Stereo Systems

Stereo Systems are fun for all ages. Mini stereo systems are available in a number of sizes and price ranges. These range from the "boombox without a handle" to ones that have the functions of a full home theater. All types of systems can fit into any kind of décor and lifestyle. And component compatibility is something that you need not worry about. There are different types of mini systems to fit every configuration possible.

Broadly, they are classified as Hi-Fi, Mid-Fi and Low-Fi.

Hi-Fi:

If you are looking at a mini system that would be your main audio system, units with real audio wattage (40-100 watts per channel) are to be looked out for along with speaker sound of good quality. There are systems having Dolby ProLogic(r) surround sound circuitry of a complete home theater, or is Dolby Digital-ready. Generally, hi-fi mini systems range from $400-$2,000. It purely depends on the features and quality of sound.

The most popular one is the Executive micro systems. These systems are very small having CD player and tuner set into a system that is styled nicely. It is mainly for places where moderate volume levels of quality sound are wanted.

Mid-Fi:

If you are looking for mini systems to be put in children's rooms or as secondary systems, "mid-fi" ones which are available at a more economical price would be appropriate. Great sounding "mid-fi" systems with all the required features are available in the range of $200-400.

Low-Fi:

"Low-fi" mini-systems that are priced even lower are also available that play like a boom box when it comes to sound quality. Yet the features and flexibility to play both tapes and CDs are present in them and hence can be had a lot of fun with. Generally, these low-fi mini systems cost about $100.

The features possessed by most of the mini systems are:

- An amplifier, with some of them having two

- Speakers, two to five in number

- AM/FM tuner

- Multi-disc changer or CD player

- Dubbing deck or Tape deck

- Subwoofers, available in some of the models

Some of the special features that are included in some models are as follows:

- Remote controls that are full function: This lets you control all of the components from the same one remote.

- Timer/clock in built: This is used for timed recordings or sleep functions.

- Electronic equalization or graphic equalizer: Tone controls can be set with greater ability.

- Bass boost circuitry: This helps boost the output electronically to achieve a rich and full bass from small speakers.

- Video inputs: This is in case of the surround sound system in home theatres.

- Speakers that are magnetically shielded: This helps in preventing TV tube distortion and magnetization.

- Subwoofer output: A separately powered subwoofer is to be used for a full range sound.

- Spatial sound enhancement: Electronic circuitry that helps makes the room sound greater.

- Mega CD changers: Upto 50 discs can be stored in the jukebox-style.

- MiniDisc recorders: From various sources, digital copies that are custom can be made.

Stereo Systems - what type do you like best?