Sony CDP-CX88ES CD Players

CDP-CX88ES

200CD ES Jukebox

User Reviews (6)

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Ben   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 11, 2000]
Strength:

2-way remote, great sound

Weakness:

No keyboard input, motor's a little too loud

I jumped on this deal when I saw it at a local Vanns for $275 (they have a few down to $225 now!). It's the best sounding megachanger I've heard. I should also mention that I upgraded to a Sony STR-DB830 when I bought this, so it's hard to say how much of the improved sound is from the DB830 and how much is from the changer.

Like all changers, this is a huge piece of hardware, and the motor's a bit too noisy when it's spinning - but I can live with it since I have the changer isolated in its own cabinet to eliminate the noise.

Similar Products Used: Earlier model Sony 200 disc changer (non ES)
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
steve   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 25, 2000]
Strength:

capacity, sound quality

Weakness:

yet to find (though I am sure I will)

The unit's ease of use, the fact that it talks to my other sony componants and the turbo cool remote made this unit hard to pass up. Sound quality brings new life to a lot of the old discs in the collection and one of my favorite old albums, Jackson Brownes Pretender actually contains music that I have never heard before. I have heard some criticisms of the mechanics of large changers but I have had no probs(it's only been a month though). I hooked mine up using the optical cable and it sounds great. My wife, by no means a hi fi freak, actually teared up listening to one of her faves. That sure helped me stay out of the dog house for another purchase. I am proud to tell you that I only paid 299 for the thing at a VIP sale in the local hi end shop. I am not too crazy about the fact that there is a seperate little reciever for the remote, but it is not that big of a deal. Overall quite happy with it.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Mike the Snake   Audio Enthusiast [May 06, 2000]
Strength:

Sound quality, price, 2-way remote, warranty

Weakness:

Noisier than the cx300, no keyboard input, no track title input

I got this machine for $299.99 from www.vanns.com. It's a nice item, however, it is noisier than the cheaper, non-ES CDP-CX300. By noisier, I mean when it's moving the CDs around. It gets louder the faster it turns, while the CX300 stays quiet as it accelerates. They each turn about the same speed. I thought it was possible to name each individual track with this player, but I was wrong. No keyboard input doesn't matter that much to me, but it would be nice. Supposedly this cd changer sounds better than the new non-ES sony's, but I bet I couldn't tell the difference. The newer CX335 has a signal to noise ratio almost as good as this one, and the 335 is cheaper. I'm considering taking this one back because it's too loud when changing discs. No keyboard input kinda sucks too. I might get the new CX400 when it comes out next month. Signal-to-noise ratio on the CX400 is 108dB and the CX88ES is 110dB. Not much difference there. They should tell you that the CX88ES makes 40dB of noise changing discs while the CX300, CX335, CX400, etc. make less than 20dB of noise changing discs. It just annoys me when i'm going to sleep listening to music only to get rudely awakened by the loud brrrrrrrrr of the cd changer changing discs.

Similar Products Used: Technics 110+1, Sony CDP-CX300
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Charles Tweedy   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 24, 2000]
Strength:

Built very nice, sound quality, 2 way remote, ease of use

Weakness:

no keyboard input, plastic face plate, remote mod not built in

Very nice product. I payed $350 from 1-800-One-Kall. If you never dealed with these folks you are loosing out and thinning your wallet to much. They saved me tons of bucks on this overhaul I just did. Buy this sucker now while its on its way out of the model year. Recommended. FYI the retail price is $800.

Similar Products Used: Sony 202ES
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Duane Callahan   Casual Listener [Nov 03, 1999]
Strength:

Easy to organize the 200 CD's it holds. Plenty of documentation. Remote is very easy to use.

Weakness:

Haven't found any

Would purchase this product again when I need to add another 200 CD's since the 2 I can connect the units together

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Chris Vespermann   Casual Listener [Dec 07, 1999]
Strength:

Quality, capacity and remote

Weakness:

no keyboard hook-up, remote camand module should be built in

The build quality is first rate and the sound is much cleaner than my single Denon CD it replaced. The program and remote control features are great. I bought on a recommendation and I'm completely satisfied with one little surprise. The raves that Consumer's Digest gave this player also said it had a keyboard entry capability.

I purchased it from Rich @ ext. 714, SoundCity for 489.00+SH.
I would (will) buy this again when 200 discs are not enough.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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