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Sony CDP-CE500

5-disc CD changer

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Sony CDP-CE500

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.

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


Good deal , simple to use

john P from dallas on 7/4/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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!

So Far I Have Not Been Able To Figure Out How To M from Alabama on 6/23/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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"

Flojo from Sebastian, FL on 6/12/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Eric from Devils Lake,ND on 6/9/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Patty from Illinois on 6/2/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

lugobud@hotmail.com from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on 5/20/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Anthony from Mt Laurel, NJ on 4/21/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

GLatCL from Canyon Lake, TX on 4/17/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

WA from Coatesville,PA on 4/13/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

JeffT from Midwest on 3/27/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Raulito from San Juan PR on 3/27/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Pete from Medford, NJ on 3/20/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

SteveS from Oakton, VA on 3/20/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

S. B from Fernandina Beach FL on 3/6/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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Great changer.

mick from Florida on 3/1/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Craig M. from ocala florida on 2/20/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Everything is great!

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

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Sony CDP-CE500

Pat from Lansdowne, PA on 1/23/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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Sony CDP-CE500

Gary P from Palm Desert,Ca on 1/20/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

EdT from Chicago Area on 1/16/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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Sony CDP-CE500

pat from van etten, ny on 1/16/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

DavidR from The Woodlands, TX on 1/8/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Bill M from Vineland, NJ on 1/1/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Anonymous from Toa Alta on 1/1/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent

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Sony 5-Disc CD Player

PeteL from Houston, TX on 12/30/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

CwbyRick from Big Island Hawaii on 12/26/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy to hook up and play

Pros: out of the box hooked up in two minutes

Cons: none yet

Sony 5 disc player

James from TX on 12/18/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Spins from Enid, OK on 12/17/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A few CD's won't play

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Very satisfied with this product

KLM from International Falls, MN on 11/29/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Jeff m from Madison, wisconsin on 10/31/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Jim from Absecon,N.J on 9/29/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very easy to set up,works nice no problems

Pros: Ok is works as stated

Cons: None

Sony CDP-CE500

Mike from Hernando Fl on 6/9/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Cheryl O from Valdosta, GA on 6/4/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Anonymous from carbondale pa on 5/28/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Timoj from Sonoma, california on 5/20/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Robert F from Pass Christian, MS on 5/20/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Al M from Connecticut USA on 4/6/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

JeffL from Everett, WA on 3/19/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

CarolK from Chicago, IL on 1/23/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Tom from Chicago on 1/16/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Scott P from Greenwood, IN on 1/9/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Larry R from Dallas, TX on 1/8/2013

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Great product. I highly recommendi it.

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Sony CDP-CE500

Anonymous from Andalusia, AL on 12/24/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Dependable, plays well

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Sony cdp-ce500 CD player

EricZ from E. Rutherford, NJ on 12/22/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

RichS from Melbourne, FL on 12/17/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Andosan from Reading, PA on 11/19/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Roby from Dallas,Tx on 10/22/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Michael Loughnan from Enterprise, Al. on 10/17/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Cyp from Orlando, FL on 10/10/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Eddy from Westchester, NY on 9/30/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Mike C from Jacksonville, FL on 9/29/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

dar from saugatuck mich on 9/3/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Paul from Pittsburgh PA on 8/23/2012

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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

Jon from Zephyrhills,FL. on 7/23/2012

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

NickQ. from Alabama on 7/12/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Ann from Wilmington, NC on 2/20/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Jimmy R from Sarasota, FL on 2/5/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Bill from Kingman, Ariz. on 2/2/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Roderick from NC on 1/31/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Cindy from Baldwinville,MA on 1/30/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

ralfiboy from St. Louis, MO on 1/28/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

WadeC from EL Campo on 1/26/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent, great sound and good price.

Pros: Easy to operate

Cons: none

MULTI CD PLAYER

KONA ED from KONA HAWAII on 8/8/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Henry from Long Island, NY on 7/24/2011

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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

LukeS from Pocatello, ID on 7/10/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Jill D from Fairfield, IA on 4/25/2011

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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

Nick Z from Damon, Texas on 4/18/2011

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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

mr_class from Jim Thorpe, PA on 4/18/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Jimm H. from Concord, Ohio on 4/17/2011

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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

PaulH from Connecticut on 4/13/2011

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

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Great buy also

ME from Stone Mountain, GA on 3/31/2011

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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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John from Indiana on 3/30/2011

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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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 ]
Read reviews [ therese  Dec 21, 2015 ]
Direct replacement [ William  Dec 20, 2015 ]
Good brand. Good features. Compatible with older "RCA" type receivers. Good price. [ WILLIS K  Dec 20, 2015 ]
I like dealing with Crutchfied. Good products and knowledgeable people. [ MICHAEL F  Dec 11, 2015 ]
I wanted to replace the unit in my component system. the reviews were wonderful. [ Marlen  Dec 09, 2015 ]
I picked this item because the last one I purchased 20+ years ago died. It must have been its time. [ Paul  Dec 09, 2015 ]
My husband wanted it for x-mas [ ERICA  Dec 06, 2015 ]
Replacement for an older model that is broken [ RANDALL  Dec 05, 2015 ]
I wanted a carousel player to listen to hours of music without needing to change CDs and this was the best reviewed of the available brands. [ Dave  Dec 05, 2015 ]
Owned this item before and it worked great. Was damaged by lightning strike so buying again. [ Lorraine  Dec 05, 2015 ]
have been looking at it for awhile, treated myself to Christmas present [ Charles  Dec 04, 2015 ]
Was looking for a multidisc CD player that was reasonably priced and would play high quality music. This one had good reviews and has option of playing digital music. I also noticed that your company had some good reviews. Thought I'd try it. [ Rod  Dec 03, 2015 ]

19 questions already asked

It was made in Malaysia. [ JOHN B  Dec 12, 2015 ]
Are you kidding? One problem it has as well as it's predicessor; the longer it is on, the warmer it gets the fewer songs on auto select. [ HOLCOMB R  Dec 11, 2015 ]
If your system has rca inputs you can connect it there, if you still want to go thru the auxiliary you'll need an rca to auxiliary adapter. [ MANUEL  Dec 06, 2015 ]
You should be able to connect this to the Auxilliary input on a Wave radio. The Aux input on the Wave is a mini-jack so you will need an RCA to mini-jack adapter. http://www.crutchfield.com/p_1426RCA35A/Scosche-Mini-to-RCA-Cable.html [ Jeff  Nov 12, 2015 ]  Staff
It sure will shuffle play songs through its USB port and you can choose between the entire drive or just shuffling the current folder you are in. [ Paul  Nov 02, 2015 ]  Staff
I am not absolutely positive - hopefully another user may know better - but I don't think so. I think the USB is only to transfer files, not play them through the PC. (To do what you are talking about, I do it through my receiver, And, yes, the PC is running Win7) [ MARK  Sep 08, 2015 ]
Yes [ Clyde H.  Apr 02, 2016 ]
Yes, the Sony CDP-CE500 does play MP3 CDs. I haven't done it, but the instructions on loading and playing them are clear in the owner's manual. [ George  Jul 26, 2015 ]
The dimensions of this unit are: 16-7/8"W x 4-1/8"H x 16-7/8"D [ Jeff  Jul 22, 2015 ]  Staff
They will be just fine. When we got the disk changer, we got the bottom of the line speakers which work very well. It just depends on how large your space is. [ MARY LOUISE  Jul 25, 2015 ]
This unit is a CD player only, and will not directly power speakers. [ Jeff  Jul 22, 2015 ]  Staff
I have 4 bose outdoor speakers and would like to be able to play two of them louder while all four are playing. 6 ohm 150 watt [ ROBERT  Jul 20, 2015 ]
Hello. No, the CDP-CE500 is not Blue Tooth compatible but it does, however, feature an USB port which enables to record and play music files and it works very nicely. [ Jose  Jul 06, 2015 ]
I don't know. Mine is connected using wired speakers [ ROZ  May 08, 2015 ]
It will shuffle either way. [ BRIAN  Dec 28, 2014 ]
I have not tried this but on page 17 of the instruction manual they state, " plays all tracks/files on all discs in random order ( all discs shuffle) [ STEPHEN J  Dec 28, 2014 ]
I have had this unit for a couple of years now. It shuffles all songs on all the CD's loaded so you should not have a problem. [ SIDNEY C  Dec 28, 2014 ]
The manual (p. 17) says "In Shuffle Play Mode, you can play tracks/files in random order. You can select whether to play tracks/files on all discs (or a USB device), on a specific disk, or in a specific folder." I haven't tried it myself. [ STEPHEN C  Dec 28, 2014 ]
It shuffle all songs from all CD S. [ JOHNNY L  Dec 28, 2014 ]
This is just a carousel CD player. If you had a CD or cassette recorder, you could connect it to the CDP-CE500 audio outputs to record. The only recording it does itself is to a USB device (thumb drive). Sorry for the late response, -- steve [ STEPHEN C  Nov 26, 2014 ]
What do you mean record from cd to cd? There are RCA outputs and a optical output that can be used to transfer the audio into another source. There is a connection on the bottom right hand side of the front if you want to transfer music from the player to one of those stupid ipod or mp3 thingys. [ CHAD  Nov 24, 2014 ]
Yes it can. It plays all myp3 files Work great [ FITZROY  Aug 15, 2014 ]
YES MY SON TRIED IT AND IT WORKED [ MARK H  Aug 14, 2014 ]
I haven't tried the USB port, but the manual says "You can listen to music stored on a USB device. The audio formats that can be played back on this player are MP3/WMA/AAC." -- steve [ STEPHEN C  Aug 14, 2014 ]
I don't know [ M C  Aug 14, 2014 ]
You can play music stored on a flash drive but it does not recognize an iPod plugged into the USB port. [ RANDY  Aug 14, 2014 ]
yes [ GREGORY J  Aug 14, 2014 ]
Yes, Just load a thumb drive with music. Plug it in and select USB. Use the remote to select which song or folder to play. I put my music in separate folders and name them. Like all one Artist or a mix in each folder. I don't even use the cd that much, just the USB. This is a great piece of equipment! Hope you like it. Ed [ EDWIN C  Aug 14, 2014 ]
You can get a compatible memory stick from Sony. I think you can record music onto it from other sources and play it on the cd player. It has to be a Sony one for some reason. [ ROBERT  Aug 14, 2014 ]
Yes you can [ JEFF  May 19, 2014 ]
Haven't hooked it up yet. [ MICHAEL  May 08, 2014 ]
sorry but i've never tried to do this [ JAMES  May 07, 2014 ]
It will depend on the machine you used to record with. Each machine usesdifferent software to start the disc. The most trouble I've had was at the endof a CD I recorded it refused to go to the next disc. John [ JOHN R  Apr 12, 2014 ]
I have never used burned cds . I have never had a problem with any of my cds playing. I hope this helps. [ LAURA  Apr 08, 2014 ]
I've owned this player for well over a year. By far, most of the CDs I play have been burned. All have not only played, but played flawlessly. [ VICTOR  Apr 08, 2014 ]
I make shure that cd is is very clean and doesn't have a lot of scratches sometimes it takes awhile to register cd but have not had any problems great receiver for the money. [ MARK H  Apr 08, 2014 ]
i have played both, burned and reg discs... worked perfectly [ GREGORY J  Apr 08, 2014 ]
4 inches. (3.5 inches without the feet). [ STEVEN  Jan 28, 2014 ]
Mine stands 4 and 1/8 inches tall. [ THOMAS  Jan 27, 2014 ]
No worries. I figured it out by obtaining a Toslink optical cable and connecting the CD player's optical output to an AudioEngine outboard DAC, and then connecting RCA cables from the DAC to the Aux 1 analog inputs on a Carver C-4000 preamp. Next, I connected the CD player's analog outputs to the Aux 2 analog inputs on the same Carver C-4000 preamp. I put in a CD and, lo and behold, a signal was present on both outputs, thus confirming that the player is - by virtue of its two independent output signals - capable of sending a signal to two separate zones. [ Lee_AV  Jan 14, 2014 ]
I'm sorry but I don't know the answer to that question. I suggest he call Sony, [ STEPHEN J  Jan 10, 2014 ]
I do not know. [ JACK M  Jan 09, 2014 ]
You would need to connect this to another component to play music. This could be anything from a receiver and speakers to a simple table top radio with an auxiliary input. [ Jeff  Dec 16, 2013 ]  Staff
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