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10 Watts per channel x 2 / CD Player / FM Tuner / Dock for iPod or iPhone / 2 Speakers / Aux input / Equalizer Settings
- Model: : XEM21
- Item Weight: 9.9 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 12 pounds
- ASIN: B00920ESSE
- Item model number: XEM21
- Date first available at Amazon.com: August 25, 2012
just perfect for my home office
5 stars for what it is – a brand-name inexpensive stereo system **iPhone UPDATE**
Common sense tells you this isn’t for a true “audiophile” when it comes to sound. But it does deserve 5 stars for an inexpensive, high quality brand that sounds great for those who listen to music occasionally. I live in a condo so I can’t have window-jarring bass; this system is good enough. It’s impressive considering it has only 10W per channel. Dio1978 (another reviewer) said to crank the speakers up to Level 24-29 for 2 to 5 hours to break them in; I tried that, but the sound was so loud that it bothered my cats – however it wasn’t distorted. Level 15 is about as high as I go on the volume, since I don’t want to tick off my neighbors.
I was looking for a system that played homemade CD’s from downloaded MP3 files – I was leaning towards a Panasonic until I found that most Panasonics are not compatible with MP3 files. I also wanted a USB-in port so I could play music from a flash drive. If you like bass, there’s a P-Bass selection, but it’s not so bass-y that it rattles your neighbor’s house. You also have a selection of Pop, Jazz, Rock, Classic on a built-in equalizer.
The tuner section is made of plastic; the speakers appear to be pressed wood with cloth on the front. The speaker wires measure approximately 3 feet long, so unless you want to take a chance and splice them, you are limited in speaker placement. The remote control uses one of those flat batteries that looks like a coin, the kind you normally find in a garage door opener (the battery IS included). The remote has a fairly decent range, I managed to get 20 feet away before it quit receiving the signal.
The warranty on this is one year.
**iPhone – iPod compatibility**
I found this on Pioneer’s non-USA web site. It appears Pioneer also needs to update their USA web site.
Compatible models are iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPod touch (all generations), iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th/6th generation), iPad and iPad 2
Awesome Little Stereo
A good product for the money – just one glitch
My one complaint is that the CD mechanism must be a little cheap, because once in a while a CD will skip that did not skip on my previous player. However, this is just infrequent enough (maybe one skip for every 2-3 hours of playing time?) that it’s not worth it for me to return it and hunt for another player.
Great Mini System
CD Player – 3/5 – This is the main reason I bought the system, and unfortunately I have to rate the system as a whole 4 instead of 5 stars due to the CD player. It plays and reads any CD correctly and perfectly, but it does have a humming to it when it plays. It’s a minor nuisance, and you can drown it out by turning up the volume (I’d say volume level 6 and above, but it really depends on your CD), but when i want to play a CD before bed (on volume levels 2-5) it can get kind of annoying. Like I said, the hum really depends on the CD (or when the system feels like humming or not), but if you play it louder, it’s great.
iPod/iPhone Dock – 5/5 – Flawless. Plays both iPod and iPhone clearly.
Speakers – 5/5 – These speakers are great. I read the reviews saying you had to “break in” your speakers to get the best quality, so I played multiple CDs on volume level 28 for about 4 hours and that seemed to work great. (Beware, it’s loud.) One complaint I have that I have is that they don’t use RCA cables, or even regular speaker wire, which is a bit inconvenient, but that’s okay.
FM Radio – 5/5 – Crisp and clear.
Remote – 5/5 – The remote is awesome. You can control most of the unit’s functions with a push of a button. Batteries included too! : )
USB/AUX – 5/5 – USB works great for flash drives. I found nothing wrong with playing music on one of mine. Using the AUX port for Android phones is really awesome too.
I would highly recommend this system for anyone who needs a new, cheap CD player. This little thing is doing great so far.
great mini system
Perfect CD/radio player, Faulty remote ?
A little gem
Sound-wise for the size of the speakers it is very good sound, and you can get a little separation if you like by moving the speakers around. All in all, this is easily one of the best values / best products in this category I have found.