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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it is supposed to, March 17, 2013
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This review is from: GPX HC221B Compact CD Player Stereo Home Music System with AM/ FM Tuner (Electronics)
I do not normally write reviews, but this might help someone. I am a graduate student and a bit of an audiophile. My father has always had a very nice and expensive integrated stereo system and I tend to have a critical ear given that I am a more classically trained musician playing in the world’s longest continually touring ensemble. I love to listen to almost any type of music so this review is not particular to any one type (sorry).

Being a student, I do not have a lot of money to invest in stereo equipment. Recently many of my had-me-down electronic units have come to the end of their lives, i.e. within weeks of each other my TV and stereo died. The new TV I purchased emitted a high pitched tone that gave me a headache after 30 minutes of video games or just watching an episode of something. I bought this unit so that I do not have to listen to the small TV tweeters. This unit does the job very well for the price and size of it. I can play or watch TV without pain and I can turn the volume up while walking around the house and still hear it without it being obnoxious. It is compact so it does not take up much room in my small living quarters.

If you are looking for something to blow your mind playing Shostakovich, Eric Church or anything really, then you should not be looking at small units like this in the first place. I can see this being perfect for college dorms, smaller rooms, bed rooms, offices or anywhere you just need a little music in your life without going overboard.

For anyone interested, I could not find much in the way of specification on this unit. There are two line-in ports for the left and right speaker to plug into, there are not additional power cables. There is an additional stereo line in to plug you iPod, TV or whatever else to play your music (looks like a normal headphone jack). The speaker cables are only about 29 inches long stretching them out so if you plan on placing them further apart you are going to have to buy additional audio lines. There is an alarm setting, which I found nice, CD player, nothing special, display dimmer, and AM/FM tuner. The power cord has two prong AC end (just in case you live in certain dormitories).

This is a decent unit that is not terrible to listen to and is worth the 40$. I think it would work nicely in college or small use. Some people seem quick to judge small units (maybe not this one, but other) because they do not rattle the rafters.

I hope this helped someone!
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Initial post: May 8, 2013 1:46:32 PM PDT
Hi, How many CD's will it hold? Great review.

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2013 9:14:21 AM PDT
Stone says:
It holds 1 CD.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 9:06:52 AM PDT
How big is this stereo system. because i ordered one and i will have to carry it to my dorm room. hope its not too big.???

Posted on Sep 7, 2014 1:51:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2014 1:51:53 PM PDT
Paul Berry says:
This thing will basically be an amplified pair of speakers and a
CD player for my father's computer. (Who is definitely
NOT an audiophile.) Since this has a line-in jack for
the computer - this will probably fit the bill.

Please post here if I am wrong about any of this!

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 10:57:16 AM PDT
Andrew B. says:
thank you very much for the feedback im looking for a small unit for the garage and this sounds great thank you

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 4:03:17 PM PDT
Oakland Bot says:
I bought this product because I trusted the review of this audiophile and was extremely disappointed. Horrible tinny sound, ineffective bass boost, not at all worth the money. I've bought smaller and cheaper units that are leagues better than this. I bought this for a small room knowing I wouldn't need a loud unit, but even at low volumes the sound quality is just awful. I'm leaving this comment not to disparage the reviewer, but so others won't make the same decision I did based on this review. Not at all a unit for audiophiles, even at low volumes.
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