Sony RCD W1 CD Recorder CD Recorders/Players

3.07/5 (14 Reviews) MSRP : $600.00


Product Description

- Records CD-Recordable and CD-ReWritable discs.
- Plays CD, CD-R, CD-RW.
- Dual deck with 4X high speed dubbing.
- 24-bit Digital-to-Analog converter.
- 20-Bit Analog-to-Digital Converter.
- Dual independent audio outputs.
- Simultaneous twin playback.
- Audio inputs for recording from external sources.
- One-Touch Synchro Start/Record.
- Optical digital input and output.
- Gold-plated analog outputs.
- Headphone jack with volume control.
- 32-Step Program play.
- 2-Mode Repeat play.
- Fluorescent display.
- Remote Commander remote control.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by methil69 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2003

Bottom Line:   
A good and effective recorded for converting your analog Vinyl Tapes to digital CD or for compiling your own CD paly lists.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $430.00



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dewfather a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this RCD-W1 Oct 2001 but I didn't get to start her up until March 12 of this year. I'm one of those "purchase as I can" folks. NEVER had trouble with Sony before, until now. Oh my god! It worked like a breeze for 3 weeks total. I didn't mind the manual song by song recording to make my own compilations. I mean, I'm the cassette generation, kinda been doin' it for awhile anyway. And yes, if you want to burn a complete disc, it doesn't get any faster than this machine. I've burned a 60 minute disc and finalized it in about 5 minutes flat. That rocked. What doesn't rock is the fact that after the 30 days was up, I got "disc error." Manual says, "you put a DVD or unfinalized disc in the tray." Um, I ain't that slow upstairs...gimme a break! Took it back to Circuit City, ofcourse, they wouldn't take it back. So they sent it in. Got the call to come pick it up. Shall I insert the fact that I have to drive 400 miles to get there and back for this here? Yeah. Took it home, no go, in some respects, it was worse. Took it back (em em, another 400 miles travel time), spoke with manager...warranty does not cover exchange, we'd have to ship it back again for repair. I replied "no thankyou", called Sony customer service and got "we have no record of servicing your machine sir." All they could tell me was to ship it to them myself for repair, if afterwards, it still isn't fixed, they'll replace it. Well, it won't be fixed, cause you can't fix a lemon. I will be expecting a refund which I'm sure they won't award unless I cry or threaten a member of their family (the family pet is not safe either). If they replace it, it will no doubt be a refurbished unit destined for a local dump. In short, forget em' all. They don't have the technology down to be making these. Kinda' like copy machines you know, they can't make one that works to save their souls. I would rather just forget the whole mess and burn soley on the PC. In short, Sony doesn't understand why I'm even getting that specific error because it is just that, specific. This thing is just possessed. Insert disc, stare at TOC for like a full minute before it even picks up the disc, if it does. Or insert disc, it plays, stop the disc, reinsert, now suddenly it won't play the disc that it just played. We're talking deck A. Won't even track now.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $430.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by wilhelm heinrich a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2002

Bottom Line:   
product stinks. is good only for copying a cd in its entirety. nothing else. even some attempts at 4X synch fail. no analog, digital or 4X copies i have made will play on home player, car player or computer player.

manual is useless. may as well be a blank sheet of paper. written by a third world oriental fool who knows nothing technical, nothing about the product and nothing about english.

product was returned 2 weeks after purchase. good riddance!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $320.00

Purchased At:   BEST BUY



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jeffery a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2002

Bottom Line:   
As noted below, the instruction manual that comes with this deck is rather unhelpful. Everything you need to know is in it, it just isn't very user-friendly. Copying an entire CD via CD Synchro is a breeze. Making a compilation CD from the CD well is a bit trickier: You need to program each track, then use CD Synchro. If you're making a compilation from several different CDs, you have to do a lot of disc swapping and programming. CD Synchro doesn't work with optically connected external sources: You have to record manually. Analog automatic track marking function seems totally arbitrary: It doesn't always recognize the gaps between the songs on LPs (and since you can't manually insert a track mark during recording, this means you have to record one LP track at a time), and sometimes it mistakenly considers quiet passages on classical records as "silence" and inserts a track mark. Also, you can't turn it off. The deck isn't very responsive to the remote, and I've found it's better to use the buttons on the front of the deck whenever possible. Discs made using CD Synchro or manually via the optical input sound fantastic. CDs recorded via analog sound great, too. You probably don't want to replace your primary CD player with this deck: The output isn't super great. I bought this deck to replace my minidisc deck, and although it isn't as flexible, the sound quality of the discs is better.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gedwards a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This looks somewhat like a review section for Bose. First of all this is a very good recorder. It works well and is easy if you use the product as it was designed to be used. Every function was clear and straight forward. Recording CD’s is nothing like recording tape so that tends to confuse people. Forget tape and it’s use, this is a new era of recording. Read the manual correctly and forget what you remembered from cassettes. I purchased this unit for recording CD’s for my car and that is it’s only use so I could have not done better, As far as a unit for playback of home CD’s it is not suitable for me but it has it’s place in my system. It is sonically one of the best recorders that I have herd but copies of original sources always loose quality, therefore I use no copies at home. A car on the other hand has no ability for accurate sound reproduction and copies are the best way to go. This unit in my opinions is the best buy of CD recorders and at full price it is well worth the money.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $225.00

Purchased At:   ebay (New Unit)




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