Collectors aren’t interested in Mini HiFi systems from twenty years ago – this means their prices aren’t getting jacked up in the same way as old boomboxes and separates. Therefore used examples can make a good buy for anyone on a budget who just wants a compact system to play various physical music formats with minimum fuss. I bought one to see what I got for my money.
AFFILIATED LINK to any SONY CMT-CP505MD* Mini HiFis currently on ebay UK
You might also be interested in the similar CMT-CP500MD – they seem quite common too – so here’s another ebay UK Affiliated link https://ebay.us/XrmkQi
*I just wanted to add a warning that there appears to be a common issue with the cassette decks refusing to rewind or fast forward on these devices – check these features work before buying one.
AFFILIATED eBay links to the Mini/Compact/Shelf HiFi section on:
00:00 Overlong Intro
02:54 What I bought
10:20 A look inside
19:06 Tape Tests Pt. 1
21:37 Big in the UK
24:06 Tape Tests Pt. 2
25:20 CD to MD
29:02 Other Features Pt. 1
31:54 Mini HiFi – a lot to like
33:01 Other Features Pt. 2
The Mini Electric Screwdriver I’m using in this video is a Wowstick Mini – while it doesn’t have sufficient torque to loosen tight screws – it can be twisted just like a normal screwdriver at the start to loosen the screw then the electric motor can take over to do the rest of the work. I like the fact it’s narrow, has LED lights in the end and comes with a load of bits (there are usually two options available – one comes with more bits). Here are some Amazon Affiliated links
NEW MINI HiFi
New Mini HiFis are still made but the only legacy physical media they’ll play is the CD – if you want to play your Tapes or Minidiscs you’ll be looking at the used market.
Here is a link to some examples of current models.
(non affiliated link)
1) CD CLICKING SOUND. A few patrons have advised me that they also have this model and their CD mech clicks too – it seems the tolerance for that plastic disc clamp is just too fine and they’ve mostly warped enough over the years so that they now fail to perfectly clear a horizontal plastic beam located just above the ‘petals’ and as they brush against it it makes a clicking sound until the disc spins up to full speed. So yes it’s a design flaw, but not one that means anything is failing – it’s just slightly annoying.
2) DOLBY PATENTS. The message about Dolby on the back will be referring to the Minidisc – apparently some Dolby Patents are involved in these.
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