I have had this stereo in my car for the last 4.5 years and it has worked flawlessly. My car is a 1998 Mercedes S280 which had a more traditional CD player (DIN) sized. This may of been fine for the original older owner but when you have Iphones and USB sticks lying everywhere I hardly know what a CD is !
I had about 150 songs on a 8GB USB stick that slotted right in and plays as you would expect - the display showing the artists name and song. This is a great way to listen to a lot of music without swapping CD's and tapes all the time.
I subsequently have bought an Iphone which has many GB's of music - again , very simple to use , buy a line in cord that plugs into the front of the unit with the other end going into your MP3 player. There are many Bass/Treble/L/R front back options as well as sound levels for Subwoofers if you have them installed.
I have friends who have had OEM equipment fail on them, this has worked strongly without a hint of trouble. The CD player , which I have used sparingly has never skipped if I remember correctly.
A fantastic quality unit that can play music from virtually all portable sources.
I bough this inicar CD/Mp3/USB/Radio player to replace my outdated factory fitted Vauxhall cassette player and what can say, I was amazed and satisfied. The Vauxhall speaker system has reasonably good sound quality and bass range, it handled 4x52Watts with ease and produced such a quality clear sound with a rich a bass and crispy middle tones. Even some of my friends who are obsessed with upgrading or "pimping" their cars with subwoofers and external amplifiers gave this particular system some good credits. Well for normal people like me having this audio player for the price tag of no more that £100 is a not just value for money it is a quality for little money that is one step behind the high end products.
On practical side, yes it took me some time to figure out how to connect it to my car, but it took me more time to remove my factory fitted radio. The manual was very simple and if you follow the instructions step by step you should not have any issues. If however you are afraid to do it yourself I would take it to the garage and for a small fee whosever can proclaim himself as experienced electrical car technician can do it in minutes which will save you some hustle if you are to replace your manufactory fitted device or in most cases stone age cassette player or rather cassette chewer device.
I cannot hide my satisfaction from embedding my 8Gb USB stick in to this device, it gives me hours and hours of continues play back. The AUX input also comes handy if you do not want to spend more money on iPod/iPhone ready systems, just spend £15 on a good quality jack-to-jack cable and your iPod or iPhone could be attached to this system with no loss of quality in sound. Well same goes to CD player and Radio, it has all that is necessary features. The setting are easy to navigate through with a good choice of EQ.
Great value for money and I can definitely recommend this player to everyone who is after a solid performance, tons of features, wide compatibility and quality rich sound.
I got this CD Player for Christmas to replace my awfully complicated and horribly sounding old CD player and I was, and still am, impressed with the quality of it. The price is a bit steep i'll admit but it's not ridiculously overpriced and it's a well known brand. Sony produce quality products that are reliable as well so yo can't really complain.
It's been 6 months now and i've used it a lot and never had any problems whatsoever with it. It has USB connectivity as well which will play music from any USB mass storage device you happen to have on you so you don't have to carry around a pile of CDs in your car when you're going on a long journey. Being a music lover I find this very convenient and was a necessity when I asked for a CD player for Christmas. If you plug your Ipod into the USB port then it charges whilst it's playing as well and you control it through the radio itself. The main problem i've found with this though is that it seems to play in an almost random order through the USB port, and there is no way of selecting which song you want on. The solution to this problem is to plug your MP3 player in through the AUX port and then you select songs off the MP3 player, but this does not charge it.
As well as the USB and AUX ports it has the usual CD player, as you would expect, it's pretty self explanatory really, you input a CD, it outputs music from said CD. Job done. The radio is easy to tune as well and the whole item is generally easy to use which is obviously very helpful whilst you are driving.
The aesthetic appeal is also there, with it looking stylish and sleek with some quite cool red lights on the buttons which I am a fan of and the white display. The only problem i've found with the controls is the fact "Play/Pause" has no dedicated button, which I find odd, instead the button the play or pause a track is the number 6, don't really know why but it is. The sound quality is also very decent, and it comes with a few set EQs, but if you want to you can mess around with the Bass, Sub and Treble yourself, which I tend to do.
Overall it is a very good quality product that is reliable, easy to use and has all the necessary and desired features.
I think that this stereo is a really good buy, but it depends on how much you can get it for really. I have seen it ranging from £70-90 and for either of these prices it represents good value for money, but anything more would be a bit too much.
I will also state that I dont own this myself, my brother has had it in his car for quite a while now so have used it quite frequently.
You are firstly buying a reputable brand no matter what they make, and Sony in car stereos are usually very reliable and are of a good quality. This stereo does feel like it is made quite well and feels robust too. You get some which feel flimsy and as if the buttons would easily break, but this is very simple to use with only one main button which turns, it means that there isnt much chance of anythng breaking on the fascia. The stations are easy to tune in and hold the setting and it is very self-explanatory to use the other functions. The display is very crisp, a nice white bcking light with the writing works well and the red buttons may not be to some peoples taste but I quite like them.
The features are slightly above average too; it has a USB connection whcih allows for a USB stick to be connected and played whilst controling it through the stereo itself. This feature was important as my brother didnt have an mp3 player and a USB stick is very cheap and versatile. I would have to say though that when it was filled up to the limit(4GB) it did take a good minute for it to read the music before playing. If you do have an mp3 player you can simply connect it up using the aux input and control it using the mp3 player itself. You also have the usual CD slot which allows for mp3/wma cd's and also the radio function which finds fm and am radio stations.
The sound quality is surprisingly very good. I have used many stereos of around this price bracket and many sound a lot worse than this one does.
The unit has been owned now for about a year and not one problem had occured with it to date which means that overall I would certainly rate this as a very good, reliable stereo which im sure would not let you down. With the many features it has it will appeal to many people and also the slightly better sound quality is a plus point.