I brought this system earlier this year and it is a great little system for the price. We looked at a range of systems and felt that this was the best one for us based on the options and the price. I brought it on-line from Amazon for £215 when all the shops and many other on-line sites wanted £299 for it. It seemed a bit complicated to use at first, but once I got the hang of it it was fairly intuitive ( which is good, as one of the dogs has since chewed up the instructions,). What I think is really good about this is that I was able to copy all my CDs on to the 80 gig hard disk. The copying was time consuming, but I just set my self a target of doing about 10 or 20 CDs a day and would do a copy whilst I was doing other things. If I was cooking I would set a CD going and then go back and swap it when it had finished. I think at last count I had about 250 Cds on there and still have loads of space.
The sound is good and when the volume is turned up it gives a good sound out in ther garden. It looks nice where it is positioned because it is nice and small. It does not seem to gather much dust on it, although I have noticed cat paw prints on the shiney surface!! I am not a real HI FI buff, so don't know all the technical terms, but as a music lover it does exactly what I want. I can even plug in my IPod and play my genus lists. It also allows you to setup party mixes so you can just set it going.
Only one draw back is the short cables for the speakers. I know I can probably get longer ones, but I am not really sure how you go about doing that or what I should buy, so it would have helped to have had longer cable options included.
What is really great is that I can put all the CDS away safely and not have to waste space storing them in a CD cabinet. No Cds hanging around with out their cases. It is probably the best gadget I have brought this year
I love this system it comes complete with a cd player, 80 gb hard drive and DAB digital radio. The great thing about this system is that you can load all of the CDs you own on to it and so you can find all your favourite music in the one place without having to hunt through an endless amount of CD cases before you find the right CD you are looking for! Each CD you download on to the system it automatically recognises the songs so you do not have to maually enter them so as they can be seen on the display.
The system also has an Ipod dock so you can listen to your Ipod aswell on this.
The sound from this system is of excellent quality and the highest is very loud!
The disadvantages to this system are that it is slow to download CDs on to hard drive and has trouble recognising compilations CDs.
I would highly recommend this system it is a very good system for what it costs.
I am a girl who has absolutely no technical savvy whatsoever, i feel i need to review this product for all like minded girls and boys, men and women who are not technically minded to the extent where they can understand the long manual without asking any questions, and also for those who want a smart, trendy item but who do not neccessarily understand the whole concept of the technical side to HDD systems.
Firstly i will tell you the technical information taken from sony and pixmania, i am in know way advocating pixmania, it is just where i got the information from;
The NAS-E35HD from Sony is compatible with all of the latest music formats. With its 2 x 30 Watts of power, it's sure to bring music to your ears! The NAS-E35HD comes with a Bass Boost function and an FM/AM radio, so you can keep up with the latest hits. It also has a CD player that not only plays CDs, but also CD-Rs and CD-RWs. The NAS-E35HD has an 80 GB hard drive, giving you plenty of room for storage. There is even a dock for iPod, which allows you to simply pop your player in to listen to the track of your choice, as well as a front USB port for hooking up external storage devices, USB keys and hard drives and listening to MP3, WMA and AAC music. Thanks to the CD Ripping function, you can even copy your CDs directly to the hard drive or any other external device without having to go through your computer.
Now that you have read and digested all the above, i will tell you the above in laymans terms and review what i believe to be a wonderful piece of entertainment equipment. I bought this for my husband as a christmas present, he loves gadgets and has a colossal music collection and loves music, and i thought this would be an ideal gift, plus it would give me peace and quiet while he attempts to transfer music from computer to hdd system.
The sony giga juke player as it is known is a stunning looking piece of equipment, it is sleak and trendy in design, maybe a little bulky but as most people like a bit of meat in some shape or form, this is not a problem. The shiny black colouring is also a nice touch as it fits in nicely with the trendy aspect of the machine.
I cannot profess to knowing exactly what 80gb stands for but i do know that the machine holds an excessive amount of music, some 15,000 songs, and the 80gb is relevant to this. I love the idea that it is a DAB radio, cd player, ipod docking station (where you can play whatevers on your ipod, ipod touch, iphone through the system) plus a hdd memory store where you can listen to all of your music collection without ever having to get up and change discs, risking them getting scratched and broken. All of these functions can be controlled from the remote which is fabulous as i dont have to get up from the chair, or the table or desk to change music, i have the whole music world within reason, at my finger tips.
I will say that ripping the music, or in other words transfering the music, onto the systems hard drive does take some time, it took my husband many an evening to transfer the music and he has not put everything on there yet, i do notice a distinct lack of my music on there (coincidence, i think not), however once its on there, then thats it, its on there until you want to remove it.
There is a display screen that allows you to see what the song or artist is, the machine does this automatically, although there are a few minor issues with this in terms of it not reading the song and putting it in a different place, but as the music you put on it is yours, it is not going to be songs you dont know or like and you can rectify most of this by taking the time to change it, if you have the know how.
The sound quality of the machine is really good and sufficient for what you need at home, some people do say that the sound distorts if you play music at high volume, but i would say that it has to be excessively high for this to happen.
I love being able to flip between radio 1, kiss fm, my ipod and the hard drive on the system in seconds. It is an amazing machine and is good value for money, i would advise you to shop around, as the price for this varies from £224 to £362, which is a big difference, i managed to purchase mine for nearer the lower price which i was extremely pleased with.
For anyone who is looking for a new music system that does everything under one roof and is good value i would buy this or at least have a good look at it, just one piece of advice for everyone who is not technically minded, get someone who is to transfer the cd's to the hard drive, or from the computer to the hard drive, or be brave and have a go yourself, i tend to not get past the introduction in the manual myself, but certain things bore me, i just like the end product.
I got this brilliant system for Christmas and I really can not fault it. Although at first it seemed very technical and the manual has been very well read . Included with this system is an 80gb hard drive which is absolutely massive and enough to store my whole cd collection on and I don't have to worry about scratched cd's anymore. The system also has DAB radio which I get great reception on although that depends on the area where you live. There is an fm/am radio and you can play your cd's on it normally aswell. The hard drive also gives you the option to store the album art for each album or track which is brilliant and looks really good on the screen when the songs are playing.
There is also a feture called x-dj which categorises all your music on the hard drive into about 24 different moods so whatever you're feeling there is a choice of songs to listen to. It's a brilliant feature and very clever. It does the categorising when the system is in standby and doesn't seem to take very long to complete this. If you want to use this system all around the house you can buy extra boxes to place in other rooms and it all works wirelessly. The system also connects to the internet wirelessly or with an ethernet cable to gain track and album information from the gracenote service whihc is very handy as it finds missing titles for you. There are usb ports and a dmport so asell so you can play music from a usb drive or your ipod. The sound quality is fantastic and very clear although the speaker cable could be a bit longer. A brilliant system and definitely worth the cost as it is so technologically advanced it will be up to date for years.