Wanted... a good "all in one" radio/sound system C£300

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  1. Dave7

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    I asked a similar question some time ago and got some good suggestions.
    I eventually went for the Roberts Blutune 100**
    We now want one for another room.
    **there are some things I dont really like about it.
    1. Way too much base. I have it set to
    maximum treble/minimum base and
    its just about ok.
    2. so fiddly to set/find pre-set stations

    As a simple kind of soul I am not after high tech which I have to master. I want
    1. A good sound
    2. Reasonably compact (not seperate
    speakers).
    3.simple to operate
    4. cd facility
    Thanks
     
  2. Bonefish Blues

    Bonefish Blues Banging donk

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    Go nuts:
    https://www.ruarkaudio.com/products/r4-integrated-music-system

    Go less nuts:
    https://www.johnlewis.com/pure-evok...Ifp-ZgGELIPKNxqMqdxoC7hgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Don't go there (seriously):
    https://www.bose.co.uk/en_gb/produc...w.ds#v=wms_soundtouch_4_platinum_silver_gb_ie

    ETA
    John Lewis also has one or two more (click the Pure above and look down page for alternatives), incl an own brand (probably made by Pure, by the look of it, but that's guessing)

    ETFA
    Cheap as chips and 'Which' rates it highly
    https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/audio...ditional-hi-fi-system-black-10119600-pdt.html

    Edit yet again because slow morning
    Middle ground premium, but I'd probably push to the Ruark anyway:
    https://www.simplyelectricals.co.uk/revo-supercd-dab-internet-radio-with-cd-player-walnut-black

    Tivoli Audio also do something quite similar
     
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  3. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Last edited: 17 Mar 2019
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  4. oldfatfool

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    @Bonefish Blues why not the Bose? Spec sounds good and they reckon to make a decent noise?
     
  5. Bonefish Blues

    Bonefish Blues Banging donk

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    They make a superficially good noise calculated to sell it in shops, but not for longer-term listening is the consensus, and based on my hearing friends' cinema surround system. Boom boom tiss tiss etc. ^_^
     
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  6. oldfatfool

    oldfatfool Veteran

    Cheers, from the spec it sounded like what i may have been looking for.
     
  7. OP
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    Dave7

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    From my previous request I get the impression they are like Marmite.
     
  8. Bonefish Blues

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    Yes, I agree - in 'proper' hi fi circles, they are very much to be sneered at (as opposed to the Ruark, which is 'proper'!)
     
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  9. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    As I understand it, the thing with Bose is that it's always good audio - but not great - but poor value for money.
     
  10. Bonefish Blues

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    They do have a 30-day return policy, so check the Ts&Cs attached, but ostensibly you've nothing to lose by ordering, and it may be to your taste.
     
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  11. Bonefish Blues

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    As I say, it has a very 'exaggerated' sound at top and bottom end.
     
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  13. Cycleops

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    Bose have a reputation for making things that look good but sound less than.
    I'd also go for the Denon, they make great sounding well engineered products.
     
  14. Bonefish Blues

    Bonefish Blues Banging donk

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    OP wants an all-in-one though - there are quite a few like this, Cambridge Audio, Sony etc do at least one, but they all have outboard speakers.
     
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  15. OP
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    Dave7

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    Exept it has seperate speakers.
     
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