Audio Innovations System Alto

yimpster

Member
Was looking at the Denon micro system, but this Audio Innovations system caught my eye at the usual Richer Sounds for 300 squid.

Any opinions??

Cheers
Adam
 

common

Active Member
If it's the 'flying saucer' shaped amp and cd player in silver it got some fine reviews 5 - 7 years ago when it was introduced.
 

higenbs1

Novice Member
Heard it driving a pair of Eltax Liberty 5+, and it sounded pretty good. I think it's more of a lifestyle system, and although it includes a tuner, I think spending £300 on seperates would give slightly better performance. Whatever you do don't loose the remote, as most of the controls are found there, as the front fascia only has one button (CD open/close/play). Unlike the great silver finish of the two units, the remote is cheap silver plastic. The version I saw was the 50wpc unit, and in a 20ft lounge, it did slightly struggle to fill the room without resorting to high volumes (this could have been the speakers). I'd demo it if I was you, maybe opting for some good quality standmounters, rather than the floorstanders I've seen it with.
 

yimpster

Member
Tis the flying saucer shape one. It comes as the cd/amp/tuner without speakers all for 300 squid.

I only need it as a bedroom lifetsyle system as it won't be used heavily, it will also be speaker switched to power a Speakerworks 6.1 DT speaker in the bathroom.

the other alternative is the Denon M30 with speakers is around the same price.

I'll be guided by you geniuses but will also audition both.

If you have any strong feelings about either, please let them be heard.

Cheers

Adam
 

yimpster

Member
hmmm....popped into a dealer on the way home and they had a marantz eclipse 19 on display yummy!! it looks top notch He offered me a deal at 330 including the marantz speakers.

So my choices seem to be

Marantz Eclipse 19 @ 330 squid including speakers
Denon M30 for @ 186 squid plus speakers
Audio Innovations Systems Alto @ 300 squid plus speakers

Gonna test drive the Denon and Marantz in the morning so i should have a better idea by lunchtime.

Any ideas?

Cheers

Adam
 

WhyAyeMan

Well-known Member
I know someone who has the Alto amp, and they reckon its excellent, especially for that price. I aint heard it myself though, but he reckons its as good as most seperates for its original price (i.e. more than £300).
 

buns

Banned
I have one! Well i bought one and it is a system my parents use.

For reference, it is NOT the same as the what hifi reviewed things all those years back. They may look the same, but they are different. That said, they still are highly respectable. Much better than any £300 mini i have heard. There is one description i would give that may or may not put you off. The sound is warm. Maybe a bit warm for my tastes. But it is enjoyable and works remarkably well in filling a fairly large room with ambient music and at times proper levels.

I would recommend it. Maybe try and have a listen.

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common

Active Member
Personally I would go for the Marantz - a quality item which previously sold for about £1000 - £330 seems a great deal
 

yimpster

Member
Got a demo booked at 1pm for both the Denon and the Marantz. I'll keep you posted. Doesn't seem like any RS stores have a demo for the Audio Innovations Alto so i'm retisent to go for it on mag pictures alone.

Cheers
 

common

Active Member
but has anyone actually heard the marantz?


Had a listen in John Lewis once - not ideal test but sounded very similar to the Denon M30 but with some really nice styling touches
 

buns

Banned
well, i wouldnt go for the alto unless you have a listen or unless you dislike your other options. It is not quite at the no brainer stage.......although for styling i would rate it above almost anything else

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yimpster

Member
Well I had the demo and I must say that the Marantz was a little disappointing as i'd really set my heart on it before i'd even heard it. The speakers that came with it lacked any real oomph and failed to get any depth. I even tried it with a set of Kef's and B&W's and it still left me wanting a bit more bass and treble.

The Denon on the other hand was awesome even with Bass and Treble set to neutral, it was ok with the accompanying Denon speakers but incredible with the B&W and Kef's connected.

The first demo was with the DM50 which has the 3 cd changer, this was the only detracting factor on the unit as it was really really clunky. I've since managed to have a a demo on the DM30 which is 10w less powerful and only has the single cd, but it is perfect.

The only choice now is the bookshelf speakers, Missions, Kefs or B&W. I think it'll come down to price as they all sound ace.

Cheers guys for all your help.
 

buns

Banned
it sounds like you like the denon with good speaker option....... if i were you, and cant get a demo of the alto's, buy it and be happy!

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higenbs1

Novice Member
If you're after Mission speakers, I can highly recommend a pair of 771e's. Richer Sounds have these at £99, but they did retail at £199 originally. They are quite old, but still sound fantastic by todays standards.
 

yimpster

Member
Well, the money is spent. Tomorrow i should be the proud owner of the Denon DM30 and a lurvely pair of Kef Q1 speakers (ouch...serious dent in the wallet!).

As always the very helpful Ben at www.discounttv.co.uk managed to sort me out a pucker deal so i'm a well happy man. knocked the socks off of most net based stores. I picked up my AV system from them about 4 months ago and they were fautless.

cheers again for all your help
Adam
 

yimpster

Member
Just to bring you up to speed on the setup.

The whole system sounds like a dream. The Kef Q1's look gorgeous. Even the Speakercraft 6.1 speaker in the bathroom has got plenty of oomph.

Pretty damn good. I am well chuffed.

Cheers for all your advice. First class as usual.

Adam
 

buns

Banned
Glad you are happy. It is a nice little set up and should serve you well........until you get hit with upgradeitis! :D

enjoy!

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