Sony CMT-SX7B Micro Hi-Fi System
CDs, audio files and music streaming services can all sound just as they were meant to with this powerful yet sleek system.
It is equipped with pretty much everything you need to deliver the music to your ears, whether you’re a CD lover, stream absolutely everything or love tuning into Radio 4 throughout the day. That’s not even mentioning the speakers, which are incredibly high quality.
High-Resolution Audio technology means that it uses higher sampling rates than the standards used in CDs, so even if you are streaming (which can occasionally lack crispness), you can fully enjoy incredible sound.
Bluetooth quality is also boosted thanks to LDAC. Three times as much data is transmitted than with ordinary connections, so there will be no signal cutouts or breaks encountered. Google Cast and AirPlay are also reachable thanks to the in-built Wi-Fi, so both new and stored music can be accessed. The DLNA connection also means you can connect and stream music from your PC, TV and portable servers to the wireless speaker via your home LAN system. Not bad for giving the user plenty of choices.
Everything can be controlled straight from your smartphone using the SongPal 3.0 app. Available on both Android and iOS, you won’t only be able to access the songs, but you’ll also be able to control the sound settings. Sometimes you want the vocals to be more prominent, and at other times it’s the bass. No worries.
If you fancy some multi-room listening, this is also possible through the app. Play the same song or a different one throughout the house, thanks to the ability to link other Sony soundbars and speakers to each other. Your music has never been treated so well.
- Dimensions: System - 11.5 x 22.5 x 26.3cm. Speaker - 24.5 x 14.5 x 22.5cm
- Output Power: 100W
- Speakers: 2
- Features: CD, Radio, Wireless Connectivity
- Inputs: Analog/Digital Audio Input/Ethernet, Front USB-A Port, USB-B Port
Sony CMT-SX7B DAB/FM/CD Bluetooth NFC Wi-Fi Micro Hi-Fi System User Manual
- Clear instructions
- Can form part of an audio system
- Great sound for small size
- Can be a little slow reading CDs
Packed with countless features, and the ability to make it multi-room is a real winner. Quality sound, quality look, simple setup
Denon DM-41DAB Wireless Traditional Hi-Fi System
Delivering 60W of power for the perfect sound in a small or medium room, this is a mini hi-fi system which gives the user everything you could possibly want from a speaker.
You can listen to CDs, and FM and DAB+ radio are included too. Because there is Bluetooth built-in, you can also stream from your smartphone, tablet or PC. this gives you no excuse for being restricted with choice.
The sound is delivered crisply and clearly, and this is because the circuit design inside the speaker body is simple and back to basics – no excuse for it becoming distorted, even at the highest volumes.
It is solidly built, too. If you’re after something which will last years and be able to handle those everyday marks and scratches which can’t be helped, then you’re in safe hands. We will say the aerial is a little flimsy though, so you may have to position this to get the best signal delicately.
There are all the basics included, such as radio and CD, but there are a couple of other features which would have been nice for the price, such as a USB. Those which are there should do the trick though. You still have Bluetooth which many others miss, and the sound quality is so exceptional that it is worth every penny. If you’ve recently dug out your CDs, then they will sound so much better this time round.
- Dimensions: 55.4 x 37.8 x 30.8cm
- Output Power: 60 W
- Speakers: 2 (tweeter x1, bass/mid driver x1)
- Features: Bluetooth, CD, Radio
- Inputs: Aux-in/RCA/Optical
DENON DM-41DAB Wireless Traditional Hi-Fi System User Manual
- Bluetooth simple to organise
- Nice clear large buttons
- Good smaller size
- Online diagrammatical user manual
To keep things simple, there are no surprises that it is one of the most popular brands and models out there
LG CJ45 Hi-Fi System with Bluetooth
An incredible price for a product which hits all the right notes.
The first thing we noticed when looking at the specs was the 720W of power. This is plenty of oomph to get the party started and more. It isn’t the only party-trick the CJ45 has up its sleeve though.
AutoDJ blends one track into another, so rather than having to mess about changing equaliser settings and making it all sound a little rushed, seamless transitions are as easy as anything. You also get the Karaoke Star feature, which rids almost any song of the vocals. Don’t worry if you’ve had one too many glasses of wine and wrongly think you sound like Adele, either – with Pitch Correction, you actually can truly sound like Adele (give or take a few wobbly notes). Or Beyonce. Or maybe even Freddie Mercury.
Whether you think it is attractive or not is down to personal opinion. We wouldn’t say it is one for those who like the sleek, unobtrusive look. But for someone who likes things to be a bit jazzier and ‘technological’ looking, then it is something different.
There are no other words for it. It is a bargain. We had to check the price and check again to ensure it was correct. There are a clock and alarm, a safety lock to stop accidental volume alterations, and app controllability to round it off.
Admittedly, it takes up a fair amount of space with three speakers. But those few extra touches are well worth the possible shuffling round of furniture.
- Dimensions: 95.2 x 35.2 x 31.2 cm
- Output Power: 720W
- Speakers: 3
- Features: CD, Radio, Karaoke, Bluetooth
- Inputs: 3.5mm Line In/USB
LG CJ45 Hi-Fi System with Bluetooth User Manual
- Extra features TV
- Sound Sync ability with compatible LG TV
- Bass isn’t great
- Rather bulky in design and space
It delivers quality sound, whether you’re putting the fun back into your parties or you want a bit of background music while vacuuming. All for a stellar cost
ITEK Jukebox I60017 Wireless Hi-Fi System
We say it comes under the ‘traditional’ sub-category, and while it isn’t necessarily your traditional hi-fi, it is certainly a fabulous novelty one.
This Jukebox has everything you could want from a hi-fi system, from the radio to a CD player and the option to connect external devices too. There is also the all-important Bluetooth, so you have access to whichever streaming music platform you use at the touch of a few buttons. The 3.5mm jack is perfect for any devices which don’t have this technology, too.
There are two speakers inside the body, which delivers a fab sound. They may only be 10W each, but you couldn’t tell them apart from some of the more powerful ones on offer at all.
Of course, the main selling point is the retro 50s/60s-themed design. If you’re after something for a games room, conservatory, kitchen or to complete a trendy audio corner in your home, then you can’t get much more throwback.
Multi-coloured lights around the edges change colour as you listen, which adds some atmosphere and allows you to get the party atmosphere started if needed. There is a remote control included which you can use to fine-tune any sound requirements or lighting adjustments, too.
It is under £100, and there are more modern models available, but in actual fact, they lack some of the features this one has. If it is a fun item you’re after, then the price is pleasant. If it is a serious music player you’re after, then it still delivers and is a steal.
- Dimensions: 82.3 x 40 x 20.8cm
- Output Power: 20W
- Speakers: 2
- Features: CD, Radio, Bluetooth
- Inputs: USB/RCA
- Lighting changes with songs
- Good size to stand out
- Would like screen to be a bit clearer
Perfectly retro for that ‘something a bit different’ fun look, and it won’t let you down on sound either