Sharp XL-HP500 3-Disc Executive Microsystem (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Stylish compact stereo with tray-loading 3-CD changer and single-well autoreverse cassette deck
- 30-preset FM/AM digital tuner, high 50 watts per channel power
- Magnetically shielded speakers for placement near computer monitors or televisions
- Stereo analog-audio input accommodates DVD player, MP3 player, or VCR
- Sleep timer and record/playback timers let you fall asleep and wake to music; includes full-function remote control
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Offering CD, cassette, and radio listening from a single small but powerful system, Sharp's silver XL-HP500 compact stereo will look and sound great in the office, den, bedroom, or living room. Its fluorescent color display keeps track information and time of day in easy sight, and the system offers a built-in alarm clock with associated sleep timer, recording timer, and playback timer so you can fall asleep and wake to your favorite music.
The XL-HP500's hefty 50 watts per channel will make your CDs sound great in small to medium-sized rooms, when you're cranking them up and when you're playing them quietly; an overshadowed benefit of high power is that you get full sound, even at low volumes. You can listen straight through a disc, set the player to repeat, or set it to play random selections.
Load up to three CDs at a time and listen to them continuously, in random mode, or one at a time--you can even swap out two of the discs while the third is playing. The system's two-way speakers are magnetically shielded to allow distortion-free placement near TVs or computer monitors. Detachable grilles expose the speakers' generous 5.125-inch woofers, dome tweeters, and bass-enhancing ports.
The single-well cassette deck offers full-logic controls and autoreverse playback for hands-free extended listening. The 30-preset FM/AM digital tuner automatically scans available stations for easy programming. Use the X-Bass circuit to boost the speakers' bass output, or choose from among five preset equalizer curves to tailor the sound to your preference.
A dedicated subwoofer output facilitates hookup with an external (and optional) powered subwoofer to fill out your music's bass frequencies, while stereo RCA analog-audio inputs accommodate an external device like a DVD player, MP3 player, voice recorder, or VCR. Want to listen in private? Plug a pair of headphones (not included) into the unit's .125-inch headphone jack. This system is Energy Star compliant, meeting all guidelines for energy efficiency.
What's in the Box
Main unit, two speakers, an FM/AM antenna, a full-function remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, and warranty information.
Top customer reviews
Would have been great to have the remote, but the seller said otherwise upfront.
Only complaint: this was packed very, very unprofessionally and might have easily been smashed up in transit.
The sound is impressive for its size. Many units of this size don't produce a desirable sound.
I've had 2 other sets fail me with a broken cd player after a few years of use so I'm not a big fan of spending big dollars on a stereo system if that's the way they stand up today. The others I bought were more expensive than this player.
I returned this unit to Circuit City when the timer function stopped working (within 2 weeks of purchase). All in all, I'd characterize this unit as one of the better "executive shelf systems" I've tested. Basically, it (...), however so do most of the other units out there that are competing with it. The Sharp XL-HP500 is cheaper than most, and includes a pre-out for a powered subwoofer, which I've come to realize is almost unheard of in one of these mini-systems. Unfortuneately, when I convinced a Circuit City salesman to allow me to demo the unit with a powered subwoofer attached, it didn't sound significantly improved. Certainly not enough to justify spending an additional $100 on a powered subwoofer, bringing the grand total to somewhere in the neighborhood of $250. If you absolutely need must have a sound system with these specs (ie, small), then this is probably the best one to get in terms of price/value. If you have any other options available to you, I'd suggest attempting to assemble a rag-tag set up of mismatched, possibly used components. The additional $100-$200 you spend will hopefully return in the form of much better sound quality and the promise of future versatility/expandability.
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To what I see on the market it is the best in its category. Everything can be controlled from the remote.Read more