Summary: It's ok. Neither bad, nor good. Just a simple, old fashioned tape recorder that's easy to use! I bought a digital recorder and it was a joke. I guess I'm just not technologically inclined to understand how to use a device that everyone else claims is simple. I totally failed with the digital recorder, erasing far more than I was able to record. With this Sony Cassette Recorder, I lost nothing I recorded that I didn't want to lose.
Summary: These old style, full size cassette recorders are getting hard to find. The Sony unit is light and does not feel like it is very substantial, but having (thoroughly) used a couples of these over the years, they are quality.
Summary: The first and most significant problem is the poor sound quality. It could be mush clearer. Also the buttons are very close to each other, making switches difficult if you do not have small hands. The volume dial is so recessed and small, I can just about make contact with it. I found this audio cassette recorder and player very, very frustrating to use with poor recording quality.
Summary: This is the device you need to document events, record classes, and blackmail people you don't like. Superb voice quality, with voice activated recording possible. Standard speed or 1/2 speed, which allows up to 180 minutes on one cassette tape. Voice activated recording is very fast reacting, so little is lost when unit starts recording again. Microphone is very sensitive, yet does not pick up much background noise.
Summary: Bought this for a gift for my mother...she wanted something fairly small that used regular cassets that she could take with her. She likes to record the minister at church and listen to him again later. She's no techie and neither am I so needed something easy to use, and this has worked out great! She's happy...so I'm happy! One thing that was good for her is that it has a red light that let's her know that the recorder is on/off.
Summary: I liked this cassette player at first because it has both a fast forward and a rewind button on it, unlike many other styles. But only a month into my use of it, the speed button broke and I can only listen in super slo-mo speed.