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Sony Walkman WM-FX290W Cassette Player
By ComputerhobbyistVerified Reviewer from NY on 10/20/2011

Preset Tuner Controls. Digital Synthesized Tuning. Digital LCD Display. Extraordinary FM/AM Radio Reception. Weather Band Forecasts. Cassette Tape Playback. Pocket Size. Effortless Sound Reproduction. The Sony Walkman features first class audio components and accurate radio reception for musical entertainment to go. A poignant moment at the end of an audio book. A Punk Rock portable audio experience on Hollywood Boulevard. Hard Rock on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Classic Rock on Victory Boulevard. R & B on Hylan Boulevard. Country music on Rodeo Drive. Sports talk radio on the bus ride to work. The Sony Walkman WM-FX290W FM/AM/WB Cassette Player is an ideal selection for playback of your cassette tape library at almost any location where portable audio equipment is an appropriate entertainment choice. The Sony Walkman is a wonderful accessory upgrade for any car stereo system that does not feature a tape deck. This unit’s cassette playback performance is outstanding, dependable, and a superb choice for any portable audio audiophile. Love songs, contemporary music, jazz, country, and classical music play brilliantly through this unit’s included stereo headphone speaker drivers. The Sony portable cassette player presents a simple control panel interface for cassette playback and perfect FM stereo radio reception reproduction. AM band news and talk radio programs are received clearly with high quality voice reproduction. The built-in tuner easily offers excellent sensitivity and selectivity reception performance across the FM/AM/WB frequency spectrum. This Sony Walkman delivers a realistic and professional quality audio performance. Weather Band reception is a great feature because I always feel well-informed if an emergency weather situation becomes imminent or develops unexpectedly. The latest meteorological forecast is always there for me at any time. This is a great item to have if an unfortunate development occurs, such as a power outage or natural disaster, to stay up-to-date with late breaking news broadcasts on the AM band. The Sony Walkman Cassette Player operates efficiently on one AA battery. This unit offers an exceptional selection of portable audio amenities that any cassette tape fanatic or outdoor enthusiast will appreciate. Those premium portable audio features include: FM/AM/WB reception, digital synthesized tuner for drift-free reception, 33 FM/AM/WB band station presets (24 FM Band stereo presets, 5 AM Band presets, and 4 Weather Band presets), Channel 1-7 digital Weather Band reception, FM/AM band selector button, FM band frequency range: 87.5-108 MHz, AM band frequency range: 530-1710 kHz, FM band channel step tuning: .1 MHz, AM band channel step tuning: 10 kHz, WB channel step tuning: 1 channel, FM stereo reception, menu system controlled tuner operation, FM and WB Local/DX menu control for clear reception of FM/WB stations that are interfered with by strong radio waves, FM/WB headphone cord antenna, built-in AM ferrite bar antenna, FM/AM/WB digital auto preset station scan (D.A.P.S.) for approximately 5 seconds, auto station scan preset memory input, manual preset station selection, manual seek tuning, preset station replacement and cancelation options, Sony MDR-023 open-air stereo headphones with 3.5mm mini plug connector, adjustable headband for maximum comfort, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, 4 track, 2 channel stereo cassette player, single-direction playback, pull open/push close cassette compartment door, cassette door open indicator, cassette tape transport controls including: Rewind, Play, Fast Forward, and Stop recessed side panel buttons, Type I normal bias cassette playback, cassette player frequency response: 40-15,000 Hz, Mega Bass enhancement feature, Mega Bass menu function on/off control setting, AVLS volume distortion reduction system, hold function to prevent accidental operation, on/off hold slide switch for tuner operation buttons only, menu button, enter button, preset/manual tuning +/- controls, radio off button, WB band selector button, multi-function digital LCD display, 4 item menu control system (Mega Bass, Tuning Mode, FM Mode, and AVLS menu adjustments) battery life indicator, one AA cell battery operation, 1.5 V DC power rating, battery compartment cover, bottom panel slot-loading battery compartment, DC battery terminals, thumbwheel-style rotary analog volume control, button press beep confirmation, soft carrying case with clear plastic overlay over front panel tuner controls, tape transport controls and battery compartment cutouts, Velcro closure strap, and attached rear belt clip, compact design, robust build quality, attractive silver/black exterior finish, and it comes with operating instructions. The Sony Walkman Cassette Player also utilizes an Automatic Volume Limiter System (AVLS) volume distortion reduction system. The Sony Walkman portable cassette player does have a hold feature to prevent an accidental button press of the Menu, Set, Preset/Tuning +/-, and Enter buttons. The Sony Walkman WM-FX290W Cassette Player includes a 90-day labor and 1 year parts limited manufacturer warranty. The product dimensions are as follows: Height: 4-1/2�, Width: 3-3/8�, Depth: 1-1/8�, and system weight: 5 ounces. The LCD includes the following status information: Menu system cursor, Mega Bass indicator, Tape indicator, Tune Mode Preset/Manual indicator, FM Mode Local indicator, AVLS ON indicator, Hold indicator, remaining battery life indicator, FM/AM/WB band indicator, FM/AM station frequency, and FM/AM/WB station preset number. This unit will play pre-recorded cassette tapes and homemade cassette tapes with music or voice content from your personal collection. The Sony Walkman can’t record off the built-in 3-band digital tuner. Please note that the Sony Walkman does not feature auto-reverse playback, cassette tape erasure, a digital clock, and it can’t be operated on AC power. The Sony Walkman does not offer TV band sound or a built-in speaker. This unit automatically finds local market FM/AM/WB radio stations from low to high frequencies in each frequency band when setting up memory station presets. The tuner automatically stops at each received station for 5 seconds to allow the user time to store the station into memory if desired for later retrieval. The digital auto preset scan feature enables the user to find programming of interest across the broadcast radio bands by listening to each preset station for a short time. When the user finds desired content on any particular station, the D.A.P.S. feature can be suspended by pressing the FM/AM or WB band selector buttons. The digital auto preset 5 second scan feature does not function if there are no FM/AM/WB presets stored in this unit’s memory. All of my cassette tapes play with clear, detailed, and nuanced sound quality on this portable audio system. The Sony Walkman’s tape transport mechanism is reliable and very smooth. Make certain to press the Stop button after the tape has been completely wound or rewound. The Sony Walkman shows a 3-stage battery life indicator in the LCD (Full battery, Weak battery, and Depleted flashing battery icons). The battery should be removed from this unit when the Sony Walkman is placed into storage for an extended period of time. The LCD is always active as it displays current system menu settings. The Sony Walkman remembers the last radio station tuned to when it’s powered off. This Sony Walkman’s included stereo headphones are very comfortable to wear and they provide natural sound reproduction. I must admit that I am thoroughly entertained for every minute that I am listening to my Sony Walkman WM-FX290W Cassette Player. Whether it’s at the beach, on the road, in a hotel room, a poolside private listening session, the local park, on the boardwalk, the library, the morning jog, or at the sidewalk café, the Sony Walkman produces a memorable concert quality presentation. The Sony Walkman performs admirably at home and it can deliver quality audio during a minor inclement weather event as well. Good Luck. Enjoy.

 
I hope you always make these!
By MortVerified Reviewer from Torrance, Ca. on 10/12/2011

My daughter has down syndrome...once we set her radio stations,...she has no problem listening to the radio preset channels, or using the cassette player!! She loves it! These is her 2nd one...after 6-8 years,...the 1st one finally stopped working...from old age, I guess... we recieved the 2nd one in the mail, in one day! We were so pleased!!

 
Great Player
By MushVerified Reviewer from Brooklyn, NY on 3/26/2011
Pros:
Ease of Use, Great Sound quality, Long Battery Life, Overall

This is my second one. I had the previous on that had the tv channels on it but I wore it out. After that, I tried a cheaper one but you get what you pay for. I went back to get another and am so delighted I did. If anything should happen to this one, I would definitely buy another one.

 
Great improvement on previous Walkmans
By HughVerified Reviewer from Virginia Beach on 11/25/2010
Pros:
ditto for tape controls, easy to load, even in the dark, Long Battery Life, sound reproduction is excellent
Cons:
Havn't tried the radio controls yet

The first Walkman I ever had went to Viet Nam with me. I have had various ones ever since. This is a fine descendant. Easy to use and excellent reproduction of both music and voice. I have had this one about three months, and just ordered another as a spare in case I get careless.

 
very good
By Mick2010Verified Reviewer from Bakersfield, CA on 11/22/2010
Pros:
Good sound, one battery power
Cons:
Type I cassettes don't sound very good on it

Very good, but be warned that only Type II cassettes sound good on this player. Type I cassettes sounded muddy. I'd buy another.

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