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on 1 March 2012
When this item arrived the first thing I noticed was how small it was.It looks deceptively bigger in the photo.Not only was it small it had very low power output.It only had 8 watt speakers and the actual unit was only 20 watt.
After getting it set up I played a tape for about 20 mins when I started hearing a crackling sound,then one of the speakers went dead.I gave the unit a slight tap and the sound came back on.For £130 I do not expect to have to tap things to get it working again like an old lawn mower engine.
After this I put a CD in the player and there was no sound.I took the CD out put it back in again and it finally played.Again..far too suspect for £130.The tape player has no stop button so you just have to eject the tape mid play which I dont think is so good and some of my tapes are rare demo tapes.Also it has no re-wind button so if you want to play the tape from the beginning you have to turn it over and fast forward back to the beginning of the other side.I also think some of the plastic used for the construction looks cheap and easily breakable.
Its a real shame because its hard to find a modern HI FI unit that can play 3 formats and if it was not for the defects I would probably keep it,and to be fair even though it only has 8 watt speakers it has very good sound.I really wanted to be able to play my tapes and vinyls.But for £130 I expect for everything to work and a bit more than a 20 watt ouput unit.If you look on Amazon Phillips are selling a HI FI for about £90 (about £40 cheaper) with 40 watt power,plays tapes and CD and is much louder..im going for that.I will attach a Turntable to it manualy.
I have been shopping on Amazon for about 3 years and this is the first time I have had to return something.