Good point, RMSzero - The fact that the D-25S has few sound affecting constraints, like all of those you mentioned that affect today's players such as the pressure for super-small, shock proof players - features that really weren't as common in the day of the D-25S, thus allowing its sound to really shine. Unfortunately what too often shines in the newer players of today are their sparly metallic finish (like on the Sony D-EJ series players) rather than their sound. If both shined than I would be VERY HAPPY. to put it mildly.
And in reference to my response regarding the looks of the
D-25S, I think that the smaller players of today look more sophisticated and modern (although the D-25S does somehow have a "professional" appearance to it- it looks very solidly constructed; a very good quality). I do personally lean toward the looks of today's players more than yesterday's (but not the quality of build- something that the D-25S has that isn'y as present today) but I would rather have an ugly player with good sound- I was simply commenting on the D-25's looks alone - however I already spent a good amount of $$$ on a
D-EJ925 and I'm somewhat satisfied . . at least with its external shine.