Aiwa CSD-TD901 Cassette/CD Boombox

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Are You Ready For the Next Hurricane? I Am With the AIWA Boom Box

Jul 13, 2003
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Pros:Has it all in one convenient package.

Cons:CD lid pops open.

The Bottom Line: Good radio to have in an emergency. Good for teenagers, they seem to love Boom Boxes.


It is hurricane season again. Every year I have told myself I would buy a new portable radio that runs on batteries and electricity. Every year I have made do with the one I used during Hugo in 1989, one I will never forget. Hopefully I will be able to leave the area if another threatens the SC coast. I never want to be here for another hurricane, I still have nightmares about Hugo and the night we survived.

We have the propane grills, and outside cookers, as well as other hurricane supplies in case we need them. I didn’t want to wait until the last minute like I did before and all I could find to buy was a Walkman with ear phones.

My husband and I searched and finally came home with the AIWA CSD-TD901 Portable Boom Box

Features

T-Bass Reflex Speaker System {This enhances the sound of low frequency sound, and can be turned on or off.}
CD-R Playback.
Tape player.
CD can be set to repeat the play for one or all tracts.
Digital Tuner has preset for 30 stations.
Comes with the AC cord.
Antenna

Pros

Carrying handle
Easy to program for radio stations.
Tape deck
CD Player
Can record from CD to tape.


Specs Taken from the manual

Tuner section

Frequency range, antenna-FM;87.5-108.0 MHZ rod antenna,
Am: 530/531-1,10/1,602 kHz{10/9 kHz step}Ferrite bar antenna.

Deck section

Tract Format-4 tracks, 2 channels/Frequency rate- Normal tape:50-12,500HZ {EIAJ}/Recording system—AC bias/ Erasing system-magnet erase/ Heads-Recording/playback head{1}, Erasure head {1}

CD player section
Disc-Compact disc/ Scaning method-Non-contract optical scanner{semiconductor laser}

General Speaker- 100mm cone type{2}/ Power output-2W + 2W{EIAJ 8 ohms, T.H.D. 10% DC} / Power requirements-DC 12 V using eight size C {R14}batteries, AC 120 V,60 HZ/ Power consumption-12 W/ Dimensions{WxGxD}-390x167x255.5mm/Weight {excluding batteries}-2.7 kg.

Cons

The only thing I do not like is the CD player cover keeps popping open at unexpected times. It pops when moving it from one place to another, when pulling up the handle. I intend to put a piece of tape to hold it down until I get ready to use it.

Takes 8 C cell batteries.

Bulky to carry around. It weighs about 7 lbs a little heavy when you take it to the beach.

My Final thoughts

The AIWA CSD-TD901 Portable Boom Box sounds almost as good as my Bose radio. I like the clear sound and the way it is set up. The CD player is on top, the Cassette player is on the front. Both speakers are visible on the front sides. It is easy to program and the antenna brings in a few more distant stations and really helps the reception in the house. I live in a little small town far from the radio station.

It will work for the purpose I bought it for, to listen to the outside world when trapped by a hurricane or other natural disaster. The last time when Hugo tore through the Low Country of South Carolina, electricity and phones were out for weeks along with many water lines. The Radio was the only way we could find out where to call for help, get in touch with people, and know what help was coming our way. Stations in nearby states and cities that were not affected as bad as we were, quit their normal programs to receive phone call and send help where needed.

I hope all I need this boom box for is to take to the beach and listen to the music. I don’t know how long the batteries will last, we used it last week when out electricity went out for about three hours and the weather was bad. I used it again to day to listen to the NASCAR race. I would imagine that the batteries last about as long as others do.

Precautions: never keep the radio near water of bathrooms.

Warranty is Labor/90 days / Parts/1 year.

For technical assistance, call 1-800-BUY-AIWA

Web address is www.Aiwa.com

Thanks for reading
Diane 2003















Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 99.00

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