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I bought this CD Player last year to link up to my Samsung Home Surround Sound. I wanted to get the most out of my system and that is the reason I purchased the Sony CDP XE370. It was pretty easy to set up, Not too many confusing wires and the user manual was 10/10 it walked me through the full set up. The Sony CDP XE370 features a hybrid pulse D/A converter and comes with the ease of a remote control. Here is some of the techie features that is featured in the user manual:
Remote Control, 24-Step Programme Play, Optical Digital Output, Peak Search, CD / CD-R / CD-RW Playback, 2-Mode Repeat (Track And Disc), H-Pulse D/A Converter, Digital Deemphasis, Fixed Digital Filter, Jog Dial, Fixed Manual Fader, 20.0 Music Calendar, 4 D/A Converters, Shuffle Play, Off Center Insulator, Auto Play, 1.0 CD Storage Capacity, Programme Custom Edit And Time, 24.0 Program Function, Repeat (Title, Disc, Programme, Shuffle) Digital Output For MD/DAT, 1.0 Optical, Variable Line Out Via RM, 100 Channel Separation, Dynamic Range (dB) > 93, Frequency Response 2 - 20,000 +/-0.5, Harmonic Distortion 0.0045.
Weight (kg): 3.2
Width (mm): 430.0
I got my Sony CDP-XE370 at the same time as the amplifier in one of my other reviews. This CD player is also in black and I find it very simple to operate. The display isnt too bright but is very clear and the text is easy to read. Simplicity is the key to this machine and I find that because there isnt a multi cd changer or any other 'fancy' extras, that it was once a staple product when putting together a seperates package. When I say 'it once was', the CDP-XE370 was very popular with college friends. It was and still is reasonably priced at under two hundred pounds and it still holds it own as a very reliable basic CD player.
The CDP-XE370 weighs just 3.2kg and so when you turn the power on or change the disc you can find the machine moves about because it is so light! The instruction manual is very informative although I do prefer to just find it out as I go along I would advise you read it as there are some useful features with this CD player. It comes with the following features:
- Remote Commander remote control.
- Variable audio output.
- CD-R/RW playback capability.
- Variable audio output.
- Jog Dial control for track search.
- 20-Track Music Calendar.
- 24-Step Programming.
- Optical digital output.
- Hybrid Pulse D/A Converter.
- 8x oversampling digital filter.
- Digital Servo Control.
- 3 Play modes, 2 Repeat modes.
Although I describe this cd player as basic, it does still have a lot of features you would expect from a very expensive top end system. You would be hard pushed to find another cd player for this price with all these features. Although the overall sound quality relies on a number of variables (speakers and amp) it is also down to the quality of the CD player. Sony have always been one of the most popular choices when it comes to electrical goods and this player is no different.
I would suggest anybody looking for a new system should ditch the idea of getting an all in one unit and opt for seperates instead. The concept of having different machines to do different things doesnt appeal to many music fanatics. The reality is that when you can pick up a cd player from under two hundred pounds and an amp for half that cost, you can soon put together a very decent and attractive looking setup that will outshine almost all all-in-ones churned out today. Go on, take the plunge.
Sony are dominating the budget CD player market. The CDP-XE370 is one of the cheaper models available today, going for less than £74.99 ($105), after the initial RRP of £99.95 ($140). It's the mix of reputation and overall performance which make them ideal for any Hi Fi. It may also be due to the driving down of SACD player prices that these models are being cut away from their retail price.
The CDP-XE370's biggest feature has to be the CD-RW playback, but there is loads other features which will add to the appeal. Such as the neater front panel that's been cleaned up since the last series (XB) or the new H-Pulse DAC that replaces the Current Pulse DAC from the older series also. The Jog Dial, infamous with Sony CD players is also here; just turn the knob to the right track, then punch it, it's that easy.
Compared to the bigger brothers, the 370 hasn't the features which make it a proper player; you don't get CD-text and there's only optical digital output on offer, there is limited extras like a Fader, AutoSpace or Music Scan which are commonly used with recording to MiniDisc. The basics are here, you get a 20 track calendar, the usual program (24 tracks) and shuffle settings, and the repeat modes. I've used a XB-930 for over a year now, and I must say the drop in features is quite radical, the XB930 has loads more options and settings, although it is still as easy to use as the XE370.
CD players at this level, if you compared them to any micro system, are enormously more easy to use. Hi Fi, that is, proper Hi Fi systems are always easy to use, they don't have gimmicks like graphics equalizers or flashy lights. They down to the real basicness which make them sound 10 times better than a comparatively price system. And thanks to units like the XE370 it's now affordable to get High Quality for a Fine Price.
Sony CDP-XE370 to my mind is a completer CD player. The aesthetics is almost perfect, excellent audio quality. In fact if you keep in mind the price factor it can very well compete with a Marantz or a Denon. The mechanism is faultless, noiseless a very smooth. The only thing that has left me grumbling is the non-inclusion of a head phone jack and a remote; I have to rely on the amplifier.
It sports a very solid look and in fact it is much solid.
SOME GOOD FEATURES:
It's true that this CD player is not stuffed with lots of feature but the one that are there, are excellent:
1. Variable audio output.
2. CD-R/RW playback capability.
3. Jog Dial control for track search.
4. 20-Track Music Calendar.
6.Optical digital output.
7.Hybrid Pulse D/A Converter.
8.8x oversampling digital filter.
9.Digital Servo Control.
10.3 Play modes, 2 Repeat modes.
Now considering some features which are looked for or associated with a CD player, are mostly there in Sony CDP-XE370, but what would have been excellent additions are CD text and a wider variety if outputs. This player offers only optical digital output and limited extras like Fared, Auto space or Music scan. But these are mainly used for recording to a Mini disc.
The introduction of new H-Pulse DAC replacing the Current Pulse DAC is welcome and enhances its performance. It includes the Peak Search program which seacherches repeatedly and get a level match for recording.
Its audio performance is excellent and performs uniformly through the audio spectrum. The best part is its superb performance at a low volume. The sound is soothing with excellent low and high frequency response.
Considering the price it is an excellent but.
Sony have always had a very solid reputation for producing solid hi fi i.e.rarely spectacular but certainly tick all the boxes you would ask for in hi fi. Thankfully this does very little to harm this reputation, the build quality is excellent and certainly is built to last, it is very sturdy and does not look cheap in the slightest.
However cds are becoming something of a relic due to the fact that digital music stored on the computer does not allow for a potentially much better sound quality courtesy of the many impressive external dac's now on the market. Having said that though, for those whose primary need is the convenience of immediately playing their favourite music cd's, then this does a very admirable job.
This cd player offers very good sound quality, vocals and musical instruments are very clear, there is a nice punch to the musical presentation, which is not overdone but certainly allows for the impact of sudden transients to be properly heard. However where this cd player can fall down is when the music is very intricate i.e. where several instruments are playing together, at this point it can be difficult to pinpoint each layer and therefore one seems to blend into the other.
However within this observation there is a a certain amount of unfortunate comparisons being done with external dacs. This is somewhat unfair because I recognise the limitations of having to play something immediately as opposed to reading and writing the information onto a lossless format.
Therefore against cd players in a similar price range, this does perform very well. It is certainly retailing for a very good price and for those who still feel a need to listen to their cd collection with a cd player, then there is really nothing to adversely affect that. I would caution though that for those with the intention of upgrading their hi fi in the future, I don't feel this would withstand an upgrade to other components and would be left somewhat wanting.
In conclusion this is a good cd player which will satisfy many is only recommended for a budget setup
The Sony CDP XE370 is a real joy to use. It comes to no wonder how this amazing product does not come anywhere to sight when reading gadget magazines such as Stuff and T3. Whilst CD's are becoming ever extinct, it comes as no suprise that barely anyone has heard of this product, but whilst the Sony CDP XE370 is still working with todays technology, i have to give this a meaningful, detailed and fair review. The Sony CDP XE370 is in a great design, coloured black so that it can fit just in with your car/ motor vehicle. There is the Jog Dial track search that helps with navigation around this musical device, which helps searches through your favorite tracks and speeding you along to your favorite songs.
Now for the sound quality. The Sony CDP XE370 has a great bass for a start. The sound levels can be maximised to utter devastation so that everybody nearby knows that you have a new piece of tech that plays the radio and CDs. I highly recommend this product to all. Even though it may be a CD player, not of today's generation; it does meet amazing expectations from such a trusted brand.