A great sounding system with the advantages of rear inputs and outputs with the added bonus of adding a sub-woofer and an optical digital output for connection to a digital recorder.
The system sounds at it's best when the AHB-pro is used as it adds that bit of extra punch.
The top loading CD player is also an advantage for lens cleaning from time to time.
The FM tuner display is clear and easily readable with a useful dimmer switch.
Cons: You need a suitable outdoor FM aerial for optimum radio reception and also the radio will only hold the actual frequency of the station and NOT the saved RDS data. Sometimes with a strong signal, the RDS will continuously switch from station name to frequency which can be annoying after a while. I have never known a system that only memorises the frequency and not the actual station name.
The supplied speakers give fair audio quality for their size, but are well built. This system really improves when used with a pair of floorstanders although the treble is rather 'dull' even when selected to +6.
So i've had this hi-fi for nearly 16 months so i've decided it needs a review considering its still running like clockwork.
Firstly, i decided to get this hi-fi because it isn't your average tall, bulky type but instead the actual micro-unit is flat & long. Its a nice size at roughly 7.5 cm high, 30cm wide and 21 cm deep. It comes with two oval or circle shaped speakers as you can see in the picture. They go well with the blue-ish colour of the unit as they are a nice modern silver colour. The unit and speakers also come with a remote which is a bit big but has most of the buttons that the unit has on it anyway. This means you can relax on your bed metres away as the remote can work from 23 feet away!
The acutal unit:
The front of the hifi contains an lcd panel which lights up when turned on displaying a welcome notice. Once on, this panel displays what track your listening to, how many tracks are left on the cd, displays the radio station your listening to and volume and other features. The on/off button is on the left of the LCD panel on the front. When you venture to on top of the unit, then there is a lot of fancy technology to be seen.
The whole top is covered by the lid which is special in itself. Once the hifi is turned on, this lid slides back revealing the change track buttons, radio tuner and a few other ones including the open lid button. This is when the lid doesn't slide back anymore but actually rotates back and upwards nearly to a 90degree angle allowing complete access to the cd loader. Once you've popped the cd in you press play and the lid slowly rotates down into place and the cd begins to play. This lid helps to make the hifi look very compact and neat when it is turned off and very high tech when its turned on!!
So now on to the features quickly. The hifi has a clock which can be put into 24 hour mode, put on timer to wake you up and there is also a sleep facility. A great little touch is that when sleep is selected the backlight dims a bit automatically or it can be done manually creating an ambience in the dark.
As i said earlier, you can listen to the radio on fm and am bands. You can auto tune them or preset them which is a handy little function. You can also receive fm stations with RDS. This is the Radio Data System which allows FM Stations to send additional signals with their regular programme signals. For example, the stations send their station names and information about what type of programmes they broadcast, such as sports or music. This unit can receive the following types of RDS signals:
Shows commonly known station names
Shows types of broadcast programmes.
Shows text messages the station sends.
All these signals are useful and add to the features of the hifi's list.
There is also fade-out muting and you can also reinforce the bass sound with AHB PRO. This maintains a rich, full bass at low volume. There is tone control for BASS and Treble as well!! The sound quality is great for the price and is defintely worth it for value for money.
The hifi is also extremely easy to install. The instructions give clear, precise information and pictures for how to connect the speakers to the unit and how to connect it to other components like sub woofers and other external equipment.
This hifi can only play cd-r's and cd-rw's which allows you to burn your favourite songs onto cd from your computer and play it in this hifi. The only problem though is that there is no tape cassete deck and you can't play Mp3 cds. However, this doesn't really matter as the hifi's average price is £100 which is very cheap for the features you receive.
So i'd recommend this to the average user who has a budget to keep but wants something modern, classy but packed with some useful features. Just because it isn't like normal hifi's doesn't take away from the fact that this is a very well developed Hi-Fi system!
Thanks for reading!!
So we have purchased yet another micro system for our youngest daughter and we very much hope this one lasts longer than 11 and a half months! The man in the shop assured us it would as I parted with £99.00!!! We don't have a very good track record with micro systems - the last 2 of my daughters have died at around 12 months old - and we aren't a very heavy handed family either!
I must admit that this system goes against what has become the traditional shape of a micro system. The unit its-self is flat and long rather than tall and thin. It is 30cm wide, 7.5cm high and 21.5cm deep. The speakers are tall and thin and sort of oval shaped with a flat front and back, 12cm x 24.6cm x 16.2cm. The unit and speakers are primarily silver in colour with the actual CD/amp unit having a clear glass lid. The front of the amp unit has an LCD display in the middle so you can see which track you are listening to or which radio station it also has RDS so that you can pick up messages from the radio stations. This micro system comes with a remote control which I think is a little bulky in comparison to the main unit, although its buttons are a decent size and very positive (it is supposed to work from 23feet away! my daughter has the smallest bedroom in our house, so that isnt a problem for us!). Its pickup sensor is also on the front of the unit along with a long oval on/off switch on the left hand side with a red standby LED next to it and a similar button on the other side to open and close the lid. There is a headphone jack on this front plate also. All the buttons on the system have a very nice feel to them and you know when you have pressed one.
Now the lid doesnt just open and close - it also slides back slightly to reveal more control buttons on top of the unit it then opens vertically from here to near 90 degrees so that you can actually get your hand in to put on or take out a CD without having to fiddle about. The buttons to control the CD, radio, clock et cetera are hidden away under the first part of the cover and are revealed when the cover slides back. This is a nice touch as the unit looks very compact and uncomplicated when it is switched off not that it is complex when it is turned on though!
On the rear of the unit are sockets for an auxiliary input and a subwoofer speaker, along with the usual sockets for aerials and connectors for the speakers. I must say that the speaker leads I found to be a lot more substantial than ones for previous units we have had.
The LCD display is lit with an electric blue light that is duplicated inside the CD bay and shines through the top of the glass lid very pleasant I must say. Now this unit also has a clock in 24hour mode -, timer (to wake you up in the morning) and sleep facility and a nice touch is that this back light can be dimmed manually or when sleep is selected it dims automatically! You can choose how long the sleep timer is set for from 10 mins to 60 I think.
Sound wise I have been very impressed and I must say that it sounds a lot nicer than the other micro systems we have had in the past. You are able to alter the bass and treble settings to suit your own preferences too. The speakers are rated at 4 ohms.
This is a very polite system and even says Hello when you switch on and Goodbye when you switch off. This is displayed on the LCD screen by the way the system doesnt actually speak!!! My that would be annoying wouldnt it!
There is a stand available for the centre unit, which raises it up off the surface it is on a couple of inches. It is rather nice - made of glass with gold feet we didnt opt to buy this as at £20 it made the whole item more than we wanted to pay. It did look nice in the shop though. I must say however that my daughter has had no problems using the system without this stand.
This unit plays CD read only (CD-R) and re-writes (CD-RW) so that you can record your own CDs and play them it does not support MP3 format though it was only £99!!!
It has an FM and AM radio (with aerials) which is really easy to tune and you have 30 FM stations to preset and 15AM far too many for me I only listen to Radio 5Live on my DAB radio though!
I am very impressed with not only the look of this system but its sound and ease of use. The steps to program things such as the clock or radio station presets are very simple and easy to understand and use. It certainly gets my recommendation at the moment.