I’m thinking of replacing my malfunctioning Arcam hifi. Technology has moved on in the fifteen years or so since I bought it, with new features like streaming & multi-room capability coming into play. And this is where I would like some advice before I start getting bamboozled in hifi shops. I guess the key question is what is hi-fi these days? With wireless speakers and Sonos-type multi-room systems, is there still a need for the combination of various boxes of tricks and two carefully placed speakers to get what would be traditionally required as high fidelity sound quality? How does the sound quality of these newer types of system stack-up against the more traditional ‘hi-fi’ set-up? To what extent have improvements in technology ‘improved’ the sound quality of traditional systems since I bought my current black boxes? I know a lot of this is subjective but I’d value the opinions of a bunch of music fans above the reviews of magazines that are a little too dependent on advertising, so over to you folks for any views or advice you can offer.
Hi chums, my upstairs stereo (3-disc CD drawer, double cassette, radio), bought from the Co-op circa 1905, is getting rather creaky now, and I need something to replace it. These are my demands:
1. Ability to play CDs and if possible cassettes too. My old stereo is now struggling with CDRs, so it either needs to be able to play those with no problems, or failing that maybe an SD slot or USB port would be kinda groovy, then I could could rip and chuck all the CDRs. Not bothered about radio, bluetooth or any kind of streaming capability.
2. Small size. It’ll be sitting on the landing just outside the bathroom, so needs to be fairly compact.
3. Sub £200 price. As sub as possible please.
4. Available via mail order. I live in the sticks.
5. It mustn’t sound shit or fall to pieces.
6. The moon on a stick, please!
Thanks in advance xx
Now there’s is a middle aged middle class topic for you.
But a serious one nonetheless.
A built in wall unit encompassing hi fi ,TV books and assorted crap (Mrs Wells collection of ceramics for starters) are to be housed in a timber wall unit.
The bloke that does these things has been around and a design has been sketched out. My concern is the hi fi set up.Currnetly they (t/table, tuner, amp, cd player ,tape deck …yes tape deck) are all housed on a metal stack that I rahter brilliantly attached some felt to on the bottom so I can slide the unit out on ther floorboards and tinker round with assorted leads and cables- just like a real roadie. But thisis not an option in Mrs Wells brave new world. I thought of shelves on sliding racks but they wont be adjustable should a new piece of equipment have differnet dimensions and I wonder about the stability esp for the turntable( hmmm perhaps wooden base for t/table and sliders for units below, but how to get down belowthe turntable shelf which necessarily goes on top…..).
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To expand upon the above, I heartily recommend the following product:
Bose SoundLink Colour.
Have lived with said item for a couple of months now and can testify to its exceptional performance for the price point. Not particularly a looker I grant you, though in understated black it’s perfectly fine.
But the sound is better than it needs to be for a ton…
The speakers in the picture claim to be Wharfedale Coleridge but are they? There are very few details given bar the dimensions – 19″ high x 10″ x 10″ and a claim that they originally cost more than £800 two years ago. Oh, and nothing about whether they actually work.
A Google image search reveals nothing similar.
Is my scepticism well placed?
Found out my next door neighbour is an electrician who specialises in AV systems, I allas thought he was a builder, anyway he helped me out a few weeks back with my new LG Blurry and swapped a dodgey optical cable for me. Unfortunately the swap meant the audio and picture were out of sync, so I gave him a call on Friday to see if he could help. He popped over and swapped the input which rectified the prob, while he was here I told him about the hum on a t/t a mate had given me. He had a look at it but couldn’t trace where it was coming from, he also said he had a hum on one of his systems so I offered him an old Kenwood amp the mate with the t/t returned to me. He took it away and tried it, returning about 20mins later to tell me it was a bit knackered. But thanks anyway and would I like some gear he was chucking out. Wait for it… a Marantz AV Receiver – http://us.marantz.com/DocumentMaster/US/SR4600specsheet0506.pdf and a Marantz Super Audio CD/DVD – http://us.marantz.com/DocumentMaster/US/DV7600specsheet02-06.pdf Boy am I full of WIN! I’ve got the CD/DVD up » Continue Reading.