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4.0 out of 5 stars VERY impressive - DAB may be a bit weak?, 20 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Goodmans MICRO1470DABI CD Micro System with Charging iPhone/iPod Dock and DAB Radio (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
I bought this for use in a 1st floor study. I wanted to be able to use a variety of sources (DAB radio, CD and MP3 player). Personally, I don't use an iPod but I have borrowed one to test and it seems to work well. The system is compact, and looks smart and suitably understated. The sound quality is more than acceptable and the sound output is fine for anything less than a party (I am listening to Radio 4 at level 8 and it goes up to level 32!). Since there is an On/Off timer facility, one could use it as an alarm clock; there is also a "sleep timer". You can download a manual from Goodmans to learn more - (Google Micro1470DABi IB.pdf).

I have three (possibly negative) observations which cause me reluctantly to mark it down to just 4 stars:

The DAB doesn't seem great at picking up a signal and you appear not to be able to fit an external DAB antenna. This isn't a problem to me but might be an issue if you live in an area where you have poor DAB reception.

When I bought this, I also bought a 1m 3.5mm Jack Cable - Premium Quality / 24k Gold Plated / Audio / Stereo / Male to Male to allow me to connect up an MP3 player. If you leave the jack cable plugged into the "Line In" socket on the Goodmans system but not into anything at the other end with Aux-In selected, you get a distinct hum, a bit like a ground (earth) loop. I have tried three different jack cables and the fault is not with the cable. Again, not a serious problem but a bit surprising.

The volume control is a rotary knob which you twist anti-clockwise to reduce the volume and clockwise to increase it. what is not immediately apparent is that you twist the knob about 30° against a stop and then have to twist it a bit further, against a spring to effect the change (up or down) - this isn't a problem, just slightly confusing.

All in all, very good value and perfect if you don't have a weak DAB signal. I did consider much more expensive devices (e.g. the £220 Roberts Sound 100) but wasn't convinced that the extra cost was justified.

WOULD BUY AGAIN!
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Initial post: 26 Nov 2013 17:28:52 GMT
Chris McEvoy says:
Hi. I'm waying up stereo's of this vein for a christmas present and came accross your review.
Quite helpful all in all so thanks for that. Not a criticism but wanted to mention that in regards to your comment about the 'humming' noise whilst on the Aux channel. This is not a fault of the system, it is purely because you have an auxilary cable which is only half attached. It is not a live cable in the sense that a plug would have a live cable however it is live in regards to the connected cable's signal being amplified through the speakers when you select that (Aux) channel and as it is not wired to its potential signal destination (external mp3 player for example) you are just hearing a reverberating sound. If you touch the connector at the end for example you will hear this.
Essentially if you are leaving the cable connected 24/7 but only to the Stereo, don't switch to the Aux channel!

Posted on 29 Oct 2014 07:34:47 GMT
Goodmans DAB micro system the review I have read has convinced me that this is the one for me, I am suprised at the low cost. I am now in the process of ordering one.
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