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Successor to the Tape Deck
 
I bought this machine about 3 years ago. I use it to copy 45s and LPs onto CD-Rs, open-reel tapes onto CD-Rs, and entire CDs or individual tracks onto CD-Rs. I didn't want to get into "burning" CDs on my computer; I had been using tape decka to copy vinyl records for at least 25 years, and wanted something that would simply plug into my stereo component system. This unit fills the bill.It is a bit more complex than most tape decks, but if you can dub cassettes you can learn ...

Sony RCDW500C 5 to 1 Disc CD Player/Recorder CD Recorders review by BJ the DJ can be read at Crutchfield
 
BJ the DJ
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 06/17/2007
User Location: Eastern Oregon
Review From: User Review
 
100% (52 of 52) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Glad I bought it.
 
I tried on and off for years to figure how to make CDs on my computer. Every software I tried that was advertised as foolproof I could not get to work reliably. One of the smartest decisions I ever made was to say "Why don't I do this as part of the stereo stack instead of on the computer?"This Sony recorder has worked fine for me for years. Yes I sometimes need to refer to the manual to refresh how to label the disk or tracks but when I had misplaced it once I was able to find it ...

Sony RCDW500C 5 to 1 Disc CD Player/Recorder CD Recorders review by Thomas can be read at Crutchfield
 
Thomas
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 04/25/2007
User Location: Silverado, CA
Review From: User Review
 
100% (21 of 21) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
No Problem
 
I bought mine refurbished for $[...] a couple of months ago, and so far haven't had any problems like so many other reviewers. Although I have noticed that it is VERY SENSITIVE to fingerprint smudges and scratchs, so you might want to make sure your cds are very clean before attempting anything. Entering cd text is a time consuming royal pain in the [...], but I assume that is probably true with all cd recorders with text feature. I dunno for sure- this is my first recorder with text o...

Sony RCDW500C 5 to 1 Disc CD Player/Recorder CD Recorders review by david howard "EZone" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
david howard "EZone"
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 11/14/2006
User Location: stapleton nebraska
Review From: User Review
 
100% (16 of 16) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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Here's good news/bad news. Good news is that I have converted a lot of vinyl to CD (>30 discs)with great results. The bad news is that I threw away MORE than 30 discs !! This unit continually begins recording,and then randomly(can occur anytime in the recording when resuming after pausing or stopping)displays an error message. Such a message can come after you have attempted to record one song, or 23 songs! I cannot tell you how frustrating that is. Can you imagine the time wasted filtering ~23...

Sony RCDW500C 5 to 1 Disc CD Player/Recorder CD Recorders review by G. Garrison can be read at Amazon.Com
 
G. Garrison
 Rated It 
2.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 09/02/2007
User Location:
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100% (10 of 10) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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When it works it's an awesome piece of Sony engineered home audio recording equipment...When it doesn't it's scrap pile. I can sympathize why some reviewers might have chucked theirs in the dumpster... The first one I bought had some serious locking up issues;It just malfunctioned on the same day I purchased it.It even trapped one of my cd's inside;to retrieve the cd back was no small feat without almost busting a knuckle.As I found out after removing the cover that space for the elevator/built ...

Sony RCDW500C 5 to 1 Disc CD Player/Recorder CD Recorders review by Armando M. Mesa can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Armando M. Mesa
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 08/05/2004
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98% (190 of 193) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I'm revisiting to update my earlier 1-star review. Since posting a few months ago, I, too, figured out that the finalization problem only occurs when you try to record over 74 minutes of music onto a disc. Since that realization, I've been able to successfully finalize every disc I've recorded.I'm still only going to give the unit 3 stars (and I'm leaving the earlier 1-star review) because a) the unit should be able to record up to the full capacity of the disc, and b) given that it can't, the...

Sony RCDW500C 5 to 1 Disc CD Player/Recorder CD Recorders review by William Edison can be read at Amazon.Com
 
William Edison
 Rated It 
3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/01/2004
User Location:
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97% (36 of 37) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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Folks, I have had mine for a few weeks, and after many calls to Sony I believe I sorta understand the mystery about the love hate relationship of this product. It appears that if one tries to burn over about 74 min of material (and this varies due to disc to disc variations) on a 80 min disc the machine freezes up after the recording process and will it not fianalize. Sony says that this normal for this machine. I know one needs to leave room for the TOC, but this is more than anyone elses home ...

Sony RCDW500C 5 to 1 Disc CD Player/Recorder CD Recorders review can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Anonymous
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 03/23/2004
User Location:
Review From: User Review
 
96% (32 of 33) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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Let me echo the other comments here and say that this is a great CD recorder. The user's manual, though, is awful -- Sony should be ashamed for putting out a manual that's confusing, skimpy and almost worthless.REMEMBER: Buy CD-R MUSIC discs, not regular CD-R discs (they won't work -- as the manual not-so-clearly points out.)

Sony RCDW500C 5 to 1 Disc CD Player/Recorder CD Recorders review by Larry Commons can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Larry Commons
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 12/22/2004
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96% (113 of 117) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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Update: January, 2007: I simply must comment on the issue of TOC (table of contents) and disc error messages that many reviewers have mentioned. YOU WILL EXPERIENCE THEM OVER AND OVER. I have tried all different brands of music CD-R's over the years and no brand, not even the Sonys, is exempt from this happening. Sometimes it happen to 2 or 3 discs in a row (after an hour of recording or so and especially when making mixed cd's). It is VERY frustrating and I must say with today's computer burnin...

Sony RCDW500C 5 to 1 Disc CD Player/Recorder CD Recorders review by Eric Scott can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Eric Scott
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 12/16/2004
User Location:
Review From: User Review
 
96% (27 of 28) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
I LOVE THIS THING!
 
I really enjoy this CD recorder! I'v made several disc already & have had no problems. I have it hooked up to several sources & each disc (after setting the record level) sounds great! I also like the ability to name disc, a usb port would be nice for a keyboard for faster texting, but it is still a nice feature. As long as you maintain & keep it clean inside & out, u should have recording fun for years to come! I recomend this unit for someone looking for a recorder that doesn't...

Sony RCDW500C 5 to 1 Disc CD Player/Recorder CD Recorders review by Robb can be read at Crutchfield
 
Robb
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 12/29/2006
User Location: DODGE CITY, KS.
Review From: User Review
 
96% (26 of 27) Users Found This Review Helpful
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