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Old 10th Oct 2020, 12:12
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Compact stereo systems

Looking to replace my ancient Aiwa compact stereo for average sized room. Essentials are good bass, min distortion at high vol, DAB radio receiver, aux input & remote controller. Happy to pay for good quality. Any suggestions?

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Old 10th Oct 2020, 21:43
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Over the years for a mid sized room I have tried various compacts. Over the years, I have had 2 Denon compact CD/DAB radio/Amps. Both excellent. The first one was passed on to the bedroom.

I have tried a variety of alternatives at the UK mixed-brand retailer, Richer Sounds, but nothing beat Denon.
Currently paired with Q Acoustics "Bookshelf" speakers.
Both the Denon and the Q Acoustics are what might be called "re-assuringly expensive".
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Old 12th Oct 2020, 20:57
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I have a Bose Wave Sound - does all you specify and more with internet connectivity and all sorts of 'techy' things. Volume (undistorted) to deal with nuisance neighbours and a bass that rattles the pictures. I suspect that there are better, cheaper sets available My near 30 year old Sony does it all better apart from the DAB and 'techy' stuff.
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Old 13th Oct 2020, 12:36
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Have a look at a Marantz M-CR612 or a Denon CEOL N11DAB. They look alike, which is no accident, but offer very good performance with lots of options. I bought an earlier version of the Marantz (M-CR601) and have got a set of Dali Zensor 1 speakers. You can actually hook up a massive speaker to the Marantz and it will still deliver, but this combination works very well for me.
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Old 13th Oct 2020, 17:10
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Thanks people. Did a bit of research & went for a Panasonic (SC-HC302). It passes the 'Widor Toccata last chord' and Status Quo 'Caroline' high vol test for the room it's set up in. It's also got Bluetooth so I can play my iphone music playlists through it, and a mute button for instant silencing if required.

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Old 13th Oct 2020, 22:14
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Excellent choice of test material - especially the first one
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Old 14th Oct 2020, 12:55
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Good choice, I hope that it serves you well.

I would have also recommended the Bose Wave Sound as it would offer most of what might be needed in a limited space. The issue with sound systems is that if one lives in an apartment or in a semi-detatched house, then volume (and bass) will need to be limited for the sake of good neighbourly relations thus rendering capable systems redundant. Detatched properties you can turn it up to 11 ;-)
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Old 14th Oct 2020, 16:53
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Hi SHJ. Our hovel is detached so I can crank up the vol to threshold of pain! I'll wait a day or two in case anyone else is in stereo replacement mode & needs info, then I'll delete the thread.
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Why not leave the thread here? Someone may find it useful in the future.
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Old 18th Oct 2020, 08:50
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Originally Posted by Jhieminga View Post
Why not leave the thread here? Someone may find it useful in the future.
Good point. The thread now has a stay of execution!
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Old 23rd Oct 2020, 15:01
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This is a worthy thread and I commend......
Especially as I am trying to find a new amplifier for my computer.
Optical input class A/B, proper connection posts.
Without a motor on the remote control: the leaning forward is good exercise.
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Old 24th Oct 2020, 09:22
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Originally Posted by Jhieminga View Post
Have a look at a Marantz M-CR612 or a Denon CEOL N11DAB. They look alike, which is no accident, but offer very good performance with lots of options. I bought an earlier version of the Marantz (M-CR601) and have got a set of Dali Zensor 1 speakers. You can actually hook up a massive speaker to the Marantz and it will still deliver, but this combination works very well for me.
We have a similar system - Marantz CR610 + Dali speakers,pretty good sound quality from a compact system and fairly small speakers,we mostly use it for internet radio but it occasionally is used for CD's (it does connect other sources as well but we have never needed to use any).
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