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Sony CDX-R3300 - Radio / CD / MP3 player - Full-DIN - in-dash - 52 Watts x 4

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      12.10.2010 15:42
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      A pile of rubbish

      This head unit has given me nothing but problems since i purchased it.Where should i start right well at the moment it is deciding on what cd's it wants to play.Certain cds are put in and spat back out straight away for no reason,im not just talking about copied cd's,even purchased ones.It just ejects them for no reason so i try a different cd and ohh look it likes this one so it decides to play it,then i try to put the original cd in that i wanted on in the 1st place and it spits it out again.

      It also seems to decide at what level i should listen to my music at.Sometimes i am allowed to change the volume other times im not.The sometimes it decides to turn the volume up to the max on its own accord,deafening me in the process.Then when i try to turn it down it does not let me , nor will it let me skip track or even turn it off.The buttons just don't respond.

      It also decides when it wants to display information.Sometimes the display will work sometimes it wont, it depends what mood it is in.

      The head-unit has been replace 3 times and i still have the same problems,in the end i gave up getting it replaced,the head-unit has now been discontinued

      Right so that is my list of problems that i am having with it.So are there any good points,well when it works properly it is a great little stereo,it is easy to use and navigate.It is pretty powerful as well and the eq functions on it are pretty good.You get a decent amount of settings to choose from as well as being able to customise it to your own desired tastes.

      It has all the standard functions you would expect mp3 playback, am/fm radio,Traffic reports (which i have never used).It has a front loading slot load cd mechanism where the slot is covered by a slide bit of plastic,which when i first purchased i thought was pretty stylish as you can not see the cd slot.Now i don't like it and it feels cheap plus the plastic thing has broken so now instead of it covering the cd slot it covers the display pretty handy!

      The head unit was pretty easy to install and has a detachable face.There is no input for a cd changer although there is a direct line to a sub-woofer,which is pretty useless to be honest as the head-unit is not powerful enough to power one.

      It seems to get pretty hot pretty quickly as well which may explain a lot of the problems i am having with it.I really would not recommend that anyone buys this,as i am aware it has now been discontinued but please do not purchase it from ebay etc as you will be wasting your money.It was clearly a rushed process designing and testing this machine,as i believe it was one of Sony's 1st mp3 playback head-units so they clearly rushed it to get it out into the market.

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        04.10.2010 23:40

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        Good car radio that could do with a little more features

        When my car radio stopped working in my old car I was looking for a new radio that would not only look good but produce excellent sound. When I went to a famous high street car shop I was recommended this radio by the sales attendant - which has turned out to be a very good recommendation.
        The unit was very easy to install, as with most modern car radio's if you follow the simple instructions you can't go wrong. To install all I had to do was to slot the metal 'holding' frame into the gap left by the old radio, then I plugged the wiring adaptor into the car connections and into the back of the radio and finally the radio slots into the metal holding case to sit neatly in the car. Once installed you get to see the true beauty of this system as I think it looks best when illuminated. The sound quality is very good especially when playing a cd. The radio holds a good signal, even for some of the smaller local radio stations, which my old radio sometimes lost signal with.
        The unit has large volume and seek button on either side which are useful when you can't afford to spend time looking around for small buttons. One of the beauties of this radio is its ease of use, all the memus are well laid out and easy to navigate around - this enables you to simple plug in the system and within minutes you are up and running. It also has a few features, such as the equaliser or the DSO, which I feel could make a difference if you purchased either better speaks or a sub woofer but as I kept the standard car speakers I did not feel the need to adjust these.

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        18.08.2010 20:32

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        NIce car audio device with amazing sound quality but without a USB port or AUX-IN

        I recently bought a used car and and needed some nice car radio with a decent sound and MP3 support. I liked the looks and the high power amp output (4x 52 Watts) of the Sony CDX R3300 so I bought it.

        Design

        The front panel of the R3300 is nicely lit and if you once had a Sony car audio device you'll quickly know how to use it without looking at the manual. I mostly used buttons (Volume and Seek) are big and you can hit them almost blindly. The other buttons are somewhat small and you certainly have to get used to them.

        Sound
        Awesome sound quality from CD playback. The radio part is also pretty good and gives you a stable reception even while travelling longer distances. I was really amazed that I could hear such a huge difference compared to the sound quality of the old set.

        Installation
        Well, the installation part went fine and easy if you do it like the manual tells you. I had to read it carefully and of course you need the correct DIN adapter.

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      The stylish CDX-R3300 model features a new technology called SUB SWITCH allowing consumers to have the option of a dedicated subwoofer pre-out. With this feature, it's able to control the Subwoofer Channel gain and the low-pass filter frequencies. Furthermore, the CDX-R3300 features MP3.