Advantages Smart looks, reliable and good quality
Disadvantages Bulky, and the radio isn't that good
I made a mistake with this one, I think. I paid £80 for it a few years ago, just before the big boom of mp3 players and iPods. If only I had a crystal ball, I would have waited a year and bought an mp3 player. Don't get me wrong, it's an excellent CD Player, but mp3 players are so much better, as I will show you in this review. But first, the walkman itself.The design of the walkman was the main selling point of the product for me. I like the sleek, silver finish with the blue arc around it. I also like the fact that there are no buttons on the top of the walkman; they are all hidden discreetly on the side. Also, the fact that it is a Sony, that most reliable of electronic gadget-makers, influenced me to buy it, because a Sony product just does not pack up after a few months. I was also seduced by its promise of an "FM/AMdigital tuner" with "40 station presets". In other words, a decent radio. I find it helpful to have a combined
Enough of my personal failings, and to the task in hand. This walkman is generally excellent quality. I find the sound quality to be perfectly acceptable for regular listening, both in a loud environment or when you want to listen to it quietly at night. There is a (rather pointless) setting that restricts the volume to a fairly low level, but that is easily switched on or off at the touch of a button. That reminds me, the buttons are easy to use, because there is usually just one function for each, so you never get mixed up over which button does what. The are 3 buttons that do more than one thing, but that is acceptable as it reduces the number of buttons on the walkman in total, thus making it more attractive (I think the more buttons, the more messy it looks). The headphones are comfy in your ear, and they come apart (I think they are supposed to, though I'm not sure), allowing you to clean them or make adjustments if necessary.The whole thing is so extremely easy to use that within minutes of tearing off the box I was already bopping along to my favourite tunes. The batteries are easy to insert, you simply remove any CD, lift up a flap inside the player and place them in. Also on the inside of the device is a tiny little switch that controls "G-Protection". This is the anti-shock system, which allows you to listen to music even while the walkman is bouncing around in your pocket. I don't really know why you would want to turn this off, since it only improves the quality of listening, so there is really no need for a switch, but there you go.
The radio aspect of the walkman is similarly simple to use. A blue button on the front face of the walkman turns the radio on, then changes between FM and AM once on (no LW I'm afraid). To program in your favourite stations, you press another button, which allows you to search through the airwaves until you get to the desired frequency.
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