I bought this stereo for myself and the guys at work over two years ago now, and we use it every single day, Monday to Friday for several hours a day, and sometimes people forget to turn it off when they leave so it stays on 24/7. The sheer wear and tear on the components of something this small and inexpensive is incredible but its a tough little thing!
So the main point would be sound, and by home stereo standards, it's poor, tinny bass, and the high hats can barely be heard. By "boom box" standards and to compare it to others in the same price range, fantastic.
I mainly listen to FM radio, specifically Dance, Adult contemporary, and occasionally some 60's and 70's from back in the day, and it has a sound to suit every genre; bass in dance music has a thud, and a vibration, and for the saxophone, there is some slight loss of sound but no distortion or noise, so it can cope well whatever you're listening too - but I think if you really enjoy your music and want to hear it clear as day you might want to look at a mini Hifi, as I don't think this would suit your needs.
The one negative point I have to bring up is the CD player which does not play scratched CD's so well. I have a CD I brought into work and it had a few surface scratches on it. Plays fine in the car and at home it this seems to struggle with the damage, and it skips and creates a couple crackling noises before it clicks around inside. Eventually the disc stops and you can take it out.
Overall, it does exactly what it says on the tin, plays radio and CD and not so bad that you can hear your music so well. It's good value for money, it will last as long as you'd expect a more upmarket one to last, and finally, its an easy to use product. Just put a CD in, and press play or turn it on and the radio starts on whatever station you were listening to last time you used it.
That's all I really need from something like this anyway.
When I bought this, I was expecting good sound quality with a good bass sound to it. I was not disappointed. It has a H.E.S, which stands for harmonic enhancer system, and you can turn it on or off, and the quality definitely sounds better with it on because there's more layer to the sound itself.
The tape player is also very good, although having had this boombox for about 5 years now, it no longer can rewind. That said, if you want to record a radio show onto tape, it is prefect for that, and I recommend you using it.
The CD player is also very good, allowing you to play songs in random, repeat or program it so that only some tracks are played although for some reason there is one brand of CD which I use that it doesn't seem to work - signalex. So if you use this brand of CD to burn audio CD's, just a word of warning.
There is also a FM/AM radio, with 12 presets for each band, which is more than adequate for saving stations, and the aerial allows a lot of FM stations to be picked up in stereo quality
Overall, I recommend buying this if you want to buy a cheap boombox.
Purchased to replace Sony CDFS03 having trouble with tape not switching off at end. The Panasonic RX-DX1 has full switch off on all tape functions and works perfectly and sounds positive. The sound quality is extremely good on radio, CD, and tape. Operating the unit is easy to learn and the remote control gives adequate facility to operate from a distance. Presets only cover 12 stations on each band (FM and AM). 20 stations on each band would be more useful. Not able to operate presets from the unit is another disadvantage.
The specification on the website states the timer covers playback and record. Record must be the tape but the timer does not operate on tape and the manual does not have any reference to it. This is very misleading and was one good reason for the purchase in the first place.
However what it does it does very well and I am satisfied with it.