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Great sound, great volume: great Hi-Fi. That's almost enough said already. Easy to wire up, easy to get started with. Even at the highest volumes (and they're loud enough to have a decent house party with) it still retains its sound quality. The radio will pick up any major stations and any others you might want to tune in to, then set them to the numbers on the remote and you can have all your favourites at the press of a button. You can play CDs, an MP3 player (although it will drain their battery quite quickly), or hook it up to a laptop and place the speakers accordingly to have your very own (budget) surround sound system! It even provides its own ambiance lighting for those days when you feel the need for some chill out time with friends or alone. A device for any household, anytime; it's simple to use and simply great with any level of sound.
One of the best stereos I have owned....... and yes, I have had it 7 years and don't want to replace it! I bought this with birthday money (!) when I was at university as I wanted a small but stylish CD player and radio. I never use cassettes and now I'm so glad it does not have a cassette deck!!! The 2 x 14 Watt speaker output is not massive but plenty load enough for my living room and the top loading CD player is somewhat annoying - I have to move my ornament that tends to sit on top - but really I cannot complain. the quality of the CD mechanism is way superior to the littl eplastic tray that usually shoots out of the front of similar systems!!! The buttons are easy to see and use and the small remote works from a very wide angle to control the system. I love the fact that it is a shiny silver colour and the light wood speaker surrounds match my lounge furniture. My favourite part is the blue display - the hello and goodbye greetings really make you feel it is a friend ;) An excellent purchase - if it ever breaks and I have to get a new one, I don't know what I'd get!
When I first looked for my new stereo, after years of putting up with *very* low quality cheap items. In idealistic vision, I came up with a budget. I wanted a stylish, quality, compact stereo, I could be proud of with the best CD tray opening imaginable. Yes, that's it, on a budget. The price I was looking for was around about £100 to £150. So getting out my trusty Argos catalogue I started to browse. Quickly through the gold jewellery, watches, exercise equipment, kitchen accessories and women's underwear until finally, I came to the stereos. I speedily flicked through, seeing if anything grabbed my eye. I then flicked more slowly, and more slowly still, until I realised there was nothing for me. In a fit of rage, I then looked for the most painful way in which to end the catalogue's life, seeing the neighbours dog, I found my audience. In the words of a famous TV advert of late, there was an easier way. Having failed in my first attempt, and being the good British citizen, I hope I’m not, I left for my local retailer. They were kind, helpful, and ever so patient, everything you wouldn’t expect from a catalogue. Soon I had found my elixir, at £130, with an adorable top loading CD tray, I was smitten. I ran home and wrestled with the packaging, throwing my old stereo down the stairs and flicked it on. Now maybe this is just me, but when you turn on a new system for the first time and are greeted by “hello” being written across the LCD in front of you, it makes an impression. I knew it would be good. After a couple of months of use, I still cling to this idea, it *is* good, I’ve *not* been disappointed. Unless I suddenly become the kind of person who doesn’t like it when you’re greeted by an electrical appliance, I can’t really see this changing. It isn’t however perfect and the main qualms are as follows: 1- No graphic equaliser – This is really a sha me, as it is almost universally expected on every stereo made today. Although not used too much by the majority of the public it is missed anyhow. On reflection it was probably left out due to an attempt to be minimalist in the design of the system. This *is* a micro system and so space is of the essence. It could have been purely digital through the remote but…. Alas there we go. 2- No cassettes deck – Again I think an attempt to cut down on surface area in design. I personally never really use cassettes anymore and so it wasn’t really a consideration for me. The expense saved in the cassette deck’s absence I’d presume allows for better quality speakers, CD recognition quality etc. so frankly I’m happy. 3- LCD display that has limited visibility when at an angle lower, then that of the system i.e. lying in bed looking up to the display with remote in hand. 4- Collects dust like no other. Mainly due to the see through quality of the CD tray and metal finish of the system but either way a daily dust is a necessity if is to look it’s best. These are, I’m happy to say, my only real grievances and so I’ll now take great delight in giving you a short tour (without any fire exit jokes) of the good points of this adorable little masterpiece. 1- Very stylish silver metal finish on the main system and wooden speaker cases. Oh yes. 2- Motorised top opening panel for CD (!) with a blue disk light brightening up the dullest of dull rooms. 3- Deep powerful bass that I’m told is due to the sound virtualizer and bass/treble control configuration as well as the 1-bit MASH D/A conversion system, whatever the hell that is. 4- Speed sensitive volume control. This basically means that the more you turn up the volume control (by remote or otherwise) the more slowly the actual volume changes. Despite what it sounds like, this is not annoying. The re are about 3 different stages where the sensitivity changes and it does stop you getting deafened when you fall asleep on the remote. 5- A timer fader control that can make the music or radio more and more quiet until it finally turns off in 30, 60 or 120 minutes. 6- It says hello and goodbye on the display. You’ve gotta warm to it. That, I’m afraid, will have to be it. There are many, many more advantages and nice little touches to the system that I haven't the space/time to add. If you need further convincing simply look at the photo. This vision of beauty must be bought at *any* cost.