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Sony CMTBX20i Micro Hi-Fi Shelf System (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Sony
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  • Compact micro hi-fi system
  • Built-in iPod dock
  • Front-loading CD player,Disc Capacity : 1
  • Audio In for use with other media players
  • Fluorescent display
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Product Specifications

Brand NameSony
Color NameBLACK

Technical Details

  • Remote Control

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 19.5 x 14.8 inches ; 7.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 20 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B00171OSI6
  • Item model number: CMTBX20i
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2003

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Amplify the mood of any room. Unleash your favorite tunes from your iPod® music player with the CMT-BX20i micro hi-fi shelf system. Just plug your iPod into the dock and enjoy rich sound--perfect for adding music for parties are just relaxing around the house. A remote control with full iPod functions is included to manage your music from the comfort of your sofa.

Product Description

Amplify the mood of any room. Unleash your favorite tunes from your iPod music player with the CMT-BX20i micro hi-fi shelf system. Just plug your iPod into the dock and enjoy rich sound-perfect for adding music for parties are just relaxing around the house. A remote control with full iPod functions is included to manage your music from the comfort of your sofa.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The sound is great.
James Tunnicliffe
I am surprised that something made by Sony failed so miserably.
miniartist
It is perfect for a bedroom or dorm room.
R. Brown

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

317 of 317 people found the following review helpful By W. White on February 13, 2009
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I have had this system since early January '09, and paid $129+ tax. I am, overall, very satisfied with the purchase. There were no surprises. It looks and performs as represented on the Amazon page. I rate it a B+, or an 8.5/10 overall compared to similarly priced bookshelf systems.

PRO:

*Great looking in basic black, fits (style-wise and otherwise, it's also quite small) into anyone's living/bed room or office. Nice bright, clear, easy to read display.

*Solid Sony construction and quality. Materials and assembly are first rate. Lots of metal where it counts (the outer case, e.g.)

*Operation is straightforward and relatively simple. I learned basic functions in 5 minutes, and seldom needed to consult the fold-out style minimalistic manual.

*Sound is clear and accurate, and volume is ample enough to fill a typical room. Very little distortion or clipping even near top volume.

*Has controls or all basic functions on top of unit as well as remote, so you can still use it when you can't find your remote. Remote operation is intuitive AND logical. No stupid gimmick functions no one ever uses to get in the way, but does what it needs to do from across the room.

*iPod mounts atop unit (unit charges iPod whenever connected). Slides in easily. Easy to view iPod display. Position is practical; iPod does NOT tend to get in way or fall out as they do on a number of other like systems/docks. There is another jack for additional input (like connect to an Apple Airport Express/Extreme to run Airtunes and listen to Pandora/streaming or tracks in non-iPod formats). As with most docks, will not mate positively with iPod in a case (that is a limitation of Apple's design though).

*Plays custom MP3 CDs, including displaying ID3 tags.
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137 of 139 people found the following review helpful By James Tunnicliffe on November 12, 2008
I purchased this model at Best Buy for $109 after trying and returning an all-in-one Memorex shelf unit that was more expensive. I should remember that for the future, "Sony no baloney." I have a larger Sony component system for the past 16 years which never gave me any trouble. I like this model for the following reasons:

1. Good sound. 50w total power makes a big difference compared with lower rated shelf systems. It will definitely fill a room without putting it on maximum volume.
2. Elegant design and white display. Shows clock when unit is powered off on standby.
3. Controls are easy to figure out on unit and on remote control.
4. CD is sliding tray type on the front. Not the top loading type with a button in the center. I hate those.
5. Headphones jack is in the front where I want it.

Be aware though, that the "EQ" is really just treble and bass controls from -4 to +4. There is no balance control. This was not really a disappointment. The sound is great.

What I didn't like was minor:
1, The rear of the particle board speakers is not painted like the black enclosure. Depending on where you place the system it might not look as nice. You could always paint them yourself. I put mine where you won't see this. If you put these speakers on a shelf, you won't notice.

2. The supplied AM antennae is ok, but the FM antenna is just a single wire that attaches to a coax terminal. I could not get much reception where I put the unit. But that's much better than systems that just have a single non-detachable wire coming out. Because, with the coax terminal I attached a $10 RCA FM/VHF/UHF antennae which works fine.

All in all I still give it 5 stars because it does the job for me with no headache.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Emily Teeter on July 29, 2008
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I am very impressed with this system. It has the sleek styling you expect from Sony and the quality too. The speakers have good sound especially considering their size. We had been searching for a system with multiple cd trays to replace our old one, but settled on this and we are very glad that we did-it made us really appreciate ipod technology. The system is also the perfect home for an old ipod (1.4.1) with a defunct battery. Really great product and very well priced for what you get.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By miniartist on September 11, 2009
The unit worked well for about 8 months then the ability to open the cd tray ceased. Unit wouldn't even turn on with the front bar, I had to use the remote...but worse on the right side of the bar is the only way to open the cd tray...that ceased working also so my cd is stuck in there.. I am surprised that something made by Sony failed so miserably.
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79 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Bob V on May 12, 2009
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Bought this unit new from Amazon about nine months ago. It stopped playing CD's and would contantly search for the disk. Sony Warranty service of Laredo, TX said to send it in. Got several e-mails including "received unit" and "received receipt" and "will be fixed under warranty". Several weeks later I received the unit back COMPLETELY DESTROYED. They claimed they received it that way. They refused to provide any information, including their assessment of the unit. No information was provided to prove that they received it damaged. Simply put, I got the complete blow off with no recourse. It's not the money, it's the total lack of service and responsibility.

After buying ten of thousands worth of Sony products, I think I'm done with Sony after this. Forget the PSP for my kids, I'll get the four of them iPod touches instead.
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