I have had mine for over five years now and I still love it which for someone like me who is always after the newest gadgets is quite rare. I just love the fact that it is easy to use and you have everything you need. Home cinema, mp3 player, great sound, 5 disc changer dvd & cd. It isn't multi regional and i'm not sure that it can be changed so if you have a lot of region1 dvds etc don't buy it. The sound quality is good and the surround sound could rival most of the modern sytems in this price range. The radio is quick to set up and tune. The only problem I have had is the control had to be replaced recently but it was easy enough to get hold of but even then it was probably due to constantly dropping it on the floor. I think it still has a lot of years left in it. Unfortunately it has no iPod connectivity due to the age of the product which is a shame. Also if you play heavy metal and rock music you will have to play with the settings a little to get the best sound. If you can pick one of these up second hand or for a reasonable price than do it as it is a fantastic system which held its price for a number of years.
I was surfing through E-bay at the week end and saw a numnber of the component parts of this system available for sale so I thought I would write a review just in case anyone is tempted to purchase.
We bought this Technics HiFi about 5 years ago. We were in the process of having our front room redecorated after a water leak and decided that we would treat ourselves to a new Hi fi. We chose this one as it seemed to have the best sound of those we heard in the shop even though its difficult to get a decent sound in the shop - at nearly £400 it was a bit more than we had wanted to pay but as it gave us the sound options that we were looking for we decided to opt for it.
As we were being advised by the salesman of all the wonderful things that it could do he advised that it also played DVDs. We hadn't realised this at all so this would allow us to play DVDs with full 5.1 surround sound without the need for another set of speakers for the DVD player - which was now redundant. Realising that it was now replacing two pieces of hardware the pricetag was slightly easier to swallow.
Once we got it home it was really easy to set up - the instructions were really clear and the sockets on the back were clearly laid out so that you knew exactly where all of the five sets of speaker leads plus the video lead need to be plugged in.
The sound quality is fantastic. The CD/DVD is a 5 disc multi changer so there is plently of space to put 2 disc DVD's in or just lots of CD.s to listen to whilst you are doing the housework. There is also a random feature available for CD's so that you mix up what you are listening to.
But the one thing that has made this system so wonderful is its flexibility, ok so it is now 5 years old and it doesn't have an HDMI cable but that is about all.
We now run an S-video cable from the Hi-fi to the television so the picture from the DVD is really crisp. We have just bought a new HDD recorder and I have now run audio leads from the recorder into the Hi Fi so now we can listen to TV programmes through the speakers and with enhanced stereo. This makes the whole TV viewing much better especially when watch films. Because of the surround sound you really feel taht you are in the middle of the action. The final connection I have made is that I also have a lead which connects my I-pod to the Hi Fi. So generally I don't put many CD's in the machine anymore but run it from my i-pod.
I have seen the full set of components for sale for about £150 but E-bay was selling some parts of it for £20-£30. It also hasa double tape deck but to be honest I can't remeber actually ever playing a tape on it - I'm not even sure in the house where I would find one. I think that is the one bit which totally outdated.
There are loads and loads of different settingd for sound variations and we probably played with them all when we first had the system but probably just stick to main programmed ones - surround souns, virtual surround etc. The one setting which is really useful especially if you sit slightly close to one speaker than the other is the "seat postion" setting where you can adjust the sound and store the setting for different volume levels on each speaker so that they are balanced.
We did have one problem with it last year when the multi change mechanism failed - but we had taken out the insurance - as I had manged to beat the salesperson down to give us a really good deal and both my brother and my Dad had purchased multi changers which had broken after a couple of years.
5 CD/DVD multi change player
Dual tape player
Standard video out connection
S-video (out) connection
VCR/DVD audio input connection
Auxillary audio input connection (I use this for mm i-pod)
2 main speakers
3 surround sound speakers
This is a system I owned a while ago but as I saw an advert for it recently I figured it must still be going strong so I decided to do a review on it.
The Technics SCDV290 set me back nearly £300 a few years back but I see it can now be purchased for the much more modest sum of £179.99. This system comes in four stacking parts consisting of the tuner, the tape decks (which are pretty much redundant these days), the 5xdvd player and the Dolby 5.1 amplifier.
The system comes with a very simple to understand installation and users guide which makes it very easy to install. The system itself is very durable and both feels and looks expensive, the cables and connections however are a lot cheaper looking and somewhat fragile but in the year and a half or so that I used this system I found no problems with any of it.
Installation consists simply of connecting the tape decks, the tuner and the DVD player to the amplifier via the cables provided and then the speakers connect to the sockets in the amplifier. The system is connected to your TV via scart lead and you are ready to go. You will need to position the system near to the TV so the connection via scart can be made but the speaker cable provided will allow you to position the speakers pretty much where ever you like.
If you want to have this system positioned further away from your TV there is the option to connect via an AV cable which would allow you to add an extension to it.
The sound from this system is very good, even when listening to old cassettes I still found the sound quality very good but as you would expect this system really comes into its own when you sit down to watch a movie in Dolby sound surround. Although this system can be improved on with the systems that are around today it was a very good system in its day and I am sure it would still hold its own to a certain extent in todays market.
There are many preset sound effect levels such as, (concert hall, rock, hard, clean and rock) as well as the option to set your own favourites so you do not have to be fiddling about with the settings every time you sit down to listen to music or watch a DVD. The radio tuner has 39 presets so you can tune in your favourite stations so they can be found at the click of a button.
With a total output of 360W RMS this system is fairly powerful and would be plenty for the average sized living room, in fact I very rarely had it turned up more than half way for a movie and maybe slightly more when listening to music. It did once or twice get pushed to its limits during parties and the likes and it performs very well at high levels. It can operate virtually full volume with no break up in the sound as long as you select the right bass and treble levels for what you are listening to.
There is no doubt in my mind that it is worth the price it is available at now a days but I certainly would not pay what I paid for it any more because these type of systems have coma along way since then. It is a good looking system that as I have said performed well for the year and a half I owned it for and after having it for that length of time I sold it on and got half my money back on it because it was still in perfect working order and looked as good as the day I bought it.
The system is packed with features for every component so if you enjoy tailoring your viewing and listening experiences to the finest detail then you can with this but equally you can just stick it on preset and sit back and enjoy the sound.
If you are looking for this type of system at the moment then you should at least give consideration to this one. At £179.99 it is well worth its money and will I am sure bring you years of good sound. Technics is a well respected brand and when it comes to surround sound systems they certainly know their stuff. Although my new system is Sony I would certainly consider Technics again when choosing another. The Technics SCDV290 is slightly harder to find these days although they can be found both new and second hand on EBay.
I hope you are suitably enlightened on the subject and you enjoyed the read!
I was bought this stereo setup for my 21st birthday after months of listening to mates opinions and reading reviews. The stereo consists of 4 main units the amplifier, thetape deck, the cd/dvd multichanger and the radio tuner. Straight from the box it is quite easy to setup, with the manual giving clear and simple step by step instructions. The wires for the two main speakers are not particularly long, however this was not a problem for me as i have a realitivly small room.
The dvd/cd player is a 5 disc changer and looks good from the second you remove it from the box (as does the rest of the stereo). and the playback of disks is very good, even on my 10 year old relic of a tv the movies and imaghes appear clear and crisp. Not only this but the un it also plays almost every kind of disk imaginable, from .mp3 disks for music (gets around 4 albums on a cd), right through to .jpg for images that have come straight from a camera or the internet. The unit also play DIVX files, these are one of the latest file compression formats available on the internet and are fast becoming one of the most popular. I have not come across a disk as of yet that the unit is unable to play.
The level of sound that the stereo produces is excellent, when in dolby digital playback mode the surround sound is exceptional and in movies you actually feel like you are part of the action as bullets whizz by your ears and voices come for all around you. The base is excellent at all levels, and even at full volume the sound is still brilliant and not distorted.
The stereo is very easy to use, the remote is well planned and so is the interface on the front of the system almost every function can be accessed from either set of buttons, and the intuitave use of a shift key keeps the remote control simple and well laid out. Initial setup of the system is aided by the colour coded wiring and intellegent use of the manual to explain everything. All in all setup should take around 20-30 minutes.
The remote control is solid and immediately feels of the high quality that you would expect from a brand like technics, buttons are clearly labelled and are well spaced even for my fat fingers! the remote takes 2 x AA batteries and they have an excellent life even when used constantly. The remote, i am told also has an extremely good range however i have not tested this for myself as the room that my unit operates in is rather small.
The manual that is supplied with the stereo is nothing short of excellent, with clear, simple easy to follow instructions and diagrams. It guides you through the steps of initial setup and many frequently encountered problems.
The stereo as a whole includes many features such as RDS as well as the dolby digital surround sound that it supports. The range of file formats that the unit supports is vast, as i have already mentioned earlier in this review. There is a good range of inputs avaliable for use as well. I personally have my TV, Ipod, Xbox 360 and minidisc players all connect to the system. The one thing that i do feel is missing is a digital optical input for some of the newer pieces of equipment.
I have owned the unit for around two years now and have had absolutely no problems with it at all, i also have 3 friends who own the same model, all of whom agree that it is incredibly durable and hard wearing. My unit has moved house with me 3 times and has also coped with extensive use by my four year old son. If that isnt a testement to its durability, then nothing is!
When i bought this unit it cost around £500 and i am aware that you can pick them up today for around £350, this is excellent value and i would recommend the system to anybody thinking of purchasing a home cinema or stereo system.
Overall i feel that the unit is one of superior quality, in the past i have always opted for a seperates system made up of units that could reflect my musical habits, but this system has changed my opinion of them totally.