Sony CFD-G70 Cassette/CD Boombox

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GREAT SOUNDING BOOMBOX. Best of the SONY G series

May 16, 2006
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Pros:Great sound. Excellent smooth bass.

Cons:Tiny display. Not backlit. Radio stations do not stay memorized.

The Bottom Line: Sound and looks were great. The radio would LOSE your preset radio stations everytime you unplugged it. If you can live with that, it's great otherwise.


I owned this boombox for almost a year. I loved the sound of it. It had one quirk which finally led me to get rid of mine.

This unit featured a CD player, cassette deck, and digital tuner with remote.

There is a left and right 4-inch full-range speaker. There is also a center subwoofer approx 3 1/3-inches. This is an exceptionally long-throw woofer for its size. There is also a separate left and right "tweeter" speaker.

This was my favorite of all the SONY G series boomboxes. It followed the G-30 and G-50 models.

This system actually had 5 amplifiers! The left and right speakers each received a couple of watts per channel. The sub received about 6 watts. And, the tweeter type speakers received appox 1 watt per channel.

The tweeter type speakers weren't actually used as tweeters. They were supposed to provide more of a surround sound effect when playing video games which you could plug into this system. However, the tweeters could be switched ON when playing music, and they did provide some treble response.

The bass of this system was very smooth. I much prefer it over the new SONY models, which just sound hollow by comparison.

Preset eq options are your only choice, as is the case with most SONY models.

The sub has 3 levels, OFF, LOW and HIGH.

As with all of the boomboxes in this series, the displays are TINY. They are hard to read and do NOT illuminate, despite what you may read on the internet.

What irked me the most about this boombox is, the radio stations would not stay in the memory, and I don't know why. I even took the unit back and tried another with no better results. I would take the time to program my favorite stations in the memory. When I unplugged the unit to take it to another room, outside or wherever, the stations were already lost. It was as if the unit was powering up for the first time.

In fact, everytime you plugged the unit back into an AC outlet, it was as if it were being powered up for the first time. All the tone controls would be reset to the way they were when it came out of the box, including the volume control.

There were no battery back-up memory of any kind.

I wrote to SONY about it, but they never responded.

That in itself made the boombox impossible to live with, so I finally got rid of it. That was a really stupid design flaw on SONY's part.

If you ever see one on the internet, just remember that all the time you spend on memorizing your favorite stations will be wasted if you ever unplug it.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 129


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