Sony NAS-SC500PK Multiroom Mini reviews

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+ This hi fi has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on ease of use.

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7.6 out of 10 based on 42 reviews.
Sony NAS-SC500PK Multiroom: Yes Radio, Disc Player See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser Pop, rock or dance fan

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
It is a great product very good alround great having a hard drive
Bad points:
The worst part is only having it for about 3 months and shoutcast radio going off
Overall rating 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Jan 2011

Philip, Coalville Music listener

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good Sound, Easy to save full CD's or just individual tracks to the Hard Disk, nice information screen on the main unit. Wireless set-up on the music station works well. All in all I am very happy with this product.
Bad points:
Internet Radio on the Wireless Station seems to be retricted to Shoutcast and 365 radio, so unable to reiceve a wide range of stations ie no BBC for example.
Also on the Station the information screen is quite small for reading the information. The blue standby light remains on when the unit is not playing. This was a shame as I wanted to use the alarm feature and wake up to my chosen music which does work well. However the Standby light became obtrusive when trying to get to sleep.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Ease of setting up 9.0
Surround sound effect 8.0
Clarity of instruction manual 8.0
Range of features 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Review date: 27 May 2010

Allan, Classical music lover

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Very good sound, and has many features. The speakers give an exceptionally good sound for their size.
Bad points:
Can be difficult to setup the network.
Overall rating 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 9.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Jan 2012

Patrick, London Classical music lover

Score 2.0/10
Good points:
The main console is great. As a stand-alone model it works fine.
Bad points:
I purchased the unit to take advantage of the multi-room benefit of having the ability to hear the music stored on the main console in another room. This part of the product is poor. The WIFI connection drops continually and the device is a mere 25 feet away from the main console separate only by a hallway and a drywall. I have a TV from the same manufacturer that has WIFI connectivity in the same room as the NAS remote console and its connection never drops.
Overall rating 2.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 3.0
Performance 1.0
Value for money 1.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Oct 2010

PAUL, TENBURY WELLS WOR'S Music listener

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
BEING ABLE TO ACCESS MUSIC TO ANY WHERE IN THE HOUSE
Bad points:
NOT EASY TO SET UP AND EXTRA SPEAKERS A BIT EXPENSIVE
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 5.0
Ease of setting up 10.0
Surround sound effect 10.0
Clarity of instruction manual 8.0
Range of features 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Review date: 06 Jun 2010

John,

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
Good for having all music on one centre, plenty of storage
Bad points:
Would improve if Bluetooth connectivity was part of the integal package. Perhaps it would improve if the manufacturer marketed a compact portable radio which has radio channels such as FM, DAB and AM and can connect to the NAS-500PK HD via wireless.
Overall rating 6.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 5.0
Performance 6.0
Value for money 4.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Jan 2011

Stuart, Bishops Stortford Casual listener

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Looks really good and it was great to pack away all my old CD's once i had loaded them onto the hard drive. The DAB radio is excellent provided you use a decent external aerial, not the silly bit of wire they provide. The party feature is another good innovation allowing you to listen to your music collection in other rooms
Bad points:
The menu is a bit of a pain and not particularly well laid out. Doing things like downloading album art is a real drag.
Its is also quite frustrating that the party mode can only be used for your music collection and you cannot stream the Dab radio to your wireless player, so you cannot move from room to room and listen to the same station, since the wireless player only has internet radio.
Overall rating 8.0
Sound quality 7.0
Design 9.0
Performance 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 01 Sep 2010

Product Features

Sound channels 2 stereo sound
Number of discs 1
Extra functions PC streaming
Number of speakers 2
Built-in disc player CD Player
Playback formats MP3
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 160
Connections USB
Connections WiFi
Remote control Yes
Wireless or wired speakers Wireless
Number of HDMI ports 0
Release date 2009-07-06

Also known as: NASSC500PK Multiroom, Sony NAS-SC500PKE Giga

HiFi Buyers' Guide  

Manufacturer's Description

This GIGA JUKE is a special jukebox that has a multi-room feature. It’s a complete package of a music server with a wireless player. You can add client players, and the system will deliver music wirelessly to up to five of them. Wherever you are in your home, you can access the main server from the wireless players, and even listen to different songs in each of the five zones. When you’re having a party, just press the “PARTY” button, and every room with a wireless player will play the same music at the same time.

Transferring music files from your PC is straight forward with the supplied “Music Transfer” software. File import to the NAS-SC500PK can be done via a LAN cable that directly connects your PC and the system. Or if you prefer, you can also do it wirelessly through your broadband router and the system’s router. Updating your latest music collection is quick too, since the system recognises and adds only new titles.

The GIGA JUKE NAS-SC500PK has the flexibility of a wide range of supported formats: MP3, AAC, Linear PCM, WMA and ATRAC. This compatibility means the system can store music from various sources, whether it’s from a CD, radio, home PC or even vinyl. The built-in database of approximately 350,000 albums allows automatic title labelling. And further data can be pulled in by connecting the system directly to the Internet. Other easy features include alphabet search of your favourite artists and access to Internet radio from the wireless player.

Once the GIGA JUKE is loaded with all your music, it’s time to rediscover your collection with the great sound quality and features of the system. Compared to previous models, the main unit speakers have been upgraded in several areas, which include a redesigned woofer featuring twin magnet technology. The improvements deliver superior sound clarity and bass frequency response. It also incorporates Sony’s technology, DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine). High frequencies are often lost during file compression, but DSEE recreates them to restore the original sound quality. In addition, the main system has 100W of award winning S‑MASTER digital amplification.

With the “SensMe™ channels” feature, the NAS-SC500PK analyses and categorises your music library into 27 different channels so that you can play the music that suits the mood. From waking up in the morning to chilling out in the evening, the system intelligently compiles tracks of similar types for you to simply select the channel accordingly to what you feel like listening to at the moment.

For added convenience, the new GIGA JUKE has a WM-PORT, a built-in Walkman® port. Dock your Walkman®, and you can playback, import and transfer music, plus charge its battery. This feature works perfectly of course with the Walkman® X-series, Sony’s latest video MP3 player with OLED touch screen. And with many portable music devices available, there’s always a solution. You can connect your MP3 player via the USB port or add a DMPORT adaptor for iPod®.


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