Audio Hi-Fi

Audio Hi-Fi Buying Guide

Choosing the right type of Audio Hi-Fi equipment to buy is made much simpler with our Audio Buying Guide. Just click on a link below, to jump down to further information about the Audio Hi-Fi area you're interested in:

Micro Hi-Fi Features

To help you choose which type of Hi-Fi system is right for you, it is worth considering what format of music you are most likely to play on your system. Micro Hifi's can feature the following options:

CD

CD's feature digital sound which has the benefit of high quality recording and it doesn't matter how many times you playback the CD it will maintain its sound quality.

CD-R/RW

CD-R (CD-Recordable) discs let you do a once-only recording of music you want to save, from your PC and then play them on most standard CD players. CD-RW (CD-Rewriteable) discs can be recorded on over and over again. Please note that not all CD-RW media work in all CD players.

MP3 CD

MP3 is a music file that has been compressed to allow songs to be stored digitally with near-CD sound quality in much less space. Typically a standard audio CD can hold 20 tracks (74 minutes of music). Using MP3 files the same CD can hold up to 200 tracks. Not all Hi-Fi systems can playback MP3 files so you need to look out for compatible systems.

DVD

Some Hi-Fi systems feature DVD playback that allows you to connect your system to your TV and enjoy films with better than CD quality surround sound. This option is ideal if you don't have the space for a separate DVD player and surround sound system.

DAB Radio

Most audio systems feature a traditional radio, however you may also like the benefit of DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) digital radio. Benefits include - lots more channel choice including new radio stations in your area with digital technology, interference free listening and CD quality sound. Look out for the DAB radio logo on selected products.

See our DAB Buyers Guide for more information.

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Mini Hi-Fi Features

To help you choose which type of Hi-Fi system is right for you, it is worth considering what format of music you are most likely to play on your system. Mini Hifi's can feature the following options:

CD

CD's feature digital sound which has the benefit of high quality recording and it doesn't matter how many times you playback the CD it will maintain its sound quality.

CD-R/RW

CD-R (CD-Recordable) discs let you do a once-only recording of music you want to save, from your PC and then play them on most standard CD players. CD-RW (CD-Rewriteable) discs can be recorded on over and over again. Please note that not all CD-RW media work in all CD players.

MP3 CD

MP3 is a music file that has been compressed to allow songs to be stored digitally with near-CD sound quality in much less space. Typically a standard audio CD can hold 20 tracks (74 minutes of music). Using MP3 files the same CD can hold up to 200 tracks. Not all Hi-Fi systems can playback MP3 files so you need to look out for compatible systems.

DVD

Some Hi-Fi systems feature DVD playback that allows you to connect your system to your TV and enjoy films with better than CD quality surround sound. This option is ideal if you don't have the space for a separate DVD player and surround sound system.

DAB Radio

Most audio systems feature a traditional radio, however you may also like the benefit of DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) digital radio. Benefits include - lots more channel choice including new radio stations in your area with digital technology, interference free listening and CD quality sound. Look out for the DAB radio logo on selected products.

See our DAB Buyers Guide for more information.

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DVD Hi-Fi Features

Some HiFi systems feature DVD playback that allows you to connect your system to your TV and enjoy films with better than CD quality surround sound. This option is ideal if you don't have the space for a separate DVD player and surround sound system.

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Wireless Hi-Fi Features

Wireless Fidelity technology uses radio waves to connect together compatible devices such as speakers and music centres. HiFi systems like this enable you to store music on one music centre and then connect wirelessly to multiple speakers and play your music in different rooms around your home.

Please note that some wireless speakers may require a wireless router and broadband internet connection.

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In Car Stereos

Features
4 x 45w RMS Maximum power output determines the sound quality and volume.
MP3/WMA/AAC Playback Allows you to listen to tracks that you have downloaded from the internet.
USB Port/3.5mm Music Socket Allows you to connect your MP3 player to your stereo.
RDS/EON Re-tunes to the strongest signal, displays station name and local traffic news.
Bluetooth Allows you to connect you phone so you can make handsfree calls.
ID3 Tag Displays track information.
CD-R/CD-RW Allows you to play recordable and re-recordable CD's.
Pre Outs Allows you to connect amplifiers and sub woofers.
Direct iPod Allows you to control your iPod from you stereo.

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Other Audio Features

Other features you might want to look for...

Audio
Internet Radio Internet radios connect wirelessly to your PC's broadband connection via a wireless router so you can listen to thousands of radio stations worldwide from anywhere in your home.
Bluetooth This is another technology that enables you to connect two or more devices together using radio waves (100m radius). Look out for Bluetooth enabled products for compatibility.
iPod Dock Some Hi-Fi systems feature an integrated iPod docking cradle that enables you to play your iPod through your HiFi system so you can enjoy 1000's of your favourite tracks in the comfort of your own home. Some also feature a charging facility so your iPod will be fully charged and ready for when your on the go again.

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