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Bose ® SoundDock ® Portable Digital Music System
Bose ® SoundDock ® Portable Digital Music System

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAR FAR BETTER THAN THE ARCAM RCUBE, 22 Nov. 2011
I just bought this and i gotta say it is just fantastic. I mean really fantastic. Its build, its looks and most importantly its sound. At any level you get a rich spread with a lovely bass. It is sometimes to bass heavy but it can be forgiven as when in its stride it really is quite something.

The Arcam RCube, which i bought and returned, whilst perhaps have a more refined sound and far better mids and tops, just had nothing at hte bottom. I am not sure if its my taste but i think that given its size verses the Bose, it falls way way short. It farted at low volumes with dance tracks and was completely lack luster. Very dissappointed.

The Bose is brilliant as costing the same as the RCube I am well happy with my choice.

The only criticism is the lack of connectivity and features given the hefty price tag but i can forgive it because it sounds incredible and runs of battery.

Cambridge Minx Min20 White (Sgl)
Cambridge Minx Min20 White (Sgl)

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, 7 Mar. 2011
my q acoustics 2020 speakers are now paired with the min20s and matching minx X200 sub. With music the sound is incredible. Eric Clapton Unplugged sounds astonishing... powerful, crisp, clear and detailed.

Whilst not the cheapest solution given similarly priced shelf speakers, they really do kick out a fantastic sound and they are so cool to look at, especially when sat on the bespoke white stands. They are actually beautiful.

Do not bother with Bose, they are overpriced and i can tell you they do not sound as good by some way.

To top this, throw a movie into the mix and the system start to truely hit its stride, amazingly tight a detailed bass with the clearest of trebles... films sound unreal.

I am a massive massive fan and can't recommend them enough.

Marantz CR502 DAB CD Receiver HiFi System
Marantz CR502 DAB CD Receiver HiFi System

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just awesome, 26 Oct. 2010
this is a great great bit of kit. i am very very pleased with my purchase.

Its beautifully made using top quality components meaning it feels like something you would find in a Mercedes S-Class. Sadly the remote doesn't quite match the box but for the price you pay its very easily forgiven.

I won't bore you with how easy it is to setup or its excellent connectivity, lets go to the most important bit, how it sounds! I am bi-wiring q acoustics 2020 speakers using a good quality silver plated cable and I can report the sound is incredible. Its rich but detailed, powerful but delicate, the sound stage it multi-multi-mulfaceated meaning you hear every element of a track in tremendous detail. It really is impressive and i thoroughly recommend bi wiring.

ipod sounds good too, i recommend using a dock and going through the bottom not the 3.5jack. i am using the very basic cam audio iD10 and its sounds good though i think it could be a lot better, will replace that later.

I have chosen to bi-wire mine, but for a system that sounds this good as well as offering 2 sets of speaker at 25 watt versus 1 x 50w, you just cannot go wrong.

The 2020's are great speakers and sound fantastic but coupled with the outstanding marantz 502, I can't help but think it (the 502) has got a lot more to give. Running a set of b&w's would take it to the next level.

So in summary: Score 10/10 Verdict: Simply excellent

-Q Acoustics 2020 Bookshelf Speakers Gloss White (Pair)
-Q Acoustics 2020 Bookshelf Speakers Gloss White (Pair)

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, 30 Sept. 2010
I have worked my way through plenty of audio equipment and i have been lucky enough to own so top end stuff. however family moving into a house that can't fit separate stack and floor standers left me needing a solution. I opted for a marantz mini system the cr502dab and these rather fine 2020 speakers, embarrassingly because the colour matches the room perfectly, fortunately after researching them its obvious they are good performers also! Out the box i gotta say for 140 pounds, they are beautifully made, i mean really well made. You even get white gloves to handle the solid white gloss cabinets.

So spinning them over to hook them up, the connects are well made and clever sunk into the base of the speaker so the cable is flush. These speakers are bi-wireable so given i had the cable this is how i have connected them to the marantz. Now couple of things to consider before you get disappointed, they do take a while to bed in and do also take a little positioning so bear with them.

Once run in and you have got them in the right place, I can't tell you how good they sound, they are just stunning. The soundstage is so detailed and well proportioned. The treble is gorgeous, hi hats sound rich, guitars are separate pronounced and the bass just stunning. Bass drum kicks punch whilst bass note resonate with so much detail into the mids. You hear everything. There is a bit of chat about too much bass but i believe these are probably positioning issues.

These speaks sound way way better than there price tag may lead you to believe, don't even think about getting them, just order them. they are very well designed and cleverly made given their size.

Don't touch any Bose dock with the change you should be able to get a decent mini or amp and get a great hi-fi sound for your money.

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