I would agree with goodman on this. I was (and still am) a big fan of Sony in the 70's, the build quality and the sound quality were always without disappointment but I think they made a subsequent mistake by lowering standards to pursue the mass market.
gooman's first link is to a JVC RC-656 and many a time had I read of the sound quality of this BB - so I bought one and can honestly say that it lives up to all the sound quality claims made, the listening experience is fantastic for a mid-size box.
The third link is to a Sharp Qt-37 and I can only repeat my words above. I acquired one of these very recently (see post here) and find it incredible for a small BB - (although it's quite a large small BB!).
In short I'd suggest walking away from the latter day Sony and follow good advice from goodman!