What a brilliant audio system.
I bought one of these from Bennetts Electrical for under £50. For my daughters 6th Birthday, and i really wish they still had them in stock, I would've bought more.
Its a small micro system. Mainly black plastic casing for the electronic system in the middle. The speakers (which are 40 watts!!!) are wooden casing. The fascia has silver metal fronts. The screen is a blue colour with black LED so its easy to see what it says on the readout.
The readout is smart - whatever you play it reads like an MP3 player generally does - it tells you who the track is by and what its called and thats on all formats.
Unit also comes with a small flat remote which has all the functions as the actual machine does.
The small buttons on the front are clearly readable, better if you read the instructions, but still all very straight forward, with labels such as FUNCTION (meaning cd, usb, radio etc, BASS, SKIP << >> buttons and VOLUME up and dowwn. Headphone socket on the front, also has a standby button.
Accessing the CD is from a button on the top, this is very sturdy unlike more expensive models I have had. The speakers are attatched to the back of the unit via slightly stripped wires which you have to clip into the back - which I think is a good idea - and the wires have quite a bit of length to them so you can put them in different places in the room instead of having them right next to each other. Also easy if you have to pack up if you have to move house or something.
Now the best parts. ON this system you can play the following media.
Cd's which you can also play cd-r's in all formats, Cassettes, yes I know these are out of date but a lot of us still have them, SD cards (yes, it has an SD slot!) and also has a USB port! So you can stick your mp3 player in there too. And of course it has a 50 station preset radio!
I was so happy with this purchase, I was more excited than my daughter!
The sound quality on all media is fantastic. With an incredible 40 watts and a bass boost to boot, it can be VERY loud and I haven't heard it distort at a very high volume either.
Now the good bits if you still use cassette is that you can record onto a cassette from cd, usb, radio and sd card.
It has a wire ariel but to be honest I very rarely use this as I always listen to radio via the tv freeview.
I was expecting this to be a cheap little bit of tat but I am more than happy with this machine as anyone (as long as they don't want DAB) should be.