Our Verdict 
It might look intriguing, but this retro Sony has a sound that just doesn't appeal
Wide soundstage
retro looks
Congested sound
small display
sluggish controls
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The Sony looks tragically dated or thrillingly retro, depending on your taste – what's less debatable is the quality of the sound it makes.

The relatively large cabinet size allows the Sony to present a decently wide, and consequently quite spacious, soundstage – but the sound itself is nasal and congested, with ill-advisedly confident low frequencies rather trampling over the midrange.

The XDR-S10's ability to play fairly loud without losing composure is, as a result, something of a double-edged sword.

And unusually for a Sony product, the S10 is a bit hamfisted ergonomically. It needs a bigger display, a bigger ‘enter' button for retuning and a more positive action from the controls.

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