CD SYS­TEMS: BUY­ING GUIDE

BBC Music Magazine - - Audio Choice -

All-in-one or speak­ers? If you have the space in your home, I’d al­ways go for a hi-fi sys­tem with sep­a­rate speak­ers. Stereo just sounds bet­ter, help­ing to cre­ate a wider sound­stage and a fuller per­for­mance, es­pe­cially with or­ches­tral record­ings. Fea­tures Choose at least CD, DAB/FM ra­dio and Blue­tooth to cover your main mu­si­cal bases, but look for RCA in­puts if you want to plug in a turntable. Op­ti­cal can be used to en­hance the sound from your TV while Wi-fi con­nected sys­tems can of­ten be used in multi-room and hi-res stream­ing. Which speak­ers? Make sure your speak­ers’ rec­om­mended power (in watts) is greater than the am­pli­fier’s out­put. This will en­sure you won’t dam­age the speak­ers at high vol­ume, and there’s lit­tle point, ei­ther, spend­ing thou­sands on a CD sys­tem and play­ing it through £50 speak­ers.

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