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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.