This system not only looks great but delivers crystal sound through its 3 speakers whichever of the numerous formats you decide to play it on.
Lets start with the 5 disc CD player: Often with multi changers the discs are on a rotating tray, in this instance they are on indiviual shelves making it easy to remove discs and change them while music is still playing. As the trays are individually numbered, it is easy to see on the display which disc is playing. I haven't had any issue with skipping discs, even when the speakers have been at full tilt and close to the unit.
The Radio: FM and AM radio. The AM radio requires a thin loop arial (included) and I've found that it only needs to be plugged in to get a reasonable reception. It isn't neccessary to have it trailing all over the room. The AM standard is pretty much the same you'd expect from any AM radio. The FM arial is not a loop, but is just a wire, this I found did need to be elevated to get a good reception.
The Cassette: (For those of you that remember what a cassette or tape is) There isn't a great deal to say, the cassette allows to change direction without removing the tape and offers a pretty quick fast forward and rewind. The sound quality depends on your tape age. Downside is there's only one tape deck, but then I'm not sure anyone records from tape to tape anymore?
The USB Port: I've had a few issue with what devices I can and can't use on this, for example, I cannot connect an iPod via its USB cable, although I have had luck with some external hard drives, and other USB recording devices.
Music Port: This is probably the best way to listen to your digital music. It is basically a small jack input port that allows pretty much any device with an audio output, I've used my laptop, iPod and mobile phone all with excellent results.
Speakers: The speakers are where this unit comes in to its own. The left and right speakers boast 16cm woofers, and excellent quality mid-range and tweeters, housed in a stylish mix of moulded plastic, mesh and wood. There is also a seperate 25cm sub-woofer which has its own control settings as well as a bass on/off option. If, like me you like your music loud then these speakers do not lose any quality in sound when turned up loud and the numerous sound and level options available mean much less (in most cases none) distortion
Other: There is a headphone socket (small jack). I've used various headphones from in ear to studio quality and the sound isn't lost. Volume controls are nice rotary ones, so sound can be instantly changed without vigourously pushing buttons. Remote control is also included and can control almost all of the features of the stereo, bass control is the only major one it can't. On the reverse, as well as the speaker and radio inputs there is also an optional input for other digital music devices, I haven't found a use for this and personally think that phono ports would be more useful.
Overall Opinion: Well worth the money for its range.
The first words to enter my mind when i got this system up and running were bargain of the centuary! This system is the perfect system for those searching for BIG bass and volume on a budget. I cannot fault this system, especially at £160 from Laskys (with voucher code 'mincepie') and free delivery. It does everything i could want, although the tape deck does seem quite obselete. The USB port and ipod docking port bring it bang up to date though. The sound clarity remains brilliant right up to its higher volume levels, although i will warn you, if you have neighbours watch how loud you run it!!
My only gripes are that it does not come with the iPod dock, (just a connectivity port) which has to be bought separately at around £60, which seems alot for what it is. Also, the glossy black finish looks suseptable to easy scratching. Otherwise this is an amazing system for the price!!! (which should be below £200 anywhere)
As ive only had it a day as i write, il go into more detail as and when.