Excerpt: The Sony looks tragically dated or thrillingly retro, depending on your taste – what's less debatable is the quality of the sound it makes. The relatively large cabinet size allows the Sony to present a decently wide, and consequently quite spacious, soundstage – but the sound itself is nasal and congested, with ill-advisedly confident low frequencies rather trampling over the midrange.
Pros: Wide soundstage, retro looks
Cons: Congested sound, small display, sluggish controls
Summary: For purely digital listening, the Sony XDR-S10 is an excellent choice, but its below-par FM reception is disappointing. It looks good, it's easy to use and it isn't burdened by superfluous extras, so £70 is a fair price, although there are better deals to be had elsewhere