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      07.09.2008 17:38

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      I am about to throw mine away after having it for about 10 years!! Got a quote of about £120 to get it fixed, and for £30 more, I may as well get a new system!! Which is what I have now done.....bought a new one, and I love it!!! Does anyone know what wattage the speakers are for this system, so I can put it in my description when I sell the speakers!! I love this unit, and quite sad to see it go!!

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      18.07.2008 21:06

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      Iam looking for help when iam playing my cd after starting to play it stop and asks to push power help please e-mail me on mike.cb@ntlworld.com

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      11.08.2004 03:33
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      This hi-fi really is the bee?s knees; it offers practicality functionality and great styling on top. As usual Sony have not missed anything on this hi-fi. It is a bit pricey but then you get a lot for your money. The hi-fi offers the usual great sound quality from Sony; you can record from the CD to the MD easily, with only two clicks. Hit the CD - MD sync button, and then play and your recording your favourite album onto MD. If your CD has track and title information then this is copied to the MD as well. Now your probably thinking that most hi-fi's with MD do that, but what sets this hi-fi apart from all the rest is the simplicity it is to record and the amount of input ports there are. It offers an optical input on the back of the hi-fi but the best bit is that it has a line in port on the front. With this you can plug in any source of music with a line out port (headphones) and away you go to record straight to your MD. So you can plug in your TV into the hi-fi, go onto MTV hit record on your hi-fi and your recording your favourite tunes from the TV. Not only do Sony hi-fi's sound great they also look great. Silver metallic plastic covers the body of the hi-fi, this may sound a bit tacky, and most usually is, but this is a Sony, so you can be rest assured that it really does look and feel like metal. now considering I brought this hi-fi in the winter of 2002 for £350 from Comet, I am still seeing it listed for £300+ on various internet sites, I would recommend it to people because it really is a great hi-fi and I haven?t seen a sony mini-disc hi-fi that looks as good as this one does. Including the fact that it has a line in port on the front makes it a wonderful package. The hi-fi is also very loud, and the bass is fantastic, in part because it comes with DBFB (Dynamic Bass FeedBack) which really rocks. The remote control is excellent there are all the functions on the remote control and only the most used buttons
      on the hi-fi, which keeps it clean and simple. Has a nice alarm which you can wake up listening to your favourite music. although this hi-fi was realised it really is a great hi-fi and you could do a search into eBay to see if they have or maybe go to kelkoo but as it has been around for a bit you really could get a fantastic bargain, because this hi-fi ROCKS, it actually made a picture fall of my shelf due to the bass. Must have item.

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        14.10.2001 00:28
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        Previous opinions have said a lot of what needs to be said, and this review is probably arriving fairly late in the shelf life of the product. However, at risk of making previous contributors somewhat green with envy, I write because you may be lucky enough to find this set at reduced prices in your local department stores. I did - and snapped it up for about £150. It's the version without the tape deck, which I don't need. It may help to know just a little of my own background. I'm not an extreme hi-fi freak, but I do have a full-size system of separates, including mini-disc, in my living room. These include rather old, but extremely revealing, Monitor Audio MA5 speakers, and I just love the gutsy but sparklingly clear sound that they give, even without a subwoofer. I wanted a small system for my study, where I listen a lot to Radio Five (so no hi-fi requirement there), but also to my CDs and MDs, where I would be disappointed at the thin sound quality of many set-ups. A previous contributor has mentioned that there were a lot of wires. Well, there are two speaker leads (and I agree with previous ops that they are rather short, though this is not a problem in my case), and an AM antenna of the plastic loop type. This allows me to receive all the MW/AM stations that other decent quality equipment in the house picks up. However, what is really great is that you can input the station name on AM so that when you flip through the preset stations, their names appear on the display, rather like RDS does on FM. Speaking of FM, here is where I have a problem. I don't know if an FM antenna was missing from my package (the instruction book is not clear on this), but I can't receive any FM stations at all, and the set really needs a 75-ohm co-axial connection to a proper roof or loft antenna. I've emailed Sony support to see if I should have received one, and await their response. In the meantime, the FM sid
        e of the unit is almost useless, though I can pick up my local BBC transmitter with a bit of co-ax stuck in the back! But these were the only wires (apart from the mains cable!) that you have to deal with. Speakers and AM antenna. No big deal at all! I don't think it comes much simpler, except in cheaper outfits which use an internal ferrite rod aerial. Previous ops have praised the facility for CD text, which simply means that when you put in a new CD, you can tell the machine its title, and when you insert it on a subsequent occasion, the CD's title will be displayed. It is handy, but potential buyers should be aware that the system caters for just 50 CDs. If you have more, hard luck - you can only input the titles of 50. There is no similar limitation on the mini-disc system, of course. Mini-disc features are, I think, almost as good as my Sony separate, which itself cost more than this entire system. I am very impressed - especially when you think that you could easily pay what I paid for the system just for a personal MD Walkman. If you wish to record a CD, you can synchronise the start of both CD and MD, making accurate transposition very easy. If you are unfamiliar with the benefits and features of the MD in general, I suggest you read it up or ask a friend who has one, because it really is amazing. Simply put, you can do everything you can with a cassette tape machine - and then triple it, at least. Title your MDs and tracks, edit them, change the order of tracks for playback, use the same random/shuffle/programme functions of a CD player ... I could go on. One useful feature of MD is that you can record in mono. I see your quizzical face. Well, if you wish to copy, say, an audiobook, which often comes on two cassettes, you can double your recording time on the MD by recording in mono. And you won't miss the stereo just for a story-reading. MDs usually last for 74 mins in stereo, so 148 mins i
        n mono. Useful, too, for recording radio programmes whilst you're out. And YES, the MD373 does have a timer/record feature! Brilliant! One weakness I would identify for this unit is its lack of tone control knobs. So you can't set levels for treble and bass. However, there are five preset tone settings (Rock, Classic, Jazz, etc) plus "Flat". In practice, this will satisfy most users. Unsurprisingly, it comes factory-set as "Rock", which seems to give the fullest sound. It also has a "bass-boost" system, called DBFB. There is also a sleep timer and wake-up timer, which are very useful if you have the system in a bedroom, for which it is extremely suitable. The front panel boasts a line-in miniature jack, which would be very handy indeed for playing (or copying) sound input from an external device such as a personal MD player or cassette Walkman. An earphone socket is also front-mounted. At the rear are the aerial connections and the faciltity to add an external tape deck. You even have an optical line-in socket. The remote is pretty comprehensive in its functions, though not all functions are present. You can set the DBFB, but you can't shuffle through the tone presets. Nor can you change the tuning mode for the tuner (auto/manual/preset), swap between stereo and mono for the tuner (useful for weak FM transmissions), eject CDs or MDs, record on the MD or invoke "One Touch Play". And, strangely to my way of thinking, there is no "Mute" button on the remote for when the phone goes. And it always does! The speakers are approx. 11 inches tall. Do check your bookshelves before buying! They have an attractive appearance, happily matching the beech effect of my study desk. They have a removable cloth grill in a silvery grey. Quaity is pretty good considering both size and cost. You do get a lot for your money with this set! Officially, they are 2-way, bass-reflex types
        with a 13cm diameter cone woofer, with a 2.5cm tweeter, balanced drive type. Nominal impedance is 6 ohms, so you may wish to seek advice before trying the more normal 8-ohm speakers to see if you get a better sound! Previous reviewers have mentioned a 30-watt power output. This what Sony usually quote for this set. However, that is with continuous RMS power output with 10% Total Harmonic Distortion. For what it's worth, DIN power output is 25+25 watts. And the dreaded PMPO (Peak Music Power Output) is 50+50 watts. Take it from me that in a small room there is more than enough power! Maximum volume setting shows the figure 30 on the display. Comfortable listening to Radio Five is set at 9 for me. I tend to play music when I'm computing, and a setting of 20 is ample for most music. To sum up, this a fine mini-system, and I heartily recommend it, especially if you can find it at a reduced price in the shops. (Mine was ex-demo off the shop shelf, but had no marks or scratches). I also took a further 10% off by signing up for a Debenhams charge card at the same time! If the unit is no longer available, you can bet a week's earnings that there will be a similar model. Go for it!

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          13.06.2001 06:11
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          Perfect for someone who wants good sound quality at a reasonable price. I could really hear an improvement in the sound quality from my old stereo when I bought it. The CD text is great, I really appreciate having it, same with the RDS - a great luxury. One disadvantage is, it doesn't have a PC link facility, so you can't download Mp3's onto it, the next model up does though (but thats really its only extra). This system was the first time I had ever used MD and I really like is, its nice to be able to make up your own compilations (with the track order that you want!) - and being able to name them is a bonus too (2500 characters per Md is ample). The speakers are 30Watt, which is enough for me, the hi-fi is in a relatively big room, but the sounds fills it fine. Radio - generally ok, but I find it a bit tricky to find a good reception (just a minor point though). All in all, I would say, a good hi-fi as systems go, good value and some great features.

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            10.06.2001 20:32

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            I needed a small system, with as much crammed in as possible, and a high quality sound. This system provides that, and looks great, too! The quality of minidisc recording is excellent, and the tuner is also strong. I like the line-in socket on the front, which is handy for connecting to a computer for playing MP3s through the speakers. The Sony's been completely reliable, has impressed my friends, and is suitably *loud* when needed! My only quibble with the sound would be it lacks a bit of low-down punch, not surprising, given the compact speakers, I suppose. I'd highly recommend this system!

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            20.03.2001 01:11
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            I have had this Hi-Fi for about a year now, and have had no major problems BUT, I have had small problems with the left speaker, it doesn't function someimes when the unit's been playing very quietly, unless you turn it up loud. Apart from that, the unit is extremely sexy - silver finish with a bit of glass and wooded looking speakers. The minidisc deck is all that I would hope for, good recording and easy editing. Most basic features are easy to use, but some of the more complex ones needs a thorough look through in the manual. The CD player is also good - with CD text, but it takes ages to start playing once you put the CD in. I also went for the optional tape deck - it is a good tape deck, but I wouldn't recommend it if you do a lot of recording to tape, I only use it to playback old tapes! The remote is someting that no-one ever mentions, but I will now. At first I didn't like it much - but once you use it you will notice how easy it is to use, and how well it fits in your hand. I think that Sony, as always, has produced another excellent audio product, and I would recommend it to all people who are not too serious about the loudness as it only handles 2x30W (RMS), and as you may know, this is not loud! (The unit is only £449.99 with optional tape deck at official Sony centres, where I purchased mine (£359.99 without) - but many bargains can be found if you shop around first.)

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            08.02.2001 03:26
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            The DHC-MD373, well what can I say the hi-fi system which has everything a young person could need at an affordable price. This is a superb system with Minidisc, CD, RDS Radio, and a tape. If you want a good way of recording Minidisc's this is one of the best ways to do it. The system is simple to use and the sound quality is excellent. From the makers of the Minidisc, this is a brilliant stereo which can record superbly, it has full recording features and allows all track titles to be displayed on the LCD screen. Lets hope Sony make more little gems like this one. If your looking for a stereo, to record Minidisc's buy this one. Why settle for a rubbish imitation when you can buy one from the makers of the Minidisc. I think for the money, you should buy it. Enjoy!!

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            10.08.2000 07:40
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            I have the 333 version of this HI-FI and they are the same apart from the newer model has CD-Text. For such a small stereo this system packs a real punch not necessarily in the Power output department but the quality of the sound it reproduces with clear highs and low, lows. The stereo image is nice and wide but not to the point where things sound way out of place. The CD is clear with no background hiss and no interference from the amp. The ATRAC compression used for the MD is now so good it is very, very hard to tell a MD from a CD. All the usual MD features are present including title, edit, combine etc. the tuner is ok with strong signals but can struggle when the signal becomes weak, so I would recommend a decent Ariel if your serious about radio. RDS is also there but is of little use in a home system. The optional tape deck is the weakest link of this system although it looks good it’s a fairly basic unit but it does come in handy for tapes for the car or Walkman etc. The reason for this review is that the 333 version should still be available if you look around. Same quality HI-FI lower cost.

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            07.08.2000 03:30
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            Having waited for what seems like ages for the latest pay check I was a bit worried having spent it all 6 hours later, but what a result! This system is fantastic, it has everything you could ever need, both features and great style. The tuner is excellent, and the sound is very clear throughout the range. The MD alows for digital quality recording from the radio and at the moment sony are offering a portable player for £20, so why you would need the optional tape deck i dont know. This quality and features for £330... sorted

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            09.07.2000 00:48
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            A good mid - range hi system. It has all the features that you would expect from a system of this price, CD labelling, auto reverse, bass boost etc. There are no more features I could want. It looks fantastic too, very sleek and elegant. The sound is good, very crisp and sharp. The radio aerial is a piece of wire, which provides a very weak reception. It is very simple to use, I didn't really need the manual. Hard to set up though, there is a lot of wires and the manual wasn't all that clear. The wires are very short, linking the speakers to the main system, so there is not much chance of separating the speakers out around the room. I wouldn't recommend this if you are passionate about music, and will be using it a lot, but for everyone else it is fine.

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