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Lets start by saying previous to this Sony car stereo I had a £200 Clarion "profesional" car stereo. to my dismay it has recently passed away and caused me to look for a new alternative. I have a sony Monitor a sony DVD player Sony Surround Sound AMP and a Sony Video Player. Therefore I knew sony are good, BUT i didnt know they were this good.
All my faults with this unit have been described in the above column which is the fact it only scrolls the track name once. Other than that this CD/MP3 player kicks ass. =============== Sound Quality =============== Sound quality is better than my ex£200 Clarion unit and seeing as I paid £130 for this i feel thats a win from the start. The BASS and TREBLE controls are easy to master and arrange to your current speakers the Low Level output is perfect for you Trance heads. But the most comendable part is the pice/sound quality mix. everything sounds so crisp and well output. Sony have created a cheap CD/MP3 system that blows the socks off my last setup.
========== Looks ================ Simple yet efective bright blue display with white writing makes everything stand out yet not be too busy. there are no huge rotating knobs which interfere with anything and everything is well placed.
========== Security ================ This Unit has a removable face plate therfore if it does get stolen, doesnt help your walte much but annoys the hell out of car radio thiefs.
========== Installation ================ Easy to throw in direct swap and has simple standard DIN connector on back of unit
========== Reliability ================ I have only had the unit for 2-3 weeks now but it has given me no problems and plays my MP3/CDR cd's without a hitch even on cobbled streets at 50Mph (or a normal country lane)
========== SUMMARY ================ Don't think you could get any more bang for you buck. Sony has made a winning combination of cheap yet bloody good sound. well done lads and i dont think much can persuade me away from the Sony Name again!!!!