Mini Hi-Fi Recommendations

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Pop_Zeus, Dec 27, 2018.

  1. Pop_Zeus

    Pop_Zeus Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Southport, UK
    I guess this is not something that’s talked about much in here, but I desperately need a new mini hi-fi for my bedside. I have a circa £100 Sony CD one which still has a cassette deck (!). It keeps crapping out; saying ‘no disc’ when there IS a disc in, display flickering a lot, power cutting out randomly, etc. On its last legs really. Tried changing the fuse but no use.

    What mini hi-fi units should I look at? Want to avoid cheapo stuff, but not sure I want to stretch to Denon D-M41 prices, would consider it though if they really are that good and likely to last a long time. All I want is for it play CDs, have a USB/aux in for iPod, sound good and sit on a bedside table even if it overhangs a little.

    As it’s always the unit that craps out on these, my speakers are actually ok and I even kept the speakers from my previous one just in case, so I have the option just to buy the central unit without speakers
     
  2. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    Denon Mini systems sound great. We have the RCD-M35DAB in our living room. Sounds superb. For a laugh i tried the speakers with my system in the music room. They held their own. I was amazed.
     
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  3. Subagent

    Subagent Forum Resident

    Location:
    Arlington, VA
    No recent experience here (does that ever stop anyone from responding?), but ran across the Marantz M-CR611 during a recent surf of audio sites. Looked interesting.
     
  4. jupiterboy

    jupiterboy Forum Residue

    Location:
    Buffalo, NY
    Might look for a Proton AI-3000 II. They made some compact units. Some even had decent speakers.
     
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  5. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    I know this model. Sound is a bit thin and not anywhere as good as Denon models imo. Just my view
     
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  6. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

    Location:
    London UK
    Denon
     
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  7. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    Denon DM41 DAB. Has good reviews.
     
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  8. LivingForever

    LivingForever Always one more tomorrow...

    I have a Denon CEOL system from a few years ago and it’s been great - CD, DAB, radio, internet streaming. Sounds nice too with my little Q Acoustics bookshelf speakers.
     
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  9. Pop_Zeus

    Pop_Zeus Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Southport, UK
    Just ordered a Denon D-M41 DAB unit only for £179. When I previously looked they were £280 without speakers. Will see how I get on with the 2 sets of Sony speakers I already have
     
  10. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    You will love it. For that price you cant go wrong
     
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  11. spartree

    spartree Forum Resident

    Location:
    Germany
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  12. MC Rag

    MC Rag Forum Resident

    If you're open to 2nd hand an Arcam solo mini or a Linn Classik K will give you great sound for under £200.
     
  13. Dominic jefferson

    Dominic jefferson Active Member

    Location:
    Bury St Edmunds
    I have the Denon Dm41 dab paired with Dali Spektor 2s and love it.
     
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  14. tanqueray cowboy

    tanqueray cowboy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Mount Pleasant, SC
    How do the Dalis compare with the Denon speakers?
     
  15. Dominic jefferson

    Dominic jefferson Active Member

    Location:
    Bury St Edmunds
    I love the Dalis. Better build quality and finish. All round more balanced performance with a natural expressive sound and pretty solid sound stage. Denons were a little over precise and cold for me. I think the Spektor 2 is a startlingly good speaker for its price point and would hold its own against many in the next.
     
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  16. mr clean

    mr clean Well-Known Member

    Location:
    SW indiana
    PS Audio Sprout 100. Speakers of you choice. Emotiva TA-100 is little bigger but one piece would do it all if wanting FM. How small does it have to be? I think the sprout would be better than the all in one micro systems. I just saw you wanted cd so forget all I said.
     
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  17. mr clean

    mr clean Well-Known Member

    Location:
    SW indiana
    I like Klipsch speakers but a lot of people may not agree. I saw nice reviews on these but again I don't know how small you need.

    Revel Concerta2 MI6
     
  18. mr clean

    mr clean Well-Known Member

    Location:
    SW indiana
    Im going to have to read little closer. Hope you like what you are getting.
     

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