I love my music round the house and bought this for my bedroom. I'm fairly serious about my music and think it should be delivered on high quality apparatus. I'd definitely say that the M1 is a good bedroom or kitchen music system but in bigger rooms could sound a little lifeless.
The best feature and its major attraction for most people is that you can dock your iPod and listen to all your great tunes. It advertises that it charges the iPod which is does, but it is not able to charge my iphone. It is compatible with my iphone though and still plays music through it.
The other features such as AM/FM tuner, Compact disc player and remote control are what you would expect from a mini music system such as this and meet my expectations. The remote control can be used to control the iPod when it is docked. The machine is attractive; black speakers with a silver and black base unit but does look a little plasticy. However, for around fifty pounds, I'm happy to live with this.
The sound quality isn't fantastic. 50 RMS watts doesn't really cut it and sounds a little dull and tinny when turned up high. Don't expect it to raise the roof at a house party but for a little bit of music in your bedroom it's a good buy, especially for the price.
I got this for £45 and nearly wet myself with excitement when I realised what a great buy that had been, for the price you really must get this product! It is extraordinarily high quality for something so cheap and is compatible with every modern form of music distribution.
Those of you who have read my other reviews will know that I still use CDs alongside an MP3 player, but I avoid using an iPod whenever I can. Therefore this is a great product for me, personally, as it has a CD drive for listening to singles and albums as well as a USB drive that can be used to insert MP3 players and listen to the songs on there via the high quality, high volume speakers that are attached.
It's main attraction is of course for iPod users, all of them are compatible and just sit in a little space that is designed especially for them, it also has a remote with a representation of the iPod controls that can be used to change songs and playlists without actually messing with the iPod itself.
The product is not only cheap, easy to use, high quality and generally great, but it is also attractive. Something that you really need for a HiFi as it is likely to be sat in your living room all day every day, it looks modern and has a cute little blue glue around the detail which really stands out when the lights in the room are dimmed.
I really advise that you get your hands on this product, even if you don't feel that you need a hifi you will love this as it is cheap yet powerful.
Go for it people!
When I opened the box on my birthday to see the iSymphony M1 I was a bit taken aback at what use I could have for such a high-tech looking Hi-Fi system in the all-but-vast expanse of my bedroom...
Infact, as I unplugged my tiny and ancient computer speakers it was hard to really decide if they would be of benefit at all - but boy do these make a difference!
Firstly, as a hi-fi system it is by far the easiest to use of all that me and my family have owned - proffessional looking and classic design fits with most every decor and sit quite happily on shelves or window sills. Although a feature of many hi-fi systems these days, the ability to move the speakers separately were a novelty to me and with careful placement you can improve your music listening tenfold - in a small space you can move them for ease of convenient shelf space, and in a larger space you can even out the source of sounds - providing an all round effect!
All the basic features are there - the CD is easy to use and works well, and the radio is easy to tune - but the real seller for me was the iPod Dock! The system comes with a number of different sized attachment to suit all the up-to-date iPod systems (although, if, like me, you haven't a clue which to use, they can fit into more than one if desperately required - like you drop it behind a desk for example...) you can play the music directly from the iPod and still use the roller pad or touch screen whilst the ipod is docked - but also use the 'Play', 'Skip', 'Pause' etc. buttons on the system itself to control the iPod. But, and for me this proved most exciting, it also charges the iPod - even whilst playing music - perfect if you're sick of chargers cluttering up the sockets.
With a Headphone socket and 'Aux In' socket, its easy to plug up your computer and play your media - maximising enjoyment of the system!
The sound quality is also beyond comparison to Hi-Fis we've had in the past, and, although not top quality - and highly dependent on quality of the tracks - for the price ( I believe it has come down to around £50) its beyond what you would anticipate!
The other feature that really makes it stand out is the Remote Control, which, other than the basic buttons featured on the system tslef (Standby, Function, Skip, Play etc.) allows you to set alarms, put tracks on random or repeat or even time it to switch of after a certain period - excellent features which are normally only seen on far higher priced items that I've come across! And the volume knob is also very easy to use (and very tactile).
The system is very attractive, and compared to the £100 odd it cost new it is definitely a bargain for the current, much lower prices! If you want a decent Hi-Fi system for around the house, I would highly recommend this - I haven't looked back since!
Paid £120 for this system a year ago and am astonished to see it (or something very similar to it, not sure if it is the same model) drop down to £40. £120 is arguably a little overprice. The sound quality is powerful and good, although not as crisp and striking as a Bose Docking Station or a B&W Zeppelin....but then it isn't £400! Nonetheless, £120 is maybe too much, but for £40 it is a bargain and a must by.
It docks and charges the latest iPods (I have a 5th Gen 120gb Classic), and the remote control has all the usual functions for them to allow them to work. It also has DAB, although I find the controls somewhat confusing and never actually managed to get all my stations locked into it.
It also has a USB or memory card slot if you don't have an iPod. Design wise it looks quite sleek, with a nice blue glow coming from the volume slot and the disc drive (if you still own CDs!).
I have owned my i-syphony for around two years now and overall I think it is a great HiFi system.
I looked around for a while for a HiFi system that I could dock my i-pod into but also play CD's and listen to the radio as well. This system was one of the cheapest on the market at the time which is why I decided to go for it.
I especially like the look of this particular HiFi, it is very compact and also quite light which makes it easy to transport. (It has come with me to many a party before)
It comes with a couple docks for your i-pod so you can dock all generations (Until recently I had the first generation i-pod which works in this as well as the newer ones)
The one thing I don't like about this system though is that you can't use the controller on the i-pod, only on the CD or Radio stations. This is a bit of a pain as you need to have a decent playlist on your i-pod otherwise you may be getting up to change the music quite alot.
Sound wise this really is the biz for such a small HiFi. It is incredibly loud and powerful (although I am no techy so not sure how it would measure up agains't it's counterparts) but for general music playing and parties it's excellent and well worth the money.
I have had this player for over a year now, and can honestly say it's one of the best stereo systems I've ever owned.
I spent a considerably long time looking for a stereo system that had a proper iPod interface, not just an auxiliary function. The iSymphony comes with a number of dock attachments which allows you to dock in a great number of different generation iPods. Though it took me a while to work out which one I needed for mine, but when I did I learned that I didn't need to do any more to the system to set up my iPod.
Aside from the iPod feature, you have the obligatory tuner, a cd function, and an auxiliary function for things like usb memory sticks, sd cards and the like.
The system also comes with a remote, which is fantastic if you are listening to music from the kitchen and you are unable to come away from the cooking, and even if you are just feeling a bit lazy and wanting to chill out, it's nice to know you don't have to get up to change tracks or to tune into a different radio station.
The sound quality from this player is fantastic. Many a time I have been to friend's houses and had to pretend to be impressed with the sound coming from the speakers, but I honestly feel that these are worth every penny, and are perfect for either listening quietly to by yourself, or in a party scenario.
The only thing I think the iSymphony could benefit from is having DAB digital radio stations. As this stereo system was coming out just after DAB was introduced, I am very surprised it wasn't included.
I cannot remember exactly how much I paid for the system, but I think it was around the £150 mark. I bought it from Currys Digital and they were very helpful in both helping me find a system that had the specs I required, and was in my price range. Highly recommended!
(As written for Ciao.co.uk)