Rated 5 out of 5 by Carman Good things in small packages
Just as good as my old Denon mini unit but takes up a much smaller footprint the DAB radio is a bit difficult to tune in but all in all good value.I looked at the Panasonic but the Denon appealed more for its looks.
13 September 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tobyloncs A lot for the price
A small unit and reasonably priced but packed with lots of ability. The CD player and the radio sound great through my B and W speakers and the Bluetooth connect ability is great teamed up with my Apple Mac mini and the music stored on it. Controls could be made simpler so it is confusing to use.
22 August 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Davidat33 Good sound, slow DAB station search
I have been very happy with a TEAC CRH258i purchased three years ago. I decided to replace an older Hi-Fi separates system with the 260i. Set up is easy and its sound quality is high from all sources.
If navigation of tracks from a USB memory stick is important to you then this product has only a very basic interface available. The most serious issue for me was the time it took to locate the last played DAB station when this source was selected. Although DAB stations are scanned on first switch on, this unit seems to scan every time DAB is selected. I found I could count to thirty before the DAB station was playing. This is unlike the 258i which takes 3-4 seconds. As a result I decided this product was unsuitable and swapped the unit for one which provided a better DAB experience.
17 August 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by RobinJ Nice system but...
This is very nearly a first rate system for the price. The sound quality is excellent. The radio, both FM and DAB, works very well.
However, I have several caveats.
First, the remote control feels very spongy and is often non-responsive.
Second, it takes an age to switch on, even in FM mode. If you select DAB, it does an initialization process (every time!) that takes forever.
Third (and this may be me) I can find no way of setting DAB favourites. The manual is quite clear about how to set up FM presets and that works fine but it doesn't mention DAB presets at all.
Finally, it has a feature that I've never come across on any other system: a delay of a few hundred milliseconds on FM radio. So, if you have another radio tuned to the same station in a different room, you get a really annoying echo effect. It's definitely this system that has the delay; I've tried several other radios of different makes and they're all in sync on FM.
17 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Desertsled Sounds great, fantastic spec and functionality. Small and compact. Cheap.
This unit sounds crisp, lively, well sorted with a warm but detailed sound from all inputs. At this price an absolute bargain. Bass guitar is weighty but well defined with a nice presence in the upper mids. Percussion is lively, airy and floaty. Vocals natural and clear.
The Teac unit sits nicely on a small shelf. It's small footprint making it ideal for use in my kitchen but could easily be used as a main system. For the money it's difficult to find fault with it's sound. It's loud enough to fill most rooms and when testing the system in my lounge using Tannoy Mercury speakers, the sounscape and imaging we're very impressive for a unit in this price range.
All in all a very nice sounding system. Dab radio is distortion free and doesn't suffer from the compression that some units inflict on the sound.
My only gripe is that operation through the front panel is not fully intuitive and can be a little confusing. This can be avoided using the remote which has all the controls to hand.
16 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by WestDevon Great quality - great sound - great value for money
I have bought Teac for some years now. This is a very good example. Well made with a good range of inputs and well capable of driving decent speakers.
You can store DAB pre-sets, and although it does take approx. 20 sec. to load DAB from switch-on, this is not much longer than other units and doesn't irritate me.
As with other pieces of kit, you need to read the manual.
28 July 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by vwlowen Good hardware let down by rubbish software
I am very disappointed with this unit.
It's very limited in what format MP3 and WMA files it can play. It will not play lossless WMA or FLAC. This would be expected on a portable player but, for a home hifi system, this is a bad omission.
The DAB radio insists on a re-scan every time DAB is selected (even if just leaving the DAB option for a second or two). From power up and selecting DAB, it takes 24 seconds before any sound is heard. Switching from, say, SD to DAB, also takes 24 seconds before the radio starts playing.
Navigating through folders and files on USB and SD is "clunky" and un-intuitive.
There is a marked lag using the remote control (reminiscent of a cheap freeview box!).
I've had it a week and I'm already looking for something to replace it.
14 June 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by GuildfordReviewer Very poor user experience
Bought one of these, got it home, got it working no problem, sounded great.Tried to store some DAB stations as presets, manual says you can't. Tried anyway, sort of worked but was unreliable. Then found it took about 30 secs to a minute to switch source from anything to radio. Bit annoying. The next day turned it on in the morning, some time later the radio came on after seemingly doing a full rescan. Then the station displayed didn't match the one being played. Presets were lost. Took it back, and Richers swapped no questions.
New unit had exactly the same problems. It is massively unfuriating to use waiting for stations to tune in and sound to actually come out that I took it back and got a refund.
Probably a decent stereo hiding underneath the appalling 'operating system' software. A firmware update and it'd probably be fine. Otherwise, I'd advise against it.
30 March 2014