Sony CFDS70B.CEK Classic CD/mp3/tape and Radio
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 March 2020
I bought this for an my mum's elderly friend, mainly for the cassette player facility, although it does have the modern CD/mp3 play facility, and radio, it will be mainly used to playing audio cassettes.
The cassette deck, comprises of a generic cassette deck mechanism, probably Tanashin, they make various types of cassette mechanisms, for other equipment manufacturers.
The buttons on the cassette recorder, are in a standard layout, the record button has red dot on it. and the other buttons have indentations on them to denote their functions, The cassette mechanism feel reliable, and with gentle use, should last a good time.
The CD player, also plays mp3 audio, and has an FM/AM tuner with 30 presets. This type of equipment is manufactured to fill a niche/specialist market, like the elderly, or someone who just wants to listen to CD's in a confined space, like a kitchen, or in prison (nothing like a bit of Elgar, to muffle the sounds, as your cell mate, slips you, his salami, while doing porridge, at Her Majesty's pleasure).
To summarise, it works, and does what it was designed to do. Do not expect audiophile music reproduction, because it is not that type of equipment, and on a personal note, IMHO, these machines, will never match the aesthetics, and the build quality of the equipment from the 70s, right through, to the late 90s, with the cassette/ CD recorders, with all those buttons, and flashing lights, which looked like something only 747 pilots could operate.
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