Basic function stereo receiver is perfect for listening applications that don’t require multi channel home theater features.
I purchased this receiver for my workshop, driving a pair of inexpensive in-wall 8” speakers. The deciding point for me was the simulated Dolby effect from stereo or 5.1 inputs, because the speakers are mounted within inches of each other, limiting the stereo effect.This receiver is adequate for the task. It sounds fine, the tuner section has good sensitivity, the front mini-stereo input works well for iPod input. The simulated Dolby seems to have some effect of widening the soundstage, but not as much as I expected. Some notes for those considering this receiver. First, it has an unusual connector for the FM antenna. I believe it is a European PAL-type connector, rather than the U.S. standard F-connector. A wire antenna with the correct connector is supplied. However, to use a better antenna (such as an external or amplified antenna) that uses coax and F-connectors, some sort of adapter will be needed to connect your F-connector (or twin lead) to this unusual connector. I cobbled a temporary fix using the supplied antenna, and ordered a PAL adapter from MCM Electronics.Second to note is the speaker selector. This receiver has outputs for two pairs of speakers, and can be selected as A, B, or A+B. The manual calls for 8-ohm speakers, but if you want to use both sets (A+B) they call for 16 ohm speakers, which you hardly ever find. I make two inferences from this. First, the speaker output is likely very low current. Many low priced receivers and amplifiers can boast high wattage (100 watts per channel, in this case), but do not have the current capacity to drive a challenging speaker set-up, such as low impedance speakers. At this price point, I did not expect a high-current amplifier. My second inference is that this is not an impedance-matching speaker selector, it just runs the two pairs of speakers in parallel. This means A+B would risk overloading the unit and possibly damaging the speakers, amplifier, or both. The receiver has sub-woofer output, which I have not used. It also has an optional Bluetooth adapter which plugs into a port on the front panel. It is a little pricing (seems to run $40 - $50) and I have not tried it.Shoppers should also check out the unusual push buttons on the front panel. They are little spikey things sticking out…not very ergo dynamic. At first, I thought the assembler had left off the button caps, but it appears to be designed this way. While not a deal killer, it certainly has an unusual feel to me.For those interested in the simulated Dolby capability in a non-audiophile application, this unit is adequate. If the Dolby is not needed, my personal recommendation is to look at a similar priced Sony, Yamaha, Pioneer or Pyle.
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