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Help buying a Hi-fi

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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
Want to buy a hi-fi for the living room as PC being moved to new study. Don't really need it to be massively loud, but do want good quality sound at a reasonable price. Would like it to be quite small too.

Looking to spend up to £125.

Any ideas???
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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#1
No offense bud, but I think you'll struggle to pick something up for £50 that will produce good quality sound.

What are you looking to play through it - cd, mp3 ??
#2
cd's probably, although one that would play a cd of mp3's would be nice. i put £50 as a guess as i have no idea how much these cost and what makes are good. £100 - £125 would not be a problem, just want good sound without ridiculously oversized speakers and unit. I've changed the post to go to £125 tops
#3
Have a look at this. http://www.goodmansdirect.co.uk/productdetails.aspx?pid=MICRO1104HDAB&language=en-GBI know its goodmans and I normally dont use there stuff but I wanted something small and cheap for the bedroom and as What hi-fi gave it 5* I bought one (£100 then). I have had it 2 years now and is great. The CD has just enough bass weight and the DAB is very clear.
#4
PapaSmurf
cd's probably, although one that would play a cd of mp3's would be nice. i put £50 as a guess as i have no idea how much these cost and what makes are good. £100 - £125 would not be a problem, just want good sound without ridiculously oversized speakers and unit. I've changed the post to go to £125 tops


If I were you, I'd get the budget up a bit more and consider buying hi-fi separates.

Cheap Amp around £50, you could either hook this up to your dvd player if you have one, or get a cheap cd player for around the same as the amp. Add a budget pair of speakers for the same again and you're sorted.

I've always advocated the purchase of separates over 'systems' - they last far longer and have superior sound quality.

If you're interested, I have an old Philips CD player that I could sell you for a tenner plus delivery - or you could collect if you're near Glasgow.:thumbsup:

Good value stuff over at Richer Sounds.
#5
I have recently got one of these:
JVC UX-DAB11:
http://www.comet.co.uk/cometbrowse/product.do?sku=404349
Plays CDs, MP3s from a CD or from a memory stick, DAB/FM radio works great with very good reception, and very pleased with the sound quality:thumbsup:
banned#6
Be careful about opting for DAB radios as takeup is so poor that they are discussing whether to phase it out over the next few years.

DAB is to be phased out in the UK and replaced by the standard that most of europe appears to be adopting. The new standard uses AAC+ instead of MP2 for the codec, which is more efficient and should yield better sound quality. The radios are due to go on sale next year, and DAB will be phased out over a number of years although the main broadcasters have said they will contunue for a time after that.

For info on DAB+ click this link http://worlddab.org/pdf/DAB+brochure.pdf . Current radios are unable to recieve this new standard because the required decoder is not present.
#7
moob
...If you're interested, I have an old Philips CD player that I could sell you for a tenner plus delivery...


what model, etc?

nowhere near glasgow - how much do you reckon for royal mail postage in UK?
banned#8
The problem with separates is that they are not small.
#9
PapaSmurf
what model, etc?

nowhere near glasgow - how much do you reckon for royal mail postage in UK?


Now you're asking!

It's very old, probably 15 or so - but it still works and has a remote!

That's why I'm offering it at a nominal cost. I'm not sure about postage, but I think Royal Mail is too dear when you consider the size of the item.

I used a courier recently, and he was around 7-8 quid.

It's up to you really, I was really only offering it as a budget consideration.
#10
csiman
The problem with separates is that they are not small.


Indeed. However they don't die after a couple of years.:thumbsup:
banned#11
moob;1557516
Indeed. However they don't die after a couple of years.:thumbsup:

Very true. My sharp optonica seperates system bought in 1983 is still going strong and sounds great.
#12
separates from Richer Sounds

amp approx £60

Speakers approx £60

cheap cd player
#13
I think the days are gone for the need of big hi-fi systems or separates , I have a nice Pioneer system that I never use . I was after something new last year and got one of those midi sytems that play mp3's on disk as well as from usb pendrive and SD cards .Comes with a remote control and has quite a nice tone to it for a cheapy. I really like the idea of loading my music onto SD cards and playing them from the system instead of changeing disks every hour or whatever . There is some nice models around , I've seen some by Sharp , Watson & Alba . My Alba [dont personally buy Alba ,Bush or Goodmans] , was only £35 and I was very supprised at the sound quality as well as being supprised it WORKED !.
#14
£5 over your price range.....
But a classy little ****** with some oomph!!! :thumbsup:
#15
ricko
I think the days are gone for the need of big hi-fi systems or separates , I have a nice Pioneer system that I never use . I was after something new last year and got one of those midi sytems that play mp3's on disk as well as from usb pendrive and SD cards .Comes with a remote control and has quite a nice tone to it for a cheapy. I really like the idea of loading my music onto SD cards and playing them from the system instead of changeing disks every hour or whatever . There is some nice models around , I've seen some by Sharp , Watson & Alba . My Alba [dont personally buy Alba ,Bush or Goodmans] , was only £35 and I was very supprised at the sound quality as well as being supprised it WORKED !.


Depends what you're after in terms of sound quality. These small systems cannot get near the sound reproduction of even a budget separates system.

To OP, I take it you're not interested in my offer?
#16
If you do find a hi fi that sounds good let me know, as when I listen to sub £300 hi fi all I can pick out is the faults, bass with no depth, lack of clarity etc.

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