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Sony Micro Shelf System - CMT-MX500I

Abt Model: CMTMX500I | UPC Code: 027242782198
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Sony Mirco Shelf System - CMTFX500I

Satisfy your audio needs and listen to your music in superb sound with the CMT-FX300i micro Hi-Fi system. Use the integrated dock to control and play your iPod® while keeping it charged, or connect other audio sources, such as your PC or MP3 player via the audio-in feature. In addition to a CD tray, this music system has an AM/FM tuner with 30 presets, and a built-in alarm clock so you can fall asleep or wake up to your music.

Specifications:

Amplifier

  • Audio Features
    • Volume Control: Yes
  • Audio Power Output
    • Front(RMS 10%THD): 30Wx2
  • Convenience Features
    • Demo Mode: Yes
    • Timer Play: iPod & iPhone; CD; FM
    • Timer Sleep: iPod&iPhone; CD; FM; AUDIO IN
  • Power adjustment
    • Auto Standby Modes: Yes
    • Power Consumption (in Operation): 33W
    • Power Consumption (in Standby): 0.5W
  • Inputs and Outputs
    • Analog Audio Input(s): 1
    • Dock for iPod: Yes
    • Front Speaker Terminal: Yes
  • Display Specs
    • Display Type (Main display): 1 line FLD (White)
    • GUI Language (Main display): English
    • Supporting Character (Main Display): Latin Text
  • Function
    • Audio In: Yes
    • CD: Yes
    • FM: Yes
    • iPod® & iPhone®: Yes
  • Equalizer
    • Equalizer Function: DSGX (Bass Boost); Bass; Treble

General

  • Supplied Accessories
    • Antenna(s): FM(1)
    • Battery (Size/Type): AA/Manganese(2)
    • Operating Instructions: Yes
    • Remote Control: 1
    • Speaker Cable: 2
    • Speaker pads: 8
    • Warranty Card: Yes
    • iPhone adaptor: 3
  • Color
    • Main Unit: Black+Dark Silver
    • Remote Commander: Black
    • Speaker Cabinet: Black Wooden
    • Speaker Front Panel: Black Wooden
    • Speaker Grille Cloth: Black
  • Power Adjustment
    • Power Requirement: 120V AC, 60Hz
  • Remote Commander Power
    • Battery Size: AA
    • Battery Type: Dry-cell battery
    • Signal type: IR
  • Playable Discs
    • Audio: 8cm Disc (CD); CD; CD-R; CD-RW
  • Playback Features
    • Decoding Format(s) for Sound (Playback): MP3
    • Play Mode(s): Normal; Shuffle; Program; Repeat
  • Text Information
    • MP3 File name/ID3Tag Ver.1.1/ID3Tag Ver.2.0: Yes
  • Mechanism
    • Disc Insertion Type: Tray
    • Tray Lock: Yes
  • In the Box
    • FM Antenna (1)
    • Speaker cable x 2
    • Warranty Card
    • Remote Control
    • Speaker pads x 8
    • Operating Instructions
    • AA/Manganese Battery x 2
    • iPhone adaptor x 3

Tuner

  • Tuner Specs
    • Band: FM
    • External Antenna Terminals: FM
    • Station Preset: FM 20
    • Tuning Range (FM): 87.5 - 108.0 MHz
  • Speaker Spec
    • System: 2-way
    • Tweeter Unit Size: 4cm cone
    • Woofer Unit Size: 100mm x 1
  • Audio Specs
    • Rated Impedance: 6 ohm

Approximate Dimensions:

Main Unit

  • Width: 12.2"
  • Height: 4.8"
  • Depth: 9.7"

Front Speaker

  • Width: 5.5"
  • Height: 9.4"
  • Depth: 7.9"

Approximate Weight:

  • Main Unit: 6.4 lbs
  • Front Speaker: 4.4lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): 1 Year Parts And Labor
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Sony Micro Shelf System
 
3.8

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Decent hi-fi on a budget

      I'm an audiophile, of the high-end variety. My main setup includes the like of Musical Fidelity, Krell, Herron Audio, and so on. I have very high standards when it comes to musical...Read complete review

      I'm an audiophile, of the high-end variety. My main setup includes the like of Musical Fidelity, Krell, Herron Audio, and so on. I have very high standards when it comes to musical performance, but this does not preclude budget conscious units. Indeed, there are more than a few "giant killers" out there that can be had for little more than the cost of a decent diner at a nice restaurant. The Sony CMT-MX500i is one of those units. The notion of a "shelf" system or all-in-one unit repulses many audiophiles, but, darn it, it's pretty convenient sometimes. If it sounds, good, all the better. The Sony combines in a single chassis an iPod dock, CD player, line-level/AUX input, FM Stereo tuner, pre and power amp, and, if you're in Europe, a USB input and DAB tuner as well. The power amp is a Class D or switching power amp rated for 30-watts per channel (at a stupidly high 10% THD+N), but is likely good for at least 20 "real" watts per channel, RMS. Being Class D, the amplifier is very efficient meaning it can get all the power it needs from a modest 35-watt SMPS (switch-mode power supply). Incidentally, Sony was one of the first mass-market electronics companies to embrace the use of switching power supplies and digital amps starting in the 1970's- they have the experience to make it work right. The supplied speakers are a simple two-way affair with a 4-inch woofer and 1.5-inch cone tweeter in a ported enclosure; pretty standard stuff, but it works quite well. Indeed, the performance of the speakers is much better than one would think from something so humble. The system as a whole provides much better performance than the modest build quality and specs would indicate. Indeed, while it's laughable that it could compete with even a mediocre "real" hi-fi setup of even a few hundred dollars, you would be very hard pressed indeed to get better performance for for the $150 you will pay from any new system, and such a system would be hard-pressed to deliver all the options the CMT-MX500i brings to the table. The iPod integration is perhaps the best I've encountered, with the remote and front panel controls providing access to all essential iPod playback options, well beyond the standard play/pause, track skip, or repeat/shuffle modes, allowing you to select play lists, navigate menus, and so on. Well done! There are a couple of things I do find wanting, however. First, the clock seems to have been included as an afterthought; It's only available if the unit is turned on, or for a brief time by pushing a button on the remote- a feature to display the time, perhaps with a dimmed display while in standby mode would have been welcome. This is particularly idiosyncratic, given that the unit will happily display the "Demo Mode" all day.... Additionally, a headphone jack would have been a welcome addition. Finally, don't loose or break the remote- certain features (tuner presetting, the clock display, sleep timer, etc), are available only by remote.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Its just "ok" but not as described.

      This system was not as described/pictured. There is no usb connection as show in the picture, how do you make that kinda mistake? The speaker grills don't come off, so that leave...Read complete review

      This system was not as described/pictured. There is no usb connection as show in the picture, how do you make that kinda mistake? The speaker grills don't come off, so that leave you with a boring looking system(this is actually what sold me on the system). The sound is ok, but I expected better. The speakers are NOT what you see in the photo. I'm thinking of returning if I can.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Review of Micro Shelf Stereo System CMT-MX500i

      By JimDandy

      from Houston, TX

      Comments about Sony Micro Shelf System:

      This is a great little stereo system for your upstairs bedroom and at a super good price! Very easy to set up plays one CD and has FM & AM stations. The sound quality is pretty good too I found. Recommend buying this item.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Sony still impresses

      By BentleyD

      from Long Island, NY

      Comments about Sony Micro Shelf System:

      My wife and I are really pleased with this Sony system it has clean lines that matches our decor and blends well with the other components. You really don't have to spend a lot to get a good sounding system that's packed with great features. Being able to play our ipod and our old cd's is great too. Overall sound is good the bass is clean and full bodied considering the size of the speakers and the over sized tweeters are clear and crisp. The two cons I have aren't serious but raise my eyebrow one is that the receiver is large to be considered a shelf unit and the second is the short speaker wires which is ok for setting up the system in a shelf. If you want to add wire you'll have to splice the wires because they are fixed to the speaker cabinet and Sony has their own plug at the other end.

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      5.0

      Great Sony System

      By Vin the Family Man

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Family man, Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Energy Efficient
      • Good Remote

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Kitchen

        Comments about Sony Micro Shelf System:

        Great system and very spacious for all rooms. I use it for my kitchen and it sounds great.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Does the Job

        By koukla

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

        • Confusing Remote

        Best Uses

        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Sony Micro Shelf System:

        This is a great system. Clear sound.. could have a little more base. Definitely worth the price. The remote could have been designed better. It's hard to find the buttons used to change the channel, whereas if you want to change from am to fm, it's simple. I think these two functions should have been reversed. Definitely recommend it overall.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

        (11 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not worth the money!

        By FirstcityCyn

        from Lawrence, KS

        Comments about Sony Micro Shelf System:

        This is the second time I have had issues with Sony audio equipment shortly after it was purchased this year. I have bought a great many Sony products over the years and the name used to be synonymous with solid products, but the last few things I have bought have left me questioning whether I will ever purchase Sony again. Right out of the box, this system worked well. It was a Christmas gift, purchased for the kitchen and it was perfect for that area. We listened to it one evening and then went on vacation. When we returned a week later and turned it on, the sound was no longer operable. It is now going back to Sony for warranty work. If I had the original box, I would return it and purchase something else from a different manufacturer. This is the second shipment we have made to Sony this year, having to send in a Home Theater unit that inexplicably quit working as well. It costs about $20 package and send in a piece of equipment, a cost that is not reimbursed by Sony. That's an additional 20% over the cost of this unit, just to have it fixed. It seems that the Sony name just isn't the guarantee of craftsmanship and reliability that it used to be. I will have to consider long and hard before I purchase another Sony audio item.

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        5.0

        Excellent Buy

        By Tom

        from Naple, FL

        About Me Technically Challenged

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Much Nicer Than I Expecte

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Entertainment

          Comments about Sony Micro Shelf System:

          Arrived sooner than anticipated. Very pleased with the purchase

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Excellent job Sony..

          By ridenow

          from Undisclosed

          Pros

          • Crystal clear audio, I-phone dock Play+Charge

          Cons

          • Clock disapears, light on the bottom.

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony Micro Shelf System:

            Pink Floyd is an excellent test for this unit. Plows through scratched cd's.. I forgot my charger plug for my dead i-phone at work... And then it dawned on me, "this will charge my i-phone so I can test it" And so it did. The sound is excellent. Initially, I was dissapointed, it does not have your typical slew of connections on the back to hook-up various devices. In fact, there's none. But it's not needed with this system . It has a very sensitive mini mic jack in the front if you want to tie something in. The speakers, and the system itself are very light weight, which did cause a little uncertainty.. But after listening, "this is a near-perfect sounding audio device" just the way it is..Very-well thought through features. Not a heavy metal player...However, this is a clean, lean, hi-fidelity machine. A great job to Sony's design and engineering team!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great for a small room

            By nipper

            from Northwest Ga

            Comments about Sony Micro Shelf System:

            nice system for a small to medium room.It has good sound .My wife loves to put her iphone on the dock and listen to her music .I plug in my xm radio I love mine .

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            4.0

            Initial recommendation is good.

            By Jerry

            from Crete, IL

            About Me Audiophile

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good audio
            • Good FM reception

            Cons

            • 0 audio inputs on back

            Best Uses

            • Smaller Rooms

            Comments about Sony Micro Shelf System:

            Please ask me again, in about 6-8 months, so I can include the reliability in my comments. I will be in contact with the product at my relative's home. I will give a good quality report if the product holds up over this time period.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Comment on this review

            (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Its just "ok" but not as described.

            By Huey

            from Durham, NC

            Comments about Sony Micro Shelf System:

            This system was not as described/pictured. There is no usb connection as show in the picture, how do you make that kinda mistake? The speaker grills don't come off, so that leave you with a boring looking system(this is actually what sold me on the system). The sound is ok, but I expected better. The speakers are NOT what you see in the photo. I'm thinking of returning if I can.

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