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on 8 June 2011
Bought this for myself as needed a little extra sound in my room to accompany the purchase of a projector...WOW! This is one of the best things I have ever bought! You'd expect quality for Sony, and as always they have delivered. I had this unit shipped to my neighbor (who I might add is 86 years old) as I wouldn't be in - perhaps a mistake, as this thing is HUGE! As dimensions aren't given on here, I'll let you know;
The left and right speakers are (WxHxD)235mm, 365mm, 210mm.
The central unit is 235mm, 365mm, ~410mm.
The sub-woofer is 265mm, 365mm, 320mm.
So as you might see getting your tape measure out, this thing is a little on the large side, but it all comes in for good reason. When I set it up, the first thing I did was connect my iPod and play a few bassey songs...WOW! Before messing around with any of the settings, on level 15/30, I was already amazed with the quality. Went on then to play with some effects and preset EQ's (which is all nicely explained in the supplied manual) and was having a rave! Don't think lightly if purchasing this unit, as it is primarily supposed to be used for its bass, as even without the woofer, the speakers have two mini-woofers included. But anyway, thats the bass...moving on :)
There are 4 different inputs for listening, CD, Radio, USB's and PC.
CD is brilliant, what I love about it is that you can put 3 CD's into it (via the shuffler), and change them round at anytime without disrupting the one playing, very nice :) There's also the option to display track, artist and album information for MP3 CD's which is also very nice :)
The radio has RDS ability which I have noticed, though haven't seen DAB yet, but I'm not too fussed for this anyway. The frequency and signal strength is very good though, considering the FM cable is not too long, the AM being much longer.
The two USB's provided are fantastic. Plug in your phone, iPod, PSP, Memory Stick, Hard Drive...whatever, and chances are this thing will detect and play them! It also acts as a charger which is useful, as is the ability to record and copy files from one USB device to another.
Finally PC, though not technically that. This is two RCA (L/R) ports on the back which can be used by many different devices. Currently (using a splitter box) I have my Freeview, Xbox 360, Wii, N64 and PC going into this, playing Command and Conquer has never felt so boomy haha :)
Theres not much more I can add really, expect saying why are you waiting to buy this? It is truly amazing. As a tip though, if you don't want bass for whatever reason, the sub-woofer can be switched off at the press of a button on the central unit which is a useful feature, especially at night. If on the other hand you want as much bass that your ribs can take, use the Z-Groove feature and Rock Preset EQ, you won't regret it! :) Theres a link to this system's manual on Sony's website, so look there if you want to see some of the other features, too many to list here.
AMAZING bass and crystal clear sound.
Perfect for iPod.
Multidisk changer useful for uninterrupted playback.
Sub-woofer can be turned off without affecting the other speakers.
Beautiful display and illuminated front dial with range of patterns.
Compatible with pretty much any USB-MP3 device.
Feels a bit plasticy, tough to be honest, that's not what I feel the most from this thing! :)
Sony, I love you <3