Sony CFDS05 CD Radio Cassette Recorder Boombox Speaker System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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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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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.
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.
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
9. GOOD RELIABLE BRAND
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.