Summary: I bought the radio in late 2004 or early 2005 to replace an old boombox on which the cassette and CD did not work. It worked fine until the last few months when the back of the unit started getting hot even though it was off and the only way to get it to cool down was to unplug it and it would only stay cool after plugging it back in was not to use it. I had dusted it out with canned air and it still got hot but it still worked until when it died for good.
Summary: I bought this little compact system for a vacation rental property I manage. It has held up well and continues to work well after nearly two years of usage by various rentors. Sound is good and functionality is easy to figure out, even for the techno-phobe.
Summary: I bought this for my kitchen, replacing a portable CD player. I absolutely love it. The sound it great. There's a little static with the radio, but I'm still working out the bugs. I'm considering buying one for my son for his birthday.
Summary: I was initially very happy with this machine and others I've bought from Sony: good quality sound, excellent price, full set of features without being too complicated. After six months, CD's started skipping occasionally for no apparent reason (which I attributed to the disks). After twelve months, the radio simply refused to receive any stations and CD's are more likely to skip to the end of the disk then they are to play, even the machine's "favorite" disks.
Summary: I bought this for my office. I wanted a good sound at low volumes and with a small footprint because it has to sit on my desk. It's perfect. Everything sounds great on it, from NPR to blues guitar to Bach cantatas to Cake. I use the radio about half the time and the CD player the other half. The one small gripe I have is that the clock only displays if you explicitly press the clock mode button. But I can live without that. It's really made my work hours better.
Summary: I wanted a separate speakers, bookshelf system with a good sound that had the smallest footprint possible. This Sony looked promising, but I was made somewhat apprehensive by the one very negative consumer review I came across; however I found 14 more consumer reviews at another website which were mostly positive. I took a classical music sampler CD to a local store and, amid the din of other blaring units, gave it a listen.
Summary: I've purchased two of these systems as gifts, and I've been pretty happy with the feedback from the recipients. I've heard them in the home setting, and they sound quite nice for the size (and price). I gave one to my girlfriend, and I hooked it up so that her DVD player in her bedroom runs through it. Works just great. Easy to hook up, and perfect for a small room. I've been really happy with this model.