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Lotta 'box for a little bux,
This review is from: Sony CFDS05 CD Radio Cassette Recorder Boombox Speaker System (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
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. I'm sure Sony could have included some of these features, but likely not at this price point.
The CFDS05's construction is pretty solid, though perhaps not quite as heavy-duty as the three other Sony boomboxes we own (that are all 3-6 years old, and we haven't had a lick of trouble from any of them). I am hopeful this one will be just as reliable as its predecessors.
Overall, I would say that if you're in the market for what I think is becoming a scarce product offering, pick one of these up while you can! I am very pleased that I found yet another quality Sony boombox to meet my listening needs - I've tried many, many others, and I always end up coming back to Sony.
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Initial post: Aug 22, 2011 12:39:09 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2011 5:43:04 PM PDT
Right. As I mentioned, it doesn't come with one.
Posted on May 2, 2012 12:15:11 PM PDT
Can this player record my CD-RW mp3 recordings on to an cassette?
In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 9:49:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 3, 2012 9:49:43 PM PDT
Unfortunately not. Though it can play cd-rw discs, it cannot decode mp3 files. If you have another CD player that plays mp3's, you could connect it to the aux input of this unit and possibly record them to cassette that way.
Posted on May 22, 2012 9:43:49 AM PDT
Noel Renteria says:
Does this boombox have a headphone jack?? I would think that would be in the description but I couldn't find it anywhere.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2013 12:46:00 PM PDT
Derek S. says:
It does have a headphone jack on the back.
Posted on May 27, 2013 11:47:39 AM PDT
can you record a cassette tape onto a cd-does it have the port to do that?
In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2013 11:49:38 AM PDT
yes but does that work to record from cassette to cd
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2013 12:11:40 PM PDT
No. CD functions are playback only. You can only record to cassette tapes; there is no CD recording ability.