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  1. Tan

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    Hi

    I am looking to buy a new micro system for the bedroom, I was going to buy a Bose sound dock, but have been thinking of micro systems more recently as they are more versatile.

    Does anyone have any experience of Onkyo?

    I have seen the following system at Richer Sounds,

    http://www.richersounds.com/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=ONKY-CS325-BLK

    I am not in a hurry to buy something, am looking for suggestions and advice.

    Many thanks

    Tan
     
  2. A210AMG

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    Bose Are very good quality for the size.

    Listen to them if you can see if you like the sound. If its for a bedroom I doubt you want thumping bass and high volume? so most will be fine.

    I use one with my ipod and its great. There are so many about it depends what you like I guess.

    We also have a oregon Science one the iBall and you dock the pod to a docking station and you can walk round with the wireless ball (speaker), you can also change the volume / track from the walk about speaker.

    Thats also great and a lot cheaper.
     
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    Onkyo are good quality, well respected & good sound. Similar to Teac
     
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    BOSE is a brand name that is minting it.... you are paying more for the name than the product.

    ONKYO has been making a good name for itself in the AV world... You can check AVFORUMS on google...

    I have a PIONEER Micro system and it does what a micro system is supposed to do.... my hearing is well tuned not fine tuned...
     
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    I'm not a huge Bose fan. In my book they are the Bang&Olafsen of audio. Clever exteriors, OK componentry.

    Richer Sounds make their money through volume. You pay for more engineering and less advertisng with their stuff.

    I very nearly bought one of their Onkyo micro systems for the bedroom. (I just couldn't resist getting the equivalent Denon for a tenner more - not rational really as I don't think it sound any better). I paired mine with Mordaunt Short speakers - sub hidden away and wall mounted satellites. Sounds great. Or you could just but a pair of £80 bookshelf speakers and it would sound great. Or just use what they provide.

    I personally prefer a micro system as you can plug in an MP3 player but also use CD's. FM Tuner or DAB tuner.

    For me a micro system is verstile and sounds good at all volumes unless you really crank it up - but at that point you'd have detonated one of those iPod docking devices anyway.
     
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    I have had another thought this evening, rather than buy a micro system is to buy a flat panel TV and use the freeview for the radio and an ipod dock / DVD player for other music.

    Is this a daft idea? I know that the music quality wont be great, but I have a full seperates system downstairs for listening to music properly.
     
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    Not daft, but less environmental in terms of energy useage as you cannot listen to radio with out having the screen on
     
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    PS. I have Bose too...and although I think the sound is good, the design is a bit passe, and they charge too much compared with what else is now on the market.

    A mon avis seulment!
     
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    Also, once BOSE have your home address you will be forever getting junk mail.
    I enquired about 7-8 years ago about prices and they got my name and address from me.
    I am still getting regular junk mail from them - last one was about a week ago.
    So bear that in mind.

    If I was buying micro system it would either be a SONY, DENON or TECHNICS.
     
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    So they're the sort of Reader's Digest of consumer electronics, then? :D
     
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    Sooooo true....:mad:
     
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    So it seems. I phoned then up about 8 years ago to enquire about the price of their all-in-one "Wave" system. They wouldnt give me a price over the phone despite everything. They dont give prices over the phone I was told. Many times. In the end I relented and they wrote to me and THAT was the beginning of an avalanche of junk over the next 7-8 years.
    When I found out the price - I was no longer interested. It was ridiculous. Some thing like £600-700 even then. A normal good quality micro system with a good name was about half.
    Now I wouldnt buy ANYTHING by BOSE purely on principle.
    I think the price of a "Wave" CD/radio combo unit is now about £750. Utterly ridiculous if true.
     
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    Do they ever send a reply-paid envelope in their mailings? If so, stuff it with what they've sent you plus a load of other junk mail and send it to them. It's a technique I've used in the past to good effect in similar circumstances. It's strangely satisfying dropping it in the post knowing that they'll be paying to receive it :D
     
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    I'd go one further. If it's a Freepost address, send them a Thermalite block :devil:
     
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    I am living in the continual (foolish?) hope that the mail drops will one day cease. Any further contact - even a RTS could re-ignite their contact timescale and start them off all anew. A scenario I couldnt bear.
    However, the thought of sending them everything back does appeal.
    I havent looked at anything from them for years, it goes straight into the paper/card reycling box unopened.
     
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    With your details over them, making you more @ risk for ID theft. All this junk mail that floats about these days unshredded just heightens this risk. I'd drop them a letter asking for them to stop communication with you.
     
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    Yes I probably will now. You would have thought that they would have given up after 7/8 years.

    Apologies for the thread hijack.

    Get back to the OP's question..................
     
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    I noticed Makro were running a special on a Sony micro system with iPOD dock - £100+VAT IIRC.
     
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