Summary: The 355, 300 disc unit. My first one lasted three years, lasted up to a few days before the extended warrantee expired. It kept hunting for a disc endlessly and would not play. The unit was replaced with a new one and the replacement lasted just over one year ending with the same problem, just beyond factory warrantee. I advise against the 355 unit. The company I bought it from stated the model had some problems.
Summary: I bought the Sony CX355 300 CD jukebox a little over 2 years ago from amazon. It looked like a great item and the price was right, along with the free shipping. I loaded about 90 CD's in it and it was great, everything worked fine and I had all 3 programs input & running fine. However, out of the blue, a few days ago, it started skipping bad, and would not play any programs, etc. Until then, it was perfect.
Summary: First unit had CD alignment errors, Second one wouldn't play lots of my CDs and would get lost in shuttle mode. Third unit has more issues playing same CDs that second unit errored on. even though CDs are in great condition.
Pros: Capacity is great and easy to use
Cons: I am on my third unit in one week, still trying to get one that works correctly and will play my CDs
Summary: I've had two of them. First one died exactly 365 days after purchase. Still played, just tried to load from every empty slot as well as the full ones, so it spent much of its time cycling rather than playing. Second one lasted longer, but now simply loads disk after disk and won't play any of them.
Summary: Had this CD play for just over a month and it started working out great had no problems. but then after about a month it started skipping on almost every CD and track. even brand new CD's I just put in. Then I had a rough time at getting J & R music to give me a return auth to send it back. not sure if I'll ever buy this player again or anything from J & R Music.
Summary: My CD changer performed flawlessly for about a year and a half. I did not experience any problem with dropping the CD's as it was described by others, and I was delighted with my purchase. I was especially enjoying the shuffle play feature, which allowed me to play all my favorite CD's without having to listen them in the same order. After the initial happy period, the player suddenly started to skip on every CD I had.
Same problem(s) as the 200 Sony disc changer I gave up on.
D. Gutierrez "Daniel47", Amazon
30 January 2003
Summary: Having owned 150 and 200 disc changers over the past few years, I figured the engineering problems must have been worked out by now... why else would Sony keep making them? Unfortunately, I guess that the service centers don't ever communicate to engineering. Here's my experience with this unit... Day 1 - I dutifully loaded ~230 Cds into the carousel, careful to match the slots with my reference book I use to find my titles fast.