Sony CMT-X5CDBW Hi-Fi/CD System 40W O/P – Design, user expirience, sound and quality are well

Just received this unit after highly praised recommendations. Sturdy build, and feels solid, not `plasticy` (although the case is obviously). Great sound, including wide stereo and eq. Setup is simple with comprehensive instructions. Bluetooth connection is simple, and although it says its optimised for apple stuff like iphone and tablets, its connects faultlessly to android devices as well, without problems,at least for me. Have successfully connected a hudl 1 via bluetooth using `spotify` music download system, and a andoid smartphone, and the reprduction is great. Music already on the hudl/smartphone also plays back without any `jitter`. Should be possible to connect my laptop to it too, trying that next. If you do the same, make sure your device is `discoverable` by all bluetooth enabled devices, otherwise the x5 will not link up at all. Its a bit pricey, but good value for money.

Poor dab ; good cd player ; remote slow. . Very impressed with the build quality. No dab reception despite my cheap dab radio picking up lots of stations from the same positions in my house. Does it need a retractable telescopic aerial like my cheap radio ?.Come on sony, i can’t believe you are selling this product. Cd sound was tremendous for such a small piece of kit. Worth buying for cd only if you can buy it cheaply enough but that is not on, is it sony ?i am a sony buff.

Good size for on the kitchen worksurface. . Plain looking (didn’t want anything too fancy / gimicky). Fm radio – goodusb port – goodcd player – gooddab radio – works at timesbluetooth – goodsimple to use. . Remote control has to be directed / aiming at the radio, or else it doesn’t work. Here are the specifications for the Sony CMT-X5CDBW Hi-Fi/CD System 40W O/P:

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  • DSEE upscaling restores quality to compressed files
  • S-Master digital amplifier for pure sound quality
  • Great-sounding music in one step with ClearAudio+
  • Easy Bluetooth connectivity with NFC one-touch
  • Stream and control right from your smartphone with SongPal

The sony cmt-x5 is a wonderful audio device. The sony cmt-x5 is a wonderful audio device, ideal for listening to radio, cds or for playing music from your phone or ipod. You can play music from your phone, or any other music player, if you have a nfc compatible device or if you simply connect it with a 3. The sound quality is very clear, and the bass is pretty strong for a bluetooth speaker.

Great piece of home audio kit. Great piece of home audio kit. It is small enough to fit in almost any place, yet still loud enough to fill the whole house. Bluetooth connection is strong enough to be able to walk around the house with your phone and still have clear audio. Fm radio reception is also great. I had trouble with the dab reception initially, however i managed to fix the issue by extending the arial cable all the way and it works great now. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a compact hi-fi system, which is capable of producing loud and clear sound.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Stylish with great sound.
  • Entertaining, versatile, and a little bit magic!
  • Brilliant sound.

The good, the bad and the not very ugly. A solid, good quality item – at least as far as the sound quality of cd player is concerned. The dab radio, however, was hopeless – i tried several rooms in the house and failed to get more than half a dozen stations, but was not successful. My roberts dab radio works fine throughout. Amazon was excellent at replacing it (without the first one being returned), but the second one was no better and so i have obtained a refund. Other reviews have commented on the inadequate aerial wire being the culprit. I can’t recommend it for that reason.

We bought the cmt-x5 as we needed a speaker to plus phones etc in and we also had a stack of cds we wanted to play. This is a very sleek and stylish solution with a whole stack of functions. Build quality is excellent, very solid. I live in a dab free area but i knew this so not an issue. All other inputs play without fuss and the sound quality is exceptional, with deep bass and fine treble. It can also be loudi really love this device and don’t regret spending the money at all. It is going to get a lot of use.

Great piece of home audio kit. Great piece of home audio kit. It is small enough to fit in almost any place, yet still loud enough to fill the whole house. Bluetooth connection is strong enough to be able to walk around the house with your phone and still have clear audio. Fm radio reception is also great. I had trouble with the dab reception initially, however i managed to fix the issue by extending the arial cable all the way and it works great now. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a compact hi-fi system, which is capable of producing loud and clear sound.

Definitely a step-up from a radio alarm clock. Absolutely love this sony product. Definitely a major step-up from the radio alarm clock it replaced. Sound quality is crystal whether it is cd, fm, dab or bluetooth. Toggling the pre-set ‘sound’ to enhance the type of music you’re listening to. I did not have the dab/fm reception issues that other experienced. But i did make sure the dab antenna ‘clicked’ in properly as per installation instruction. Also being on the first floor (bedroom), the elevation may have aided with the reception. Songpal is a must, especially when you misplaced the remote. Nfc make connecting even easier.

Entertaining, versatile, and a little bit magic. This is one of a range of sony bluetooth speakers i looked at before making a choice – this seems to be the same (in sound quality specs) as the slightly more expensive x7 and i decided that i could live without airplay and wifi, so bought this one. Out of the box it’s very easy to set up and get your music playing. First up i put a couple of cd’s through their paces. Initially i thought that primal scream’s movin on up sounded a bit tinny to my ears, so i dug in to the songplay app and started fiddling around with the equaliser, which helped a lot – seemed to free everything up a bit. There is a bass repsponse, obviously nothing quite as booming as a system including a subwoofer, but instead more subtle and nuanced. I then listened to hans zimmer’s excellent interstellar soundtrack over bluetooth from my iphone. This soundtrack is particularly dynamic and enough to rattle the best speakers out there, but the sony cmt-x5 held it together with aplomb. The ambience is quite clever and the balance between the frequency range is rich, with impressive timing. Sony’s ‘clear audio+’ really does a great job here – there’s little to no distortion and plenty of room to breathe.

Volume could be better and satellite radio needs another ariel.

Sony all-in-one compact audio system with bluetooth/nfc – black. This is nice bit of kit with a few flaws that i’ve found so far. To be honest i’ve only really used this to listen to cds as radio doesn’t work well in the room i have it in (my fault not that of the device). I also have to say i’ve only had this for about one month so i have no idea about the longevity of the device. To my uncultured ears the sound is really good, nice and clear etc. It looks very nice sat on my kitchen work surface, very minimal and it only takes up a little bit of space. Down sides so far are that the nice shiny top with all the controls on and also the cd slot does tend to get dirt quickly as it’s the top of the device. I’m also worried that having the cd entry slot as merely a little slot in the top might mean that dust and dirt drops into it and i have no idea how to get it out once it has made its way inside. I also find that the remote is so tiny it gets easily lost amongst the normal surface detritus in my kitchen, that and the fact that sometimes when i try to get it to do things it completely ignores me is a little annoying. One final thing that i’ve discovered is that when you put a cd on shuffle it then shuffles the cd in exactly the same way each time you play it.

Entertaining, versatile, and a little bit magic. This is one of a range of sony bluetooth speakers i looked at before making a choice – this seems to be the same (in sound quality specs) as the slightly more expensive x7 and i decided that i could live without airplay and wifi, so bought this one. Out of the box it’s very easy to set up and get your music playing. First up i put a couple of cd’s through their paces. Initially i thought that primal scream’s movin on up sounded a bit tinny to my ears, so i dug in to the songplay app and started fiddling around with the equaliser, which helped a lot – seemed to free everything up a bit. There is a bass repsponse, obviously nothing quite as booming as a system including a subwoofer, but instead more subtle and nuanced. I then listened to hans zimmer’s excellent interstellar soundtrack over bluetooth from my iphone. This soundtrack is particularly dynamic and enough to rattle the best speakers out there, but the sony cmt-x5 held it together with aplomb. The ambience is quite clever and the balance between the frequency range is rich, with impressive timing. Sony’s ‘clear audio+’ really does a great job here – there’s little to no distortion and plenty of room to breathe.

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  1. This review is from : SONY CMT-X5CDBW Hi-Fi/CD System 40W O/P with Bluetooth/NFC, AM/FM +DAB,DAB+ ,USB Port, Remote – White

    Great sound, nice unobstrusive style. Great sound, nice unobstrusive style, a few niggling issues. The good• looks great• cd player sounds great• works perfectly with chromecast audio plugged into audio inthe bad• radio reception is appalling – both dab and analogue – unusable with the supplied aerial in place where a cheap dab radio worked perfectly• remote is small and plasticky – so don’t really use itthe fix• bought a philex indoor dab aerial and grafted onto the supplied one – this fixes reception and the dab sounds great. So not the most desirable situation, but now works perfectly.
  2. This review is from : SONY CMT-X5CDBW Hi-Fi/CD System 40W O/P with Bluetooth/NFC, AM/FM +DAB,DAB+ ,USB Port, Remote – White

    Great sound, nice unobstrusive style. Great sound, nice unobstrusive style, a few niggling issues. The good• looks great• cd player sounds great• works perfectly with chromecast audio plugged into audio inthe bad• radio reception is appalling – both dab and analogue – unusable with the supplied aerial in place where a cheap dab radio worked perfectly• remote is small and plasticky – so don’t really use itthe fix• bought a philex indoor dab aerial and grafted onto the supplied one – this fixes reception and the dab sounds great. So not the most desirable situation, but now works perfectly.
  3. This review is from : SONY CMT-X5CDBW Hi-Fi/CD System 40W O/P with Bluetooth/NFC, AM/FM +DAB,DAB+ ,USB Port, Remote – White

    Small but perfectly formed. . Small in size, but not in quality – this system really packs a punch and for the price i can’t fault it. . My cds have never sounded so good.
    1. Small but perfectly formed. . Small in size, but not in quality – this system really packs a punch and for the price i can’t fault it. . My cds have never sounded so good.
  4. This review is from : SONY CMT-X5CDBW Hi-Fi/CD System 40W O/P with Bluetooth/NFC, AM/FM +DAB,DAB+ ,USB Port, Remote – White

    I received this system for a gift recently and i absolutely love it. The sound quality is superb with bassy low end, soothing mid range and crisp highs. I love my music in all different forms so this was perfect for me. It also looks awesome with a slick, classy design with intuitive touch sensitive buttons with numerous options, whether you want to skip a knaff song or tune in the the excellent dab, dab+ or fm. It also comes with a handy remote which is nice feature. I additionally love the fact that you can play your classic cd collection on such a modern system. Overall, it is a brilliant sound system.
  5. This review is from : SONY CMT-X5CDBW Hi-Fi/CD System 40W O/P with Bluetooth/NFC, AM/FM +DAB,DAB+ ,USB Port, Remote – White

    I received this system for a gift recently and i absolutely love it. The sound quality is superb with bassy low end, soothing mid range and crisp highs. I love my music in all different forms so this was perfect for me. It also looks awesome with a slick, classy design with intuitive touch sensitive buttons with numerous options, whether you want to skip a knaff song or tune in the the excellent dab, dab+ or fm. It also comes with a handy remote which is nice feature. I additionally love the fact that you can play your classic cd collection on such a modern system. Overall, it is a brilliant sound system.
    1. Design, user expirience, sound and quality are well. Design, user expirience, sound and quality are well manufactured in this unit. Its powerfull enough for your home and garden and compact to move around.
      1. Design, user expirience, sound and quality are well. Design, user expirience, sound and quality are well manufactured in this unit. Its powerfull enough for your home and garden and compact to move around.
  6. This piece of kit is excellent, ample power easy to use. This piece of kit is excellent, ample power easy to use , works very well from my android phone ( via spotify) it has full remote control and 40 watts to play with. I used to have a very expensive hifi ( exposure) but as i got older, i could be bothered with all the equipment and the space it took up ( wife complained more than me) and sold it all. I demo’d the bose £600 pound system and it sounded deeper but certainly not worth the extra over this £200 marvelbuy it with confidence, the silver finish is very unobtrusive. Buy the 40 watt version over the 20 watt it offers more power for the odd party and more clarity overal.
    1. This piece of kit is excellent, ample power easy to use. This piece of kit is excellent, ample power easy to use , works very well from my android phone ( via spotify) it has full remote control and 40 watts to play with. I used to have a very expensive hifi ( exposure) but as i got older, i could be bothered with all the equipment and the space it took up ( wife complained more than me) and sold it all. I demo’d the bose £600 pound system and it sounded deeper but certainly not worth the extra over this £200 marvelbuy it with confidence, the silver finish is very unobtrusive. Buy the 40 watt version over the 20 watt it offers more power for the odd party and more clarity overal.
  7. This review is from : SONY CMT-X5CDBW Hi-Fi/CD System 40W O/P with Bluetooth/NFC, AM/FM +DAB,DAB+ ,USB Port, Remote – White

    Great sound doesn’t take up a lot of room very pleased with it.
  8. This review is from : SONY CMT-X5CDBW Hi-Fi/CD System 40W O/P with Bluetooth/NFC, AM/FM +DAB,DAB+ ,USB Port, Remote – White

    Great sound doesn’t take up a lot of room very pleased with it.
  9. This review is from : SONY CMT-X5CDBW Hi-Fi/CD System 40W O/P with Bluetooth/NFC, AM/FM +DAB,DAB+ ,USB Port, Remote – White

    We are very happy with the sound quality and how easy it is to set up and use.
    1. We are very happy with the sound quality and how easy it is to set up and use.
      1. Excellente qualité d’écoute, son net, ampli assez puissant. Excellente qualité d’écoute ,son net,ampli assez puissant pour 30 m2. Néanmoins réactions lentes quant à l’utilisation des commandes.
  10. Excellente qualité d’écoute, son net, ampli assez puissant. Excellente qualité d’écoute ,son net,ampli assez puissant pour 30 m2. Néanmoins réactions lentes quant à l’utilisation des commandes.
  11. This review is from : SONY CMT-X5CDBW Hi-Fi/CD System 40W O/P with Bluetooth/NFC, AM/FM +DAB,DAB+ ,USB Port, Remote – White

    Great, we are all very happy with it as the sound is great in the kitchen. Only thing i could fault is that it can’t record podcasts for you. Otherwise it is a great sound in the kitchen and it is good to get a chance to actually play cd’s again instead of streaming.
    1. Great, we are all very happy with it as the sound is great in the kitchen. Only thing i could fault is that it can’t record podcasts for you. Otherwise it is a great sound in the kitchen and it is good to get a chance to actually play cd’s again instead of streaming.