Written by Laurence

Advice on stereo sets

A stereo system is perfect for listening to music, while the compact size allows you to place it in any room. Because of the compact size, they're also often called mini or micro system. However, these terms mean the same thing: a set of speakers with a base station that contains a tuner and an amplifier. But what do you have to consider to make a good choice? We are happy to help you find the best mini system for you.

1. What do you want to play?

Stereo systems with CD player

Most stereo systems can play CDs. With a DVD player, you can play DVDs and CDs. You can then connect the mini system to your TV with an HDMI cable. Other playback options are from a USB flash drive or from your iPhone via a dock. These are only suitable for an iPhone 4S or older.

2. Do you want to stream music wirelessly?

AirPlay stereo systems

Stream the music from your iPhone, iPad, or computer with iTunes easily and in high quality via AirPlay. You need to use Bluetooth for other smartphones and tablets. You can play a music collection on your laptop, PC, or network drive via DLNA. You can browse through your favorites via a smartphone app.

3. Want to listen to radio?

Listening to radio

Most stereo systems have an FM radio built in with which you can receive all radio channels in the ether. Do you want more freedom of choice? Then opt for a stereo system with internet radio. You then get access to thousands of stations. Your stereo systems must be connected to your home network and the internet though. You can often easily select channels via a smartphone app. Some stereo systems have a digital DAB+ tuner. Thanks to DAB+, you can choose from more channels than with FM. Moreover, you can easily search for these channels by name instead of by frequency and the chance of interference is very small.

4. How big is the room?

Stereo systems listening room

The more power, the more sound a stereo system can produce. The number of watts in combination with the size of the speakers determines how well a stereo system is able to fill a space with music without distortion occurring.

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