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Sony’s New Cassette Boombox

When I found out that Sony had launched a new cassette player in Japan, I felt it was my duty to try it out. So in this video, that’s exactly what you’ll see, in addition to a comparison against the most recent model Sony sells in the UK. 

The CFD-S70 can be found on Amazon 
The CFD-S401 is only available in Japan -
I imported mine via the intermediate shipping company - Jauce
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Apologies for going slightly off topic.

What's the rather snazzy clock you have sitting atop your cassette rack?

Please let me know.


September 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

It's the Lametric Time - full review here:

September 14, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I´m a fortunate owner of 2 panasonic rx-dt707, one half working and another for cannibalization in case the former goes south.
Anyways, if you haven´t seen such model, check it out, they are quite interesting.

September 14, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterericomont

Great video, of course! I was interested to see the digital tape counter on the Japanese model. Over the years I have always been infuriated by tape counters, as those I have come across on both audio and video tape machines only ever seem to count rotations of one of the spools, and of course, every rotation transports a slightly different amount of tape. Also, there was no consistency or standard between different machines, so however carefully one indexed a recording, you could never use that to find a particular place on the tape when played on a different machine, or even the same one unless you were very careful to wind exactly to the end of the header and zero the counter at that point. So, my question, Mat, is have you come across any consumer tape devices amongst your considerable collection that have a tape counter that indicates minutes of play time, or length of tape transported, or something that doesn't vary depending on how much tape is on the spool at any point in time?
PS Really pleased with my Lametric clock - the Stock Market ticker app is very well implemented.

September 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland


regarding tape counters... recently I got a harman/kardon td450 on the flea market... a great 3 head recorder - and it has a real time counter. Not extremly accurate if you ask me (my C90 cassettes count up to almost 50 minutes each side), but definitely more useful than the usual counter.

Technical data (unfortunately in german...)

The belt driving the drawer mechanism seems to be a weak point, but it can be obtained easily on eBay.

Mat, thank's for the video!


September 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterFlorian

Actualy volume controls going up to 31 makes perfect sense, after all that's 5 binary digits.

A feature like timer recording makes sense as it's purely a software thing it costs virtually nothing.

September 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Berger

It seems like you're trying to pull me on something I said, by opening with the word 'actually'. However I though the whole product made sense in every possible way, top to bottom, left to right and from feature A to feature Z.

September 15, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Mat, great video as always. It's more than half an hour but it went very quickly, you have that ability.

This is not slightly but totally off topic, today I found this clip a portable turntable, probably only made in Japan for Japan, what I find interesting it's those buttons on top, I don't know if those are for controlling the tonearm (which looks like cheap crap) and selecting/skipping tracks on the vinyl record or they simply control the recorded mp3. Do you know which brand/model this things is?



September 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohnny

It's a combined record player and MP3 player that I believe will also copy records to mp3s. The controls are for the MP3 side unfortunately, it's a manual turntable.

September 17, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi, Mat,
I've been enjoying your YouTube channel. Quite informative and quite interesting with the nostalgic hifi gear from the 90's, 80's, and 70's. I've been considering a compact shelf system for my listening enjoyment, something like the Yamaha MCR-B043BL or Onkyo Colobrino. I like the simple, compact size, and available input for a turntable or other source. Do you have any experience with these mini-systems?

As always, vintage is better, and these definitely were a thing, especially after the CD replaced the compact cassette and vinyl record as the preferred consumer format. Any recommendations for vintage systems are welcome.

September 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris

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