This is the second in a very short series of reviews of all the goodies that dave27 got for his Chrissie enjoyment, following on from my new digicam. The dave27 clan had bought a Philips Mini Hi-Fi system once before, for our cottage in France and we were extremely impressed. So when I started thinking about copying some of my old LP's (sorry, young 'uns if you don't know what an LP is - the phrase long playing record has gone a bit out of currency since the rise of the ubiquitous CD and DVD) onto nice shiny, crackle free CD (well, that's the theory, at least) I decided that the time was right to get another Philips unit for my study cum computer room cum den cum dave27-ette-and-Mrs-D-free-zone. The idea goes something like this (and don't give me a hard time if you think my process is naff, I know there are more sensible ways to do this, but this one works fine for me, okay?) - I copy an LP onto a cassette tape using my other standard Hi-Fi system, then I link my Mini Hi-Fi (which doesn't have a turntable of course, but then what does these days?) to my PC via a lead from the Hi-Fi's headphones socket into the line in socket on the soundcard of my PC. Now by far the better solution is to get a Hi-Fi system with a line out socket which goes straight into the line in of the PC, I KNOW THAT, but didn't want to fork out big bucks for a top notch stereo, I just wanted a reasonably priced means of doing the job, and this certainly fits the bill. The Philips MC system costs just 79 notes from Currys which is, like, nothing at all these days, so represented a bloody cheap way to resolve my particular problem. As the unit is also extremely small and light, it is also very easy to transfer from room to room, so I can use it to feed the audio output of my TV and new DVD player through for a big (well, quite sizable, at least) home cinema experience. Multi functional man rules A-OK... The unit weig
hs 2.8kg without the speakers, and measures 155mm wide by 220 mm high by 210 mm deep. It won't fit in your shirt pocket, but it is easy enough to luf around in one hand from room to room when the desire takes you. The unit consists of an amplifier with an output power rating of 2 * 5 watts RMS (ain't got a clue what that means, although I suspect it means that it's moderately loud, although it certainly won't make your head hurt), a CD player, a radio tuner and a tape deck. It's a bog standard, no frills system, but is simple to operate and quite functional enough for a second or third Hi-Fi. I certainly wouldn't recommend it as my top choice for your main system, but for my needs it fits the bill. It's got the obligatory remote control (what we in the trade know as a zapper), INCREDIBLE SURROUND sound function (quite effective) and Dynamic Bass Boost. There ain't a graphic equaliser, but there is what they call Digital Sound Control, which gives you a few variations on a theme. You also get that odd SHUFFLE function which apparently rendomly selects tracks from the CD - I've really never understood the attraction of that particular oddity. Don't go checking this one out if you expect bells and whistles or even belt and braces, but it's a good basic unit which does exactly what it says on the tin and won't let you down. The system is finished in a nice matt silver colour and looks visually quite neat and attractive and the speakers are certainly quite stylish, not attempting to do that naff trick with plasticky mesh covering up the gubbins. You can see the speakers in their naked virgin glory and I always think that looks so much better. Many of the other similarly priced units I saw on display in Currys had abominable looking wood finish to everything - they looked quite repulsive and the Philips range certainly was the most stylish set in this low price zone. It'
;s quite a robust and well built unit, although it wouldn't stand up to a good boot from the dainty tootsies of Mrs D. All things considered, for the money, you're highly unlikely to get anything that is significantly better than the Philips unit. Don't expect too much and for 95% of this time you will be happily delighted with your selection
The Philips MC10 offers 2 x 5 watt RMS sound output, so can't compete with larger more powerful systems but it is an attractive small unit which has many extra features which other brands do not have for the same price. The main extra for me is the input socket on the back of the unit which means I can connect my personal Minidisc to it or my Keyboard. I can then record either Minidisc or Keyboard onto the cassette. I was slightly dissappointed at the result the Philips gives when recording from CD onto Cassette, but recording from the radio or input socket is fine. The radio has many useful features, it displays the station name (for example, "radio 1" and depending on the station, can show messages such as the name of the radio programme or the type of music it plays. It also has an "Incredible Surround" button which when pressed makes the sound seem as if it is coming from all around you. It has a bass boost and a 4 pre-set graphic equaliser, (rock, pop, jazz or optimal). It also offers the normal features you would expect, a headphone socket located on the top of the unit, a standard mechanical single cassette deck, a top loading cd player with programmable memory, repeat and shuffle play. It has a timer, sleep timer and remote control which controls all except the cassette deck. The Philips has proven to be reliable with no trouble so far. Probably the most feature packed Micro System that you can get for the money with a decent brand name on it.
The Phillips MC 10 (not the MC118, but this is a close approximation to it), is almost definitely the best bargain Hi-Fi mini system available. It was my birthday yesterday (congrats. may be entered into comments box!) and being the sad lonely person I am, I bought my self, a mini system for my room. As with all my buying projects, I spent quite a few months deliberating on the product to buy. I scoured the shops for catalogues, which I could then analyse for value for money/Quality ratio. I stalked the salesmen asking them specific details that were not obtainable from simple writing. I listened to music from all players, and sorted through all the types of players. As you probably guessed, the Phillips MC 10, won. At only £70 (ok it was at a 10% sale), it was a bargain. Phillips are in my opinion a particularly reliable manufacturer, and I know from past purchases, their products are of a high quality (no, I do not work for Phillips!). I also knew, that this would probably be the cheapest I would find a system. Being slightly money tight, I felt this was an important feature. But that is not the only reason I bought this payer in particular. No, this player has a lot more than the basic bog-standard Mini Hi-Fi. Also included are: -CD, Tape and Tuner (radio) players -Remote control -4 variable music adjustments, for different types of music (Jazz, Pop, Rock and Optimal) and they do sound different! -Shuffle, repeat and programmable playlists -One of those cool wheels for volume, that I really love spinning! -Record from CD to tape -CD player plays not only normal CDs, but also Written CDs and ReWritten CDs. Perfect for me! -Dual Speakers, with particularly long wire attachments. So, as I said, it is not purely a bog standard Hi-Fi, that you would expect for £70. So far, I am extremely pleased with my deliberated purchase; it has brought g
reat pleasure into my life (mainly in the bedroom) and means that no longer do I use my portable CD player plugged into the mains for my main System! However, I must say that the CD player is positioned on the roof of the player. This means that you can not place it in an area where the top of the Hi-Fi is blocked. This does slightly restrict the possible size of the system space. Also, the open and close mechanisms are mechanical (open my push buttons that unlock it) not electrical. This means that perhaps the CD player lid may break if over pressed or banged, which could lead to buying a new Hi-Fi system. However, I can not see me doing this, and if you place it in a sensible position, it should not! If you need them, the sizes of the player are: The main system is: 12cm (width) by 25cm (height) And the speakers (there are two) are: 15cm by 25cm This is particularly small, and very useful for positioning in a confined area. However, as I mentioned the top of the system needs to be open for the CD player. So, all in all, this mini Hi-Fi system is perfect for all I need (apart from the fact that it has no Mp3 capabilities, but these cost over £300), and with a price of £70 it is an absolute bargain. A must buy for a person seeking a mini Hi-Fi system with a tight budget.