Product Type: Sony hifi systems
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Mini player, mini price but big on quality
Sony CMTBX77DBI Mini Hi-Fi with iPod Dock
Member Name: hayley_dl
Sony CMTBX77DBI Mini Hi-Fi with iPod Dock
Advantages: excellent sound quality, relatively easy to set up
Disadvantages: short wires, can't get a good signal on AM/FM radio
So, after a quick chat with the sales person at Curry's, a quick play around with a few stereo's they had available and of course a read through some Dooyoo reviews I settled on this Sony CMTBX77DBi.
Out The Box
In the box, very well packed I have to add with those flimsy packaging things (that I'm still not quite sure what they're made of) wrapped securely around both speakers, and polystyrene slabs protecting both the Hifi itself and the speakers; you get a rather startling amount of wires, a remote and two batteries, an aerial, the speakers, the Hifi and some instructions. Still with me after all that? Good.. let's get on with setting this rather large amount of things up then!
When it comes to setting it up don't do what I did! I got everything out in front of me, amongst everything else there were six wires and an aerial that looks like it's giving birth to a plastic alien! I managed to put the batteries in the remote then just looked at it totally baffled as to where to start and what to do! I would highly recommend doing it one thing at a time, when done like this set up is really easy. That 'plastic alien' that I was convinced was the aerials new baby is really a stand - you simply fold the aerial back over the stand and it clips in, this then easily plugs in to the back of the Hifi.
From here you're probably best to start off with the speakers. The wires from here are clearly recognisable as they are a creamy orange in colour. These have a red and black coloured part on each end with exposed wire sticking out. This then sticks into the back of the speakers Hifi, you only need to make sure that you match up the red and the black with the coloured parts on each end.
After this, you have two white wires. The instructions show where these plug in but it's pretty self explanatory as although they are both just plain wire with a small plastic hole in one end there are only two places where these could plug in. It doesn't really matter which way around they go, they're both aerials. One is the wire aerial, the other a way to connect an external DAB aerial. The external aerial isn't supplied and the instructions do recommend that you use one but more on this later. Once this is all done you just need to plug the radio in and you're good to go!
Functions And Use
*AM/FM Radio - Now I was slightly confused as in the shop it said that it had both AM and FM radio, yet on the box it only states FM. However I can confirm that it does have both. The FM radio is picked up through the wire aerial, the AM radio through the aerial with the black stand.
The FM radio is picked up extremely well besides the problems with the wire aerial which I will discuss below and I have no problems here. The AM radio however I can't get any signal on at all, now the aerial they provide for this has a very short wire so I'll accept that this may be why. I have the radio on the bottom on a shelf unit, the wire only reaches up to a small coffee table by the window, it's still below window level so may not be high enough to get a signal.
* DAB radio - This again is fantastic. It does suggest that you buy an external aerial however I've found no need. The sound quality and range of stations I'm picking up with their supplied wire aerial is more then enough for me. I'm not in a particularly weak signal area but then I'm not in a strong signal area either so give their supplied aerial a go first before buying something you may not need.
* CD Player - The sound quality provided by this is second to none. I'd probably say it plays CD's better then my older, more expensive player. The only minor niggle I did found turned out not to be a problem at all! I spent forever looking for the open button in order to put a CD in. The instructions told me it should be at the bottom of the player itself on the right hand side - guess what? It's not there! It is however on the far right hand side of a very thin silver bar that runs just above the drawer itself. It is marked but the marking isn't very obvious at all so you have to know it's there in order to notice it.
* iPod Dock - The iPod dock works brilliantly. It both plays and charges my iPhone. Also the remote works my iPhone so I don't need to get up or down in order to change songs, stop it etc. The only thing I will say is that there is some interference if the speakers are right next to the Hifi. This can be combatted by either moving the speakers away a little bit or turning my phone onto aeroplane mode. This also isn't specific to this model but a general problem.
* MP3 players - There is an AUX in on the bottom right hand side of the player, funnily enough exactly where it told me the open for the CD should be! Simply plug in here, select function "audio in" and press play. I don't know if this is a general problem with these players or just mine but the remote, besides changing the volume, will not work with this.
I realize I have kind of answered this elsewhere in my review but it is after all a Hifi, and therefore I feel it deserves a special mention. Besides the radio's I can't get signal on and the interference wit my iPhone the sound quality is second to none. I bought it with the intention to upgrade the speakers if I needed to and this is an option, but I have found no need as the sound quality is exceptional as it is and more then makes up for the short speaker wires.
Look And Style
This is a very good looking, compact Hifi which I can imagine would fit in with most people's decoration. The main body is black with a blue LED screen, which very helpfully displays the time when the system is on standby. It measures just 21x14x28cm. Each speaker measures 14x24x19cm.
None really, the wires are short so the speakers and aerial won't reach too far from the stereo. This has caused a problem with getting radio signal but as I said, the DAB makes up for that.
Also as with all wired aerials it is flimsy and a bit hard to try and find the right position. We have ours sellotaped to our window so our poor neighbours probably wonder what on earth were up to! This can be fiddly but once positioned it works well.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
I bought mine from Curry's for £149.99. It is however widely available and prices do vary so shop around.
I have no problems recommending it and despite it's niggling faults giving it the full five out of five stars. I have yet to find a perfect player and this is much better then I expected for the price.
Summary: a player I'm more then happy to recommend
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