Excellent, Top of the Line Sony Recorder... 5 Stars!
This is one of Sony's top of the line units and models in the Microcassette Voice Recorder realm. There was only one originally manufactured in this same time period, that is more expensive or a cream of the crop in the field (BTW, all manual microcassette voice recorders are no longer being manufactured...) And that is the Sony 670V, which is 30% lighter weight, smaller, slim, etc.. The other unit which may come close or compareable - and most recent in manual Voice Recorders, is the Sony M450V. So these are your 3 top choices if you are looking for a really nice microcassette Sony. To recap - your choices would be the M560V shown here, the M670V, or perhaps the M450V. All three are good picks. Most other Sony units are significantly older and less dependable, etc.. I do know from experience with them, and other models by different manufacturers. So you want to stick with these 3 if at all possible, unless price is a large factor. There are perhaps several additional ok models, however this is the main road. If you are looking for a new or like new model under $100, you likely wont find it in the Sony 560V, etc.. The Sony M560V has the desirable quality and looks of the most recent, nicer Sony models, etc.. It has very powerful volume, clear recording quality, and is a pleasure to look at. Nice ergonomic design, higher quality parts and functioning. This is about one of the nicest Voice Recorders you can buy in the Sony lineup. It's a good one, so I give it 4 - 5 Stars. Clearly the typical higher price of this model reflects it's desirability. And as they say, you get what you pay for. Very nice and highly recommended!