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Sony WM-FX290 Silver Cassette Player

by Sony
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Tape FM/AM Digital tuner
  • New stylish design
  • Long battery life: 35 hours
  • 40 presets (35 FM / 5 AM)
  • Mega Bass
  • 25% slimmer and 6% lighter
  • Hanging box


Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 8.4 x 11.2 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: WMFX290
  • ASIN: B00019MLF2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Feb 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,420 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Slim and lightweight, the WM-FX290 is compact enough to fit in your shirt pocket, but that doesn't stop it from boasting a host of great features. One "AA" battery is enough to power it for up to 35 hours, and the tuner includes FM, AM, TV and weather bands. It has 40 station presets, and digital auto preset scanning. Includes Mega Bass Sound System and a digital LCD Display. Plus, you get some great accessories, like MDR-023 stereo headphones and a carry case with belt clip.

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT ! 8 April 2006
By Jussi
I was a bit wary about buying this item after reading the review by the person who said I'd have to be under a radio mast to get a good radio signal. I'm glad I followed the other reviwers - this is a great item for the money. I've already pre-set the stations I need and pick them up very well. Excellent item !
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mum loves it! 1 Feb 2009
I bought this for my mum because she's got lots of cassette tapes - some with music but lots with audio books - and she likes to listen to them in the car ... but my dad doesn't!!! Therefore, this was ideal. She loves it ... she even wears it in bed to help her get to sleep some nights!
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Piece of Kit. 22 Oct 2005
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I purchased this mainly to listen to tapes for some coursework that I do. However, the radio on it is extremely good and I did not realise how improved the new Walkmans are. If you have a need to play tapes and also want a reasonable portable radio, then buy this.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound quality with a good radio 26 Sep 2009
I have several older radio/cassette players but decided to invest in a new Walkman prior to a long-haul flight and 3-week holiday. The audio is excellent, and the bass boost really works well. The machine is small enough to slip into a shirt pocket, and the supplied soft case has a belt clip in case you want to wear it that way. However, once inside the soft case, the cassette compartment is inaccessible.

The cassette player is simple to use and trouble-free, although it is not possible to see the cassette once the compartment lid is closed, as there is no viewing window to enable you to see the tape. Like most machines of this type, playback stops automatically when the end of the tape is reached, but auto-stop does not operate on forward wind or rewind. As you can't see the tape, you have to be careful to stop the tape manually when it reaches the end on fast wind. I found myself putting the machine to my ear and listening for the sound of the mechanism.

Importantly, motor noise on playback is virtually inaudible, and the music quality and battery life are excellent. Despite the manufacturer's warnings not to use cassettes longer than C90, I played back several C120 tapes with no problems at all.

The radio works well with an adequate number of memories for favourite stations. The search tuning functions work well and the LCD display is clear, although not illuminated for night-time use. Again, sound quality is good and on FM transmissions the stereo separation is excellent. The supplied in-ear headphones are quite comfortable and produce reasonable sound quality, although I preferred to use the Walkman with a pair of high quality noise cancelling headphones, and enjoyed several hours of music this way during long-haul flights.

There are relatively few new radio/cassette players on the market nowadays. I find cassettes perfectly OK for my music needs, and this Sony machine looks as if it will give me years of service.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the lady needed 18 May 2010
Item was bought for my elderly mother who is blind and listens to books on tape. The control buttons are raised which makes it easy to use. Mum is delighted as they are getting more difficult to get your hands on.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony WM-FX290 Cassette Player simply the Best 29 Dec 2009
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I Purchased the Sony WM-FX290 Cassette Player in November to take into hospital when I had an operation it has a lovely tone and gave much pleasure while I was bed fast the one battery dose not last more than two days on tape but longer on radio I am 78 years of age and get much pleasure from it
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony WM-FX290 Cassette Player 28 July 2009
Very pleased with this item - can now play all my audio cassettes plus enjoy digital radio which sounds even better through the lightweight earphones.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars use for speaking book re blind persons 12 May 2009
packaging was rather battered & torn but the player was in excellent condtion.After some guidance for use the part blind lady can now enjoy books again thanks to this player & of course Lancashire library service for the regular supply of talking books.many thanks for the fast & prompt service of this player.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Cassette
This was a very useful pressent for husband he listens in bed to his talking books very useful when you cant sleep tku
Published 4 months ago by joey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Item AAA+++
Great Item A+ A+ A+ I have recommended the the great service I will buy again I am delighed to recommend this product to others.
Published 5 months ago by silverfoxes34
5.0 out of 5 stars Cassette Player.
I think these machines are now much better than in their heyday. Very good for a replacement with an older person, who might struggle with new technology. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars great item
brilliant Walkman. I have many cassettes in my collection and this sony product played them perfectly. 5 stars. love it.
Published 7 months ago by millercol22
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good value
I bought this to listen to an educational tape - was a struggle to find one that was really good value. In fact it was a struggle to find one at all. This did just the job. Read more
Published 7 months ago by CT
4.0 out of 5 stars Husband uses it everyday
For husband to listen to recorded Archers which he does every day of the week. He says it does what he needs.
Published 8 months ago by Sue Coutanche
5.0 out of 5 stars Casette Player
Bought an on-line course which came with casettes rather than DVD's and needed something to listen to them on. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Theresa Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this little cassette
the cassette player I bought never left my side ever since I bought it this got me through some bad times e.g. schools haha Good times.
Published 10 months ago by jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for audio books
I have a lot of books on tape and find this ideal listening on cassette whilst working or doing knitting
Published 12 months ago by MRS J M HICKEY
5.0 out of 5 stars great sound
this cassette player has a very nice sound clear and easily to hear which is good to listen too .
Published 14 months ago by johnkelly
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