One of the advantages or disadvantages my ‘Luddite’ of a husband claims, of having young folk around as one gets older. Is being gently coerced (sometimes none too gently) into embracing modern technology. Of being ‘persuaded’ into packing away ones much loved, and played 45’s, and LP’s (they will be worth a fortune one day), the old Ferguson record player, and into replacing them with an up to the minute Mini component System, and CD’s. Which is how I acquired my Sharp CD-PC651H. Now before I list the ‘spec’s’ (note the jargon) I must confess they are meaningless to me. I would not recognize a ‘woofer’ or a ‘tweeter’ if they bit me on the nose. However I managed to set the thing up, without begging for assistance, by following the simple instructions provided, and can honestly say I am delighted by the sound quality, and the easy to operate remote control. Specifications: General Power Source - AC 230V 50Hz. Power Consumption – 125W Width - 270mm Height - 300mm Depth - 362mm Weight – 7.6 kg Amplifier Section. Output power - Front Speakers. RMS 60W (30W + 30W) (10%T.H.D.) RMS 56W (28W+28W) (0.9%T.H.D.) Centre Speaker RMS 20W (10%T.H.D.) RMS 14W (0.9% T.H.D.) Surround Speakers RMS 20W (10W=10W) (10% T.H.D.) RMS 14W (7W+7W) (0.9%T.H.D.) Output terminals Front speakers 6 ohms Centre Speaker 4ohms Surround Speakers 8ohms. Headphones 16-50 ohms -32 ohms recommende
d. CD digital output (optical) Input terminals Video/Auxiliary (audio signal x 2;500mV/47 kohms. Good Lord I am getting writers cramp, and my eyes are closing involuntarily! How does anyone get a buzz from talking about this stuff. And they do you know! The young guy who sold me the thing waxed lyrical for about an hour, until I was convinced I was purchasing something akin to a space shuttle. Oh well as Magnus would say. “ I’ve started so I’ll finish “. Compact disc player section. Type. 3-disc multi-play. Signal readout. Non-contact 3 beam semi-conductor laser pick-up. D/A convertor 1 bit D/A convertor Frequency response 20-20,000 Hz Dynamic range 90dB (1 kHz) Radio Section Frequency range FM; 87-108MHz AM; 522-1620 kHz Cassette Deck Section Frequency response 50-14,000 Hz (Normal tape) Signal noise ratio 55 dB (Tape 1, playback ) 50dB (Tape 2,recording/playback) Wow and flutter (don’t ask me) 0.15% (WRMS). Still with me? Okay. Features I like. Random play on the 3disc CD. Pre-programmed equalizer. Extra Bass. Clock.(particularly as it is easy to set.) Timer recording. Now I don’t miss the radio programmes I like, that invariable clash with ones on the TV. Dolby Pro Logic Surround. I knead my bread dough, in time with Beethoven’s 5th, played on full volume using this feature. It really le
nds power to the elbow! Features I don’t like. Demo Mode. The constant scrolling , and bright flashing lights are hard to ignore, and become hypnotic. I also think they are a bit tacky, and unnecessary. ( I keep them switched off) The radio ariel. Although fine wire it is difficult to disguise against a plain wall. The remote control. This small, fiddly remote, looks cheap, is too easily lost behind cushions, and is difficult to read and operate. So far my Sharp has performed beautifully. As stated installation was straight-forward, even for a technophobe like myself. And one day who knows I may be able to differentiate between woofers, tweeters, wow’s and flutters. I may even be able to tell my ohms from my watts! Good listening…
I have had my Sharp System for about 8 months and am very impressed with it. It only cost me £199.99 from Scottish Power, which for a surround sound system is very good. I have mine hooked up to the TV, Video, Sky and Playstation and the sound is unbelievable, I don't think the neighbours think so though. Having the five speakers is a real bonus, especially the main centre one that blasts out great sound. The thing I use it for most is when I am watching the football as it make it feel like you are actually there. If you are looking for a surround sound system and don't have bags of cash to spend this one is definatly worth a look at.
Don't buy this one, I bought a complete system from Comet which included this Hi Fi, what a mistake. The system consisted of a 28" TV, video, satelite decoder & Hi Fi. The Hi Fi is needed to produce the suround sound. The cassette doors open too easily making dusting a nightmare. The 3 disc changer started to fail after a month, first one disc would not work, then the second went down & within 6 months all three would not work. Comet were very good & had it fixed. Within the next six months the same thing happened again. it was fixed again. Just after the 1 year guarentee ran out, guess what it happened again. Now 18 months after I bought it, it became unusable. The unit itself when it worked was OK not great but OK, if you are looking for good sound quality this just does not cut the mustard. At the end of the day you get what you pay for. as this was part of a package I do not know the cost, but would not recomend it to anyone!
I have owned my Sharp hi-fi for over a year now. It is the model below this one and is basicly the same. The advantage this system has on others at the same price (arround £230) is that it has Dolby pro-logic sound. This makes it sound way better than any of its competitiors by a mile. The centre and rear sound levels can be adjusted to give you great sourround sound in a small room. The bass is in your face like it should be but tens to sound muffled at high volumes. These things were basicly being given away soon after I bought mine, they were a steal at £150 so count on this model dooing the same. So if you are young and want a hi-fi for your room at Christmas this is the one to buy.