Lots of power
No audible distortion
Quiet fan-less operation
Perfectly cromulant device
It looks and feels like an expensive unit
The power led stays lit red when the receiver is off, as if to warm the user the unit is off. Duh?
I was looking to take my audio listening to the next level. I had some space on my desk, and some random components jury rigged to a set of computer speakers. I decided to invest in a receiver and a pair of decent speakers, and boy have I been satisfied!... Read full review
I was looking to take my audio listening to the next level. I had some space on my desk, and some random components jury rigged to a set of computer speakers. I decided to invest in a receiver and a pair of decent speakers, and boy have I been satisfied!
Aesthetics - This receiver has a pro look. Sleek black with a digital display - even turning the volume knob adds to the experience. Everything looks and feels professionally made (except for the back feet, they're made of plastic, but at least the front feet are metal and good looking). This certainly adds a sort of subtle value. It feels expensive to look and use it - which is good in my book!
Functions - Inputs: AM/FM, Tape, CD, Aux, Phono. Output: Two pair of screw down terminals, Aux out. In terms of the inputs: Everything except phono is simply a direct line in. The names only help keep order of things. Perhaps the only unfortunate thing is that the names cannot be changed (for example, if I wanted to run a TV and a computer, one would be connected to "Aux" and the other to "Tape" or "CD"). The Aux out is useful for recording (of which I use this receiver to a bit of). Run a line from Aux out to whatever recording device you want. You could even run aux out into yet another pair of speakers for additional modularity. The included AM antenna is nothing special. It will get powerful nearby stations, but requires a lot of manual tweaking to pick up different stations in the area. However with a minor upgrade, you can get your favorite ancient modulation *ehm* excuse me, amplitude modulation stations just fine. The included FM antenna is also fairly average, but FM doesn't have the intrinsic antenna issues as AM. The phono input includes a preamp for your underpowered record players, so steer clear of putting other things in there. That being said, if you have a record player with a preamp, it might be best to put that in Aux or another input. There's also a screw down ground option for older record players or inputs with a screw down ground wire, very useful for vintage-meets-modern setups.
Sound - The sound of a receiver is largely based on the speakers chosen. But, having test several speakers, the sound quality from the receiver itself is as good as it needs to be. Very little distortion on CD or mp3, and, with some tweaking, even scratchy records can come through fairly clean. Although it would be better to clean your records than remove the treble.
- NOTE on speakers -
use 8 ohm impedance for one pair setup. For a two pair setup, use 16 ohm impedance. Using less than 8 ohms for one pair, or less than 16 ohms for 2 pair may (no.. WILL) cause damage to the unit
Inconveniences - Heat is hardly a problem. If you were to run it at Max with a very hot line in for a long time, you would begin to get heat buildup. However, if you keep your lines hot and run the receiver at 30, its enough power to fill most rooms without any significant heat from the unit. As mentioned before, the inability to change the labels on the inputs is probably the only large problem on this unit, and isn't even that much of a problem as the names chosen are fairly common, and few people will need to two AUX inputs. (If you're someone who needs 8 Aux inputs, you probably didn't or aren't considering this receiver anyway). The other major inconvenience is that it's big and heavy. If you plan on using this with a desk setup, make sure you have the space. If you are using it with a TV or home theater, it will fit right in with tape decks or CD players you might already have. Its awkwardly heavy and difficult to move around while setting up, but not a big deal as once its running, there's hardly a need to go in the back.
All in all, A fantastic receiver for the price. It looks and feels like an expensive unit, and plays just as well. The functions are limited, but not by any casual users standards. The phono input, aux output and two pair speaker make this unit extremely useful for many situations, for example, as a desktop unit for my computer and record player and radio functions, or as a home theater setup. While it might not be worth upgrading your computer speakers for this, I would recommend this as an upgrade for a desktop computer speaker setup if you had any extra input devices you wanted to connect, such as a record player or tape deck, or CD player. The convince coupled with the sound, look, and feel make this one heck of a stereo receiver!
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