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by Ralph Graves
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If you're on the go in the great outdoors, here's one CD boombox that can keep up the pace. Sony's ZS-H10CP features a rugged, durable case with water- and dust-resistant seals. The lid for the built-in CD player forms an airtight seal to keep it safe from the elements, while the sturdy handle doubles as a protective bar to shield the lid from falling items. Control knobs are large for easy operation — even if you're wearing gloves.

In addition to regular CDs this boombox also plays MP3 CDs, so you can enjoy several dozen hours of music with just a couple of discs. The 'H10CP's built-in digital AM/FM tuner give you even more listening options. Whether you're listening to discs or radio, the 'H10CP delivers your music in full sound with deep, rich bass.

Highlights:

  • plays audio CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs and MP3 & ATRAC3plus™ CDs
  • program, random, and repeat play
  • ESP2™ skip protection
  • digital tuner with 10 AM/20 FM presets
  • water- and dust-resistant design
  • Mega Bass sound enhancer
  • two 4" bass reflex speakers
  • 4.6W total power (2.3W x 2)
  • AC adapter
  • up to 45 hours playback with 6 "D" alkaline batteries (not included)
  • 20-1/8"W x 9-5/8"H x 6-1/16"D
  • weight: 14 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
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  • Sony ZS-H10CP Boombox
  • AC-H10CP AC power adaptor (9VDC/900mA/Tip+) with attached 6' cord
  • Operating instructions
  • Limited warranty sheet

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Features

Overview: The ZS-H10CP is a heavy duty CD boombox that is great for the jobsite, workshop or backyard.  The rugged and durable design incorporates a water and dust resistant seal that protects the boombox from the elements. The boombox is also easy to carry because of its oversized handle.

Formats Accepted: The ZS-H10CP will play back CD, CD-R, CD-RW and MP3 files recorded onto a CD.

Note: Playback of DualDiscs is not guaranteed on this player due to the fact that the audio material on a DualDisc does not conform to the Compact Disc standard.

ID3 Tag: This unit conforms to versions 1.0, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 of the ID3 tag format.  When an MP3 file has ID3 tag information, the song title, artist name and album name can be displayed. ID3 tag information can be displayed with up to 15 characters.

Note: If the file does not have ID3 tag information, the file name appears instead of the song title, the folder name appears instead of the album name and "No Artist" appears instead of the artist name.

Playback Options:

  • Normal Play: Basic play back of tracks and MP3 files.
  • Repeat Play: You can play tracks or MP3 files repeatedly in normal, shuffle or program mode.
  • Shuffle Play: You can play tracks or MP3 files in a random order.  You can also play MP3 files in a selected folder in random order (Folder Shuffle Play).
  • Program Play: You can arrange the playing order of up to 15 tracks or MP3 files on a CD.

Digital AM/FM Tuner: This portable uses a digital AM/FM tuner. You can store up to 20 FM and 10 AM presets. You can select between Stereo or Mono using the Mode button on FM. You can search stations by manually selecting each station, station seek, or preset seek.

Note: The preset radio stations remain in memory even if you unplug the AC power or removed the batteries.

Audio-In: Allows you to easily connect your digital music player or other external audio source to the boombox.

Bass Reflex Design: Provides rich bass sound for better sound quality.

Mega Bass: This unit includes a Mega Bass feature to boost bass output even further. The Mega Bass feature may be turned on/off.

ESP2 Shock Protections: The shock protection helps prevent CDs from skipping.

Display Menu: 4 Line dot matrix LCD.  Orange backlit background with black readout.

Water and Dust Resistant Design: High-impact housing with rubber gaskets, bushings and waterproof seals that help keep out water, moisture, dust and dirt.

Protective Safe Guard Bar: Protects and keeps boombox safe from falling debris.

Protective Speaker Guard: Protects the speakers from water, dust and punctures that otherwise may damage them.

Oversized Controls: Large controls allows you to operate the unit while wearing gloves.

Power Requirements: This unit can be operated using the supplied AC power adapter or six optional "D" batteries.

Specifications

CD Section:

  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz (+ or - 1dB)
  • Wow and Flutter: Below measurable limit
  • Digital to Analog Conversion: 1 Bit

Tuner Section:

  • FM Presets: 20
  • AM Presets: 10
  • Tuning Options: Manual (step-by-step), station seek and preset seek
  • FM Frequency Range: 87.5 - 108 MHz
  • AM Frequency Range: 530 - 1710 kHz
  • FM Output: Stereo or Mono
  • Antenna System: AM - Built in ferrite bar antenna; FM - Telescopic Antenna

General:

  • Speakers: 2 full range 3.875" cone type woofers
  • Power Output: 2.3 watts x 2 RMS at 3.2 Ohms, 1.0 THD
  • Inputs: Audio In jack (stereo minijack) minimum input level 245mV
  • Outputs: Headphone Jack (stereo minijack) for 16 to 68 Ohm impedance headphones
  • Power Requirements: DC in 9V accepts supplied AC power adapter for use with 120V AC, 60Hz 9V DC, or 6 R20 (size D) batteries.
  • Weight: 14 lbs

Battery Life:

  • CD playback: Approximately 6 hours using 6 R20 (size D) alkaline batteries
  • Radio reception: Approximately 28 hours using 6 R20 (size D) alkaline batteries
 
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5 out of 5

Great product

Written By B, Saipan on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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I love the features and the quality.
Pros:
Water resistant, dust proof. Great innovation.
Cons:
None.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sony ZS-H10CP

Written By scott c., banning ca. on Friday, November 22, 2013
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Nice unit. easy to use and sounds great. MP3 is not very loud. Had to crank it up full volume to hear music?
Pros:
easy operation. durable and sounds great.
Cons:
display turns black on sunny days. Had to keep display covered when direct sunlight hits it.
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5 out of 5

Sony zs-h10cp

Written By Hank, Mt Vernon va on Sunday, September 29, 2013
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Rugged and stands up to abuse by my daughters kindergarten class.
Pros:
Good sound and kindergarten proof.
Cons:
None
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

sony boombox

Written By zumba use, ny on Saturday, August 17, 2013
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I already use this radio and have had good results. It is heavy but very sturdy and loud. Water resistant so I can use it near the pool also
Pros:
water resistant and can use iPod and iPhone
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony ZS - H10CP

Written By Anonymous, Shoreline, Washington on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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I love this boombox. Contrary to other reviewers notes about it being heavy, it is NOT heavy. In fact the actual weight is perfect for stabilizing its broad base. The red and black two tone color is bold as it should be. It is easy to carry because of the stout textured cross bar on top. The octagon sides are stylish. The CD lid opens uniquely by lifting a release tab instead of having to find a small push button. The dials are large and smooth to operate. The sound is clear and crisp even at the lowest numbers. Each volume number is divided into thirds for more sensitive level settings. An over complex system is not the case with this practical straight forward music machine.
Pros:
Very stable. Attractive. Easy to operate. Fits nicely into a duffel bag. Practical engineering. Long power cord with good storage compartment. Radio stations are steady and clear. Crafty inclement weather protection. Simple MP3 set - up. Nice crisp clear sound with ample bass at all volumes, even when bass booster is off. No detectable distortion at higher sound pressure levels. The digital read out is pronounced and informative. Affordable.
Cons:
Rubber boots covering implement and power source connections may wear after heavy use. Radio antenna is metal and may bend or break if stressed to much.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

open box/discounted

Written By perryjdr, Perry, Ohio on Monday, July 29, 2013
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Well I am always concerned buying an open box/ discounted product but it was going to get roughed up at work so I figured "what the heck". Well it came nicely packaged and works OK. I live in the sticks and radio reception is not very good so I will need to try the radio in the city before I rate that. The CD sounds good, The display panel stopped working the second time I used it BUT later it reappeared. I bought it to keep me company on job sites not write me notes so I can deal with that too.
Pros:
light weight
Cons:
display stopped working second time I used it.
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4 out of 5

zs-h10cp boom box

Written By Sp0rtsman, Bridgeport, CT. on Monday, July 22, 2013
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I take it outside. it's a big boom box for Christ sakes.
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4 out of 5

Sony ZS-H10CP

Written By Bryon, Cleveland, OH on Tuesday, July 09, 2013
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So far works fine. Picks up radio stations fine. Good sound. LCD display doesn't show all the numbers for how high the volume is.
Pros:
Waterproof
Cons:
Size and power cord has transformer attached to it
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Sound

Written By RichF, Greenville, SC on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
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Great sound quality, plays both regular CDs and MP3 discs, plus input jack for an iPod.
Pros:
Very versatile, great sound.
Cons:
A little larger than expected.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony ZS-H10CP

Written By Fred R, Las Cruces, New Mexico on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
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I was surprised at the size of the unit, expecting a much smaller radio. Definitely construction site material and the sound was awesome. The color of the radio was very appealing and you will definitely not forget where you put it, color and sound. CD compartment well sealed to provide protection for your CDs and the player itself. Bought this as a birthday present for my son and I almost decided to keep it for myself, I will order another one just for me.
Pros:
Great sound, easy to operate, and priced way below other similar products out there.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Happy customer

Written By Happy customer, Washington D. C. on Thursday, July 19, 2012
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My husband and I have always had a "boombox" for the garage/patio that we used whenever we were outside. After about 15 years, our boombox finally died. We don't use MP3 players or IPODs (but may soon) so finding a boombox that played CDs and had an AM/FM radio in addition to the MP3 connection was important. I picked this one because it is meant for a harsher environment than inside of a home. I gave it to my husband for his birthday, and he couldn't be happier. The sound is great and there are very few cracks and crevices for dirt/dust to get in. Ordering from the website was easy and shipping was fast.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony ZS-HIOCP

Written By Charles, Austin,Tx on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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The Sony Sports MP3 & C/D Radio player is a great product.
Pros:
I was very impressed with the product and with Crutchfield.
Cons:
No complaints.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony ZS-H10CP sports MP3 C/D radio player

Written By J C L, Litchfield, ILL on Monday, May 07, 2012
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The Sony sport is a great player and sounds just as good as it Looks!! I would like to say that there was a problem with my order ,But the Crutchfield customer service people work very hard to correct my problem and I will say they got it right. Again thank you!!
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sony ZS-H10CP

Written By John, Charleston, SC on Saturday, January 21, 2012
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Thanks Crutchfield, another product that I am pleased with.
Pros:
plays my mp3 player besides cd's....volume easily fills my garage with great sound
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Sony ZS-H10CP

Written By William C., Cleveland, Ohio on Monday, December 05, 2011
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I purchased this boombox from Crutchfield. My main reasons for ordering it were 1) it received good reviews and 2) it was able to play mp3 files. I use this boombox at work. I make eight to twelve hour long CD's in the mp3 format at home and play them, at work, in shuffle mode, for nine hours a day, six days a week. I've used this boombox every work day for the last several years and at always works FLAWLESSLY!
Pros:
I was impressed by the quality of construction. The CD door has an "O" ring seal to keep out dust and liquids. For me, that is an important feature. It also displays the rock group name and song name.
Cons:
I have no complaints.
12 out of 12 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

My New Ghetto Blaster

Written By Dan, West Deptford, NJ on Thursday, September 01, 2011
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Dollar for dollar I am totally happy with this Sony Radio. It performs well, its easy to carry about and sounds good. The only thing missing is a remote control....which would pushed my opinion to a 5.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good looking & durable

Written By DB, New Jersey on Wednesday, July 06, 2011
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Using it in the garage right now. Bought it primarily for camping. Sound quality is what you would expect from a Sony boombox- great. AUX input is a great feature, but iPod/USB input would make it perfect. AC adapter (laptop style) is very awkward for a boombox of this type- the radio is heavy enough that the transformer could have been mounted inside the unit. The shell seems like it will hold up nicely. All buttons are of the sealed rubber type, typical of the past Sony Sports boomboxes (from the 80's). The over-sized volume knob gives excellent control. Unit is quite large, so take note of the dimensions prior to ordering. All in all, it's a versatile boombox that I hope to have for a while.

As always, Crutchfield had super fast delivery & superb customer service. Thanks again Crutchfield.
11 out of 12 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Love This Unit

Written By Charlie G, Auburn,NY on Sunday, May 08, 2011
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A very well built unit with excellent sound and easy to use features. Well
worththe money! Another excellent product from Sony and Crutchfield!!!!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Well built

Written By Levonl, Augusta,Ga on Wednesday, February 09, 2011
 
Good overall sound.Great for the outdoors.Great warranty.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sony ZS-H10CP

Written By tim, chicago,il on Monday, December 06, 2010
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enjoy the radio,havent used cd player yet. always had good luck with sony. this radio will be
used for work,construction site. had dewalt, and milwaukee radios before with much
displeasure,be it reception or quality..this radio is built better,reception is exceptional and i
payed less for it !!! so glad sony came back with base booster,had a radio many years ago
(sony) with hyper bass . only con i see with this is the cord. has a cord with transformer on
it , should have put port inside of cord storage bin so it could be plugged in and not have
transformer dangeling, this could be a problem,moving radio around..
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony boombox

Written By Rob, CT on Thursday, October 21, 2010
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Great sounding boom box. It works well with my mp3 player. ( I use a mp3 player because I have a subscription to Rhapsody).
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellently Durable

Written By Eric, Bethalto, IL on Thursday, August 06, 2009
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Bought this thing to keep in the camper and use on float trips. After a couple trips it has held up good to the water and a bunch of drunks. Can't speak for the longevity, but I don't forsee any problems. Would definately recommend this one!
6 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony ZS-H10CP

Written By Ron, Lititz, PA on Monday, September 29, 2008
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Rugged and easy to use. Good sound for a boombox. I like it.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good choice in an increasingly limited

Written By Andy, Kensington, MD on Sunday, September 21, 2008
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It's really hard to find a good boombox these days. There are some really mediocre models made by - well, I won't mention any particular brands, but in some cases the 90 day warranty life is all too often just a little shorter than the functional life.

This model is reasonably sturdy. I wouldn't just toss it into the bed of a pick-up and go off-roading - I would expect that a fall off a picnic table might do some damage - but the controls and speakers are protected against the usual everyday "slings and arrows", such as switches rubbing against car door or cats sharpening their claws on speaker fabric (this unit uses metal grates which might dent a little but won't tear.)

But at the risk of repeating myself, a good boombox has become a rarity.

Most similar units are geared towards I-Pods these days. And you can plug in your I-Pod if you desire, as well as all manner of devices, given the proper adapter/cord(s). It works great with a laptop.

I only gave this unit four stars for two minor reasons.

(1) The radio reception is good, but not outstanding.

(2) Given that this is a largish unit, it would be nice if Sony had just given it a decent guage AC cord instead of the transformer-plug-with-a-flimsy-cord that is provided. All in all, I would recommend this unit as a portable or even a "bookshelf" surrogate.
21 out of 21 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Durable and sounds great.

Written By richard, NW Indiana on Tuesday, June 03, 2008
 
Bought this unit to keep out by the pool as we tired of having to bring our old one in every night. Located the box under an overhang, still gets some rain on it during heavy downpours but has no affect with the operation of the box. MP3, CD and FM are all outstanding. The antenae never needs to be deployed for FM reception. Sound quality is very good for this type of unit and is capable of getting quite loud for those *party* nights.
Nice unit for rough use.
12 out of 12 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great Boom Box

Written By Patrice, Logan, UT on Wednesday, May 28, 2008
 
I bought this boom box for my PE class and I love it! I've had it for at least 2 years. I can transport it anywhere easily and it is very durable. It does not skip CD's which most boom boxes I've previously had do when kids jump by it. The sound is good and it has a bass booster. The only downside is that I wish the sound could go louder as a gym gets very noisy.
8 out of 9 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good sounding, O.K. FM reception

Written By Steve, Tucson AZ on Sunday, February 17, 2008
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I'm using this in at my work (machine shop). The sound works great over the machine sounds, but the FM sensitivity for pulling in radio stations isn't anything special.
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