Had one of these for 2 years, used it on and off, recently been using it every day, then suddenly it stopped working. Its completey dead and i´ve been quoted in excess of £80 to repair!
I´ve had similar problems with Sony hifi in the past - Quality just isn´t the same anymore!
Try some other model!
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I bought the Sony CMT CPX11 for the following reasons: It is compact It's a Sony - I've always had good service from Sony products It was at the right price It sounds great It is not too ostentatious The main unit has a single cassette tape, an FM/AM tuner and a single CD. There are few controls, but amongst them are Bass and Treble knobs and a 'Dynamic Sond Generator X-tra' switch which seems to act like the 'Loudness' control on an older HiFi. The speakers are of the bass-reflex type and handle the output of what is Sony's entry level S-master amplifier pretty well (about 75W per channel). The unit comes with a useful remote control, and can be connected to other devices such as a MiniDisc or DVD and has an optical output. At under £200, it sounds better than other HiFis I demo-ed costing £300.
I bought CMT CP11 in the middle of 2000 from David Jones store in Sydney / Australia. It had a great sound, i liked the designs and i was very happy with this micro hifi copmponent system. At the end of 2003 suddenly my stereo stopped working. I knew immediately what was the problem and thought of the worse. Of course, the stereo was no under guarancy anymore. I took it to the shop where they quoted a 50-150Aud to repair the problem. Then i got a phonecall after a week saying, that it would actually cost up to 250Aud. The whole power supply unit needs to be changed. I WOULD EXPECT A SONY PRODUCT TO LAST MORE THAN A COUPLE OF YEARS. I recommend to everyone to do a search about the product they are after on the internet first. ps: all the prices are in Australian dollars
I bought my CP11 from John Lewis and after two years of average use it stopped working. The authorised repair shop found that the transformer's circuit is open and the price of the new transformer is GBP 80+postage+repair adding up to GBP 120. Very dissapointed. Expected Sony to offer better quality, and the price of spare parts makes it almost more expensive to fix it than buying another one. It has a very practical auxiliary connection that allows to play the audio of your video and the looks of the case are quite nice.
I was staying at my friend?s house for New Years Eve and he has one of these systems. We were listening to music playing on it all night so I feel I have come familiar with it. It has 30 watts per channel RMS, a RDS radio a cassette deck, CD player and remote control. You can now buy these systems for around £180. The unit seems quite well built and looks good. However the whole point of a HIFI system is to reproduce music to high stands and sadly this system fails to do that. I am an audiophile I know quite a lot about different components required to make a good sounding system. I didn?t expect to find any of these components here, and from my knowledge they weren?t any. First of the volume control is digital and not analogue, analogue ones costs more as they require a motor for the remote control but they do sound better (remember the sound signal has to travel through this device). The second thing I noticed is that although you insert the CD on a tray like most HIFI separates, in operation it plays the CD vertically so you can see it spinning. However this method does not work well because you don?t have the gravity pushing down on it. Also as with all minis and micros the speaker wire is cheap door bell wire which is not at all suitable for delivering music signals to loudspeakers. That?s enough of the scientific theory, how does this unit sound? Well its not up to HIFI standards, but I have heard worse from systems at similar prices. The bass was very well controlled for a micro but it never really produced much depth but it I prefer that to some micros which produce a lot of fake and overblown bass. The treble was also quite well controlled, the details were not as good as it should have been but it was smooth and guitars could sound realistic. What really lets this system down though is the midrange, vocals tend to sound flat and lifeless and the whole sound just seems to lack energy which suggests Sony have been playing about wi
th numbers to come up with 30w per channel. Overall it?s not great but its not nasty either. However I feel Sony could have made a better sounding system if they reduced the amount of gadgets and increased the quality of the power supply and volume pot (volume control) etc. If you have £200 to spend on a music system and size is not important then go down to Richer Sounds and buy yourself some separates, for the money they will by far outperform this sonically. I also feel that if this system is for a kids bedroom then a cheaper offering from Aiwa or Goodman?s will do the job just as well if not better. My sisters Sony Midi system from 1987 even puts it the shame. If you really need a mini system and are bothered by sound quality the Denon MC30 which costs £200 without speakers and Kef Cresta 1 speakers will sound much better than this.
I was looking round for a Micro Hi-Fi system that wouldn't take up much space and would be unobtrusive in my lounge. I didn't want a great big, flash looking system, that took over the whole place. It's just a small room so it had to be a neat little system. I settled on the Sony CMTCP11 because the colour of the speakers matched my room. Now I know that I'm supposed to look at the specifications for the price and decide from there, but so what. The speakers are a nice buff colour that matches my three piece suite and curtains. The main unit is silver coloured and it has an orange coloured display window on it. Apart from being aesthetically pleasing, it does have a few other things in its favour. The speakers are 60 watts RMS output and the radio has a FM/MW PLL tuner. The CD slips into a drawer that slides forwards. Unfortunately it only takes one CD at a time, but there again, I can only listen to one at a time and I'm not likely to have wild parties that demand non-stop loud music all night (well, not often!) There is only a single cassette on here too, which is a pity. I find a double one useful for copying tapes and editing them. I don't have a CD burner yet, so I would have liked the facility for copying tapes too. (Okay, I know I shouldn't.) The main unit is 25.2cms high, 19cms wide and 31cms deep and the speakers are the same height, 30cms wide and 25.5cms deep. It's a nice compact little unit. The controls are simple and straightforward. There's nothing fancy. You can use the 'dynamic sound generator button' in the off or on position and there's no in between. I'n not sure what this is supposed to do but I noticed little difference except perhaps in the tone. It also comes with a remote control unit which is quite a novelty to me as I haven't had an audio system with one of these before. I do tend to 'play' quite a bit with this and annoy
the neighbours, no doubt, with strains of Bryan Ferry. For the price, £199, this is a fairly decent system. It has the Sony brandname and comes with their usual guarantees of quality and satisfaction. You even get a helpline number to call incase you have any queries. Certainly worth buying if you want a reasonable system for a low price and you don't have to play Bryan Ferry CD's, it will play other things, (I think!).
I was looking for a wee but good and powerful sounding system for less than £200 (or even a wee bit more) and eventually settled for this. As with all stereos, a lot depends on what you compare it to when listening to other machines - horses for courses. It's main plus points for me were: 1 - Good power output for it's size and price 2 - Simple and straightforward controls 3 - Reasonably good sound 4 - Price (I got it for £170) Against: 1 - All or nothing sound with one single button("dynamic sound generator") giving you the option of off - tinnytastic - or on - equivalent of all old fashioned graphic equalisers up to 10. At least there is a bass and treble control. 2 - Single CD and Tape but not a big problem. As with most of these things, I find that you get used to, and happy with, whatever you settle on. Unless of course Mr Jones next door flaunts his state of the art hifi in your face.