This is another one of my ebay finds which I got for a massively reduced price thanks to it having some small marks on the outer casing. Being the mother of a toddler, i knew that those small marks would eventually be joined by sticky fingerprints and quite probably a few felt tip doodles so this was not a concern of mine.
This is a micro system by Sony comprising a cassette player (yes! retro eh?) and a cd player which are encased in a beautiful brushed aluminium casing.
I usually prefer stereo seperates because I listen to a lot of older music (classic rock, reggae etc ) which sounds far superior on a vintage system but these are bulky and tend to take over your house with wires, plus I am ashamed to say that I also have three already- one in each of the downstairs rooms.
I also like humongous retro Wharfedale speakers that could house a whole herd of sheep, so this little thing was perfect for my bedroom without compromising on space.
I needed something that could be heard over the top floor of the house without distortion and something that would happily sit unobtrusively on a small table. This fitted the bill nicely.
The stereo packs 150 watts (75 per channel) into its little body and has what Sony call an "s master digital amp" contained within, which promises to enhance the sound and reduce distortion.
Sound quality is good, it has a nice punchy treble and a deep bass which is fantastic for reggae. I had to turn the treble down a little for Robert Plant because he sounded a little frazzled, but apart from that I was impressed that something so compact could deliver such a decent sound. And yes it could be heard throughout the top floor of my house (and probably next door too)
Being a fan of everything retro, the speakers looked like quality old-school wooden cased ones that you would find in the 60's and 70's although on a much smaller scale. These are 2-way speakers with a glass fibre woofer and soft-dome tweeter.
Also included is an FM/MW radio with RDS which is programmable. Living rurally in the land of song and sheep (Wales) I tend to struggle to pick up a decent radio signal and therefore do so through the laptop or via Sky. This was no exception but that is not the fault of the stereo.
I was delighted to see a cassette deck featured on this as I have a lot of music still in that format. The deck on this has auto reverse and is synchronised to the cd player for recording purposes.
This came to me with a remote control, speaker cable, antenna and manual which is pretty comprehensive.
All in all this is a sweet little system ideal for smaller spaces or living arrangements. Perfect for a bedroom, loud enough to annoy the neighbours, it looks stylish and would fit into almost any decor ( not that I care about such things but many do! )
Pricey I think brand new and immaculate (around the £200 mark) but certainly a good quality micro system compared to the tinny cheapie ones out there that make Lemmy sound like Britney Spears....
2 x 75 W output power
Programmable CD drive with random play and repeat
Cassette deck with auto reverse and sync recording capacity
S-Master digital amplifier
AM / FM radio with RDS and 30 station presets
2-way speakers with glass fibre woofer and soft-dome tweeter
S-Master digital amplifier
Equalisation (bass and treble)
Recording timer / sleep timer.
Included in the box:
Remote control (batteries included)
2 speaker cable
Available through Amazon and HiFi/ electrical stores.