The above micro system was purchased for the kids bedroom as they wanted a cd player to play their music on. Technology has advanced over the last few years, so when deciding what to purchase for them, we opted for a system that included a docking station as they both have I-pods and we felt they wouldn't get the maximum usage out of a system that only featured a cd player.
Both hubby and I came to an agreement on this. We wanted a decent music system for them, but one that wasn't too expensive, but good value for money and good quality. We purchased this from our local Curry's store and cost around £80. We purchased it around 18 months ago and it still works perfectly. Between the children, this gets a lot of use as they like to have music on in the background when they are playing their game consoles, or when they have friends over.
The system is quite small and mainly black, with a silver control panel across the middle of the system. The docking station sits in the front of the main body of the system, and charges the ipod, as well as plays the music from the ipod. Sitting on top of the main body is the single disc CD player. It also features a radio, with digital tuning and has 20 pre-set stations.
When the docking station part isn't needed, you can push it back into the main body of the system to save it getting damaged and to keep it free from dust.
Sitting either side of the main system are two good sized speakers. The speakers are actually the same size as the system itself. To give you some idea of the size, the system and speakers sit on top of a chest of drawers, and there is still room for their PS3 to sit too.
For us parents, we like something that is a bit smarter and a bit better quality than this for our main home system, but this really is a perfect micro-system for our children's bedroom as it looks good, doesn't take up much room and does everything they could really want it to do.
The system is easy to use, and comes with a user manual and remote control too. The sound quality is actually quite clear and you only get some interference if you turn the music up to a very high volume. For average to slightly loud volume though, the average for a normal household, the music has no background interference and is really clear.
As mentioned above, this isn't the type of system that we would purchase for ourselves to use in the main part of the home, but for the children this is perfect as it is good quality, easy to use, does everything the children would need it to and has proven to be reliable and a decent system and so it comes with a thumbs up from me.
-When I first got this Hi-Fi-
I first had the idea to replace my existing Hi-Fi system around May 2010 when my existing one started having problems.
I looked through various internet sites looking at Hi-Fi systems and eventually decided on the Phillips DC146/05 as I saw by looking at the picture that it had an Ipod dock built in.
I believe the price of this unit was around £80 at the time I bought it
This Hi-Fi has an Ipod Dock built in as I mentioned above which is very handy for plugging in my Ipod Touch and listening to my music, it also also easy to hide away as it just pushes back into the unit until it clicks into place (make sure to remove the Ipod first though) and should sit flush with the unit.
It also comes with a remote which is very good for changing radio stations, source and volume etc, although I find when I'm listening to my Ipod it won't skip songs but this is cured by changing source and then back again (i.e. from Ipod to Radio and back to Ipod).
A cd player is located on the top of the Hi-Fi and is very easy to access as the lift lids up to allow you to place your cd into the holder, there isn't a button to eject it on the actual unit but you just lift the lid (it has a groove to allow you to do so), or you can press the eject button on the remote.
An FM/AM tuner is built in and can easily be tuned to your favourite stations, you can also save a station and use the remote to quickly access each station (up to 30 as far as I know), I haven't listened to any AM stations but the FM stations are of excellent sound quality.
The speakers are of excellent sound quality and are very easy to set up, the wire is long enough for you to have your speakers in a location separate to the Hi-Fi (I believe the wires are roughly 30cm long).
Radio signal can be hard to keep at decent quality as the unit uses the standard wire set up as an aerial, I find it helps having the Hi-Fi further away from where your sitting to mineralize signal loss, overall the signal quality is great.
The remote control as mentioned above doesn't allow you to skip songs on an Ipod when first plugged in and switched on so you have to change to another source and then change back again, this isn't too much of a problem for me though.
As the CD player is top loading this means you need clearance above the unit so that you can insert and remove CDs, this would prevent many users of this unit hiding it away in a Hi-Fi unit, this isn't that much of a problem for me as I keep it on the top shelf of a unit where there is plenty of space to insert or remove a CD.
Overall my experience with this unit has been excellent over the past 2 years I've owned it and will give this unit a 5/5 as the disadvantages mentioned above don't affect me too much, for anyone looking for a micro Hi-Fi system under a £100 I would highly recommend this product.
My parents bought me this iPod dock a few weeks ago and I've been using it pretty much nonstop. The first thing you will notice is the fantastic styling. The black and chrome look exquisite together and no matter where you put the speakers they look awesome. I guess it's because black goes with everything, I'm not sure - either way - I'm very pleased with the amount of attention Philips have put into the aesthetics of this particular hifi. The remote supplied is adequate and matches the system's design.
Moving onto what really matters - audio quality. I've only ever owned cheap, average hifi systems so I'm not sure my opinion wholly applies but nonetheless, the quality of this system's audio is immense. I tested the subwoofer's bass with some hardcore dubstep mixes and I'm pleased to say it passed with flying colours. The £80 alone is worth it just to hear the repeated thud, thud, thud of any music you throw at it.
I primarily use the hifi as an iPod dock in which I play my playlists through. It works well as that and the only real drawback of the system is the clock display switches off after 10 minutes of inactivity which is a little annoying as I have it next to my bed and I'd like to be able know the time without having to fiddle around in the dark.
Ok, so when your friends come over for your annual BBQ, you have to have a kick ass audio to just about break next doors windows! And this fits the job more than fits the job more than perfectly!
It's great with a built in FM tuner and an ipod dock, you can blast the tunes so loud, all the neighbourhood cats will be in the north pole before you can turn it down!
It has a cd player on the top which flips open, so be sure to leave enough space for it to open.
It was unbelievably easy to set up with only a few cables to plug in. I was quite happy with the price as it has cd player, ipod dock, mp3 player and a built in fm radio.
It has a normal sized headphone socket on it for rocking out in private, a lcd display for easy navigation of the menu. Size of the main unit (H)23.3, (W)14.8, (D)21.6cm. Size speaker (H)23, (W)13.4, (D)15.2cm. It also has a
remote for skipping tracks and so on.
Thanks for reading!
ok hi guys my veiws on this philips stearo player are: I think it has a modern classy and smart look to it a very nice black over finish with silver edgeing, philips is a name you can trust a very good brand able to rely on, the advantage ofable to dock and charge a ipod also comes in very handy as most homes in todays world have at least one ipod some cases more than one, also comes with a smart nicely sized remote which we would expect really with such a purchase, ok 3W RMS total output is not that amazing, philips are normaly very easy to use and have built in wake-up and sleep timers which means can be used just like your alam clock but playing a cd or of your mp3 with this so you get a song of choice to wake up to in good sound quality rather than a fuzzy out of tune radio station screaming in your ear with some radio advert rather than even a relaxing warm track, but if you do prefer the radio you can program 20 stations into the hifi and schroll threw your favs also the remote dont just control your hifi it will also control your ipod when docked as well as charging it even when playing so all in all a great product just could have better speakers which isnta big problem as you can buy quality speakers else where. thankyou for reading my review please give good feedback as i would reading anyones thankyou and good luck finding your hi-fi.