Technics are seen as one of the top makes in consumer hifi. the SC-DV250 is a very unique system: it is a mini system in the form of separates. there are 4 main units: A 3 band tuner and amplifier, A twin cassette, a graphic equaliser / sound processor and a 5 disc DVD player....thats right, a DVD player. This is not your average Tape/CD/Radio system, it also acts as a home cinema with Dolby Digital surround sound comming out of 5 speakers. the only thing lacking is a separate subwoofer but Technics have added 2 low frequency effects channels into the backs of the main speakers. talking of which, they are in a high quality black ash unit and are 3 way. the 4 units are all brushed silver looking and can stack either in a conventional 4 unit high system or a 2x2 configuration. the units all connect together using ribbon cable and the speakers connect either via phono type plugs (rear and centre) or via the normal speaker wire (front). there are however 2 runs of speaker wire to each of the front 2 speakers as there is a separate wire for the LFE (subwoofer) duties. once you are all set up, you power up to a load of flashing lights and a greeting from your system. time to load in 5 CDs or DVDs. first gripe, you don't have a carrosel arrangement so you cannot change a disc while another one is playing. a black mark here. but once the disks are playing, the sound quality is superb, however, if you don;t like the sound, you can tailor it by adding bass (3 levels) using 4 different effects or by manually adjusting the EQ. The level out of the system is quoted at 360 watts throughout the 5 speakers. the volume is calibrated so that the loudest is 0db. at around -30, you can hear the force of sound, and at 0db, there is no sign of distortion. however, systems like this are not designed to play at permanent high volumes. When you play DVDs (note not DVDA disks) the unit will act as a Dolby Digital decoder.
this makes the sound more lifelike on DVDs with the dialogue coming from the centre channel and ambient noise and effect flowing across the room. just hook your TV up and enjoy DVDs. another black mark here - just a single phono socket for video. however, Technics supply a scart block to go into your TV. So what do I think of this system? I think it is superb, not only does it act as a top quality hifi system, it doubles as a DVD player and surround sound decoder. not bad for the £600 asking price! fully reccomended!