SONY MHC NX1 I bought the Sony MHC NX1 just under a year ago from Comet, and in the last six months i have numerous problems with it. The CD’s get jammed, the tape deck no longer works. It has a very bad radio reception. I am no longer covered by warranty because i had to open it up to retrieve a jammed cd. I now need to buy a new one. It was a complete waste of money. I hope you have more luck with yours.
I bought a MHC-NX1 this weekend. I got it from Curry’s in Stockport and am very satisfied with the system. I initially went in with a mind to buy one of these big fangled Hi-fi Systems with loads of buttons and twisty knob things but my mind was soon changed. I had a budget of £300 and thought they would be the type of Hi-fi I would be able to afford. There were 3 shelves full of that type of system. Most of them looked like they had come out of an episode of Futerama and were far too complex to get to grips with quickly. I know consumers are supposed to like switching things on and off and turning dials but it would have taken all day to turn all the dials on show there. At first I thought that was all they had because nearly a whole wall is taken up by them. One of them caught my eye, it had a few speakers for treble, a couple of bass speakers and two super sub woofers. It sounded awesome and was around £300 by Aiwa but it looked, as my girlfriend put it, minging. The speakers were not designed to fit together harmoniously and the super woofer was a bright blue colour and looked tacky. On top of that there were three ill placed dials controlling various things diagonally situated above one another. Another shopper agreed. He’d been there a lot longer than me and hadn’t figured out how to use any of them. He was pressing and repressing buttons just to try and get some sort of radio reception but to no avail. The shop seemed to have a never ending supply of metallic grey, silver and bubble gum blue super tub thump, display variable, bass in/out, multi-graphic equalised Hi-fis. Sony, however didn’t feature in this selection of audio products. My brain overloaded with all the names which consisted mainly of illogical letters and numbers. At one point I wanted to leave and come back when my mind had defrosted and was able to make more sense of the magical Hi-fi world. I was glad to find however that the upper
end of the market or at least the more aesthetically pleasing systems were set out in the aisles parallel. They were also a hell of a lot simpler in design and much better looking. This is where the mighty Sony products were. A lot were small. I ignored these because I was only interested in hi-fis with at least 100W speakers. I found the Sony MHC-NX1 in pride of place on the special offer shelf (£279). I use this opportunity to educate people who think looks and fancy extras equals quality. i.e. big blue speaker with ‘super dooper sub woofer excel unit’ must mean best in shop. Not true. The overall look of the MHC-NX1 is solid and is so much more mature than the teenage overcomplicated systems. The main system comes in two parts, one consisting of the CD player and double tape deck and the other consisting of the tuner, main display and volume controls. The two MHC-NX1 speakers are wooden with removable front covers. Underneath you have two speakers and an extra boost bass called DBFB which is a big hole in the casing. This can be turned on and off and believe me makes a big difference to the sound that comes out. Don’t be fooled by Hi-fis with all arrows and symbols pointing to the biggest plastic speaker on the system. Go for design instead like I did. The MHC-NX1 doesn’t ‘look’ powerful but powerful it most definitely is. A salesman in the shop demonstrated the bass capability by putting a piece of paper in front of it which violently vibrated as the bass kicked in. You can even feel gushes of ‘bass’ wind emanating from the bass holes in the speakers. Simply excellent. You see quality is more than skin deep. Press the open tray button on many multi CD changes and you will notice they shake and move awkwardly even though the system looks good when closed. The MHC-NX1 has the capacity for 5 CDs which are stacked inside unlike the drawer type systems. This saves on space
and is much more reliable than drawers which tend to break down more easily. Also you’ll feel the weight of the dials as you turn them unlike many cheaper stereos which have no resistance when you turn them. Sony have obviously invested a lot of R&D into such features. The graphic equaliser has 5 in-built programmable channels as well as pre-set bands such as Rock, Pop, Soul, House, R&B, Action, Romance, SF, Drama, Sports, Shooting, Racing, RPG, Battle, and Adventure some of which allow computer game users to hook up and get a good sound. The Hi-fi also has alarm and sleep features and you can also do things like programme the order in which your CDs play their tracks. My conclusion is that for the money you can’t get better, or at least I’ve not seen better. It’s a great looking and sounding Hi-fi which is extremely user friendly.
I bought my MHC-NX1 a month ago and I have been very satisfied. There can't be much on the market that is better than this for £300. I should point out that I am not by any means an expert on hifis - most real hifi gurus probably buy separates anyway. However, I know my music and I would trust myself to be able to tell the difference between a poor quality sound and a good one. It was only after I went to Tottenham Court Road and listened to various different hifis in electronics shops that I decided I wanted this one, so I have a reasonable idea what the competition is like, and I think this baby is very good value for the price. It has 5 CD trays, 2 tape decks (one recording), FM/AM stereo and optional minidisc (which I don't have, as I have a portable MD player). It also has an optical digital output, which means you can recording on to your minidisc player without having to come down to analogue sound. I mostly listen to classical and jazz music, and from that I can tell you that it is superb in the bass, often a problem with inferior systems, and that its clarity at high frequencies is also very impressive. There is a mega bass feature (which can be set to normal or high), but I almost always have it switched off - there's no need. The bass is as clear as daylight all the time, without ever being intrusive. It would be disingenuous for me to talk about its abilities with pop, rock, alternative, house music etc. because I haven't really used it for that, but I can't imagine it would be anything less than excellent. I seem to remember from when I was looking at its features on the web that it has a built-in subwoofer (speaker for very low sounds), which probably helps there - if nothing else, what a name for a speaker. There are a few more lesser features: auto switch off after a set time (sleep), auto switch on at a set time (alarm), record (at the press of a button or at a set time), high speed du
bbing, auto-reverse on tape decks, and program any sequence of CD tracks (using all 5, if you want). It also has frequency presets for various types of music such as rock, pop, soul, R & B, and even program types like adventure, sports, romantic etc. You can set up your own and store up to 5. In terms of aesthetics, the speakers are light brown wood and the hifi itself is, unsurprisingly, light grey. It looks quite modern and understated, but not desperately austere. It's a mini rather than a micro, which effectively means normal size. All in all, I would say that this is a very good choice for its price range. The cheapest deal seems to be on www.empiredirect.co.uk, which will do it for £273, if I recall correctly. The high street price is about £300. Minidisc costs about £50 extra.