Great sound, stunning apperance, but if u dont have the remote controls, forget about using it!
i recently bought a car with this cd player already inside it. and such a nightmare i've had trying to work it! the cd player has 4 buttons: off, function (radio etc) and volume up and down. dont like a track on a cd? tough, u listen to it, because u cannot skip it without the remote. bass too strong? tough, it cannot be altered without the remote. want to change radio station?? forget about it! the search buttons are, suprise suprise on the remote.
and where can u get a remote? off the net! but it will cost you £50-£60!!
despite all this, i decided to buy the remote. because the sound quality from this system is second to none, clear, bassy, typcal good sony standard. plus every person that got into the car commented on how good the CD player looks! which may also be its downside, as thieves may also find it attractive, and its not removeable....
i guess the choice is yours. it really depends on what you want from your CD player. If ur looking a quiet life? maybe give it a miss.