I've had the Sony CDP-CX225 Mega Storage 200 CD Changer about 10 years ago. I don't remember exactly how much I paid for it, as I bought it as a stack stereo (turntable, tape deck, etc.), but it cost me somewhere in the region of £500 to £800.
The stereo itself is a sleek black colour with a decent sized display for all the information you require (track number, time, settings display, etc.). The front middle section of the stereo slides open so that you can put all your CDs in, and the opening is a decent size, which means that you can add your favourite music without fear of scratching your precious disks and making them unreadable. The volume control knob can also be used for disk selection, which is helpful if you have just added a new CD to your collection and have momentarily lost your remote control (I have done that many times).
The thing I liked most about the display on the Sony CDP-CX225 is that, when you add a new album, the stereo automatically knows the album name and the track names. This saves a lot of time as you have the option of naming any of the CDs and tracks yourself, so that you aren't just looking at "Disk 57" and "Track 3" (for example). You can put the stereo on many different settings like random disk selection and random track selection.
The remote control that comes with this system is very basic with the play, stop, fast forward/rewind and track skip, but you can do all the programming from it as well as the stereo, so no need to be kneeling down for hours imputing song titles.
The stereo is very loud and I have to admit that I have never had turned it up to the maximum volume setting especially as the bass can make the floor shake, in fact when the DJ cancelled for a family party I volunteered my stereo and it definitely did me proud. With a few pre-burned disks full of specially selected music (including "Oops Upside Your Head" unfortunately), the stereo was set up and left to do it's thing, and in the end made the DJ obsolete.
It is a very heavy stereo, even without all the other decks, so moving it around when it is full of of disks is not something you would want to do more than once. In fact you'd wish you never moved it in the first place.
The Sony CDP-CX225 holds 200 disks, but I believe there are other sizes of this model that hold upwards of 300 disks. This is great if you have a lot of CDs, but as the world seems to revolve around MP3s nowadays, unless you do have a mass collection or intend to buy a load of CDs, I don't see the point in purchasing this stereo.
It is a great sound system, but I believe that CDs will soon go the way of the Dinosaurs, 8-Tracks and VHS... and be extinct.
With CD's maybe getting towards the end of their life cycle. you might not need one of these anymore with your Ipods and Bluerays quickly replacing it. But if you're looking for a good and reliable CD player, this is a great choice. And when you think about trusted brands in the music industry, who better than Sony?
The body of this CD player is basic and nothing fancy. Its black body is rectangular and I would say that it is one of the smaller models in the market today. When I bought it, the cost was around £240, but I've seen it going for cheaper online.
The device itself features Text Display, Track Text Display, Track Scan, Track Programming for your CD's.
The device works well with normal CD's and also CD's which have been burnt (i.e. CD-R or CD-RW). So if you're one that doesn't want to subject your original CD's to wear and tear, this is a great option. It has a slot for headphones so you can listen to it privately if you choose.
It is first and foremost a jukebox type of player and holds about 200 CD's in its changer. This should be more than enough for an average listener. Although I don't own that many, I found that it was nice to be able to swap the CD's I have in the jukebox device itself without having to put in and take it out from the boxes whenever I wanted to change CD's.
The sound quality is good. However, If you would like to add that extra quality for your listening pleasure I throughly recommend you add on a high quality amplifier to boost your sounds. Team it with a good pair of speakers and you have the ultimate sound machine.
I recommend this as a great CD player and jukebox device for beginners.
I bought this with great hope for my first jukebox and it hasn't let me down, in fact, this CD changer has been more than I ever needed and as much as I ever wanted.
It holds 200 CDs, easily a persons favourites if not their entire collection. There are 300 and 400 models but 200 was enough for me to begin with, besides, the separates are connectable, so the supply is never ending.
Visually it's a bit of a beast, a great big hulking black beast which squats in the corner, hovering menacingly over it's protected interior of shiny discs.
The settings are easy and simple to preference. if you want your entire collection set up by style, you can do that and select the range of numerical storage which reflects it, so... you might have all your Jazz in positions 91 though 115 for example.
If you prefer to have your favourites in preset positions, that's easy too.
I went for my own subgroups but individually named each disc in the memory, I can spin the wheel and flick through to see which artist tickles my fancy.
I can preselect or random select tunes and it would probably take about 6 days to play everything and yes - you can do that too!
The sounds quality is fine but of course it makes a big difference to the amp it's wired up to, ours is up to the job so for us the quality is excellent.
I'll never buy a single or low multiple CD changer again, this is the be all and end all of sound storage and selection for me.... though I might upgrade to a 400 eventually.
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