My choice was based on the modern ergonomics of this unit - bye bye tacky kenwood and boring blaupunkt! I ordered the unit from mcs-direct and a day or two later a lovely brand new product arrived. Wow, its even got a remote control handset! Quick to install thanks to ISO connectors - wow, nice backlit display! I compiled an MP3 CD-RW and played it - great sound and you can FF and RW in tracks. The DSO spatializer and EQ work well in practive and there is plenty of power to drive the speakers. Detachable front panel is easy to attach/detach. For the techies - I haven't found a way to playback MP2 (Mpeg1 layer2 audio) files on this unit. I think some Blaupunkts can. Outstanding value for money. Thanks Sony and MCS!
I bought this car receiver only a few months after it was first released. Retail price was $499.99. Normally I would never pay this much as a much cheaper stereo would suffice for most people. I do work at a major electronics store so I got a nice hefty discount. To sum it up if you have to save up or spend an entire paycheck or two just to buy this unit don't bother, spend less! I am very happy so far with the cd player though. It has a nice motorized faceplate and a tray loading mechanism (similar to a computer cd drive). I find it easy to change a cd and still keep my eyes on the road, the tray is lighted so you can see where you need to center the cd and snap it in place. The only drawback I can see to the tray mechanism is that the lens is exposed when you open the tray so it is possible to damage it easy which scares me slightly. I got a service plan so it's not to much of a worry if that happens though. Otherise the unit is rock solid. The sound quality is excellent, I teamed up the cd player with some nice rockford phosgate fanatic 6.5" speakers in the front doors and in the back. Besides deep deep bass distortion, (from the smaller speakers) and my car itself it sound great high and mid range can't sound any more clear. The stereo has a feature that simulates component speakers or on the dash speakers and raises the sound from the door panels to the drivers level, this works very well and when driving on a windy day or driving very fast it overcomes any road noise or wind noise easily. You can also choose from preselected equalizer level or customize it any way needed. I have a problem with radio reception having static, I don't if it is my antennae or if the radio has a bad tuner. The cd player also has two sets or preouts, and aux input with a long cord that you can run to your glove box, and dual sub outs. Very nice options for setting up a high end system. It is also XM satelite radio ready which will be my next
upgrade. The MP3 function is great as you can have a cd with 100 plus songs on it and never have to change the disk. The selectable colors on for the display are nice also. You can customize it to match your dash lights or just to whatever color you like at the time. The buttons are very tiny and for some people this might be a problem. I like the fact that I don't have to go through many menus to find things though. The two nobs also act as buttons so you can push and turn your way through menus and not have to move to a new button. This cd player also has a removable faceplate that you should ALWAYS remove. My faceplate was stolen off the player (the thief must not have been able to remove the whole unit so they just decided to be a jerk), it cost me about $250 to replace. I have a security system now, but still remove the faceplate.
I recently wanted to upgrade the bog standard radio cassette that came as standard with my car for a CD player, which would also play Mp3's as I often travel long distances and I hate having to chance CD's every 45-50 minutes. I knew my budget, and went off on the hunt for what I wanted, and I came back with this model, and I am so sorry if my technical expertise does not do this model justice, but I am sure that the features which were important for me, will also be the same features which will attract many readers and potential buyers. The first thing that struck me was just how attractive the head unit is. It has a chrome finish, and the screen can be set in any one of seven very different vibrant colours. A being a girly, I love to change these frequently, and when it is dark they really look brilliant, and make the head unit stand out. The display shows the time, and then details about the track playing such as title, and time elapsed. Even when I am playing an MP3 disc (which are on CDR, and play no problem), the track listing feature means that I can find the track I am looking for quickly, even though there may be up to 8 times more tracks than a normal CD. The faceplate is motorized and very importantly is detachable, which from an anti theft point of view is a definite plus. It has a 4 x 52 watt output, which I am assured is a good thing! You can buy a remote control, which is about the size of a credit card, but for £40 extra I really don't think it gives any added value, and as I had paid £330 for the head unit, I just could not justify this extra outlay. I love my new CD player, and I would highly recommend it to all potential buyers out there.
I recently purchased a new car and decided to invest in a nice sound system for the car. After many hours of searching I decided to purchase the Sony CDX-MP70 head unit. Why the CDX-MP70? My first requirement was an MP3 head unit as the MP3 format is far more effective than normal WAVE format used on standard audio CDs. The reason for this is simply the size of the audio files on the CD. On a standard audio CD you will fit around 18 tracks but if you copy a CD in MP3 format you will typically fit around 120 average lengthed tracks on the CD because of the high compression which the MP3 format employs (Basically done by removing frequencies which are inaudible to the ear). In order to copy CDs in MP3 format you will need to either rip your standard audio CDs into MP3 format (many MP3 rippers are readily available from download sites such as download.com) or download MP3s from the numerous sites available on the World Wide Web. My second requirement was a feature rich and powerful head unit. Other manufacturers I looked at were Alpine, JVC, Kenwood, Panasonic, Pioneer and Rockford Fosgate. The Sony CDX-MP70 features:- 4 x 52 W Power, MP3 playback with ID3 tag capability, CD-CD-R/CD-RW playback, 7 selectable display colors, EQ7 7-band equalizer with 7 user-adjustable presets and more... Although, compared to the other manufacturers, these features are similar I preferred the looks of the MP70 over any of the other head units I saw. The seven display colours (dark blue, light blue, purple, orange, yellow, green and turquoise) and the silver finish make this head unit visually stunning. The motorised foldout faceplate also looks very nice. My final requirement was for a head unit which costs around £300. Although other manufacturers had headunits available at sub £200 prices I believe the extra money was very well spent as the silver matches the black trim perfectly and the lighting really stands o
ut from a distance. If you would also like to attach an autochanger to this head unit you may want to look at the CDX-T70MX which I also purchased. This 6 Disc autochanger with MP3 playback capabilities is also excellent and considering you may store around 120 tracks per CD with the changer and head unit combined you may choose from around 840 tracks thus ensuring you never ever get bored!!! The track titling proves invaluable and troublefree to navigate through the vast number of MP3s easily and when burning CDs you may place the MP3s in folders so you can skip whole folders with the MP70 if you want thus making track finding easier. Problems and criticisms... The only criticism I have is that the Sony site says the credit card remote control is included where it isn't and costs £39.99 to purchase. The copied media may also cause minor problems as certain cheaper discs will not be read by the device. I have tried some cheap CDs successfully and others unsuccessfully so it is necessary to determine which media is compatible with the head unit. I also (very rarely) get a skipping with MP3 CDs but this is very infrequent. Conclusions The slick looks, excellent features and price attracted me to this head unit and I am very happy with this head unit and would recommend it to all DooYoo? users.