Bookshelf stereo systems have definitely gone downhill since I purchased my last one 15 years ago. Wow, was I surprised at the lack of choices and options available. First, let me say my RCA bookshelf stereo system from 15 years ago is still going strong and I LOVE it! This Sony stereo was purchased for my 19 year old daughter who needed a nice, yet compact stereo. It seems that people today either want to listen to music through an ipod or through some fancy multi component surround sound system. Bookshelf stereos are practically impossible to find! When I saw this offered, I figured it would fit my daughter's needs perfectly - ipod connection, cd player, and am/fm radio. I was highly disappointed with the speaker connections since mine has alligator type connections and is 15 years old! The speaker's on the Sony do sound good most of the time. However, the sound definitely does distort once you begin turning up the volume on the stereo. I was disappointed in the equalizer ... all you have are a few preprogrammed options. My 15 year old stereo came with an equalizer that was entirely adjustable. I was disappointed with the lack of auxiliary connections in the back of the Sony stereo unit. There is only one connection on the front and that can be used for headphones (or something similar). My 15 year old stereo has a huge variety of connections and we currently have a video game system and TV running through it. I would have thought that stereos today would at least be comparable to what I purchased 15 years ago, if not better! My daughter wanted something that would charge her ipod when not in use, so that was a big selling point with this Sony stereo. The additional subwoofer is nice and I wouldn't have purchased the stereo without it. The timer function is a plus, she now has the option to wake to her stereo instead of using her alarm clock. However the clock doesn't stay on all of the time. In order to see the time, you actually have to hit the button on the remote. All in all, it was a decent stereo for the money. If you can live without certain features, then I would recommend this product to you. I just thought that technology would have caught up to bookshelf stereos by now...very disappointing.
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