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Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System

B&H # SOMHCEC709IP Mfr # MHC-EC709IP
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Product Highlights
  • Powerful 360 Watt (RMS) Music System
  • CD, CD-R/RW Playback Including MP3s
  • AM/FM Radio With 30 Station Presets
  • Clock, Alarm And Sleep Timer
  • Audio Input For Connecting Other Devices
  • Flip-Down iPod And iPhone Dock
  • Remote Control With iPod Menu Control
  • EQ and DSGX Bass Boost

The Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System is ideal when you want a lot of excellent audio from a compact device. It's literally small enough to sit on a book shelf (or kitchen counter or a lot of other tight spots) but with two speakers that put out a total of 360 watts RMS of audio impact it's sure to be heard, if not immediately seen.

The EX709iP's CD player can play MP3 files from CD-R and CD-RW discs in addition to conventional CDs. If want some variety turn to the AM/FM tuner for some talk or music. You can preset 10 of your favorite AM channels and 20 of your favorite FM channels.

Your EX709iP has a clock and both sleep and wake timers so you can drift off to sleep with music and wake up to it too.

The system also has inputs so you can plug in other devices, but for iPods and iPhones it's got a flip-down dock that's compatible with most recent models. The included remote can control your iPod or iPhone in addition to the radio and CD functions.

So how's the sound? Excellent. Each two-way speaker has both a tweeter and a woofer, the EQ function enhances the audio output for different kinds of music and when you really want to rattle the windows turn on the DSGX Bass Boost.

Whether you enjoy Handel of heavy metal (or both) the Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System will make them sound their best, whether they're on prerecorded CDs, MP3 files you've burned to disc yourself or on the radio.

360 watts RMS of audio power.
CD player handles CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs including MP3 files you've burned to disc yourself.
Loop and wire antennas included for AM/FM radio.
Radio has 10 AM, 20 FM channel presets.
Flip-down iPod/iPhone dock is compatible with most recent models.
Remote control is multifunctional, controlling CD player, AM/FM radio and iPod/iPhone playback.
Main Unit
Power Rating 360 Watts
No. of Channels 2
AM/FM Tuner Yes
AM/FM Presets 10 AM, 20 FM
Playback Format CD
CD-R
CD-RW
File Formats MP3, WMA
Tray Type Top-Loading Horizontal Single Disc
Input PC Audio x 1
Analog Audio (3.5 mm Jack) x 1
Audio Line In x 1
iPod/iPhone x 1
Output None
Other None
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7.87 x 12.05 x 15.31" (200 x 306 x 389 mm)
Weight 12.12 lb (5.5 kg)
Speaker
Configuration 2 Channels Left, Right
Speaker Type 2-Way 2-Driver Bass Reflex
Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz (CD Player)
Crossover None
Enclosure Not Specified By Manufacturer
Shielded Not Specified By Manufacturer
Driver Tweeter: 40 mm, Horn Type
Woofer: 160 mm, Cone Type
Sensitivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
Connector Type Custom
Dimensions (WxHxD) 8.7 x 12.05 x 8.46" (221 x 306 x 215 mm) (Each)
Weight 6.17 (2.8 kg) (Each)
Sub-Woofer
Driver None
Impedance None
Connectors None
Enclosure None
Dimensions (WxHxD) None
Weight None
General
Remote Control IR Wireless
Power Requirements 120 V AC 60 Hz
Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System
  • Remote Control With Batteries (AA x 2)
  • AM Loop Antenna
  • FM Wire Antenna
  • 8 x Speaker Pads
  • Instructions
  • 1-Year Sony Limited Parts and Labor Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    SonyMHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System
     
    4.5

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound (9)
    • Stylish (6)
    • Easy to transport (5)
    • Excellent interface (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home (10)
      • Portable electronics (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Audiophile (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8), Yes (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      As described: excellent audio/small size

      We bought this unit to listen to tunes on the patio and it works great. The audio quality is outstanding for such a small unit. We have only had it for a month so...Read complete review

      We bought this unit to listen to tunes on the patio and it works great. The audio quality is outstanding for such a small unit. We have only had it for a month so I can't speak to reliability but it seems solidly built. It does have a 3.5mm plug for external audio which we use to stream iTunes and Sirius satellite over an Apple Airport WiFi and it works very well. The volume and sound quality are great even to higher volumes with almost no distortion that I can hear. It's a bit odd to me that the 3.5pm plugin is at the front versus the rear and it's known as the PC-in audio source but that's a small complaint. We are very pleased with this purchase and B&H pricing [...] was excellent.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Wimpy Speaker Underwhelmed Sound Quality

      I bought this speaker system to replace the aging sony speaker system I bought for $20 8 years ago that had developed a problem. The new system looks cool but the sound quality is...Read complete review

      I bought this speaker system to replace the aging sony speaker system I bought for $20 8 years ago that had developed a problem. The new system looks cool but the sound quality is similar to the cheap $10 computer speaker --- the sound is kind of muffled lacking the clarity the crispness. Today I cleaned up my old sony system and played the same CD and I was simply blown away by the stark difference between my cheap old system and this new system. The speaker of the new system is substially lighter than the old system. This does explains why the sound is so much worse. My wife was not impressed by the new system as well. We both really regret this purchase.

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      4.0

      Not disappointed at all, great sound

      By Matthew51

      from Tyler, Texas

      About Me Gear Head

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound

      Cons

      • Difficult to Transport

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System:

      I love the system and the next model up, just did not have the sound quality as this model does. It is so versatile, I use it outdoors and indoors. Just wish they had a locking system for the speakers to attach to the main system for easier transport. The only other issue is the door on the iPhone/Pod is a little flemsly. With that said, this is still a great sounding little system.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great sound

      By MrMizo

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Audiophile

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System:

        This system is a great buy. I use it for my bedroom. The convenience of the ipod dock is cool too! Love how you can control it via the remote. I have nothing bad to say about this stereo system. Glad I purchased it.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Product

        By Marcia

        from Sherman Oaks, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Transport
        • Great Interface
        • Great Sound
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home

          Comments about Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System:

          Excellent sound quality for the price -- and easy to set-up and use. B&H delivered quickly.

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          • No

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Wimpy Speaker Underwhelmed Sound Quality

          By larry-the-ordinary

          from columbus, ohio

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System:

              I bought this speaker system to replace the aging sony speaker system I bought for $20 8 years ago that had developed a problem. The new system looks cool but the sound quality is similar to the cheap $10 computer speaker --- the sound is kind of muffled lacking the clarity the crispness. Today I cleaned up my old sony system and played the same CD and I was simply blown away by the stark difference between my cheap old system and this new system. The speaker of the new system is substially lighter than the old system. This does explains why the sound is so much worse. My wife was not impressed by the new system as well. We both really regret this purchase.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great product for the price

              By Rickster

              from Sandy, UT

              About Me Audiophile, I Like Good Sound

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Interface
              • Great Sound
              • Stylish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home

                Comments about Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System:

                I bought this mini shelf system for my wife as she needed a replacement for the one she had. I've always used Sony sound systems in the past and have never been disappointed and once again this purchase was a sound investment, no pun intended.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good things come in a small package

                By Princess

                from Ohio

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Transport
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Home

                Comments about Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System:

                Great sound from a small package. I've had other shelf systems from Sony but this has the best sound. And it was on sale! I use it in the study while working on the computer,reading. Don't have any complaints.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent system!!!

                By Rev's boys

                from New Orleans, LA

                About Me Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Interface
                • Great Sound
                • Stylish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Portable Electronics

                  Comments about Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System:

                  Great price, free shipping, and arrived fast!!! Doesn't get much better than this!!!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  As described: excellent audio/small size

                  By trgray

                  from Bay Area, CA

                  About Me Audiophile

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Audio-in Capable
                  • Compact size
                  • Great Sound
                  • Reasonable price

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Portable Electronics

                    Comments about Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System:

                    We bought this unit to listen to tunes on the patio and it works great. The audio quality is outstanding for such a small unit. We have only had it for a month so I can't speak to reliability but it seems solidly built. It does have a 3.5mm plug for external audio which we use to stream iTunes and Sirius satellite over an Apple Airport WiFi and it works very well. The volume and sound quality are great even to higher volumes with almost no distortion that I can hear. It's a bit odd to me that the 3.5pm plugin is at the front versus the rear and it's known as the PC-in audio source but that's a small complaint. We are very pleased with this purchase and B&H pricing [...] was excellent.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Better than I expected

                    By creekside

                    from New Bern, NC

                    Verified Buyer

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                        Comments about Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System:

                        I had a fairly large system that wore out and couldn't find a reasonable replacement. This system is perfectly suited to my needs and, although it doesn't have a CD changer like my old one, I am quite satisfied.

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                        • No

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        very good

                        By sbomy

                        from Mishawaka, IN

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Transport
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System:

                            Easy interface, good sound.

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                            5.0

                            Great system!

                            By Marjorie

                            from Miami, FL

                            About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Transport
                            • Great Sound
                            • Stylish

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • DJ/Mixing
                              • Home
                              • Portable Electronics

                              Comments about Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System:

                              I purchase this stereo to reeplace my old sony huge stereo. This one is just great! Perfect for parties, small, fits in any place inside the house. The only cons is that the cd load is on the top of the system but works very good. I recommend this stereo to anyone.

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                              • No

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Nice and handy

                              By Tavi

                              from Portsmouth, NH

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Transport
                              • Great Interface
                              • Stylish

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Portable Electronics

                                Comments about Sony MHC-EC709iP Mini Shelf System:

                                It's powerful enough, the neighbors are satisfied with it. :-)
                                You can use it for small parties, plus the sound is nice. Great product for the price.

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                                • No

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