decent bookshelf or small system for parents for Christmas?
Dec 10, 2007 at 11:41 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 3

appar111

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32 yr old here, looking for a nice small bookshelf system for my parents that doesn't sound absolutely awful. All the ones I've looked at so far were pretty dreadful. My parent's just want one that has a cd player and a decent radio.

I'm thinking of just getting them a Tivoli Model One and seeing how they like that-- then they can plug a portable cd player into it, but I'd prefer something that's an "all in one" package.

Any recommendations? My budget is fairly low-- $150.
 
Dec 11, 2007 at 2:51 AM Post #2 of 3

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I bought an inexpensive Sharp XLUH240 shelf system a few months ago at Circuit City but I see that it seems to have been phased out. I had the same budget and I listened to about 20 choices at CC, BB, Wal-Mart, Target, etc...up to $300 just to compare.

I found the Sharp unit that I bought ($118 on sale) to sound the best out of all choices up to $200 with the Sony models being my second choice, even though they were around $160~$180.

I wanted a subwoofer pre-out and the Sharp luckily had it(most don't)...it also has a USB port for easy play of mp3 files. What I didn't want was a single/dual cassette player included which is what the current Sharp model has...sadly many brands still see a reason to include this ancient play option.

I found a nice list of options while searching to see if my Sharp model was still available...seems that it's not.

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Here are some pics of mine just for fun...it replaces my 20 year-old Denon pre/main amp which has serious problems...13 year-old Paradigm Atoms(still good)...and still in use in my pumpin' bathroom rig is my Def Tech 12" sub.
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I added the custom aluminum bracket that holds it all together for easy transport. I also plugged the rear speaker ports with door stoppers which decrease the bass output slightly but reduce bass boom.

...thanks for lookin'.
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Dec 13, 2007 at 1:38 AM Post #3 of 3

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I highly recommend the Tivoli speakers. The tuner is good, and the speakers are very good, considering their price. Plus, they don't look revolting... GreatDane's unit, which is of a milder design for compact units, still makes me wince.
 

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