Ministry Of Sound Micro System MOSMC1391P
Ministry Of Sound
£84.99 from Argos
This unit is black as are the speakers who as is the style are open displaying the cones. The main unit is 22x31x10.5cm, the speakers are each 15x15x21.5cm. The connecting leads are the bare wire type and are around 1.15metres in length. The case of the main unit is metal and the cases for the speakers are wood and have 10watts total power each speaker.
With the exception of the two aerials, the speaker connections and the audio out connections there is nothing else at the rear of the unit so a deep fitment to take the 31cm depth would be ideal. The sides and the base have nothing and the top only has the iPod connection near the front. Everything else is on the front or controlled by the 49 key remote control.
A 9x2cm display dominates the front of the unit and when switched off (standby) it displays a digital clock. When on it gives a variety of information dependant on the mode the unit is in. There are two columns of three illuminated buttons that can perform basic tasks (duplicated on the remote) below this the illuminated CD tray and the volume control is bottom right to the left of this are inputs for earbuds, SD/MMC card slot and USB stick.
Apart from actual physical connection of items everything can be controlled from the remote. Ok now for a moan when you start any application from standby the volume level is very low as the bass and treble. Why can't it remember the level last used.
One button on the remote that may need describing is the VFD one a quick look in the 16 page manual finds it selects if the spectrum analyser works top to bottom or bottom to top in the display. Another key is CD/USB/Card and this is a toggle between the modes.
The unit can play audio CD's as well as CD's of MP3. There is a five mode equaliser and you toggle through, Jazz, Classic, Rock, Pop and Flat.
I wonder when one of these Ministry of Sound units will come with DAB radio. The quality is of FM and MW radio was ok but variable especially in the evening. CD playing was fine and I found around level 30 (of 60) was ideal for playing in a reasonably sized room but of course this needs to be upped from the turn on level of 16, the bass and treble also both start at 8, my choice would be around 10, but this is minor compared to the mouse like volume sound at 16.
Playing MP3 (this unit will not play MP2) or WMA from SD/MMC cards or USB sticks was fine. Playing from an iPod was also no problem a range of spacers are provided so almost any iPod will fit in the fitment.
It could be used in a bedroom as there is a sleep timer and what is called a timer although it can work as an alarm. In this mode it will start in the last used mode.
I find it strange to have to manually set the clock when so many recent products take the time automatically. I like the display, and the spectrum analyser (not sure how accurate it is) being able to play from SD Card and USB sticks is nice. The sound quality and total volume make it ideal as an iPod dock. The radio needs some work and definitely you need DAB.
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