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Last updated: 05 November 2018


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With the growth in streaming services, simple speakers that can easily connect to a computer, smartphone or tablet via cable or Bluetooth are good enough for most people who just want to play some music, while audiophiles are still happy to spend thousands of dollars on top-notch hi-fi systems. But the mini hi-fi system is still a solution for those who want reasonable sound quality and a broad range of listening options (including CD and streaming), without breaking the bank. 

If home hi-fi makes your head spin, check out our mini systems buying guide which includes a basic introduction to digital audio and sound quality. You can also dig into our methodology by checking out how we test these products.

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Our panel of experts have reviewed five systems from four major brands – Cambridge, Denon, Pioneer and Yamaha.

This review will help you find the system that:

  • has the best quality speakers
  • supports a broad range of audio files and streaming options
  • provides a number of listening options (CD, streaming, Bluetooth, digital radio etc.)
  • is the easiest to set up.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you see which systems can connect to the internet, local networks, Bluetooth and similar listening options including Wi-Fi, AirPlay and DLNA. We also determine which models are the easiest to set up, connect to the internet and connect/sync to audio playback devices. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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    • Overall score
    • Sound quality score
    • Ease of use score
    • Remote control score
    • Standby energy score
    • Headphone port
    • Good points
    • Bad points
    • Brand
    • Model
    • Availability
    • Price
    • AAC
    • HE AAC
    • AAC2
    • AIFF
    • ALAC
    • FLAC
    • FLAC 96
    • MP3
    • MPEG4
    • OGG
    • WAV
    • WMA
    • Spotify
    • Deezer
    • Pandora
    • Tidal
    • TuneIn
    • DAB
    • AirPlay
    • Internet radio
    • AM tuner
    • FM tuner
    • DLNA
    • Inbuilt chromecast
    • Multiroom playback
    • Android app
    • iOS app
    • Claimed output per channel W
    • Speaker output
    • Display type
    • Display size W x H mm
    • Display track name
    • Display album art
    • Wi-Fi
    • Wi-Fi dual band
    • Bluetooth
    • NFC
    • CD player
    • 35mm AUX front
    • 35mm AUX rear
    • USB-A front
    • RCA stereo input rear
    • RCA sub out
    • Toslink
    • Ethernet
    • Other connections rear
    • Speaker inputs
    • Unit weight kg
    • Speakers weight kg
    • Unit size
    • Speaker size
    • Finish
    • Warranty


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