Product Type: Sony hifi systems
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Great sound in a small package - ideal for small home use!
Member Name: DonPaolo
Date: 28/09/10, updated on 28/09/10 (150 review reads)
Advantages: Compact, sounds great, good ipod dock
Disadvantages: Sound quality and output may not suffice for bigger homes
I finally decided to upgrade my old hi-fi system, and was initially overwhelmed by all the choices and options available. So I sat down, and actually wrote down the main factors in my choice...
I decided I didn't want to spend more than £200, but I wanted a famous and popular brand. I also had just moved into my own home, which isn't huge, so I needed something relatively compact in order to fit it into my storage space. I do love my music, so I didn't want to compromise on sound quality - I listen to a lot of indie, rock, alternative music, so I wanted my new purchase to pack a punch in terms of sound quality. No tinnyness please! Finally I wanted to be able to play CDs, play direct from my iPhone or my girlfriends iPod, and have easy access to XFM (so DAB radio was a must).
Although I do buy online often, I really like to experience this kind of product hands-on in store, so I had a day out exploring and testing similar units. When I first came across this unit, it was fairly unassuming; it only caught my eye because it was Sony, and becasue it had an iPod dock. I thought the speakers may have been a bit small, but don't let the 'Micro' name fool you - this may be a physically small unit, but it seemed to provide a superior sound quality compared to others in my price range. The obvious point here is that I was in a big electrical store, and you can never really tell how a hi-fi will sound until you get it set up in your own home. Fortuantely I wasn't disappointed - it has a great rich sound which fills my lounge nicely.
It's very simple to use, and it now seems my iPhone is a permanent attachment - this is helped by the fact that the cradle also charges it while it's in use! Overall I'm very happy with my purchase - it's ideal for a smaller family home, providing a great quality sound even at lower volumes, and with a great array of features which are simple and quick to use.
Summary: Compact, great features, sounds really good too!
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