From my years of experience with various Sony technology, I can easily assure you that Sony are reliable. This stereo system is no exception to the rule. Before I talk about the most crucial aspect of sound quality, I would like to give a 3-star rating for design. It is a very nice-looking HiFi but it doesn't scream attractive. It has a fairly dated look and in this decade appearance means all and its appearance nearly scares me away. I'm not saying it's unattractive whatsoever - it just leaves me wondering, "where are the modern radios?". First impressions count and by its image I would assume it has limited features and would move on to more comtemporary designs.
However, the impression of this design does Sony no favours as that could not be further from the truth. It is abounded with features (CD, USB, headphone jack, and DAB to name but a few); it is simple to understand and operate all these features, and it is relatively quick to set up.
I'm a record producer therefore I'm very particular about my sound quality. It consumes so much of my time dithering, going back and forth with devices lest I take home one of the many weak sounds out there. I can't waste my time and then buy another one. This system has a beautiful, crystal-clear and crisp treble in the bass. The sound is not distorted nor muddy. And it boasts a large powerful sound for such a small price. Now, £179.99 is not necessarily cheap but for a strong stereo system it is great. Usually you have to spend over £200 to achieve the same sound quality.
Another thing I know about Sony is that their products are strong and built to last.