This hi-fi system has been in the family for a pretty long time but it is still going strong and still gets used on a daily basis. The two tape players which it has is making it show it's age and it could be considered a bit bulky now, especially compared to iPod docks and new DAB radios but it is an old friend which still knows its place in the kitchen.
The system has a 3 cd changer which is good as it means you don't have to keep changing discs over, and it means you can keep 3 discs in there at a time. Changing between them is really easy as there is just a thing inside which spins.
I mentioned the tape players; this is a double cassette set up which is for recording. I have never used it in this way but it is a useful thing to have. I don't really ever use the tape player but I have some story tapes which I might want to listen to and it is nice not to have lost this format.
For its age, I would say that this hi-fi has a rather sleek design. It doesn't look particularly 1990s or anything and it is black which looks quite good and non-distinctive, apart from the big orange dial on the front.
There are a lot of buttons on this thing and that can make it a bit confusing to use if you are not familiar with it. I think it's easy to get used to though and there are only so many buttons because there are so many things you can do with this system. For example, there are loads of options for different sound outputs (i.e. really bassy, or rocky or vocal options etc).
Another good thing about this system is that it has really excellent speakers. My brother used to use the speakers as the ones for playing on his Xbox, and when you hook up the surround sound, this is excellent!! The same can be said about using it in this way for watching movies.
This hi-fi also comes with a compact remote which you can use to control all of the settings. I think that this is good to keep at the bedside for listening to music / the radio etc. We keep it in the kitchen and hardly use the remote but it is a good feature to have.
Unusually there is space for 40 preset radio frequencies on this system which feels like a huge capacity! I don't think I could name 40 stations!! I have got my few favourites set up though.
My finally comment is that this machine is good to use for wakeup feature as well because you can set it like an alarm to turn radio on to wake you up - very handy if you have it in your bedroom!
My parents bought this hi-fi system a long time ago, several years ago anyway, it's worked well all this time, and still has the sound quality of a brand new system.
It comes with a 5.1 surround sound system (or ours did anyway), there is 1 subwoofer (obviously) 2 large speakers and 3 smaller speakers. The subwoofer is capable of emitting a large amount of bass, easily enough to make the windows shake at the highest setting. Not that you should do that.
There is a 3 disc changer in the system, you can press a button on the system or on the remote to switch disc, or if there is more than 1 disc inserted, the system will automatically switch once the other disc has been played.
All the knobs and buttons will seem fairly confusing at first, you can change the equalizer setting, so you can make it amplify speech or other sounds. There is a few buttons along the top, mainly to do with the tape cassette section of the system. There are 4 buttons which allow you to choose between Radio, Cassette, CD and AUX (Which we use to plug it into our DVD player). You can even choose which speakers are on and off. Allowing you to turn off the 3 smaller speakers and just have the bigger ones playing.
There are 2 cassette tape slots in the system, although i've never actually used them.
Really this is a fairly good system, it does pretty much everything, Radio, Tape, CD. It even lets you plug it into a DVD player or something similar, to allow you to watch films or television programs through your hi-fi system.
Not quite as stylish as many modern systems are today, but it'll do the job well, and probably cost you less than a newer system. Only downside being the confusing buttons on the machine.