The Melody Media is not only a good-looking, good-sounding CD Receiver, it also gives you effortless access to a myriad of different music sources. Firstly, it gives you high-quality playback of CD content as well as MP3 and WMA files from CD-R/RW. And as it is a receiver, a radio is built-in and you can select analogue FM radio with RDS or take advantage of digital radio broadcasting DAB and DAB+, which offer superior sound quality and supplementary information. The USB port is iPod-digital-compatible and is “Works with iPhone” certified. But it doesn’t stop there: you can also connect the Melody Media to the Internet or your PC via the Ethernet input on the back. The DLNA 1.5 certified Melody Media plays thousands of free-of-charge Internet radio stations from all over the world via vTuner, or why not enjoy the online music service Napster. You can even access your own music library on your PC. Whatever you want, the powerful 60W rms x2ch plays music loud and clear… and effortlessly, because the large display makes operation easy. The Melody Media has it all.
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High quality power output - 2 x 60 W CD Compatibility: - CD / CD-R/RW / WMA / MP3 Tuner: - DAB / DAB+ / DMB-A / FM (RDS) / AM Streaming audio from PC - Yes Internet radio - Yes vTuner / Napster* / last.fm* USB Audio (Front ) / Made for iPod / Works with iPhone DLNA certified - Yes (v1.5) Compatible streaming file types: - MP3 / WMA / AAC / LPCM / WAV / FLAC Bluetooth Audio A2DP (RX101) - optional Auto Tuning - Yes Presets - 99 Tone Control - Bass / Treble / Balance Clock - Yes Sleep Timer - Yes Programmable Timer: - Once/Daily
Q-Acoustics 2020i Speakers (Gloss)
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A medium sized bookshelf design that exudes quality. The beautifully finished, low resonance cabinet encapsulates the 25mm ferro-fluid cooled tweeter and precision engineered 125mm bass driver to produce a speaker with extended bass, an open mid-range, astonishing transient response and exceptional high frequency clarity. The 2000ST or 2000WB allow the 2020 to be stand or wall mounted.
"...The original was good, but the ‘i’ modifications make it something of a star"
Unfussy with positioning
Cosmetically, there’s a new baffle moulding.
These are unfussy speakers. Despite a rear-firing port, they sound quite comfortable close to a rear wall. But if you can give them a little room to breathe you’ll get even better results. Use some solid stands too – Soundstyle’s Z2s are a good choice for these speakers.
How do the 2020is sound? In short, excellent. They retain the friendly, refined nature of the originals, but add a serious dose of extra bite to the proceedings.
These standmounters aren’t fussy about musical genre either. They sound as happy delivering the large-scale majesty of Holst’s Jupiter as they do charging along to The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army.
As far as updates go, then, this one is wholly successful, the 2020is are good enough to stand toe to toe with the very best at this price level.