I was looking for a good cassette recorder that would record off-air for later playback at the gym. Not too many such devices available nowadays, though. This one looked promising, the price was right, so I decided to try it. First, it took too long to set up the speakers--just to attach the speakers to the radio seemed to take ages, and the speaker wires wouldn't stay attached and would need stripping to get a good conection to the speaker jacks. Oh, well, those seemed like minor inconveniences to overcome, as the radio-recorder feature would make it worhwhile.
When I turned the radio on, the FM stations came in pretty well, but the AM stations were hard to tune, plus the sensitivity to weak signals could be improved. The knobs were probably designed by a fashion geek who knew nothing about functionality. There are 2 operating knobs: The large knob controlled the sound amplitude, while the small knob was in charge of tuning in the radio stations. Right away you can see that that was a big mistake. Tuning with the small knob made it difficult to find stations, especially weak ones. It really needs an external antenna to draw in weak stations.
So not only was the tuner anemic on AM, but it was mechanically disappointing, as was the entire radio. I had to return it to Wal Mart for a refund.
The audiotape function was adequate, but it was poorly described in the operating instructions. It is supposed to automatically reverse directions when the tape ends, but the handbook described another radio-CD-audiotape recorder.
I never got around to trying out the CD player because I didn't buy the boom box for the CD player.
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