Summary: Sony has a great reputation and I have bought into this literally in the past ever since my first cassette walkman way back when. The problem is that despite a well earned reputation for sound quality in their products, I have never been impressed with their longevity. All of the sony cd or dvd player products I have ever tried have failed in a much shorter timespan than would be expected from a leading brand product.
Summary: I was excited to buy this last year, thinking it would be a nice portable solution for my radio and iphone needs. I've had it for a year now and am now looking for a different one. Good things: 1) the iphone slides into the front of the unit, protecting it from getting bumped. 2) nice remote 3) under $100 Problems: 1) I bought this exclusively to carry around with me, but the batteries never worked, even after changing them out.
Summary: I thought I wasn't picky but...my son has this boom box and it seems to be fine for the house. However, I wanted it for a small gym and volume cranked at 10 is not high enough for anyone to hear! I loved my old SONY but I wanted one with the IPod docking station. No idea why the sound/volume can't be as good. I am thinking of returning it, am going to see if I have any small speakers around the house that I could attach first, easier than packing it back up!!
Summary: The sound quality is acceptable, but not great. There are a couple of noticeable problems. The cd player will skip with only minimal vibration. If used on a counter top, merely closing a drawer, will cause it to skip. The second problem is worse. Two days after I received the product, I was using it out on my deck. (This was the primary reason for getting it.) It was a bright sunny day; temperature in the mid-90's.