Sony CD Radio Cassette Recorder Review

Sony CD Radio Cassette Recorder Review

The Sony personal audio system is a cassette, CD and MP3 player and radio rolled into one. It has a retro look and technology that lets you use your drawer of analog music in stereophonic sound.

Moreover, it has an Aux input for newer media, so you can play music using your smartphone or MP3 player. The brand’s Mega Bass makes it a good boombox to use in the street or in the comfort of your room. Know more about it in this product review.

Features

From playing MP3 CD discs to listening to AM/FM tuner or playing old cassette tapes, this portable music player does what you want. The bundle includes a portable boombox, AC power cord, AC power auxiliary cable for smartphones, iPods, MP3 player and CD cleaner and a cleaning cloth.

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    Cassette tape deck with recording capability
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    AM/FM radio with digital presets of up to 30 stations and three single-touch favorites
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    CD players for MP3, regular CD, and CD-R/RWs
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    Audio-in jack for MP3, iPod, and iPhone connection
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    Full range Mega Bass, Bass-reflex stereo speaker system with power output in RMS of 3.4W
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    Has one stereo mini headphone out interface
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    Features two power options:
  • Six Size C dry batteries
  • Main power: 120VAC, 60 Hertz
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    Has a sleep timer

Pros

This personal audio system has the following good points:

  • Easy to use

Generally, the player is very easy to operate. It comes with a user manual that has clear instructions, but even without a guide, you can learn how to use the basic functions in a breeze. Perhaps, you would only need the manual to learn how to program the CDs or save presets.

  • Impressive sound for the price

The manufacturer is known for making awesome portable music players in compact cassette format. This one is an affordable music player, but the sound is impressive considering the price. It offers decent sound quality for pop music and speech, making it an excellent choice if you want it for entertainment or other practical use.

If you love deep, room-filling sound that brings your music to life, you’ll experience it on this product courtesy of the MEGA BASS.

  • Sturdy and well made

Knowing how Sony produces high-quality products, this one feels sturdy that you’ll know it can last long in your possession. The portable design makes it convenient to bring with you anywhere, thanks to the easy-carry handle. It weighs only 1.9 kilos, so carrying would not be such a pain.

  • Multiple features

This audio system allows you to play music using various formats such as cassette, CD, MPEG 1 Audio Layer-3 AM/FM. You can record, dub on a blank tape, listen to your favorite tracks and more.

  • Compact design

The classic black color makes it decent looking, but the compact design adds to its portability.

  • Long battery life

CD playback is approximately 10 hours at a volume level of 23, FM recording programs at 23 hours and tape playback at 15 hours at volume 23.

Cons

The product comes with a few bearable downsides, including:

  • Has no USB connection

This means you cannot connect it using USB, but it has AUDIO In jack so you can still connect your gadgets to it such as your iPhone, iPod or music players so this should not be a major drawback.

  • Plays only one CD at a time

It is not a dedicated CD player, so it’s understandable that it holds only one CD, but its other function outweighs this disadvantage.

  • Does not feature a primary wireless connection

This player is quite an old school in design, so don’t expect modern features such as wireless or Bluetooth connection.

  • Does not come with a remote control

It is portable and easy to operate so you can place it near you if you want to play music, or use the sleep timer to turn it off automatically.

  • Not rechargeable

It can be powered by dry batteries, but the device itself is not rechargeable.

Summary

The Sony Boombox features a top-loading CD player for playing one regular CD, CD-RW, and MP3-CD, allowing you to burn tracks to a disc and play it. It combines old school with digital formats since it has a cassette player and auxiliary audio input that allows you to connect digital music players. On top of that, it comes with an integrated AM/FM stereo with digital tuning.

The radio also has 30 presets, so you can instantly listen to music or local news or tune to your favorite station.

It is portable in design for music on the go, with an easy to carry handle. It can be powered by six dry batteries that can last for up to 10 hours using the CD player, 23 hours using FM radio and 15 hours for Tape playback. The MEGA BASS speaker system provides rich, deep sound.

Comparison

There are plenty of other personal audio systems similar to this Sony CD radio cassette recorder. One of them is Jensen CD-490 sports stereo. It is affordable, but it does not have a cassette player, so is Sylvania SRCD243 and Craig Electronics CD Boombox.

These less expensive alternatives do not have cassette decks and offer shorter battery life, making Sony audio system better for price and features. You’ll only add a few more dollars, and you benefit from the host of other features and Sony quality.

There are bigger comparable boomboxes that offer more features, but most of them are heavier and have shorter in battery life. Heavyweight and big size may hinder portability, so the compact design of Sony boombox makes it more attractive.

Verdict

If you’re looking for a portable and affordable music player that lets you play your old CD and cassette collections as well as your digital playlist, this Sony personal audio system is for you.

At a pocket-friendly price, you’ll get the Sony advantage—impressive sound and innovative design. This compact boombox is easy to use, convenient to carry, and has a long battery life.

Preview
Jensen CD-490 Sport Stereo CD Player with AM/FM Radio and Aux Line-In, Red and Black
Title
Jensen CD-490 Sport Stereo CD Player with AM/FM Radio and Aux Line-In, Red and Black
Connectivity
CD, Aux
Power Source
AC, 8 C Batteries
Item Dimensions
12.38 x 9 x 5.75 in
Item Weight
3.4 lbs
Price
Preview
Jensen CD-490 Sport Stereo CD Player with AM/FM Radio and Aux Line-In, Red and Black
Title
Jensen CD-490 Sport Stereo CD Player with AM/FM Radio and Aux Line-In, Red and Black
Connectivity
CD, Aux
Power Source
AC, 8 C Batteries
Item Dimensions
12.38 x 9 x 5.75 in
Item Weight
3.4 lbs
Price

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