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3.0 out of 5 stars consider this before buying, 13 Nov 2010
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This review is from: Sony CMTMX750NI HiFi with Internet Radio and iPod dock (Electronics)
The main reason why I bought this radio is because of the internetradio option. That is the main sellingpoint of this model compared to the dozens of other Sony radios. But, but, the only way to connect to internetradio stations is via a so called vTuner. This vTuner connects with a Sony portal. Sony filters and selects the internetradio stations AND this musicservices is for 20% of the time I have this radio OFFLINE! You can't enter an internetaddress to listen to a podcast. Also the website where you have to manage the presets and other settings hasn't been launched, except for the US. Check for yourself if this service is now available at [...]. I didn't know this before I bought the radio that internetradio is 100% dependend of the Sony portal!
Neither is the radio compatible with iTunes or Mac.
DAB reception in NL is bad but I knew that before I bought the item.
Ipod/Iphone handling is fine. Internetradio is possible via an internetradio app at the iPhone (like with every other iPhone speakerdock...)
Nice speakers and sound. No equilizer presets.
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Initial post: 25 Nov 2010 19:11:27 GMT
This is very useful indeed. How can we convey such observations to Sony?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2010 17:34:59 GMT
Graeme V. says:
Yes, I always have this worry whenever I consider buying a Sony product ... typicaly very high quality but plagued by various lock-ins ... region rocking, DRM, HDCP , CD virus ... I always feel it's 50/50 whether I'll actually be able to see/listen to something on a Sony. (Historically I always bought Sony)

Posted on 27 Dec 2010 19:22:00 GMT
How does Sony respond to this? Have they fixed the problem? I am sure that many, like me, are waiting to see this resolved in order to buy the item.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2010 20:20:10 GMT
jebman says:
They are still working on it. Internet works but the vtuner settings doesn't. The portal is still offline.

Posted on 15 Mar 2011 23:30:22 GMT
simmon says:
I just received this Sony system.General impression is very good for me: sound, look, connecting to the internet, Ipod dock great thing.Vtuner working ok but the only thing I dislike very much is (as mentioned before) not being able to store any internet radio presets! There is memory for 20 presets but only in theory.Everytime I try to store any station display shows that it's not available. Why does manual say that you can save up to 20 presets then? Why is there a memory for presets which doesn't work?I would never expect such a thing from Sony. The other thing is there is no headphones socket and no eq presets.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2011 08:18:50 GMT
I fully agree. It is very frustrating not to be able to preset any internet radio station, especially since tuning to any one of these stations takes time. I wonder whether we should send a 'petition' to Sony, asking them to fix this urgently. They could probably use what camera makers (of which they are part) commonly do: publish on their website down-loadable software update.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2011 07:26:26 GMT
> "simmon" - I'm afraid that I don't find this surprising from Sony. They used to make such great stuff but some years back, seemed to have been cursed with the 'ass' virus. I think it first started with their minidisk players, then their MP3 players, which were cursed, nay, ruined, with proprietary garbage. I used to be proud of my Sony equipment but since they became such asses, I wouldn't touch them with a bargepole. Despite the Bluray and streaming movies, I even chose the Xbox over PS3, because they just are not trustworthy any more. Bah.

Posted on 17 Jan 2012 14:44:29 GMT
i have read R bokenkamp review - doesn't seem straight forward on internet- so will buy cheaper version think 550 - thanks mr b will save frustration and cash

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2012 08:29:54 GMT
Foretcalme says:
Useful to know this. No more Sony for me!
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