I bought this Sony walkman from Argos, the price was good at only £24.49. Very stylish, nice colour silver. Nice blue digital readout, but sadly lacking a backlight for night time use. The FM frequency tuning goes up and down in .5 increments instead of .1 I thought that Sony would have covered this. The mega bass is very very good indeed, this walkman included a "Hold" feature so you cant accidently change channel. The manual is pretty good and clear to understand. The walkman has the usual ST/MONO swith and also NORM/Cro2Metal switch and included is a seperate swith AVLS NORM/LIMIT this when in operation can cut down on a high noise. The cassette itself is excelent I have had no problems at all using the tapes I have got recorded or pre-recorded. It has 40 presets 35 for FM and 5 for AM in Europe I cant find a mode to change to Canadian like I used to have on another walkman some years ago. The frequencxe range in European mode is from FM 87.5-108 Mhz and AM 530-1602 Khz or if North,Central and South America 531-1710 Khz. All in All a very good walkman and excelent for its price.
I haven't written anything on electrical equipment before and my knowledge of such things is severly lacking - Mr Bennetts fault, sorry! - so I'll try and make this read as appealing as possible. Enjoy... If you've read my opinions earlier you'll see that for my birthday I got the new Basement Jaxx album, Rooty as well as the Sims PC game. I've written about both so it seemed only fitting that I wrote an opinion on my main present. A Sony Walkman. Considering my previous Walkman munched through batteries, couldn't tune properly and could only seem to pick up Classic FM - no offence to anyone who likes this but its not for me. I was eargerly anticipating using this... DESIGN Sony have been making electrical goods for many years so stylistically they have experiance. I dont know if its me but the recent Sony releases are full of Silver. They have cottoned onto the fact that is very appealing for many people - its now the most popular car colour too. I too like the colour as my TV and my radio is that colour. The silver facia is appealing and stands out as unique, while the shiny element of the chrome around the screen adds effect. The large rubber buttons are easy to touch and read and nice to use. The translucent tape holder completes the effect. QUALITY Sony are renowned for the durability and quality of its products - Playstation 1 is a good example. But recently the standard has dropped - Playstation 2 is a good example. And although this looks good, I cant help but feel it could do with a bit of improving. The tape side of the walkman looks good but the cover is thin and flimsy and could snap anythime. The silver paint job is also poorly done, because it scratches easily on the edges of the facia creases. Quite dissapointing. And the battery cover has fallen off a few times too. USABILITY Everything is easy to use and read although you may have to resort to the manual to
understand what to do. However, it does what a walkman usually does and although it does nothing new it is a simple design. THE TUNING The previous Walkman couldn't tune anything except Classic FM as I have said before, but this time this model - the WMFX277 - has digital tuning. Of course on a journey through the counties it can be a bore changing the stations it is very good and very quick at letting you find your station again. The blue screen is nice but dark and it doesn't have a light so therefore is pretty useless in the dark. THE SOUND QUALITY The sound quality is brilliant. The advantage of digital tuning means that it is fixed into one station and wont slip between other close ratio numbers. This means you are in control and in a stationary position it represents fantastic quality. The volume goes up very high - drowing out other peoples voices - but I dont advise you listen to it full blast for too long as it hurts after a while - coming from past experiance! VALUE This was bought at £39.99 - although it was dropped £10 a few days after my birthday - and I think it is good value for money. I really like the sound and the ease of use but I was a little disapointed by the quality of the actual product as I have already explained OTHER FEATURES Although this Walkman breaks no new ground it houses some nifty little features which help more than you'd think. For instance the limited volume button is similar to a Cruise control system on a car and helps keep the same volume and not blow your brains out! - sorry I'm exaggerating! The Mega Base button helps enhance the feeling of a rocking beat. The hold button is quite clever because it means that you cant change the station or the settings if this button is on. This helps stop you knocking the buttons and changing something. However, my favourite button is the digital reader on the screen indicating the amount of ba
ttery power left like a mobile phone. This is great as I have numerously been left on a long journey when my batteries have run out and I have none left. OVERALL I am very glad I have got this Walkman, because it is something I can take with me and listen to my favourite music without trouble. I take it to school and listen to it there and when I'm walking to and from school. It seems ironic then that I finally get a decent walkman and in the next few days I'm to get a personal Mini-Disc player after winning a competition on my local radio station, Vibe FM. Oh well, I may write about it soon but only if you like this op, leave a comment and if you like it please tell me. Thanks! BODIE