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What? Technics SC-HD350 What Is It? Hi Fi System, comprising of amplifier (SE-HD350), tuner (ST-HD350), tape deck (RS-HD350), CD player (SL-HD350) and speakers (SC-HD350). Plus mains lead, connecting leads, AM and FM Aerials. What Does It Do? Play music Price. £240 - £250 depending on where you buy it. What Is It Like? Im not a stereo geek so please forgive the lack of jargon A neat, cool looking and compact set, my example is silver coloured with the speakers in wood grain finish. It comes with all the necessary leads to basically plug in and play. If you want to play your old vinyl you will have to buy a pre amp and deck separately. Setting up doesnt take long and the instructions supplied are easy to follow. Deciding the location of the speakers took longer than setting up. Overall sound is good. If you put the speakers against a wall or on a shelf the bass gets a bit boomy, but this can be remedied by turning the bass down on the amp. The top end is nice a crisp, even when playing some of my older tapes. Which brings me to my own little test. You see, Ive got a collection of tapes going back years that are lifted from live broadcasts on FM radio. The quality is not too bad but they are aging a little bit now. You know, the bass is a bit rumbly, the top end hisses rather than sparkles. But this thing gives them such a boost its hard to believe they are the same tapes. They certainly sound live. Volume has a good reach, more than ample for your average sitting room or bedroom. At a deceptive 22W/channel it can still bend an eardrum or two. The tape player has a sliding drawer into which you load the tape. The action is smooth and quiet and has a certain chunky dependable feel to it. The machine can play in either direction and also has an automatic search facility (TPS) if you want a track in the middle of the tape. Dolby is included and this is quite impressive, as it does not kill any high frequencies as it does on so many other tape machines. There is not a lot to say about the CD player other than to say it plays ordinary cds and those that youve made yourself on your computer, so long as they are finalised. It will not play CD-RW though. The machine has Random repeat and programmable play facilities if you want them. Loading the cd is via the standard sliding drawer. The radio is a fine piece of kit. Where we are our radios have trouble picking up a signal but this had no problems at all. Very little stereo hiss too. Nice. It will pick up FM and AM, but sadly no long wave for cricket buffs. Tuning can be done manually or automatically and both processes are a doddle. The amp. Basic in design, one volume control, one selector control, bass and treble controls and thats it. Except for the VGCA. Whats that? Well, remember the old loudness control, this is exactly the same. It boosts your bass and treble at low volumes and at higher volumes levels the sound out. It is quite a good way to get a balanced sound and stop the bass booming about the place. The speaker cabs house a 120mm woofer and a 60mm tweeter, with a rearwards facing vent for the bass. My example plugged into the pc via the headphone socket allowing me to record tapes onto the computer ready for putting onto disc. A word of advice here, keep the volume down or you might damage the sound card. There are no aux.-out sockets and only one set of sound-in sockets to connect other equipment to it. The connecting leads between the separates are not your standard leads. No, they are flat leads which Ive never seen before, but it does mean that mix and match possibilities are not great. Speaker connections are standard stuff. The tuner is the only unit with any kind of display and this caters for all the other bits. It even says hello and goodbye. The instructions are easy to follow and dont need a PhD in electronics to understand but if you do want the technical bits they are included on the back. Or you can go hunting on the net. Conclusion I like this kit. It is small neat, and does exactly what it says on the tin. The sound is flexible and it does as good a job on classical music as it does with heavy metal. I have tapes recorded from the radio from years ago and even these are given a new lease of life. For the price it makes a good sounding unit for the home without costing the earth or, if you are a bit more monetarily endowed, a good unit for the kids bedroom. I have no doubt that the audiophiles amongst us will probably find something to whinge about, but to Farty, as your average music appreciator, it does the job. Overall, a good buy.
Technics have always been a part of the higher quality side of mid ranged home electronics. Whilst not quite in the same leagues as Denon, Nakamichi or Arcam they certainly can hold their own to the likes of Sony, JVC and Pioneer. With the SC750 they have succesfully brought out what a lot of people have been asking for - a quality seperates system that doesn't take up the space of a full sized midi system. For such a powerful system the Technics is very small, standing less than 16 inches high and 12 inches wide in its standard configuration. The casing is constructed from metal for everything apart from the front, which is a high grade plastic. Its a bit disapointing that this couldn't also be made from the same material, but its not too much of an issue. Connectivity wise, the whole system is linked up by ribbon cables, with all the inputs and outputs being on the sound processor part. This consists of a phono in and out, a DVD in and very usefully a set of 5.1 inputs for DVD players with onboard Dolby Digital amps. The speakers are connected bi-wirely, and there is an output for a separate sub woofer if it is required. On startup the system welcomes you with a greeting, and then either from the control panel on the front or the remote control you can easily make your choice. The system is made up of a 5xCD Changer (single tray) a 2xTape Deck, an RDS tuner, Sound Processor (which features a very fluid graphics equaliser) and a Class H+ amplifier. The CD player is quite unusual compared to most, as it uses only a single tray, and the CDs are actually changed inside. This gives the benefit of being a lot smaller, but is a lot slower and means you can't listen to one CD and change another simultaneously. CD to Tape and Tape to Tape functions are simly controlled from pressing a single button, and the recording quality can only be described as excellent. I noticed the lack of a high speed dubbing control, but the quali ty of this was always substandard at best so it shan't be missed. Now the most important thing - the quality of the sound. Well, it can only be described as superb. The 5 speakers (2 front, 2 rear and a centre speaker) emit a rich , warm tone that can be pushed to a very high limit without causing distortion. Included on the speakers (which are a 3 part system - a tweeter, woofer and superwoofer) is small subwoofer on the back, which can be controlled from the main system. With a DVD player (with Dolby Digital 5.1) you can really hear what the extra speakers are for, as bullets shoot past and helicopters fly by in such films as "The Matrix". The centre speaker is very clear, and is primarily used for dialogue, leaving the other speakers clear for explosions and other sound effects. However, the rear speakers are not very big and compared to a different ProLogic system with larger speakers, you might think of replacing them with a more powerful set. In conclusion - the Technics system can only be described as brilliant. Compared to a lot of other systems it is very powerful and offers a lot of features, and most importantly will make your music sound great. Highly recommended.
Foe many years I had a Sony hi-fi seperates system and considered myself happy. Unfortunately it went to the great Hi-Fi heaven. Enter the Technic systems, and I take back all the good words I have said about sony in the past. This Technics system is heaven to music. It is a seperates system, that comes with a comprehensive manuals, which is very necessary considering the wiring involved, but any complexity is worth every effort. So having wired everything up, and stacked the seperates in the obligatory order, it was timeto turn it on. I still smile at the joy of being able to hear every note with a clarity that is not surpassed by the artist physically being present. At its upmost volume and that is deafening, there is no distortion whatsoever. I keep turning the volume up to check. The spectrum analyser I am still playing about with all the different option, it is dolby surround 5.1, so attached to a DVD player, you have your own private front seats at the cinema. 5 CD changer, so you won't have to budge from your seat too often. Dolby tape decks, tuner and so much more. I could go on all day about this system, but I'd rather listen to it. So would you given the chance, if you are in the market for a new Hi-Fi, you have just got to go and see one of these