User review of the month, March – Sony CMT-X5CDB

What Hi-Fi? has always been as interested in affordable, mass market products as it has been in high-end hi-fi. As a buying guide, the logic that it’s better someone buys a good product than a bad one applies regardless of price or product category.

So while we’re happy to see users contributing reviews of B&W speakers or 4K OLED TVs, as we’ve highlighted in previous months, a review of a £200 all-in-one system can be just as as helpful for plenty of people.

And that’s the focus for the latest user review of the month: the Sony CMT-X5CDB. User Coolcity wins a pair of SoundMagic E10S headphones for their troubles. It’s not a product we’ve reviewed - yes, you can review products before we get round to them - but based on this largely positive review we might have to check it out.

There’s plenty of detail here, from talking through the features (and some that are missing) and how well each one works, through to highlighting a few performance niggles as well as the things that work well. There’s the all-important paragraph on sound quality, too, which Coolcity calls “the most important aspect” - clearly they know how to win us over.

“It’s amazing even at full volume, and it will easily fill a very large room with crystal clear sound,” says the review. “You will upset the neighbours before you reach maximum and I have heard many more expensive units that do not perform nearly so well. If you have a limited budget and/or limited space you can’t do much better than buy this…” That explains the five stars, then.

Of course, as with most reviews, there's always the odd dissenting voice (“Worst Radio Ever”), so be sure to see all sides of the story on the Sony CMT-X5CDB's user review page.

We’ll be selecting a winning user review every month, with a pair of SoundMagic E10S headphones for the winner. So if you haven’t entered a review of your own, now’s the time…

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Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).