Sony Giga Juke NAS-EH35HD Hard Disk Hi-Fi review

13 January 2009 3 Comments Mike Evans

Sony Giga Juke NAS-EH35HD Hi-Fi review
I thought it was about time I did a Sony Giga-Juke NAS-EH35HD review, as I’m considering buying one, and reviewing this thing might help me make up my mind!

The Sony Giga-Juke NAS-EH35HD looks it could be the perfect mini Hi-Fi for those of you with thousands of MP3 tunes locked away on your PC, as it combines the aural excellence of Sony’s mini Hi-Fis with the modern day features such as Hard Disks and iPod docks that are needed to fully integrate into the modern audio set-up.

I’m hoping it’s the perfect Hi-Fi anyway, as I’m in exactly that situation. I have even more specific requirements though:

  • I like listening to the radio, and would like to record some shows for later listening in my car
  • I want to transfer tunes seamlessly between my PC and my MP3 player
  • I want good quality sound
  • I want an easy to use system that doesn’t require a PhD in Computer Science to operate
  • I want a Hi-Fi that stores thousands of songs so I don’t need to go looking for wherever I placed a CD

So, with that little lot in mind, can the Sony Giga-Juke NAS-EH35HD fulfill my needs? Well, yes and no.

The Sony Giga-Juke NAS-EH35HD’s good points

The Sony Giga-Juke NAS-EH35HD is a good looking mini Hi-Fi with buit-in 80GB Hard drive, USB slot, CD player and DAB radio. At first glance, then, you’d think it meets all my requirements.

And it does, in many ways. Although 80GB isn’t huge, it’s big enough for the majority of my more popular tunes, and means I can listen to different tracks endlessly without having to get up and change the CD!

The inclusion of DAB radio as well as FM is great, and better still is that all radio stations can be recorded directly onto whatever you stick in the GigaJuke’s USB slot. Although my car radio doesn’t have a USB slot, my MP3 payer does, so I can simply record onto that and I’m good to go.

Equally, anything on my MP3 player (or USB stick for that matter) can also be dumped onto the Giga Juke’s hard drive. It’ll even rip CDs directly onto the hard drive (imagine that!). And, although it’s only a mini Hi-Fi, it does produce some excellent audio, at least for the type of system it is.

The Sony Giga-Juke NAS-EH35HD’s bad points

As far as the bad points are concerned, these seem to centre on the Giga Juke’s method for handling MP3 files. In particular, it’s not very user friendly, and will require you to manually rename some of your MP3 tunes in your PC in order to get them into the Giga Juke in the first place- otherwise, it’ll lose them forever as some no-name file that you’ll only ever stumble on again through pure chance!

The Giga-Juke does use GraceNote to recognize the tunes, but apparently this doesn’t work very well, with an outdated database that doesn’t actually recognize many tunes!

Summary

So, should I buy a Sony Giga-Juke NAS-EH35HD or not? If you’ve got a Giga Juke, let me know your experiences in the comments below. Equally, if you know of a better Hi-Fi with hard disk for around

 

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  1. Cant seem to find anyway to upgrade to a bigger HD and the playback menus REALLY take some getting used to. Performance is more than adequate as you would expect from Sony. At the end of the day it wasn’t the item I really wanted but had to settle for for persobal finance reasons lol. What i really would have liked you can find at http://www.brennan.co.uk. Hope this helps. Regards

  2. what a whiner!

    “80 gb is enough for the majority of my most popular tunes!”

    LOL

  3. I bought my Sony Giga Duke from Currys and am delighted with it.

    The 80gb hard disk is plenty large enough. DAB digital radio, CD’s, etc. And I can never have the volume louder than the 12 mark (out of 30) otherwise “her indoors) will complain.

    And with the shuffle facility I never know what will play next eg Andy Williams or the Animals, Cream or Perry Como.

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