS05
Batteries:6 C batteries required.
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Power Source TypeAC & Battery
Number of Items1
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #9,125 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableMarch 26, 2010
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629 of 639 people found the following review helpful By DMA on August 20, 2010
Package Type: Standard Packaging
Yes, it's a corny title, I know; what's not corny is this sweet little boombox from Sony. It was little difficult to find a unit like this with all of the features I was in the market for, since boomboxes seem to be on the way out -- at least in their old configurations.

Pretty much gone are days of tape, but I guess that there are some folks out there who still like cassettes; these are the people who will be happy with the CFDS05's built-in tape deck - I will probably never use it. The other features, such as digital AM/FM tuner with numerous presets, CD-R/RW capable compact-disc player, and AUX-in jack for portable music players, are just what I was looking for!

+ The sound, while not audiophile quality, is pleasantly full and crisp; the longstanding Sony Mega Bass feature helps the lower end a little, but don't expect miracles. All in all, it's a very nice sound from a not-too-huge footprint.

+ The digital tuner works well, picking up the new somewhat-hard-to-lock-onto local public music radio station with no difficulties at all. The presets take a little practice -- I actually had to break down and look at the instructions.

+ The CD player seems to have no problems reading my CD-R discs (I always play copies, never original discs); my previous RCA stereo clock radio would conk out in the middle of a CD-R playback.

+ The aux-in feature also works very well with my MP3 player, though it's necessary to crank the volume up a bit in relation to the radio or CD player - don't forget to turn it back down before switching sources!

- About the only minus I can come up with, and it's a minor one, is a lack of some "snazzy" features; there's no remote, no "sleep" feature, and the CD doesn't play back mp3 discs.
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243 of 253 people found the following review helpful By Tammy L. Black on November 9, 2010
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1. buttons (except cassette) are located right on the front in one place, and are clearly labeled and easy to use

2. sound can be turned up WAY WAY louder than I would probably use it with no distortion

3. CD player features these modes: program, shuffle, repeat disc, repeat track
4. plays both cd-R AND cd-RW (copies you made and professionally made ones)
5. very light weight
6. big handle for carrying
7. audio line in for iPod or other device is located right on the front
8. headphone jack
10. cassette recorder and DIGITAL radio too, with memory presets for radio

1. SHORT power cord (about 5 feet long at the most) which cannot be replaced with my generic longer ones because of the shape of the opening for it
2. so-called "BASS BOOST" makes so little difference that you can't tell it's on except by looking at the display!!!! NEEDS EQUALIZER!!!
3. can't see through cassette door so have to open it to see how much tape you have left to play
4. doesn't play MP3 discs, but I don't have those anyway
5. NO REMOTE CONTROL when Sony's website says it has one

It does what I need it to do. The sound is not that great compared to my computer's or car stereo's sound, but it's ok for the size of the unit, and sounds way way way better than the cd clock radio that I WAS using as my cd player! I haven't used the radio or cassette yet and likely won't. I just got it to put by my bed, for playing my iPod through the audio in jack and playing cd's. For me, the cassette deck is just a bonus and nice to have if I need it sometime, since I already threw away or gave away most of my cassettes.
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163 of 168 people found the following review helpful By whipitgood on September 28, 2010
Package Type: Standard Packaging
I purchased one of these for my 10x6 kitchenette. It's great for listening to the news, or popping in a cd/cassette, or even feeding in my mp3 player. Don't expect super high quality sound from speakers this size (in general). The speakers are brignt with lots of treble, which sounds better listening to classical or jazz music because the strings/horns are very clear. Plus older recordings from the 1950's/60's/70's (such as the classic jazz of the Miles Davis Quintet) were made with small transistor radios in mind. The Mega-Bass feature mainly helps you shore up the low end when you have headphones on, but can't overcome the small, low-wattage speaker system.

This unit is full of great features, with perfect dimensions for a kitchen counter-top, office desktop, workbench or dresser. The sound is appropriate for a small room-but sounds better with headphones on. The audio-in feature means that this unit can be used with any number of mp3 players, rather than just the Apple iPod. Many audio books at the library are still (and always will be) on cassette, so having the cassette option is nice. I'm buying a 2nd unit for my 8-year-old daughter who has a small bedroom, a limited budget and reasonable sound expectations.
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87 of 87 people found the following review helpful By The Professor on February 13, 2011
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This is a great machine for its size and price.

My wife and I are semi-professional musicians (wife has several choral compositions that have been published), so I'd like to think we're good judges of music quality.

We bought two of these for our kids for Christmas. When we put in the CDs and listened, we were very pleased with the sound quality from the machines. Don't get me wrong, it's not like listening to a home theater system, but the technology for these machines has increased greatly in the past few years.

Portability is fine -- the kids carry these things all over the house. One of our kids also plays some of our old cassette tapes (with a bunch of songs from the 80s) and even though the tapes are old, the music comes out very clear (much better than some of our older tape players).

Price -- Amazon's price is a little high. I was able to find these at Target, on sale, for just under $40, so I would keep an eye on that, or do a shopping trip before deciding to buy.

Overall, very pleased with the quality, case is hard plastic, but appears to be durable, and the receiver has no trouble picking up local radio stations.
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