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I'll be 15 soon and for my birthday my parents said they'll buy me a Hi-Fi system of my choice, as long as it's a reaosnable price.


After searching the internet, I've found these two:

The Sandstrom SHFUSB10 for £80 ($120)
http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/audio/hi-fi-speaker-docks/hi-fi-systems/sandstrom-shfusb10-micro-hi-fi-system-black-05057336-pdt.html

The Sony CMTFX250 for £90 ($135)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-CMTFX250-Hi-Fi-Audio-System/dp/B003L5DVX4/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top


Which is better and why?

I'd like it to include an alarm clock, as well as a radio and CD player, any sugesstions would be great!
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post #2 of 17
I like the sleekness of the first one,but I don't see an alarm clock on it.The second one looks too bulky and I don't see an alarm clock either.

The one you picked out are more shelf systems. Are you looking for more side of the bed type system?
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I just want to make a quick pointer that I find it _very_ difficult to believe that anyone would be able to sell a new actual hi-fi 2.0 speakers plus amp for anything less than about $1000. I've seen a few $300 speaker sets get pretty close (Audioengine A2), but never a compact mini-system like the ones you mentioned. I would suspect that they are in fact "hi-fi" in terms of advertising only.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_fidelity

To my knowledge, the budget micro systems simply haven't got the engineering or quality necessary to reproduce the original recorded sound.

If it were me, I'd get an alarm clock for an alarm so I could smash it silent in the foggy moments after getting up without fear of harm and get a separate 2.0 hi-fi system for listening to music.

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All that said, many of the little budget systems work very well for bedrooms and dorm rooms until you save up enough for a real hi-fi system, but there is tremendous difference in sound between the two if your ears can hear it. That's key: buy what sounds best to you.
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The Sandstrom has a clock function, whether that includes an alarm I have no idea.

Also I'm not looking for the best music quality, just a system that can do everything I need it to do for a reasonable price.

At the moment I prefer the Sandstrom, but I'm open to any other products out there!
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The Sandstrom has a clock function, whether that includes an alarm I have no idea.

Also I'm not looking for the best music quality, just a system that can do everything I need it to do for a reasonable price.

At the moment I prefer the Sandstrom, but I'm open to any other products out there!

These two caught my eye:
http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-MCR-232BL-Micro-Component-System/dp/B005YXXTDS/ref=sr_1_18?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1369252063&sr=1-18

http://www.amazon.com/Denon-D-M39S-192kHz-Component-Quality/dp/B008PQAB3C/ref=sr_1_20?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1369252063&sr=1-20
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Woahh, my parents haven't got that much money!

I was thinking up to £100 ($150), as long as it's good value.
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post #7 of 17
hmmm...

I'm not personally much moved by either of those... however... ur budget is rather tight... and If i am honest i didn't see much on amazon uk that looked much /any better while remaining in budget.... I am not at all familiar with that Sandstrom brand as I'm pretty sure they are not sold in America.. but honestly I'm guessing either of those are going to be 6 of one sound quality wise... ok... for casual listening but not great... but at the price only so much one could hope for.

and I'm not at all wanting to rain on your parade.... when i was 15 I had worse than either of those to be sure biggrin.gif


if you have the space for it / inclination at your budget my preference would be to try to scout out used hifi gear (and a few $ used alarm clock smile.gif )

I have rather a lot of used hifi gear ... and any number of used/vintage systems that would murder either of those sound quality wise while staying in budget... but this stuff would be larger physically than those micro systems and of course used gear lacks warranties / needs to be tested for function and my need a bit of fiddling with (cleaning pots / what have you ) to get working right.

I have some JBL L1 speakers i paid $40 for which are amazing sounding bookshelf speakers (albeit a bit large for bookshelf speakers) and a pair of B&W V202 speakers (bigger yet honestly) i paid $20 for that sound awesome as well... and I paid $5 for some tiny little TEAC speakers (which i had to fix...loose dustcaps) that are very compact and sound good especially for the size.

I have over 1/2 dozen vintage amps/receivers I paid between $5 and $125 for and 4 used component cd /dvd players that cost between $6 and $25

if you are willing /able to look for some used gear you could probably get some much nicer gear with some searching / care in buying.

otherwise either of those two are probably pretty closely matched and ok for what they are...and all.
post #8 of 17
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MHCEC709iP-Hi-Fi-Shelf-System/dp/B003IBB9CG/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_1

or, if you can pay a bit more..

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-X-EM21-Stereo-System-iPod-Dock/dp/B00920ESSE/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_3

to be honest anything in the $75-175 is basically low budget, in order to get REAL sound you are looking upwards of $200.
post #9 of 17
Quite honestly it won't matter what you use if sound quality isn't top priority for an all-in-one system. Just choose whatever is best for your needs. Since if you want higher quality sound you are going to pay a lot more.
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http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MHCEC709iP-Hi-Fi-Shelf-System/dp/B003IBB9CG/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_1

or, if you can pay a bit more..

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-X-EM21-Stereo-System-iPod-Dock/dp/B00920ESSE/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_3

to be honest anything in the $75-175 is basically low budget, in order to get REAL sound you are looking upwards of $200.

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Why hello there. Nice seeing another DFW OCN member.

heeey, nice to see you too..

yea there is a few of us lurking around, most of them from south/east Texas cowboy.gif

moved here about 5 years ago, trying to get used to these crazy summers (not good for overclocking mad.gif)
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