Eventhough Sony might not be the massive brand it once was, the name still means a lot to many people with regard to listening to music and with good reason. After all, Sony were the company that set music free with the Walkman right?
The ST-SE500RDS had already been around a far while, but this model still looks good as new. If you still remember the 'old style' stacks then this is a great, no-nonsense tuner that should fit in with your amp, CD player and even the good old fashioned turntable (they're making a comeback you know!)
As one of the other reviewers has already advised, it's got a clear layout with easy-to-use dials (even features traffic alerts). RDS, presets and a good tonal sound
Of course there are much newer products and systems and this old style of listening to music may not be for many people, but if you remember the old days when things were measured in terms of how big your stack was, then if you can find one, it's not a bad thing to have
When it comes to listening to music i like to buy Sony as it is a trusted and quality named brand. I bought this Sony ST-SE500RDS more than a year ago on Ebay and it is still going strong. I paid £35 for it from the online auction site which I was happy to pay then, I think the model has been updated since as I have never seen them in the shops but have seen newer models of tuners from Sony, but with everything electrical each year brings out newer and better products.
This however has been a good tuner for me and fits nicely in the stack with my other music gadgets like my amp and CD player and turntable as I still have records that I enjoy listening too every now and then.
Most of the time I like to listen to the radio and do have a digital one in the kitchen, but if I am chilling out in the living room I put this tuner on, as it has a good quality sound and tunes in nicely to the local radio stations without any static or background noise interferance.
It is a blackslim line tuner and connects to the amp with leads so it's easy to set up. You can pre select your favourite stations to listen too so that you don't have to keep finding them everytime you turn it on, you can just press the relevant number for the station you want to listen too.
It has a large button on the right for finding other stations and has a good clear LCD display on the front to show you what station your listening too. It has a good sterio sound to listen to and comes with RDS EON, radio text, traffic alerts, 30 presets, signal strength meter, manual & auto tuning.
The manual is easy to follow and once plugged into the mains it lights up and it is easy to master the pre sets and search functions.
I like this tuner as it is made by Sony has a simple design with out too many buttons to wonder which is which and it's easy to use with a good quality sound.
It has also lasted me which is the most important thing as you really do get value for money, although I don't use it everyday I know it is there and will work when I turn it on.
This has to be the most fully-featured tuner on the market. I used to work in the radio industry, and wanted a home tuner with as many features as possible. This model from Sony supports RDS (Radio Data System), which really was the selling point for me. The large blue LED display scrolls station name, frequency, time, programme type, signal strength in decibels, and, if transmitted by your radio station, scrolling information about the song currently playing, such as title and artist. Easy-to-use, supporting just about all of the RDS features, plenty of presets, loads of buttons and a good sound too.