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Sony CMT-HX7BT

Satellite Radio Ready bookshelf audio system with Bluetooth® connectivity

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Item #: 158CMTHX7B
 

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by Loren Barstow
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Add the Sony CMT-HX7BT to your den, bedroom, or office and enjoy lots of ways to listen to your favorite music. This compact system lets you stream songs wirelessly from your Bluetooth-enabled PC, cell phone, and other compatible devices, for convenient access. Or, pop in a music CD or a disc loaded with MP3 files for hours of uninterrupted tunes.

You can also connect an XM or SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuner and antenna to experience over 130 channels of crystal-clear music, sports, and entertainment. And a stereo minijack makes it easy to plug in another source, such as a portable MP3 player or video game console.

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Highlights:

  • plays CDs, audio CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs
  • streams music from compatible Bluetooth devices
  • satellite radio ready (requires an XM or SIRIUS satellite radio tuner and subscription)
  • play and sleep timers
  • 10 AM/20 FM tuner presets
  • stereo mini aux input
  • minijack headphone output
  • bass reflex (ported) speaker design
  • 1-5/8" tweeters, 4-3/4" woofers
  • 50 watts per channel
  • S-Master® digital amplifier for improved efficiency and sound quality
  • remote control
  • component block: 11-1/4"W x 4-3/4"H x 8-15/16"D
  • speakers: 5-3/4"W x 10-5/16"H x 7-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
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What's in the box?

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  • Black HCD-HX7 AM/FM/CD component block
  • 2 SS-CHX7 speakers (each speaker has attached 5' speaker wire with a proprietary 2-pin connector)
  • Wireless remote control (RM-SCR32)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • 8 Self-adhesive speaker pads
  • Operating Instructions (English)
  • Important Safeguards
  • US warranty sheet

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Features
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

System Overview: The Sony CMT-HX7BT desktop micro system includes a single tray CD player (MP3 compatible), Bluetooth wireless capability, an auxiliary input, and a stereo speaker system. This unit is both XM and SIRIUS Satellite Radio ready.

Bluetooth Connectivity: You can stream music wirelessly from your Bluetooth-enabled PC or wireless phone, or from an MP3 player with an optional Bluetooth adapter. You can also listen to music played on this system using Bluetooth-enabled headphones over a wireless connection. This system supports Bluetooth A2DP and AVRCP profiles. Bluetooth devices have a range of approximately 10 meters.

Satellite Radio Ready: This unit has rear panel jacks for both SIRIUS and XM Satellite radio. You can connect an optional SIRIUSConnect Home tuner to the multi-pin SIRIUS input on the rear panel, or an XM Mini Tuner with Home Dock to the XM jack.

Parental Lock: You can restrict access to certain SIRIUS channels using a 4-digit password.

S-Master Digital Amplifier: This unit is powered by the S-Master Full Digital Amplifier. It is designed to be highly efficient, producing minimal heat, while taking up 1/4 of the space of conventional amplifiers.

DSGX: In addition to adjusting the bass and treble from -4 to +4, you can also generate a more dynamic sound using DSGX (Dynamic Sound Generator X-tra).

MP3 Playback: This unit will play MP3 files recorded onto CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level 2, or Joliet formats. Each disc can have a maximum of 255 folders and each folder can have a maximum of 511 tracks. This unit will display ID3 tags.

AM/FM Tuner: You can store up to 20 FM and 10 AM station presets so that you always have easy access to your favorite stations without having to tune them in manually each time. FM tuning is done in 0.1MHz steps and AM tuning is done in 9 or 10kHz steps.

Auxiliary Input: You can connect an additional audio component to the AUDIO IN 3.5mm minijack on the unit's front panel. You will need to control playback on the auxiliary unit, but volume is controlled on the main system.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the unit off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set from 10 to 90 minutes in 10 minute increments.  If the sleep timer is set to "Auto", it will automatically turn itself off after the current CD stops, or in 100 minutes.

Wake Timer: You can wake up to CD or Tuner at a preset time using the Wake Timer. You can choose a specific track or file to start playback, and preset the volume you desire.

Speakers: This unit includes two 2-way speakers with black bass reflex enclosures. Each speaker has a 4-3/4" paper cone woofer and a 1-5/8" paper and polypropylene semi-dome tweeter. Each speaker has a removable black cloth grille. A 5' length of speaker wire is attached to each speaker, terminated into a proprietary 2-pin plug. Dimensions: Width=5.743", Height=10.269", Depth=7.863"

Remote: The CMT-HX7BT comes with a remote (RM-SCR32) that is pre-programmed to operate this system only.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Speaker Outputs: The unit uses proprietary 2-pin jacks for both speakers.

Auxiliary Input: The receiver has a 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input on the front panel for connecting a PC, portable satellite radio tuner or MP3 player using an analog audio cable.

Headphone Output: A 3.5mm mini-jack is provided on the front panel for plugging in headphones for private listening. When you plug in headphones, the main speakers are muted.

Satellite Radio Jacks: This unit has inputs for optional XM and SIRIUS Satellite Radio tuners. The XM jack is compatible with the XM Mini Tuner and Home dock tuners, while the multi-pin SIRIUS jack is compatible with SIRIUSConnect Home tuners.

AM/FM Antennas: The unit has a threaded 75-ohm "F" connector for the supplied FM wire antenna, and a dual spring-clip connector for the supplied AM loop antenna. Optional AM/FM antennas can also be added for better reception.

 
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4 out of 5

Sony CMT-HX7BT

Written By Roger, Bremerton, WA on Tuesday, March 04, 2008
 
Very satisfied with this product. Sound quality is great. I feel this was a little over priced. Also, it lacks RCA audio hookups so connecting to your TV is a bit tough.
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5 out of 5

Great Bookshelf Stereo

Written By Chuck, Alaska on Tuesday, October 16, 2007
 
My needs are basic...just a decent sounding stereo for one large room that receives FM far from the source, plays CDs and can connect to my iPod. This unit exceeded my needs by providing Bluetooth connectivity. It sounds great, looks great and connected to my computer easily (40 feet away) so now I can stream web radio to the living room. (I have the newer Bluetooth on the computer that has 300' range.) I highly recommend this stereo.
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