Item # 158CDPX355 | MFR # CDPCX355
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Our take on the Sony CDP-CX355 by Crutchfield's Tom Mathew
Keep your CD collection poised for playback with the CDP-CX355 from Sony. This super-capable mega changer holds up to 300 discs, and it plays your home-burned CD-Rs and CD-RWs, as well as regular CDs. Spin the twin front jog dials to maneuver your way to the desired disc and track, or use the included remote control. And take advantage of the random play mode for a surprise mix of your entire collection.
With the CDP-CX355, it's easy to label and organize all your CDs for instant retrieval and playback. If a disc is pre-programmed with CD Text, the titles will automatically appear on the front-panel display. If not, you can enter titles manually with Disc Memo (hook up an optional PS/2-compatible PC keyboard to make the job easier). Once your discs are labeled, you can use Memo Search to scroll through the titles alphabetically, and when you find the CD you're looking for, set it spinning with the touch of a button. Plus, eight Group Files let you organize your discs by artist, genre, personal favorites any way you like.
For those with big music collections, you can daisy chain two mega changers together via the Control A1-II jack for access to up to 600 CDs. Not only can you control the two units as one, but the pair requires only a single receiver input, and the second changer's disc titles appear on the front panel of the first.Details:
- 300-disc changer
- plays CDs, audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs
- optical digital output
- 32-track programming, repeat, & random play
- dual front-panel jog dials for disc/track selection
- 8 Group Files
- Disc Memo for up to 600 CDs
- Memo Search
- CD Text display
- input for a (PS/2-compatible) PC keyboard
- 13-character fluorescent display
- remote control
- Advanced Mega Control with No-Delay and X-Fade play
- Control A1-II
- 1-bit Hybrid Pulse D/A converter
- signal-to-noise ratio 107 dB
- 16-15/16"W x 7-3/8"H x 19-7/8"D
- warranty: 1 year
This is my third one and it is great for someone who has a lot of cd's,
JImD, Cookeville, TN
What's in the Box:
- 300-Disc flat top design CD changer
- RM-DX300 remote
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 39" stereo RCA patch cord
- Control A1II instruction sheet
- Warranty sheet
- Owner registration/survey card
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Features and Specs
|CD Transport Only||No|
Single Disc |
|Direct Track Access||Yes|
|Direct Disc Access||Yes|
|Multiple CD Player Control||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|CD Frequency Response||20-20k Hz|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||107 dB|
|SACD Frequency Response||Not Compatible|
|SACD Dynamic Range||---|
|Digital Optical Output||1|
|Digital Coaxial Output||None|
Keyboard input: There is a PS-2 (also called IBM type) input on the front panel of the player for a keyboard. If you want to use an AT type keyboard, you will need to purchase a keyboard input adapter. Using a keyboard will make naming discs much faster. Power consumption of the keyboard must be 120 mA or less.
Custom Files: The player stores three types of custom file information for each disc:
- Disc Memo: label discs with names up to 13 characters
- Delete Bank: marks unwanted tracks that are skipped when playing CDs
- Group File: group discs in up to eight groups. Each disc can only be in one group. Group files can be used in continuous, shuffle or repeat play. Each group can be given a group memo of up to 13 characters.
More on Custom Files: Custom files are stored in the player's memory. If the player is not used for about one month, you will lose custom file information. Custom files can be erased one at a time or all at once. CD-Text information can not be replaced by a Disc memo file. Deleted tracks are skipped even in Shuffle play and program mode. All deleted tracks can be recovered simultaneously
Programs: You can create up to three programs, each of which can contain up to 32 steps. A step can be one track or an entire disc.
CD Text: When playing a CD with CD Text the display will show you the current disc title, artist name and track title if it is recorded on the CD. A CD-Text indicator lights up on the display whenever the player detects a CD with CD-Text information. The remote control has a button marked "Highlight" that will play only the highlights of a CD Text CD if that CD has this feature (not all CD Text CDs support this feature). If the CD Text information is available in various languages, you can select the language that the information is displayed in.
Jog Dial: There is a jog dial on the unit for quick selection of discs and a second jog dial on the unit for track selection.
Last Disc Memory (Resume): When the player is turned off, it will remember the last playing disc and the play mode. When the unit is turned on again, it plays the same disc in the same mode (play starts from the beginning of that disc).
Control A1II jack: There is a control input for synchronized recording and auto function when used with compatible Sony components. This player can control another Sony CD changer with Control A1II (or Control A1) and Command Mode CD3.
Memo Scan: This feature allows you to quickly locate a disc by scanning disc memos on the unit's display.
Memo Search: You can search for a disc by inputting the first character used in the Disc Memo.
Easy Play: By pressing the Easy Play button on the player, the rotary tray will automatically move to the slot 1 position for easy insertion of a single disc.If the Easy Play button is pressed again, it will start playing the disc in slot 1. Easy play can only be used with a disc inserted in the slot 1 position.
Disc skip: The player has a +100 disc key, which allows you to skip 100 discs at a time for easier access when using the Jog Dial for disc selection.
Timer: The player is compatible with an optional external audio timer.
Hit list: This will allow you to store up to 32 tracks which can be selected immediately. You can label the 32 tracks in your Hit Listwith up to 13 characters. CD Text CD tracks in the Hit List are stored automatically when placed in the Hit List.
Advanced Mega Control: You can control a second Sony CD changer with this unit if it: (1) Has a control A1II (or Control A1) Jack and (2). The command mode of the unit can be set to CD3. The 2nd Unit's RCA outputs are connected to the RCA inputs of this unit (marked 2ND CD) and the Control A 1II jack is connected between both units. When the CD players are connected in this way you can load the Disc Memos of the second CD player to this unit's memory if the second player has Disc Memo. You can label the discs of the second player using this unit or change the discs memos which you load from the second player. When you do this you are using this player's memory, so you can not display them on the second CD player display. A total of up to 600 Disc Memos of up to 13 characters each may be loaded. The controls of both units will function. When you press the play button on either unit the operating player stops and the resting player starts. You can also use:
No-Delay Play: Play changes from player to player after each track. The player starts play without a break in sound immediately after the current player ends play
X-Fade Play: Play changes from player to player after each track OR at a specified interval of 30, 60 or 90 seconds. When players change the sound output of both players is mixed, with one player fading out and the other fading in
- Toslink Digital Output (with plastic cover)
- RCA fixed stereo output
- Two Control A1II jacks for use with compatible Sony components
- CD 1/2/3 switch (also found on remote): Used when this unit is being used as a "master" unit with a compatible Sony CD player
- 2nd CD stereo RCA input: Allows you to connect 2nd compatible Sony CD changer
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