JVC UX-D150 Wireless Micro DAB Hi-Fi with Valve Amplifier
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- Bluetooth with NFC pairing
- Output power: 150 W
- Valve amplifier with toroidal transformer
- DAB/FM tuner
- CD player
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|Colour||Silver & Black||Black||Black and Grey||Black||Black||Silver|
|Connectivity Technology||Bluetooth and USB||Bluetooth||Bluetooth||Bluetooth||Bluetooth||Bluetooth and USB|
|Interface Type||USB||USB Interface||USB Interface||USB Interface||USB Interface||USB Interface|
|Item Dimensions||—||29 x 22.1 x 10.6 cm||20.7 x 13.25 x 21.4 cm||22.5 x 11.5 x 26.3 cm||21.5 x 31.5 x 9.5 cm||17 x 21 x 13.15 cm|
|Item Display Weight||—||6.6 kg||4.8 kg||9.7 kg||—||3.7 kg|
|Output Wattage||75 watts||100 watts||25 watts||50 watts||15 watts||10 watts|
|Tuner Technology||FM; DAB||Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB)||FM||Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB)||Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB)||FM, AM and DAB|
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With the JVC UX-D150 Wireless Traditional Hi-Fi System you'll enjoy 150 W of warm, natural sound courtesy of a valve amplifier - plus there's Bluetooth for easy music streaming from your devices and DAB radio to open up a world of digital broadcasts to you. True sound Valve amplification combines classic technology with a modern system, allowing you to enjoy your favourite songs and albums with a far warmer and richer sound than conventional digital methods. The JVC UX-D150 features two individual speaker units that deliver 75 W of pristine audio each, treating you to a fantastic listening experience every time you press play. Wireless Hi-Fi You'll be able to wirelessly connect your compatible smartphone, tablet or computer to the JVC UXD150 using Bluetooth. Stream songs from your digital libraries directly to the Hi-Fi for easy sharing and a broader choice of music to listen to. It's also possible to touch your NFC-enabled device against the system to establish a seamless connection for even easier streaming. DAB radio and CD player Enjoy superior radio quality with DAB radio - it doesn't suffer from static interference like conventional FM radio can, and allows you to tune directly to stations rather than manually filtering through bandwidths. There are 30 preset slots to save your favourite DAB stations for direct access, plus a further 20 for FM stations you love listening to. Play back CDs from your collection in the high quality you'd expect using the front-loading CD player. There are also USB and auxiliary inputs for playing back music from non-Bluetooth and non-CD sources like MP3 players.
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Sound smooth and punchy
Some components very high quality.
Bluetooth easy and faultless
CD player faulty and disc tray cheap and nasty. (unit returned)
DAB radio fairly poor reception (we have a small DAB radio in the same room which has no problems)
Limited tone controls
No balance control or headphone jack
Shortish speaker wire
First, the most important part, which is the sound; It's nice, crisp and detailed, however, bass at +0 isn't very punchy. It's just there, laying a bit flat, so i turn it up to +01/+02, depends on what i'm listening to. That said, the equalizer allows only for 10 different 'modes' of bass and treble, ranging from -5 to +5, which for me is too vague. Sometimes +1 feels still not juicy enough, but +2 starts to overwhelm. It'd be a lot better with +10/-10 setting.
Now when that's out of the way, it's time for build quality. The amp is made of metal sheets, which is of course quite common. After 6 months it looks just as new (but lil' bit dusty, kek). The power on/off, start/pause, stop, rewind back and rewind forwards buttons are flat. They're not sticking out in any way, so at first pressing them may be quite annoying, but that just comes with time. Overall, buttons are 'meh'. Onto the dials. They feel really good, turning smooth without being too loose, except for source dial, which clicks and tries to stop when source is changed. The see-through plastic (feels like plastic) shows two valves, which are lit when on, giving a red/orange dim, which isn't very visible during day, but at night it looks kinda cool. However, as cool as it looks, it's surprisingly hot (it's my first valve amp), so watch out to not put on it anything that can melt, like chocolate. I'm speaking from experience here :( Still, on the front, it has USB port and audio in regular jack. The only thing that's REALLY missing for me here is audio out for headphones, and i REALLY mean it. Briefly about speakers; they look really nice, all black with wooden-like sides, back, top and bottom, but it's most certainly plywood. Still, it looks sturdy and doesn't feel cheap at all, many high-end hi-fi speakers look very similiar :p ps. the dvd tray opens only when source is on disc, which confused me at first when i wanted to open it and test it out, to the point i thought it was broken. but it's not.
Onto 'menu'; it's short, very simple and basically non-existent, as it should be. You choose sources - AUX, Audio in (front panel), DAB, Tuner (FM), Disc (which takes a sec to set up and work), USB and BT (Bluetooth) with dial, you can increase or decrease treble and bass. However, when in standby mode, it shows the time (which turns off after 90 seconds), and then it's possible to turn on alarm, which is a nice little feature
Overall, after half a year, I still really like it. For a regular listener, the sound quality is more than enough and it's definitely acceptable for an audiophile (i'm quite picky when it comes down to sound) as a back-up (or maybe even main) medium priced hi-fi.
I'd definitely recommend this for a borderline audiophile, that doesn't want to spend thousands on equipment and still have good quality stuff.
- Nice quality sound
- Valve amps
- Overall build
- Fairly small imo
- NO AUDIO OUT ON THE FRONT FOR HEADPHONES FFS
- Smooth dials for regulating bass/treble sometimes unintuitive
- Flat buttons, where you sometimes have to press twice
- Too vague range for bass/treble regulation
- Because of valves, half of front panel is hot, and rest of hi-fi is fairly warmer (make it a pro during winter)
- Have i mentioned no front port for headphones?
EDIT: I forgot about the remote. It's cheap plastic that's bottom is prone to scratching, but hey, remotes are always useful
PS. I don't like to burst out with loud music making whole neighbourhood know what i'm listening to, so i don't know about any distortions at higher volume.
The only major puzzle to me is why this identical device is sold as being made by TEAC in Asia, JVC in the UK, and Sandstrom in the US. It has been amusing to watch brand-loyal people trash one brand in favour of another when it is an identical unit.
Reservations about the speakers hold true though, even though the ones that come with it are certainly not chopped liver. They could be more solid and have more bass.I solved it by using the unit with the speakers from my previous hi-fi.
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