The Yamaha MCR-B142 Bookshelf Micro Component System (Black) is an All-in-One unit that can serve as a bedside alarm clock or as a stereo system in your kitchen, conservatory or anywhere you'd like to hear music! It has pretty much everything you need to get you started, with its integrated CD player and DAB+/FM tuner built in. The handy iPod dock on the top lets you plug in and charge your iPod whilst listening to it and there's Bluetooth connectivity if you wish to connect wirelessly to your phone or other Bluetooth devices. All of this can be controlled via the included remote control.
There's a USB port which has a dual purpose - you can either use it to link an iPad to the MCR-B142, or use a USB memory stick (MP3 and WMA file formats are supported) and play back music that way. There's even an Aux in if you have anything else you'd like to throw at it! All are handled equally well and for a diminutive system you should enjoy the crisp sounds regardless of what you are listening to.
The MCR-B142 is, as well as a music system, an alarm clock. It's fairly easy to set up via the unit itself, however Yamaha have developed an app for the iPhone that allows you to set, control and monitor your alarms through the touch screen interface of the iPhone (also available for the iPad and iPod Touch!). This gives you far more control and is a nice add on feature that makes the most of the iPhone.
The alarm also features Yamaha's own 'IntelliAlarm' system, an optional system that, rather than launching into a massive sound immediately, gently wakes you with a slow increase in volume over time to ease you into the day.
I think it sounds great and looks like a real audio system compared to a lot of what is out there (which look like toys).
The radio stations in my city are easy to listen very good reception. Bluetooth is perfect with my Ipod Classic and the Kokkia bluetooth transmitter. The CD player is perfect for my music library.
a well made instrument
We love the deep rich base sound when we listen to at low volume. We were considering buying a wave and compared the sound quality and huge price difference.
Not quite as unobtrusive as the Bose III it replaced, but more natural bass (no exaggerated boominess) and cleaner highs. My main problem with the unit is that it won't play some of the MP3 CDs I've burned. However, the USB facility more than makes up for this.
What a great big sound from such a small box! FM has strong draw of stations Using WIFi to tune Pandora Internet radio, then streaming via Bluetooth to the Yamaha ... easy with insignificant loss of signal. Best bang for the buck unless you're willing to spend 50% to 100% more!
I had been looking at this radio, or it's predecessor to be precise, for some time. I found that it was too deep for my kitchen counter that I wanted to use as it's home so though I came close, I never bought it. So when this updated version appeared with shallower depth and bluetooth, I was intrigued. There is no doubting the versatility of this unit with CD, radio, iPod and Bluetooth capabilities. Matching the colour to my kitchen really makes a nice difference - it looks as if it belongs and there are no other radios that come in so many colours. The sound quality is good, not exceptional but pleasing for sure. I am an audio professional and don't rely on this as a main source of music, but it's a nice piece to own. It's solidly made and my advice is to get a colour that compliments your decor. It's not often you are given the choice so it's wise to take advantage of this feature when you are.