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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2011
First of all it looks like the older Sharp XL-DH259N. It has an AM/FM tuner, USB port, cd player, audio in jack, video out, and an iPod port. However there are some differences. This newer unit adds support for iPhone, iPhone 3g, iPhone 3Gs, iPod touch 3rd Gen, iPod nano 5th Gen, iPod with video, and iPod with color display. This one also has plugs at the ends of the speaker wires that connect to the back of the unit, where as the older xldh259n just had bare wires.

The system sounds great even at higher volumes and works well in my dining room/kitchen area. The bass was alright but it would be nice if it had an output for a subwoofer. The unit itself looks good. The speakers have a nice metal screen on them. The large volume knob feels solid. The remote is perfect, it has a good button layout and includes special buttons for ipod, usb, etc. The wife loves the way it looks, sounds, and how easy it is to use.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2013
I purchased the XL-DH259P unit for my teenage son to use in his bedroom. He is a technologically savvy child and easy on hardware, and an iPod Touch 3rd Gen. owner who would make use of the integration of that functionality, so I was pleased at the performance and options of this unit for the price. It is, however, not iOS 5.x or 6.x compatible, and once he updated his iPod to 5.1 in May 2012, the dock no longer functioned properly, and we were forced to reset the system on a couple of occasions. I confirmed that the system was not compatible with the most recent updates of iOS (5.1.1 or 6.1.x) with Sharp Technical Support, and he ended up just plugging in his iPod headphone jack into the external audio in port on the unit to listen to his music from the iPod. It became a glorified, if good sounding, CD/radio micro stereo unit, and we were still satisfied with the unit. However, a month ago (after about a year's ownership) it began exhibiting power on/off problems similar to those other "poor" rating reviewers. The microcontroller for the system thinks there is a fault somewhere, and it cannot be reset holding down the POWER+EJECT buttons or by any other means. I like to debug electronics and have 30 yrs experience doing so, and this is disappointing to spend even modest $$ for something that only worked properly for the 6 months we owned it before May 2012.

There are pros to the unit:
* For simple speaker design, the sound quality is quite good for a bedroom sized space. Good bass support without being too boomy and clear mids and highs.
* When the unit worked, it worked well.
* The remote control is quite good, if a bit busy with buttons. All functions on the system can be controlled by the remote, and if no passcode is set on an iPod, all iPod functions can also be controlled by the unit.
* The manual is actually useful. It is not perfect, but does have a decent troubleshooting section.
* The unit does sound good and function well overall. The CD player tracked modestly scratched discs fine.

There are cons:
- The build quality is obviously not there for long term use, even gentle use. It is possible the power supply or the controller board are the weak links, but it is clear that there are problems for use beyond a year.
- The radio is OK, but not great. Strong stations are fine, but middle to weak stations are not well supported even with a better antenna.
- The CD tray is quite flimsy. The load design is very low profile, and worked well enough when the unit worked, but is not even as sturdy as many computer drive trays.
- Lots of plastic, although the blue display does look nice on the system.
- The iPod dock inserts and dock design do not allow any case on the iPod/iPhone, and the inserts never quite fit right.
- NOT latest generation iPod/iPhone or iOS 5.x or 6.x compatible - confirmed by Sharp Technical Support.

I hope you have better luck with your unit that we had with ours...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2011
I have had one of these for only a few days but am already quite happy with my purchase. The sound is very nice. I like that the bass and treble can be adjusted individually. In addition there is an "extra bass" function and several equalizer modes.
I have been using it with my spouse's iPod and was very surprised at how good the iPod sounds. The iPod can be operated with the Sharp remote control.
I have not yet tried using the audio in jack for other possible sources or the USB connection, but am impressed with how many types of inputs the unit can accomodate.
I agree with the comment that the remote control has tiny legends, but at least the legend is in white lettering -- I have seen worse.
Home-made (burned) CDs play correctly as well as commercial CDs.
FM reception seems Ok but i have not tested it too extensively yet.
Good value, in my opinion.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2012
I was looking for something small in size that was versatile(CD, Ipod doc, USB and aux ports)and with good sound. I think this Sharp HE XLDH259P is the ticket. I was able to compare this unit next to a Sony micro audio system, and this had a much richer sound and more bass than the Sony. And having aux plug-in, CD, Ipod doc and a USB port it's very versatile (no USB or Aux ports on the Sony). My only complaint is that the USB function is very picky of what files it will recognize and play. Still, I would recommend this unit if you have little space, but want big sound.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2012
This little 160 watt stereo really amazes me with its' excellent, clear sound. One doesn't expect such from such a "small" electronics item when one is 58 and "old school", but I swear it sounds equally as good or better than the Kenwood receiver with the bigger speakers that I had back in the '70's. Technology amazes me. If you want a fine little stereo for playing your cds, this is the one. Great cost too! I don't use the ipod unit or the usb, but I may in the future. I generally don't care for the lossy sound of mp3's hence the use of the stereo for cds. The radio sounds very nice too!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2011
If you're looking for a nice compact system that charges and docks your ipod and has excellent sound at a great price - this is really it! Not only is this little system attractive looking, but it has everything you could want or need in a shelf system!

The sound for all types of music (including classical) is terrific - even at louder levels. Bass is very good and shakes the floor. Nice options for preset equalizers, adjustable bass/trebel or just Xbass. Lots of options.

I had no problems using the ipod dock - and it was all very easy to figure out without looking to any instructions (which is good, because they appear to be lousy). I love being able to dock my ipod and control it through the remote. Very cool!

The speakers have more wattage than the Japanese competitor's product with way less watts - and the unit still costs less than the competitor!

My biggest complaint is that the speaker wires are hard-wired into the speaker and they have ridiculous clips on the ends that plug into the back of the stereo. Forget ever swapping out the speakers - but fortunately, they are plenty nice! The other reason I gave the stereo four stars is because not only does it have these goofy wires/clips - but the wires are about four feet long (typical for this stype of system, though)! This is really dysfunctional for full listening enjoyment. I don't like my speakers anywhere near one another - and 8' apart just doesn't do it for me! I bought speaker wire and spliced 15' of wire into the line on each side. The sound is still great - so the short wire is really just an inconvenience.

The remote was easy to figure out without the use of a instructions. However, if you are the instruction-reading type... they're lousy and on a silly super-large piece of paper that folds down. I haven't tried to program it - because I can't figure out why I'd want to bother!

Overall, I'm quite happy with this stereo. After making my modifications to the wire, I am totally thrilled with it! I love it and would highly recommend this!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2012
I read several reviews before making this purchase. While the reviews for this unit were very good I will have to admit that my decision was limited for the need of a smaller sized unit to fit some shelving I had built for a previous sound system. I am happy to report that I received way more than I expected. This is a well made unit. Speakers are made out of MDF rather than plastic like most units reviewed. The unit itself has a metal housing. The controls and buttons feel solid. The features are great.
All of that is good, but the best part...THE SOUND! This unit performs better than most of the larger sized systems I looked at in my local stores. Regardless of the music input (iPod, iPhone, Pandora, radio, CD, USB jump drive) the sound is very clear and crisp. The bass boost makes the deep bass sounds very rich and strong. At this point, I do not have a single "con" or negative. Buy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
I love this little unit. I must admit that I was looking at Sonys and Panasonics, however, the deal breaker for me was a lack of a headphones jack in most of their units which caused me to look elsewhere. I like to listen with phones for a better sound as well as private listening. After a lot of looking, I decided upon the Sharp HE XLD259P stereo. I was not sorry. It plays remarkably good for such a small micro unit. It looks nice and sleek also. The sharp has good speakers that the amp powers very nicely and can get reasonably loud without too much distortion. All the functions work OK as well. I don't have an I pod but listen mostly to CDs. If you are looking for something small, cheap that sounds good, I don't think you can go wrong with this stereo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2012
This is the second one I have purchased. The first one I bought for a Christmas gift for my husband to use in his work-out room. It is so versatile. It has a fantastic sound...if you didn't know you would think it comes from a bigger system. Lots of volume and quality sound. We bought this one for our RV to use outside. Excellent product!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2012
I bought this item for use at work because it had both an ipod dock and the ability to play mp3s from a usb drive. It performs great in all modes including cd and digital tuner. I use it in a fairly noisy environment so I can't say very much about its sound quality under normal conditions, but it's great for my use. Considering the great combination of features and its trouble free operation so far (about 1 1/2 months),I'm very pleased with the purchase. Highly recommended.
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