TEAC MC-DX220IDAB review

Flat panel speakers, plus a subwoofer makes for something a bit different from TEAC - the sound is acceptably good without blowing you out of the wate Tested at £230.00

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Our Verdict

A pretty original design helps this stand out from the pack

For

  • Slim and stylish
  • fine value for so many features
  • good with DAB and music

Against

  • Bass is a little too dominant
  • some rival systems offer better detail and dynamics

Here's the scenario: you need a music system for a bedroom or office, and you're after DAB radio, CD playback and an iPod dock. You could easily find these things separately, but that would take up valuable space, and cost a fair bit.

Wouldn't it be better if you could get one, stylish little unit that could do the lot? The TEAC is that unit.
You might think a system comprising a main unit, two speakers and a subwoofer would take up too much room, but it actually gives you the advantage of distributing the individual sections where you wish.

Tuck the sub out of the way (preferably near a mains socket, as it draws and distributes the system's power), and you can site the speakers and main unit as needed. You can even wall-mount the speakers with the supplied brackets.

Skinny speakers should appeal
A vertical-loading CD player and flat NXT speakers help keep it looking trim and, in action, the TEAC offers a well-timed, faithful sound with CDs and digital tunes (provided the latter haven't been over-compressed). Detail and dynamics are good, if not utterly magnificent.

The system goes pretty loud, too, though the subwoofer does rather dominate with overly chunky bass. At least it avoids the treble harshness that's so common in products of this ilk. DAB broadcasts are presented in clean and enjoyable fashion.

We see many micro systems, but rarely does a product manage to combine so many features with style, performance and a wallet-friendly price-tag. In fact, only the slightly bottom-heavy sound holds this TEAC back from a full five stars.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.teac.com
Brand NameTeac
Product TypeMicro Hi-Fi System
ManufacturerTeac America, Inc
Manufacturer Part NumberMC-DX220i
Packaged Quantity1
Product NameTEAC MC-DX220IDAB
Product ModelMC-DX220i

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • MC-DX220i Micro Hi-Fi System
  • 1 x Remote Control Unit
  • 1 x Battery for Remote Control Unit
  • 1 x Subwoofer Cable
  • 2 x Speaker Cable
  • 1 x FM Antenna
  • 1 x AM Antenna
  • 1 x Stereo Mini Plug Cable
  • 8 x Dock Adapter
  • 1 x Cover for the Dock
  • 2 x Wall Mount Brackets
  • 8 x Screw (short)
  • 4 x Screw (long)
  • 4 x Tapered Plastic Wall Anchor
  • 2 x Guide sheet for Wall Mounting
  • 1 x Owner's Manual
  • 1 x Warranty Card
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationWEEE

Controls-Indicators

Remote ControlYes

Audio

Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3

Technical Information

Player-Recorder TypeCD Player
Media FormatsCD-RW
Number of Discs1
Frequency BandAM, FM, DAB

Physical Characteristics

Width25.5 cm
Depth11.5 cm
Weight Approximate1.40 kg
Height17 cm
ColourSilver
Dimensions17 cm (H): 25.5 cm (W): 11.5 cm (D)

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption80 W

Interfaces-Ports

iPod SupportedYes