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Sony CDP-CE500

5-disc CD changer

158 Reviews | 19 questions - 44 answers

Item #: 158CDPC500

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Original Price: $149.99

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Overview

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Keep the party going for hours with Sony's CDP-CE500 disc changer. Load up to five of your favorite CDs, CD-Rs, or CD-RWs, and let the changer play each one straight through, or choose shuffle play for a surprise mix from any combination of discs. The player's Ex-Change feature lets you swap out up to four of your discs without stopping the music. Plus, the 'CE-500 expands your listening options with a front-panel USB port. Just plug in a flash drive loaded with tunes to play them back through your stereo. You can even transfer music directly from your CDs onto the flash drive. All recording is done in the MP3 format so you can fit hours of your favorites on a single drive.

Keep the party going for hours with Sony's CDP-CE500 disc changer. Load up to five of your favorite CDs, CD-Rs, or CD-RWs, and let the changer play each one straight through, or choose shuffle play for a surprise mix from any combination of discs. The player's Ex-Change feature lets you swap out up to four of your discs without stopping the music. Plus, the 'CE-500 expands your listening options with a front-panel USB port. Just plug in a flash drive loaded with tunes to play them back through your stereo. You can even transfer music directly from your CDs onto the flash drive. All recording is done in the MP3 format so you can fit hours of your favorites on a single drive.

The remote lets you control the changer from a comfortable seat, and its direct access buttons let you quickly locate specific songs or program a customized playlist of tracks. You also get front-panel controls for quick, easy track selection right from the player. An optical digital output lets you make a crystal-clear direct digital connection to an external DAC (digital-to-analog converter) or home theater receiver.

Looks good, inexpensive, seems to change and play CDs well, no-brainer to"install" (plug in two wires and power cord). Haven't had long enough to discuss any other attributes--so far an outstanding unit.

DrNorm, jacksonville, FL

What's in the Box:

  • 5-Disc CD player
  • Remote control (RM-ASU100)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 39" Stereo audio RCA cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card
  • Online Product Registration
  • Important Safeguards

Product Highlights:

  • 5-disc carousel design
  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs
  • Ex-Change play disc mechanism for swapping up to four CDs while a fifth disc continues to play
  • USB port for audio playback and recording with a connected thumb drive
    • plays MP3, WMA, and AAC music files
    • records MP3 music files from CDs
  • direct disc and track/file access from remote control
  • stereo RCA and optical digital audio output
  • frequency response: 2-20,000 Hz (± 0.5 dB)
  • dynamic range: greater than 90 dB
  • total harmonic distortion: less than 0.006%
  • remote
  • 16-7/8"W x 4-1/8"H x 16-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

Sony CDP-CE500 Reviews

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158 Reviews

CDP-CE500

Written by: DrNorm from jacksonville, FL on February 28, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Looks good, inexpensive, seems to change and play CDs well, no-brainer to"install" (plug in two wires and power cord). Haven't had long enough to discuss any other attributes--so far an outstanding unit.

Pros: Inexpensive Works well

Cons: Maybe I'll find some in time. Some comments talk about the noise of changing CDs, but it is a mechanical unit so I don't expect total silence.

Good product

Written by: skid-kid from Johnstown, PA on February 24, 2016

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Needed a replacement for our old changer at church. I bought this one to replace it and it's been a great item. Now she can preprogram her songs prior to service and it makes it much more enjoyable for everyone.

Pros: It was a direct replacement for what we had and it was simple to hookup

Cons: None at this time

Music, music, music

Written by: Nancy Wirth from tulsa, OK on February 22, 2016

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Tho I had to enlist a grand daughter to assist in assembly, it was "relatively " simple with the very helpful diagrams and numbered parts, I was delighted when the very first sound came across and once again I was in symphony hall (in my dreams). Knowing there is educated, technical help just a phone call away is what finally sold me on buying from Crutchfield.

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Sony CDP-CE500 2nd Time Around

Written by: Chuck from lady lake, FL on February 14, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit was replacement for the first one I received. The first one would stop playing about 1 minute into any CD a put in it. This one seems to be performing OK. It Is noisy when changing CDs but otherwise acceptable.

Pros: 5 CD changer. Remote controlled. Has many different ways to setup 5 CDs to play - in order, random. Also has a USB interface.

Cons: Mechanically noisy when changing CDs.

Sony multi-CD player

Written by: Lex from Mio, Mi on February 11, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this unit to replace another Sony CD player that we had for 10+ years but started to jam so we didn't trust it anymore. This unit works great and was very easy to install.

Pros: Very good sound.

Cons: none

Sony 5 disk changer

Written by: steve13 from austin, TX on February 7, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Had to replace a 15 yr old sony, this one cam quickly, was priced very well, easy set up and works perfectly without reading the instructions. Around $0 less that other stores

Pros: sony, low cost, easy to use

Cons: none

SOUNDSCAPE

Written by: bnspirit from york, PA on January 23, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

this player is awesome, im hearing sounds from this that i did not hear from my Yamaha 5 disc changer, and it works flawlessly with cd'rs that i recorded on my computer

Pros: works great

Cons: non

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Funmanx from Missouri on January 18, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Quick delivery. Worked right out of box. Sounds great. Just what we wanted.

Pros: Great features.

Cons: None

Just what I wanted

Written by: DomG from Pennsylvania on January 18, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Replaced 15 year old unit.

Pros: Easy to set up , intuitive controls.

Cons: Pretty big footprint

above expectations

Written by: KeithM from Wisconsin on January 10, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Couldn't believe a new disk player could actually my cd's sound better, wish I bought this machine years ago. I also like that I can change songs or disks while sitting on my patio and not need to go back inside and aim the remote at the player. So far it has played all my cd's and MP3's. Great product Sony

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Review of Sony CDP 500 CD Player

Written by: John D from Massachusetts on January 10, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have had a Sony 5 CD player deck for over twenty years. It is similar to the new one however they have improved the deck by adding an optical connection to your receiver. In addition the new deck plays MP3 files and has a USB input. I probably will not use the USB input but the optical connection and the MPS ability are real pluses. The sound with the optical direct digital connection is bright and extremely clear. Crutch field has excellent delivery time and excellent support.

Pros: Optical connection and MP3 player ability. Some people have complained about how loud the disc exchange process is. I disagree it makes a bit of noise but certainly nothing I would complain about. A great buy!!!

Cons: None whatsoever.

5 disk Cd player value

Written by: cd collection from Wisconsin on January 6, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great player a -sound investment .This is a replacement for the original sony 5 disk player that I owned for over ten years. That comes to less than a dollar a month.

Pros: Affordable . Remote is easy to use.

Cons: none.

Great product if worked correctly

Written by: Anonymous from Conklin, NY on January 4, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sounded great and great price. But I ordered a multi disc system so I could shuffle songs. this system was malfunctioning so it was sent back.

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Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: 5 CD changer from Florida on January 2, 2016

excellent buy

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Sony CDP-CE500 Review

Written by: Anonymous from Oregon on December 27, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Sony CDP-CE500 changer seems to work flawlessly in playing multiple CD one after the other. We've not used many of the features yet, including the USB conntion (This seems likely to be very useful) because we have only had it for a few days.

Pros: Changer works well, smoothly. Sound is very good.

Cons: Have not seen any.

mostly good

Written by: Chip from Albright, WV on December 26, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The cd player is mostly good but it has some flaws or at least things that could be improved. Out of the dozen cds I've tried, thre are 5 that the player refuses to play. yet they play fine in a small portable cd player. the trays could be numbered so that I can tell which slot I'm putting a cd into. if I press Pause and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes, it shuts off. But on the cds that it will play, it does an excellent job.

Pros: the cds that it does play, it does an excellent job

Cons: it refuses to play 5 out of the dozen cds I've tried ( all were pre-recorded cds that I've bought over the years ).

thrilled!

Written by: greytdanes from Virginia on December 22, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Got this when my 25 year old 5 disc CD player finally was broken beyond repair. I am thrilled with the quality and the sound for such a little price! It sounds so much better than my old CD player which was high end 25 years ago (go figure). Kinda glad it broke now!

Pros: Flawless sound

Cons: Haven't quite figured it all out yet....just took it out of the box and hooked it up.....

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Anonymous from Illinois on December 21, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Replaced existing Sony CD player with this one. Had the previous Sony CD player for several years and had good luck with it.

Pros: Like the carousel design for multiple CD's

Cons: No CD shuffle button on the player only on the remote which works great

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Norma F from Oklahoma on December 21, 2015

I haven't rated this yet because I am not getting any sound from it and I cannot find a volumne button anywhere....need help !!!!

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Crutchfield response on December 22, 2015 If you purchased this product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase this from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums. Or try our online support center.

CDP ce500

Written by: Joan L from Georgia on December 20, 2015

Best changer I ever had

Pros: Much better than memorex

Cons: none

Great CD player

Written by: Pam D from Hockley Tx on December 17, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This cd player has great sound. Its easy to use for those of use who are electronically challenged. ?? My husband is very satisfied and loves the load feature where you can change a cd while one is playing. It was a great price and free shipping can't beat that. Will keep this company in mind for any future purchases. Very smooth transaction.

Pros: Great sound, price and features

Cons: None that we have found.

So far so good

Written by: AdamB from Minnesota on December 17, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just bought this as a Christmas present for my wife. Have not had a chance to use it yet because it is still wrapped up. I will do a more extensive review after I have had time to play with it. This review is for the price and quality of service received, for which I have no complaints. There are a lot fewer choices for cd players than there were a few years ago. This one looked like it was the best available based on reviews.

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MW's Sony

Written by: Joeh from South Carolina on December 10, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

good unit at a good price

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Satisfied customer

Written by: Al C. B. from New Jersey on December 10, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very satisfied, the product is easy to use and program.

Pros: Very good spec's and easy to use, and program.

Cons: None so far

great sound, simple to operate

Written by: Steve0 from Wisconsin on December 7, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I picked up this cd player to replace a high end player that died. It sounds great, was easy to set up, and the controls are easy to read and understand. Highly recommend it for the price and quality.

Pros: good sound, easy operations

Cons: none so far

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Robert H. from California on November 16, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Sony player is far superior to the one it replaced. It has noticeably better fidelity and more features such as a USB port.

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Great product

Written by: Alan from California on November 11, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product. Plug and play. I bought this unit to replace a Denon multi CD player. The Sony was half the price and works just as well in a pretty high end system.

Pros: Easy to install. Price point excellent for what you get. Basic, but what more to you want, unless you need or have a preamp.

Cons: None, yet.

Sony CD Player

Written by: Musicman from New York on November 2, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

So far this is shaping up to be one of the best CD players I've ever owned. It's easy to use, reproduces music faithfully and has the added benefit of the USB port. A great buy. Sony--no baloney!

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Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: MarkC from Colorado on October 25, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The order was processed and came quickly, the Sony CD player with 5 disk changer was just as expected. Good quality sound, and even the capability to turn your CD collection into digital music on a USB drive. Nice.

Pros: Great quality for the price.

Cons: None really.

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Patrick from New Jersey on October 25, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Player is very similar to one I purchased 20+ years ago and just now began to fail. That is why I stuck with the same brand (Sony) and practically identical fetures model.

Pros: Basically simple for simple people like me!

Cons: Some of the ways to do things are slightly different and I don't care for change. But overall it is a good piece of equipment.

Sony 5 disc CD player

Written by: Rimrock from Arizona on October 11, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Player was delivered promply and works great!

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Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Anonymous from Florida on October 11, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just what I was looking for. Excellent product.

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works great

Written by: BK from Goodyear, AZ on September 28, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Married this sony cd changer to my 43 year old marantz 2240B stereo. They couldn't be more happy together. I also plug in my sony MDR-7506 pro headphones. Sit back crank it up hear crisp, clean, clear sound, with a lot of punch if you like it. Some years back I had a freind that got me into a recording studio with the Eagles, I close my eyes and I feel like I was there again. You cant go wrong with this unit.

Pros: get one.

Cons: Dont get one.

Excellent Product

Written by: Steve from Bartlett, Illinois on September 23, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

My previous CD player finally died after about 20 years ... I had not been looking to replace it otherwise. That said, I am extremely pleased with this product. The price was good through Crutchfield, it works fine, was easy to set up and it included upgraded technology that I was previously not aware of (since I had not been looking at what was new over the years that I owned my previous player.

Pros: Good price and tech support if needed by buying from Crutchfield; works great; easy to set up; nice features including 5 CD capacity with shuffle and a more complete remote versus what I had previously.

Cons: None (I've had the unit only a short time and am confident that if anything negative develops Crutchfield will back it).

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: SMYZ from Pennsylvania on August 10, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good quality ,, plays great with ease of operation . sounds great !!

Pros: quality,,, great pricing ,, easy to operate.

Cons: BIG ,,, over sized for it own good. CD tray only comes out enough to change 1 cd at a time . It could easily have been made to extend another 2 inches . making replacing 2 cd's at a time more convenient .Unit it over sized .

Quality, as usual ...

Written by: DavidK from Colorado on August 5, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This unit is an upgrade to a 15 - 20 year old Sony 5 disc CD changer and it is nice to have all the functions available from the remote control. It works very well, and is quick to change discs and quiet in doing so. I used a Toslink cable to connect it and the output of the changer is great, since the music is so full.

Pros: quick response to commands, quite operation

Cons: none

Sony CDP CE 500

Written by: Rod M from Rochester NY on August 2, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent sound quality and mechanics. Didn't need & haven't used the changer, but this was the best deal at the best price for a CD player.

Pros: Sound quality, convenience of remote control.

Cons: Programing is a little more cumbersome than my old Technics player.

Good 5-CD player

Written by: Bob S. from Connecticut on July 25, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Carousel CD players are becoming extinct as more folks move to playing music on iPods/ iPads. We still have a bunch of very good CVD's which we like to play- this Sony combined good sound, a 5 CD capacity, and an attractive price. While we looked at other online sites which offered this player for a few dollar less, we ordered it from Crutchfield because have had great experiences with them

Pros: Good sound and a five CD player

Cons: None come to mind

Sony 5 disk player

Written by: BC from Virginia on July 18, 2015

Easy to install and use

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sony cd player

Written by: RICH from Palestine,TX on June 30, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great 5 disc player.

Pros: Player will play a disc while you add or change a disc.

Cons: none so far

Disc changer great value

Written by: Dan OD from Ohio on June 18, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This player is easy to use and provides hours of CD quality music using 5 discs. I appreciate the shuffle function although it is only available from the remote. Overall, a great value.

Pros: Fair price, easy to use.

Cons: Shuffle option not accessible from main unit.

Outstanding

Written by: Anonymous from Bellevue, NE on June 13, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Ever since my mom's CD changer/player broke -all in one shelf systems- she had been using different ways to play her CD's& this changer was a bday present that has lit up her life because now she has the ability to seamlessly play her CD collection& this player allows usb connection as well!

Pros: 5 disc changer; USB connection; RCA plug-ins& comes with RCA plug-ins

Cons: None

Twilight is Nice

Written by: Craig L. from North Carolina on June 9, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I intend for this to be the last CD player/rec I buy. I have great speakers and amp out of storage and was looking into buying a high end CD player to match or buying a really cheap one and not buying any more CDs when I found this little jewel.

Pros: Appears to have a good clean signal going out to amp. Easy use of remote. Five disc changer. Matches my Sony amp (never hurts). Great Crutchfield price for the quality. I think it would take an audiophile with money to burn to get a player with any truly discernable quality improvement.

Cons: None so far.

Sony 5 disc CD changer

Written by: Regina S from Alabama on June 9, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent product. You can't go wrong with anything made by Sony. Good sound for the money.

Pros: Good sound, Good price. Sony products have always been excellent in my opinion.

Cons: Larger than I thought it would be.

Great product!

Written by: Bruce E. from New York on June 8, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sound reproduction - really like the product!

Pros: I am enjoying the ability to change discs while a disc is playing - my previous unit didn't have this feature. Easy set-up.

Cons: No complaints.

Sony CDP-CE500 CD player

Written by: RobCo from California on May 31, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

CD changer/player works well. My only complaint is the somewhat abrupt, loud noise from the machine when the disc is changing.

Pros: Simple setup and good sound

Cons: Machine noise when the disc is changing.

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Theodore M from Connecticut on May 31, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have had this product for a short time, but so far it has preformed well. I was concerned about the the reading of CDRs. I have only played two, and I have not had a problem.

Pros: Sound is good. Reads CDRs.

Cons: Clanks on disk change. Hard to read controls.

USB

Written by: Tony from California on May 21, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I love the fact that the player has usb input. I just wish it played wav files as well as mp3.

Pros: usb

Cons: limit on usb formats

It's a deal

Written by: Brian J. from North Carolina on May 11, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

While going back to school and trying to live as a minimalist, for a short while I was satisfied with listening to digital music on my computer. I had finally had enough, Pink Floyd just didn't do it for me anymore. Now, thanks to the great deal from a company I respect and tell all my friends about, I can feel the music again. Sony is not who I turn too when I think of quality sound, I was/am impressed. Yes, the carousel is loud, but has an authoritative thump and quick action. I can hardly wait to get all my equipment back together again. I get the feeling I will be even more impressed with this unit using the hardware that can back it up. Even with 25 year old bookshelf speakers, the music has come back alive. It has made me rethink digital music. Because of this one component, I will start buying higher quality music again. Maybe the music industry needs to get involved in a campaign that touts high quality components like this one, paired with high quality recordings. At this price point, and with Crutchfield standing behind it, it was a no brainer.

Pros: 5 Disc. Price + quality. Well designed remote with a soft responsive touch. Looks great sitting on my Kenwood AVR.

Cons: None yet.

Does the job

Written by: Jim from Clay, NY on May 10, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I had an old receiver and speakers sitting around and decided to use them for a bedroom stereo. All I needed was a CD player and this unit fit the bill. It sounds fine (don't all CD players?) and fits perfectly under my receiver. The remote works from all angles in the room and it's easy to select tracks and to program; although the process is a little different than the Sony in my main system. It is a little noisy when it changes discs, but what do you want for $150?

Pros: Easy set up. Decent sound. Good value.

Cons: Noisy when it changes discs.

Good Price, Great Sound

Written by: DMA from Texas on May 4, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

As much I utilize the various music streaming services, I still pull out my CDs on a regular basis; since I already own one of these Sony CDP-CE500 CD changers, I decided to order another. This one is going into my newly-upgraded bedroom system. This CD changer operates smoothly with very little noise (other than the platter rotation sound, which is minimal). The remote is well though-out and easy to use. Those "in the know" may point to higher-grade (and much more expensive) players as having "better hardware", such as a certain kind of Digital-to-Analog converter that may or may not be better than the one in the CDP-CE500, but at this price point, the Sony provides a smooth, dynamic sound that sparkles (to my ears, anyway). There are two choices for connection to an AV receiver: red/white analog or optical digital. If I understand correctly, using the optical connection will bypass the CD changer's internal hardware and allow an AV receiver to do the digital to analog decoding. Don't quote me on that, though - just ask the super-helpful advisers at Crutchfield; I'm sure they'd know. Me, I just sit back and listen to the sweet, sweet sound of my CDs...

Pros: Affordable, easy to use, great sound, record to/read from USB, connection options, durability (so far)

Cons: None

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Robert K from Wisconsin on April 27, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent changer. I could not be more pleased. Sony is my preferred brand for stereo equipment.

Pros: None. Just installed.

Cons: None. Just installed.

Sony CDP-CE500 Reviews

Written by: FredA from Buena Vista, NJ on April 13, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is one of the few CD players that includes a USB function to play digital music from a flash drive with a random/shuffle play option.

Pros: Plays both CDs and digital music, has a random play option, and can handle a very large number of folders and files on a flash drive.

Cons: None so far.

CD Changer from Soney

Written by: barry from Washington on April 9, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good unit, I used to have a Harmon Cardon, but the mechanism inside broke. I like this Sony unit so far, good unit for the money for sure. I would like more features, but I also realize that would cost more. Sound clarity is good, running it through my H-C receiver unit. Ultimately, it's best to buy from Crutchfield, they back up their products and have excellent service. That is why i buy from here, not just prices.

Pros: price quality

Cons: lack of extra features

Good Deal

Written by: HaywardC from Ohio on April 9, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Bought this to replace Marantz CD changer that was on the way out. This one has better sound quality. For the price, it is a solid pieceof equipment so far.

Pros: Good sound quality. Easy to use

Cons: On shuffle play all discs- Changer seems to be prejudiouciously random- meaning that it seems to favor certain disks more than others

Sony CDP-CE500 5-disc CD changer

Written by: Bruce B. from Hastings, Nebraska on April 7, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Product as advertised and performs flawlessly; a good quality changer at a great price! Crutchfield delivered as promised and expected; this Sony replaced my 20 year+ Sony.

Pros: For me hookup was a simple swap, and I was off and running.

Cons: None noted at this time.

Good product

Written by: Bruce from Maryland on March 12, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I read the reviews of this CD player before I bought it and debated buying one much more expensive. This unit is fine -- even superior. We have a 300 disc carousel and my wife complains that discs disappear in it, meaning that she never knows quite what she is choosing until it plays. With this unit it is easy to have a new 5 CD selection each time and to know just what is being played.

Pros: Controls, USB input/output.

Cons: None as yet.

Sony's Last Carousel Is A Great One

Written by: Mister Sterling from New York, NY on March 10, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Back in 2006, I bought a Denon DCM-290 carousel CD changer, partly because Sony didn't have a model as good as this. And while my Denon is working fine, I prefer the Sony brand, to compliment my other Sony components. This is a fine CD player. The design clean and in-line with some of the best CD players Sony made in the 1990s. It also has a USB port so you can play MP3 and AAC audio files (it can access folders and subfolders to find the files). It also records CDs onto a USB sticks in real-time (in MP3 format only). I suppose this is useful for building massive playlists for continuous playback. But if you need to quickly rip a CD track to MP3 for AAC format, a laptop or desktop computer is still best. This has an optical digital output (toslink), so you can connect it to your receiver for optimal digital to analog conversion.

Pros: Digital toslink output Easy to read buttons / tray spaces Bright, classic display MP3 playback either on disc or through a USB device

Cons: No coaxial digital output

Exactly as Expected

Written by: FTS from Lookout Mountain, GA on February 3, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just exactly what I needed and expected. I have a number of multi-disk recordings of piano and orchestral music which I like to play for hours. For my needs, it's perfect. Crutchfield's expert advisors are exceptional. Thanks.

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Sony CDP-CE500 CD Changer

Written by: Robert K from Seal Cove, Maine on January 6, 2015

Have a similar unit for my personal use for 23 years so I bought a this unit for my mother. Connected up easily and works as expected.

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Sony 5 disc CPD-CE500

Written by: Ron from Poquoson, Virginia on December 27, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very good replacement for an ageing Sony unit. Totally comparable with the other Sony components. Very smooth operation amd great controls. Looks fine On the shelf. No issues or problems.

Pros: Easy to program and control. And as for Crutchfield, great packaging, Shipment and price.

Cons: None, exactly what I wanted.

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Jim from GA on December 20, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great little CD Changer at a good price.

Pros: Economical, Seems to function as advertised, good specs for the price.

Cons: N/A

great sound

Written by: Mary Jo from St.Marys,PA on December 19, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After playing new and old CD the sound is great, no complaints. Shipping was awesome, fast, items well packed.

Pros: Great product for the price.

Cons: No cons as of yet

5 disc cd player

Written by: Sony cdp-ce500 from Indiana on December 19, 2014

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Works great

Pros: It replaced my 30 year or more unit and works fine, a easy hookup!

Cons: None

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Anonymous from Maryland on December 18, 2014

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The Sony CDP-CE500 replaced a Yamaha 5-disc CD player purchased a number of years ago. I was surprised that this machine was actually larger than that (I expected a newer machine to be smaller), but I have found the operation to be simple and straightforward, and the quality of the sound to be excellent.

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: Size

It was all that I expected it to be!

Written by: Anita from Xenia, Ohio on December 17, 2014

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I am so pleased with the CD player. It is everything I expected. I have a shelf system and the CD player quit working. I bought the Sony, plugged it into the aux jack on the back and it works great. Very easy to use. So glad I purchase this item. Love it! I've got my Christmas music playing again this year.

Pros: Very easy to hook up and use.

Cons: None

Good player

Written by: DougM from North Carolina on December 15, 2014

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Sounds good and works well so far. It does not seem to be able to play cdrs though. The ad and the manual say it does. Cdrs that played fine in my deceased Onkyo do not work at all in this. If that's important, you may not want it. Everything else is still fine, and I'm happy for the price. For $98 I don't expect audiophile quality.

Pros: price, sound

Cons: doesn't do everything it claims

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Bob C. from Ohio on December 13, 2014

Sony quality, easy to use, and very good documentation. I'm looking foward to years of use.

Pros: Quality, simplicity, and Sony durability.

Cons: none

Sony cd player

Written by: countie from United States on December 10, 2014

It's a Sony nothing but the best.

Pros: Sony quality

Cons: None

Sony CD player

Written by: Paul from Ohio on December 9, 2014

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Excellent product

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SONY 5 CD CHANGER CE500

Written by: Anthony F. from Kerhonkson, ny on December 4, 2014

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The current Sony 5 CD changer we purchased from Crutchfield had a malfunction after 28 Years. It was purchased in 1986 with my High End Sony Receiver which we still have and is going strong. We decided to purchase a new one. It was delivered within 2 days We Love it and will continue to purchase from Crutchfield. You stand behind your products %100 I purchased 2 receivers, Advent Speakers, and two CD changers from you back in the 1980's

Pros: Service, quality, exceptional product for a great price

Cons: NONE

Great Product

Written by: Don from Jacksonville,Fl on December 3, 2014

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Product was as advertised. Very fast shipping. Great company to deal with.

Pros: Works as advertised. Appears to be good quality

Cons: Parts of instructions on use confusing as to how device actually works.

As expected

Written by: Tony G from Beaumont California on December 2, 2014

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This is the third of these I've owned and they've all worked perfectly right out of the box. This latest model seems to be more like the first one I had many years ago and I expect to get the same long use out of it.

Pros: Simple to set up, understand & use

Cons: Changer a bit noisy but that's ok.

Good...but missing "car audio" features

Written by: Bob D. from Dallas,Texas on November 22, 2014

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This is a good CD turntable. It has all the features you would expect except for one - CD-TEXT. It will play CD-TEXT just fine, but it won't display the CD-TEXT. It displays the MP3 tags just fine, but no CD-TEXT. Other than that, it has a TOSLINK to run it straight into wherever you have an upscale DAC. It is a little noisy on random, but usually I am using random for casual listening so it isn't a significant issue.

Pros: MP3 Display, Easy to exchange CD's

Cons: No CD-TEXT display (does play, just no display)

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Cory M from Ashland PA on November 10, 2014

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Hooked player up and it works great!

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CDP-CE500

Written by: Bruce from Clearwater, FL on November 5, 2014

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I purchased this player to replace a Sony 10-CD player that I owned for probably close to 20 yrs. The only reason that one failed was due to operator error. I'm expecting the same longevity from this player and perhaps longer because of its simpler design. Though this one holds half the number of discs, my user experience indicates that 5 CDs should be more than enough to supply background music for the duration of the next dinner party or some Sunday morning jazz at breakfast.

Pros: Easy setup and operation. The ability to record to a USB. Price. Good sound quality for a non-audiophile. Remote is uncomplicated and works well.

Cons: Disc numbers on the carousel were difficult to read since they are molded in the same black plastic as the rest of the tray. Since the numbers are raised, a white paint pen was used to highlight the numbers. This was an easy, quick, and effective fix.

Great CD player, nice price

Written by: MarkT from Connecticut on November 2, 2014

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Easy setup, ready to go right from the box, sound is great as well. Controls and display are well designed, even the remote is nicely designed and easy to use.

Pros: Great value, and does what it's designed for very well.

Cons: None yet.

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Steve S from Lawrenceville, Ga on October 29, 2014

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Easy setup works great

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Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: B,S,S. from PARKTON MD on October 24, 2014

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WORKS GREAT IMPRESSED

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Super Buy

Written by: Steboo from Maricopa, AZ on October 22, 2014

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This is the first CD Changer I have purchased from Sony, I have a Kenwood 6 Disc. Love it. I love my Sony CD Changer even more because It compliments my Sony receiver and surround sound speakers. The day I purchased it and pluged it in, the music sound so sweet coming from six speakers I thought I was at a concert in my living room. On second thought, I was at a concert. The Sony cd changer runs smooth and very quite. You can play an entire CD or mix it up to where it is playing a track from every CD in a random order. This is really cool. I just love my CD changer and hope it run longer that my Receiver (9 yrs and still going). Thanks Sony for making a perfect product. "Love it love it love it" Thank you for reading.

Pros: Nice looking, quite, very easy to operate.

Cons: 5 disc only however, it still does the job

plug & play

Written by: forrest from alto, nm on September 26, 2014

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2 min to hook up. went right to work. same as the sony cdp-c245 that it replaced(it was more than 20 yrs old, hope the new one lasts that long).

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Good CD changer

Written by: Anonymous from San Antonio ,PR on September 6, 2014

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Sound good, easy set up.

Pros: Good sound, easy set up,good price.

Cons: No volume control in remote control.

sony cd player

Written by: john from lake milton, ohio on September 1, 2014

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Outstanding player-easy to program-sounds great!

Pros: More than 1 cd-programmable-can easily download music to my ipad with usb plug-in

Cons: Haven't found one yet.

Sony Disc Player

Written by: Dorothy from Raleigh, NC. on August 19, 2014

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This player is easy to use and I don't have to fear a disc will be lost or caught up in the mechanism as It did with my old one. The cost was very competitive especially with free shipping and no tax.

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CD Player

Written by: Barb from Maui on August 4, 2014

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Great value Easy to set up

Pros: quick set up and priced right

Cons: only holds 5 CDs

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: AJNJR from Cranford, NJ on August 1, 2014

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Machine works well. Predecessor model I had lasted four years heavy use. The CDP-CE500 has USB connection which prior model did not. The newer model is not able to read the song titles encoded on the CD's which the older model could.

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Good, but

Written by: RJ from NorC al on July 27, 2014

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Four stars because of the price. It works fine, but seems to be rather edgy. That is, too bright. For my use (in my garage) it works fine. I don't think you can beat it for the price.

Pros: Price, ease of hookup, versatility .

Cons: Sound is too bright.

Good deal , simple to use

Written by: john P from dallas on July 4, 2014

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Crutchfield made it easy and Sony made it easy to set up. Good price to load 5 cd at a time for party play.

Pros: Easy , 5 cd with programmable mix , old tech but works great

Cons: not much to say, would have like a little lower price point for old tech.

Complicated!

Written by: So Far I Have Not Been Able To Figure Out How To M from Alabama on June 23, 2014

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I can't give much of a review because so far I have not been able to figure out how to make this CD changer work! I have five college degrees so I am not a dummy. I was thrilled with the price of the Bose speakers I bought from you to go with the changer but they aren't much good if I can't make the changer work.

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Crutchfield response on June 24, 2014 We forwarded this review to our Technical Support team for follow-up. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

"Perfect"

Written by: Flojo from Sebastian, FL on June 12, 2014

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Easy to install, took about 15 minutes total, easy to use and great sound. Love the Sony quality.

Pros: User friendly and good quality sound.

Cons: Haven't found any yet.

Good value

Written by: Eric from Devils Lake,ND on June 9, 2014

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One of the few multi disc CD changers still on the market. Does what it's designed to do. Appreciate the excellent service from Crutchfield! Came double boxed and well protected. Shipped quickly and free!!

Pros: Hours of uninterrupted music. Has digital optical output in addition to analog outputs. Auto shutoff feature after discs finish playing. Have not had any problems playing either standard CD's or CD-R's

Cons: Somewhat noisy when switching from one disc to another.

Nice Unit

Written by: Patty from Illinois on June 2, 2014

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i am giving it 5 stars for now even though i have only used it to play CDs. Have yet to use the MP3 feature etc. Hooked up fine to my 20 year old Sony Logics Reciever. We will see how thr rest off it functions in time. i have faith it will be just fine.

Pros: Cds play quite clearly

Cons: Have used all functions yet

Excellent product

Written by: lugobud@hotmail.com from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on May 20, 2014

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I still don't believe how great this product is. The PRICE is Great. And shipping is unbelievable fast and free. Thank you for your EXCELLENT SERVICE!!

Pros: USB works great.

Cons: none

CDP-CE500

Written by: Anthony from Mt Laurel, NJ on April 21, 2014

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The product works great. Very happy. Delivery was fast, pricing was great Could not be more satisfied

Pros: Appreciate the ability to change a CD without cancelling the current selection. Easy to use

Cons: None

One Sweet Player

Written by: GLatCL from Canyon Lake, TX on April 17, 2014

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This CD player fits right in with my sony "stack" system, or you can use it in conjunction with any amplifier & speaker system you have been using,,Plug in to any 110 volt outlet, plug the 2 furnished audio wires into the unit & amplifier, push the remote "on" button and listen to this little gem lay down the sounds...(don't forget to load the 5 CD's)

Pros: Ease of purchase from Crutchfield...Fast double-boxed delivery to your door...No-tech set-up...and a "shuffle" mode that plays single songs from all five CD's(one song at a time of course)

Cons: I'll let you know if I come across any???

Sony CDP-CE500 5 CD changer

Written by: WA from Coatesville,PA on April 13, 2014

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Very easy to use and had it running in about 10 minutes. Sounds great with cd's playing and also out of usb port. I did not realize usb port connection when I bought it but saw it when I unpacked the unit. NICE !!! Use this with flash drive to play hours of music all day . I am pleased with the selection.

Pros: Sound great at the price paid for. Bought it for my workshop but never made out of the house yet.

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great value

Written by: JeffT from Midwest on March 27, 2014

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Love this CD player. I was warned by audiophile friends to avoid multiple disk CD players, but I love the convenience and I love being able to shuffle and play several albums. So I was willing to take a "lesser" player, but that is not the case at all. This unit plays great and sounds excellent on my set up. I've had it for a couple of weeks with about 30 hours burned in. I have had Sony CD players before and I haven't been disappointed yet. This one is a jewel and at a great price.

Pros: Great value for a multiple disk CD player.

Cons: Not for the hi-fi crowd. -but you already knew that.

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Raulito from San Juan PR on March 27, 2014

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Some time ago I used to have an older model. This new one has everything I need. A five disc carrousel that allows me to shuffle the five discs. Of course the Sony sound is up to par.

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Good deal for the money

Written by: Pete from Medford, NJ on March 20, 2014

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Great for the money - kind of mid-line; not too expensive, not too cheap.

Pros: Plays 5 CDs

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Good basic 5 disk CD Player

Written by: SteveS from Oakton, VA on March 20, 2014

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I just replaced an old Sony CD Player that I had used for a good 20 years, but it finally wore out. This replacement is the modern equivalent of the Sony 5 Disk CD Player and is more than satisfactory. It plays well and has a number of new features, including playing a USB Drive with MP3 tunes, that makes it a nice addition to my home audio system.

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Replacement CD Player

Written by: S. B from Fernandina Beach FL on March 6, 2014

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This unit replaced a 1991 Nakamichi machine perfectly. Simple to install. Re-packaged device had no flaws.

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Great changer.

Written by: mick from Florida on March 1, 2014

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I needed a new device for playing my CD's and chose this Sony because of the price. I was pleasantly surprised by it's design and features.

Pros: Easy to set up and easy to use.

Cons: None.

great buy

Written by: Craig M. from ocala florida on February 20, 2014

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Everything is great!

Pros: Easy to use and it was an easy set up.

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Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Pat from Lansdowne, PA on January 23, 2014

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Easy set up, and it has a great sound. It is just as the Crutchfield described it.

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Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Gary P from Palm Desert,Ca on January 20, 2014

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Very easy to install and had up and running in 15 minutes. Very good performance.

Pros: Love playing 5 CD's at a time. Easy installation.

Cons: None

Exactly what I was looking for.

Written by: EdT from Chicago Area on January 16, 2014

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Just as the title says - exactly what I was looking for to replace a previous CD changer.

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Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: pat from van etten, ny on January 16, 2014

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We are very pleased with our sony compact 5 disc player, we can put the 5 cd's in and listen to hours of music! The cd player is as described and good quality for the value!

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Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: DavidR from The Woodlands, TX on January 8, 2014

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Very good and well thought out disc changer. It is very easy to use. Crutchfield recommended the components and that is what we got. Great doing business with them.

Pros: Very good equipment and well thought out.

Cons: none

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Bill M from Vineland, NJ on January 1, 2014

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Easy setup. Out of the box and into the rack in 10 minutes. Easy to use remote. Crutchfeild shipping/service was fast.

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Sony cd changer

Written by: Anonymous from Toa Alta on January 1, 2014

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Excellent

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Sony 5-Disc CD Player

Written by: PeteL from Houston, TX on December 30, 2013

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This player replaces a 20 year old Fisher Studio Standard unit. Easy to use, great sound on my old stereo. So far, very pleased. Hopefully, will get to update review in another 20 years.

Pros: Price, good value, ability to record to a thumb drive.

Cons: Would prefer an open top instead of a drawer which makes it more time consuming to load and unload. Requires a bigger footprint than my old unit.

great buy

Written by: CwbyRick from Big Island Hawaii on December 26, 2013

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Easy to hook up and play

Pros: out of the box hooked up in two minutes

Cons: none yet

Sony 5 disc player

Written by: James from TX on December 18, 2013

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Disc player works great and sounds good. The usb digital file reader works great and is helpful with music storage.

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Sony component CD player

Written by: Spins from Enid, OK on December 17, 2013

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A few CD's won't play

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Very satisfied with this product

Written by: KLM from International Falls, MN on November 29, 2013

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I guess we're dinosaurs, but our main source of music at home is our wonderful collection of CDs. This player loads easily, is designed so jams are almost impossible, and has a sleek slender line that takes up minimum space in our media center. Everything about its operation is smooth and simple. Though CD players are not complex pieces of equipment, we've had enough problems in the past that we appreciate the quality of this machine. The sound quality of our CDs seems to have improved with this player. Excellent value for cost.

Pros: Smooth operation Nice styling Optimal sound

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Sony cdp-ce500

Written by: Jeff m from Madison, wisconsin on October 31, 2013

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The CD player sounds and looks good. I like the ability to listen to a variety of tunes for a extended period time. The carousel is excellent for me especially with the holidays approaching, I could use the USB port but I like my library in my music room. The CD player is a good bet for me. I do have a Cambridge 651 single CD player for top quality sound.

Pros: To play a variety of tunes spontaneously.

Cons: None as of yet.

5-dics cd changer

Written by: Jim from Absecon,N.J on September 29, 2013

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Very easy to set up,works nice no problems

Pros: Ok is works as stated

Cons: None

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Mike from Hernando Fl on June 9, 2013

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I was surprised that this unit can FF a song and the CD acts like a cassette tape and stops where I want it to, every other CD player I own ,it's impossible to do this to a CD.

Pros: the operator can stop the CD in the middle of a song

Cons: the player doesn't play DVD's also

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Cheryl O from Valdosta, GA on June 4, 2013

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easy to install, easy to use ... SO glad we still have access to a good CD player!!

Pros: Hook up is easy

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good product

Written by: Anonymous from carbondale pa on May 28, 2013

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this product seem very good just had for a few day the only thing i dont care for is how u load and unload disc

Pros: for the price cant beat it

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Sony 5 disc CD player

Written by: Timoj from Sonoma, california on May 20, 2013

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Over 20 years ago I bought basically the same unit for about 150 dollars and that little machine worked fantastic!!! Just the other day my older son (age 27) came down into my Pub and jinxed it by saying something like this " wow, this thing still works? Incredible it hasn't broken yet". So you know what happen a few days later. Yes, the turntable inside started to stick and the drawer wouldn't eject or close properly. I took the cover off and looked at it and tried to see if I could bring it back. No such luck though and now it's buried in with dead pets out in the back yard ( just kidding). I immediately got online and ordered a brand new machine for about the same money and it arrived and WOW! This one is AWESOME, with all the new and up-to-date features that make listening to music LOUD fantastic. It doesn't skip at all when your are really cranking your amp. I haven't used all the features yet but somehow with Sony I am not worried.

Pros: It has a lot of nice features that are probably fairly standard nowadays for carrousel changers. Definately a step up from my old Sony. For the price, YOU CANNOT LOOSE!

Cons: It will maximize a shelf depth

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Robert F from Pass Christian, MS on May 20, 2013

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Only had the machine 2 weeks and played 12 CD's. I'm very pleased with the performance,very easy to use remote,even Wifey got the hang of it right away.So I'm a happy chappy at the moment.

Pros: Easy to use and it looks good.

Cons: None as yet,

Sony Changer

Written by: Al M from Connecticut USA on April 6, 2013

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Have owned Sony carousel changers before, this was a replacement for a similar model I purchased 20 + years ago.

Pros: Easy to use, matches & is compatible with existing stereo components.Good price & value, Crutchfield name & Sony reliability/ quality were key in the purchasing decision.

Cons: shuffle & repeat sequencing takes long between tracks

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: JeffL from Everett, WA on March 19, 2013

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I had considered a carousel CD player for many years but had never purchased one until recently. I tend to review and compare prior to buying and have to say the Sony CDP-CD500 is a great option regardless of your budget. It can hook up either as an analog or digital device, and is quick to get up and running. I have been very impressed with its performance and it has seen almost daily use for two weeks now. I am "old school" and like when the main function buttons are on the unit as well as the remote - this CD player meets this well. I have seen other reviews stating this player has quality issues - this can be said of anything you buy. For the money, you cannot go wrong with this CD player. No sound or playing issues and have not used the shuffle mode or USB option.

Pros: Primary mode/function commands on unit and remote, analog & digital hookup options, quick setup.

Cons: This is not a con but something to be aware of - it is a deep square so ensure where you will place it has 16" or more depth or it will not fit. This is true for any carousel CD player and is only an issue if your enclosure is not open on the back.

Very happy with this CD player

Written by: CarolK from Chicago, IL on January 23, 2013

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Crutchfield delivers again. Easy-to-use website, excellent selection and pricing, rapid-fire shipping. They even use eco-peanuts for packing, which I rinsed down my bathtub! This Sony CD player was super easy to install and sounds beautiful. A very good buy for the money. Haven't tried the flash drive yet, but all of my old CDs sound great, even the ones that skipped all over the place on my previous component (not a Sony). I'm very happy with this purchase.

Pros: very simple set-up, excellent quality sound, easy to operate, nice remote control

Cons: none

Great Experience

Written by: Tom from Chicago on January 16, 2013

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Crutchfield fulfilled the order on a timely basis. The player connected easily to my system and performs well. We're enjoying our purchase.

Pros: Quality service, easy to connect, high quality sound - the component delivers as advertised.

Cons: None.

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Scott P from Greenwood, IN on January 9, 2013

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Very nice quality without the price. I have my hooked into a Onkyo reciever via optical cable. Sound quality is exceptional.

Pros: Price, optical output, ease of operation

Cons: none

Sony CDP-CE500 playrt

Written by: Larry R from Dallas, TX on January 8, 2013

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Great product. I highly recommendi it.

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Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Anonymous from Andalusia, AL on December 24, 2012

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Dependable, plays well

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Sony cdp-ce500 CD player

Written by: EricZ from E. Rutherford, NJ on December 22, 2012

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Needed a replacement for multi CD player and the Sony cdp-ce500 player fit the bill. The sound quality is much better than the Technics unit it replaced and the setup was very easy. From taking this unit out of the box to actually playing a cd took less than 5 minutes! Extremely satisfied.

Pros: Very good sound quality, even with 20+ year old CDs. Simple setup. Flash drive compatible.

Cons: None so far.

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: RichS from Melbourne, FL on December 17, 2012

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This unit replaced a Sony 308ESD that was 22 years old. The new unit is easy to setup and use. Fidelity and tonal qualities are on par with the old unit. Other comments that mention it's noisy is a non-issue with me. It's a mechanical changer and is bound to produce some noise in changing discs. Overall, a very good buy for the money.

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So far, so good

Written by: Andosan from Reading, PA on November 19, 2012

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The CD player is working great but only for a few weeks. Time will tell if it holds up.

Pros: Great price. Easy to install. Good sound. I've tried all features including USB.

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Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Roby from Dallas,Tx on October 22, 2012

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Easy set-up, great sound, a perfect replacement for our old excellent Sony CD player, all at a good price. Thanks for all your help, and fast shipping.

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pretty good for the money

Written by: Michael Loughnan from Enterprise, Al. on October 17, 2012

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So Far so good. Had a Sony 300 disc changer before this but didn't hold up well over a few years. Hope that this 5 disc will be better and last longer

Pros: Easy to use, good remote functions

Cons: a little loud when going to another disc

CDP-CE500

Written by: Cyp from Orlando, FL on October 10, 2012

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Works well,but does not play all CD music, which was very disappointing.

Pros: Works well and very easy to use.

Cons: Does not play all CD"s.

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Eddy from Westchester, NY on September 30, 2012

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Simple, reliable, convenient, easy interface with amplifier and the sound quality is quite excellent. I have a lot of CD's which I won't be converting to mp3 etc., and I just wanted something inexpensive but with great sound. This is it! I'll review again in six month after I've used it a while to see how it stands the test of time!

Pros: Quality, sound, easy setup, inexpensive.

Cons: None

Sony CD Player

Written by: Mike C from Jacksonville, FL on September 29, 2012

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I was looking for a inexpensive CD Player or recorder that could play more than one CD at a time. Most CD player only play one at a time. This player met my needs, and performs well. So far no complaints, Easy to operarate and sounds good.

Pros: Easy installation, Good instructions, Controls are clear.

Cons: None so far

great value

Written by: dar from saugatuck mich on September 3, 2012

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These are getting harder to come by. Crutchfield rep helped me find this and a pair of bose speakers. Nice!

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Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Paul from Pittsburgh PA on August 23, 2012

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Can't complain about the qualituy-tho the first you sent was defective

Pros: Good quality sound and easy to operate

Cons: These units keep getting bigger and bigger - hard to fit in my 1900+- victrola-

sony doing good

Written by: Jon from Zephyrhills,FL. on July 23, 2012

we've only had this cd player for a few days so this review probably is premature. yet we are very impressed thus far. if we get a couple of years than we will be satisfied and of course we are hoping for a long life span. anyway, it seems that sony is finally coming out of their slump and producing quality products again. we have it hooked up via optical to our onkyo and the sound is really impressive. i can't get my head around all the hype of paying more than double of this player for a single disc player with less than half the features.

Pros: ease of use. features for the cost. cosmetics

Cons: none so far

Best Player for Money

Written by: NickQ. from Alabama on July 12, 2012

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Works as indicated, upgraded from my last Sony Changer, now with remote on/off, USB Port and MP3 Capability. Highly recommended

Pros: Super easy Set up. Clean Playback

Cons: Am more familiar with old Display for tracks and Programming, will take some getting used to.

Love this CD player

Written by: Ann from Wilmington, NC on February 20, 2012

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After my 15 year old Technics CD player bit the dust, I had to find a replacement. After reading many other reviews about this carousel CD player I decided to take a chance on it. I'm very happy I did. It's very easy to operate, the displays on the front are clear and simple. So far it's been working beautifully. The reason I specifically wanted this model was because I play a lot of MP3 CD's, as well as audio CD's, and this CD player has an outlet for a 'digital optical cable' which make the MP3's sound crisper and cleaner (to my ears anyway). Just make sure your stereo receiver also has an outlet for the 'digital optical cable' ....some don't. I highly recommend this CD player. Also, Crutchfield shipped it in record time in a very sturdy box, and also provided excellent customer service on the phone.

Pros: Clean and simple displays; easy to use; looks nice. Great sound quality.

Cons: Opening up the carousel tray to change CD's is a little bit noisy; my old Technics model was quieter. But it's not a big issue for me, considering all the other positives.

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Jimmy R from Sarasota, FL on February 5, 2012

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it works to my satisfaction, I love this machine.

Pros: Mechanism working very good to my satisfaction.

Cons: I hveent found any yet.

Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Bill from Kingman, Ariz. on February 2, 2012

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The unit is very nice and works great

Pros: All good

Cons: Just a little deep for my stero cabinet...

Sony CDP-CE500 5-disc CD changer

Written by: Roderick from NC on January 31, 2012

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Sony has done it again - - this CD player does everything it is suppose to do. Thanks to CRUTCHFIELD for the recommendation.

Pros: It is a great addition to the music listening - - through the holidays or anytime.

Cons: I have not been able to find any !!!

5 disc cd changer

Written by: Cindy from Baldwinville,MA on January 30, 2012

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We just love our 5 disc CD changer!!! No messing with CD's now, and not having to change a CD every 45 minutes or so is great. I love the shuffle aspect of it. I just wish we had of had it before Christmas!

Pros: You can listen to CD's for a long period of time without having to attend to the changer. You can listen to varying types of music without touching anything.

Cons: Nothing about it I don't like!

Sony 5 disc CD player

Written by: ralfiboy from St. Louis, MO on January 28, 2012

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Overall, I am quite happy with the player. It changes the discs as programmed and was easy to set up and use.

Pros: Easy to use for playing CD's.

Cons: Recording MP3's relatively easy, but replay in my Ford Synch leaves much to be desired. It skips from one file to another, seemingly almost at random. The included instructions(CD player)are not much good beyond basic recording mode.

CD Player

Written by: WadeC from EL Campo on January 26, 2012

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Excellent, great sound and good price.

Pros: Easy to operate

Cons: none

MULTI CD PLAYER

Written by: KONA ED from KONA HAWAII on August 8, 2011

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This SONY multi disc CD player is the best, great sound and great features. Easy to set up and use, I recommend this product to anyone.

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Nice when it works

Written by: Henry from Long Island, NY on July 24, 2011

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My previous Sony 5-Disc changer was 20 years old and loosing its mind. I certainly got my money's worth and replaced it with a near identical model. The newer player has a USB port on the front and plays mp3, wma, and aac - although, the sound isn't quite as nice playing on the USB stick. It's a great unit - but, had to tag Sony for quality. The first unit arrived and would not play any CD. It went through its changer and reported no disc, forcing me to exchange it. Perhaps it would have been better to invest the money in a company who has tighter quality control.

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Sony CD Player

Written by: LukeS from Pocatello, ID on July 10, 2011

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This is a great player, great features, great value. It works with my old Sony remote control for the system I bought in 1991.

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Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Jill D from Fairfield, IA on April 25, 2011

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I have only had this cd player a few weeks. It is working great and serves my needs to have non stop music for my cafe customers just fine. It was easy to install and use.

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Sony CDP-CE500

Written by: Nick Z from Damon, Texas on April 18, 2011

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Have been enjoying a variety of CD's since I recieved the changer. My only complaint, is in the manner in which it plays the CD's in the "Shuffle" mode. It seems to go into a funk at times and will shuffle only between two disks for several songs. I seem to be able to cure it's funk by going into single disc mode and then go back to "Shuffle". This cures it's funk for a while, but then reverts back to it's funk.

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Bang for the Buck

Written by: mr_class from Jim Thorpe, PA on April 18, 2011

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It's hard to find multi-CD changers anymore. My wife needed one for her shop for background music. This one fit the bill and it was a good price. Great sound to my inexperienced ears. She likes it too.

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Fine machine, especially for the price

Written by: Jimm H. from Concord, Ohio on April 17, 2011

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Had a similar Sony model for ten years before it "passed on" this past December. For the price the machine is great for those who still have a large CD collection (and may be too lazy to copy to their iPod/iPad). Have both and sometimes this is just more convenient. Sound is great and I like the optical output versus the older component configuration. Access speed is significantly quicker than my "ten year old" model. Without a doubt better sound quality, as would be expected with optical audio. Running all through my Yamaha HDMI receiver further enhances the all around digital clarity and crispness of the media. Great machine for the price.

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Exactly as described

Written by: PaulH from Connecticut on April 13, 2011

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Product exactly as described. Working well. Straightforward setup. No problems.

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Great buy also

Written by: ME from Stone Mountain, GA on March 31, 2011

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I agree that this is a great buy! I was like a child, excited that it would arrive in 2 days:-) My old 5-cd carousel died a few months ago and what a joy to have music in my home again. Setup was very simple for me since I have been managing my stereo equipment and computers for over 20 years (female senior citizen). As for all of the technical "stuff," I do not know about it; I really just want to play my cds and I did not want 100- 200-, etc. changer because it is easier for me to decide what I want to hear using the 5- cd changer. I am so happy that my daughter's friend referred me to Crutchfield. Thanks

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Written by: John from Indiana on March 30, 2011

I bought this to replace a 16-year old Sony shelf system that was on its last leg and got demoted to the garage. I wasn't interested in the "Mega Changers" Sony offers because of mixed reviews. I like the Disc Exchange feature, and I like the USB input for added tunes. I'm not wild about the CD-to-USB recording feature, simply because if I wanted to convert CDs to mp3, I'd just use my computer. The record-to-USB feature on this CD changer does not access Gracenote (no Internet access), so although you can record a bunch of mp3 files, they're not tagged with the info you need to know what's playing. If you don't mind listening to "Untitled_324.mp3" by Unknown Artist, or manually naming your mp3 files using your computer, then maybe this feature won't bug you. Also the recording feature defaults to 128 kbps, so if you prefer to rip song files at a higher bit rate, then you should use your computer. You can, however, load up a thumb drive with correctly tagged music at the bit rate of your choice from your computer, and the changer can recognize the tagging and display tracks either in menu mode or in play mode. (It probably sounds complicated but it isn't. Most people listen to music at computers, and this is a function I wasn't really looking for anyway.) Other than the record-to-USB-from-CD being kind of a useless feature to me, I'm very satisfied with this product.

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What's in the box?

Download the Sony CDP-CE500 manual

  • 5-Disc CD player
  • Remote control (RM-ASU100)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 39" Stereo audio RCA cable
  • Operating Instructions
  • Warranty Card
  • Online Product Registration
  • Important Safeguards

Features and Specs

General
Disc Capacity 5
Disc Exchange Yes
Track Programming 32
Random Play All Discs
Disc Naming No
Direct Track Access Remote
Direct Disc Access Yes
Remote Included
Display Color Bluish white
Multiple CD Player Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Compatibility
CD-R Playback Yes
CD-RW Playback Yes
MP3 Playback Yes
SACD Playback No
Specifications
CD Frequency Response 2-20,000 Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio Not Given
SACD Frequency Response Not Compatible
SACD Dynamic Range ---
SACD THD ---
Outputs
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output None
Headphone None

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Features

5-Disc Changer: The Sony CDP-CE500 compact disc player features a 5-disc carousel. You can load two discs at a time.

Disc Compatibility: The Sony CDP-CE500 5-Disc Changer offers playback of CD-Audio, CD-Text, and finalized CD-R or CD-RW discs (8 or 12cm).

MP3 Playback: The Sony 5-Disc Changer supports playback of MP3 (32-320 kbps/VBR) music files recorded onto a CD-R/RW disc or stored on a USB (MSC) device. MP3 music files should be recorded in either ISO 9660 Level 1, Level 2, or the Joliet extension format. The maximum number of recognizable MP3 files is - 512 (255 folders) per disc and 5,000 (255 folders) per USB flash memory device.

 WMA/AAC Playback: The Sony 5-Disc Changer also supports playback WMA (48-192 kbps), and AAC (48-320 kbps) stored on a USB (MSC) device. WMA/AAC music files should be recorded in either ISO 9660 Level 1, Level 2, or the Joliet extension format. A connected USB flash memory device may contain 5,000 total WMA/AAC music files, 255 folders, and 999 files per folder.

Text Information: The Sony CDP-CE500 will display CD-Text, ID3-tag (ver.1.1/2.0), and WMA/AAC-tag text information (up to 15 characters). This lets you view song, artist, and album information. 

USB Record: You can connect an optional USB (MSC) flash memory device to the unit's front-panel USB port and transfer music from an inserted disc to the connected USB device. The audio file will be recorded in MP3. The amount of free space required on the USB device is approximately 1MB per minute when transferring music from a CD (required free space may be larger when transferring music from an MP3 disc). You can record an entire disc or a single track.

  • CD Sync: You can easily transfer all the music on a disc to your connected USB device via the unit's "CD SYNC" function.
  • Record 1: You can also transfer a single track or MP3 file that is currently being played by simply pressing the "REC USB" button.

Note: Up to 999 files/folders can be recorded.

Controls

Remote Control: An IR remote control (RM-ASU100) is included for wireless operation of the Sony 5-Disc Changer. The remote operates off of two "AA" batteries (included).

Disc Exchange: You can open the unit's disc tray while playing a disc, so that you can check what disc are to be played next and replace discs without interrupting playback of the current disc.

Playback Modes: The Sony 5-Disc Changer features Normal, Repeat, and Shuffle playback modes.

  • Normal Play: In Normal Play mode, you can play tracks/files in sequential order.
  • Repeat Play: You can play tracks/files repeatedly. You can repeat all tracks/files on a disc or USB device. You can also play a single track/file repeatedly. In addition, Repeat Play mode can be used with other playback modes (Shuffle or Program), as well.
  • Shuffle Play: In Shuffle Play mode, you can play tracks/files in random order. You can select whether to play tracks/files on all discs (or USB device), a specific disc, or in a specific folder.
  • Program Play: You can pick out the tracks/files you like and specify the playback order in a program containing up to 32 tracks/files. The total playing time of your Program cannot exceed 99 minutes and 59 seconds.

Search Modes: The Sony CDP-CE500 offers various Search functions to find your music.

  • Direct Search: You can directly select a disc (1-5) from the unit's front-panel or remote control You can also directly select a music track/file from the remote's numeric keypad (0-10).
  • Skip (Previous/Next): You can skip between tracks/files and discs using the CD player's front-panel controls or included IR remote.
  • Folder Search: You can select (up/down) folders on a MP3 disc or USB device using the unit's remote control.
  • Fast Forward/Rewind: You can fast-forward or rewind within a track/file from the unit's front-panel controls or included IR remote.

Connections

Analog Outputs: The Sony CDP-CE500 5-Disc Changer is equipped with a rear-panel stereo RCA analog output for connection to your home stereo receiver.

Digital Output: The Sony 5-Disc Changer is also equipped with a rear-panel optical digital output for connection to your home theater receiver.

USB Port: The Sony CDP-CE500 is fitted with a front-panel USB (type-B) port for connection of a USB (MSC) device. Your USB mass storage class device must be formatted in FAT 16/32. You can listen to MP3 (32-320 kbps/VBR), WMA (48-192 kbps), and AAC (48-320 kbps) music files stored on a compatible USB flash-memory device.

Note: The CDP-CE500 will charge your connected USB flash memory device (up to 500mA).

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Why did you buy this?

Have a large CD collection and like the convenience of having 5 disks available at a time. [ GUSTAV  Feb 15, 2016 ]
Prior experience with Sony CD player and price. [ louis  Feb 13, 2016 ]
I've had a multi-disc CD changer since they came out. Pioneer, with the cassettes holding 6 each. The laser must have finally quit on it and they seem to be out of production. This unit was unique that it had a usb that sounded intriguing. [ Carmen  Feb 12, 2016 ]
Recommended by Buzz Buzz's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=53 [ Paul  Feb 09, 2016 ]
Based on website and customer reviews [ Jim  Feb 08, 2016 ]
Because my Pioneer CD player of approximately 25 years is no longer working as it should and I enjoy listening to my CD's. The Sony looked like a quality replacement and should fit right into the spot where the Pioneer player sat with no issues. I look forward to many good years of use out of this new Sony CD player. [ Patrick  Feb 06, 2016 ]
Reviews and recommendations. [ John  Feb 06, 2016 ]
I like the Sony Brand and dealing with Crutchfield [ Chriss  Feb 03, 2016 ]
My last Sony CD player lasted 20 years. This one is very similar, and has a few added features. [ David  Feb 01, 2016 ]
I am buying this unit to replace an older version of this CD changer that I have used for about 22 years. That old one has operated exceptionally in a dusty studio environment but is now starting to have some minor play issues and needs to be replaced. I have been so pleased with my original one that I am replacing it with the same model. I also have another one of these CD changers connected to another sound system in my house and am very pleased with its operation. [ COLIN  Jan 31, 2016 ]
I read the other shoppers' reviews. [ Pamela  Jan 31, 2016 ]
Price and Functionality; previous problems with a Philips CD player [ Steven  Jan 31, 2016 ]
Use to pair up with vintage sony str gx-10 es monster receiver. Will use usb port for memory stick when not spinning albums or cds. [ Kenneth  Jan 31, 2016 ]
The Consumers Digest gave it a very high rating and customer satisfaction is high. The price is good too. [ Rudolph  Jan 31, 2016 ]
Good price, specs and reviews [ Allen  Jan 30, 2016 ]
Review ratings and price. Just needed something better with CDs than my BluRay player. Multi-disk was a bonus at this price. [ Charles  Jan 30, 2016 ]
Good reviews for the price. [ Elisha  Jan 21, 2016 ]
Very good reviews and price [ Alejandro  Jan 20, 2016 ]
Price, I had a Sony cd player and it lasted for 17 years. And I am back for another one. [ Gary  Jan 17, 2016 ]
Quality [ FAHMY  Jan 14, 2016 ]
Good reviews, nice features [ mico07022  Jan 12, 2016 ]
good price replacing older sony cd player like this brand [ Sheree  Jan 08, 2016 ]
I need a new c d player. [ Sammy  Jan 08, 2016 ]
It was the only CD changer available at a reasonable price [ Susan  Jan 07, 2016 ]
Most popular at best price. [ Michael J.  Jan 04, 2016 ]
Great replacement for an old one. [ Jeffrey  Dec 31, 2015 ]
Price [ JOHN  Dec 29, 2015 ]
Simple brand loyalty. Been Using Sony equipment for over fifty years. [ ROBERT K.  Dec 29, 2015 ]
Great value for the price [ Debra  Dec 29, 2015 ]
I had a previous model for 20 years, good piece of equipment. [ Pedro  Dec 28, 2015 ]
Reviews on line . . . our old CD player ( ~ 20 years old ) has finally lost it's mind and we needed a new one. Crutchfield has always had good prices, quick / free shipping, and great tech support if needed. [ ROBERT C  Dec 27, 2015 ]
Its replacing a 5 disk Sony player that is about 30 years old and just recently dropped a channel. Hope this one performs as well. [ Kim  Dec 27, 2015 ]
Have 5 disc to play.Save time [ Yen  Dec 26, 2015 ]
My Onkyo died. My tuner is a Sony so, price was right for this CD I just purchased. [ Linda  Dec 26, 2015 ]
Good value for the features I want. [ Eric  Dec 23, 2015 ]
Good reviews on internet. Excellent price. Replacing an older SONY changer that gave good service. [ Clifton  Dec 23, 2015 ]
the comments about this Sony were good.I like this branch is a good quality Cd charger. [ Jose A.  Dec 21, 2015 ]
online reviews and reviews on Crutchfield site [ Mark  Dec 21, 2015 ]