Yamaha MCR-B142 Bookshelf Micro Component System, Bluetooth Ver. 2.1 + EDR / A2DP, AVRCP, Brown

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About Yamaha MCR-B142

The Yamaha MCR-B142 Bookshelf Micro Component System (Brown) 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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

(6)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to set up (6),Easy to use (6),Well built / quality (5),Energy efficient (3)
Best Uses:
Upgrade (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (4)

Yamaha MCR-B142 Features

  • By docking the unit with an iPod or iPhone, you can enjoy your favorite tunes with high audio quality, thanks to the digital connection. And by using the USB port, you can play music files from an iPad or USB device
  • In addition to the CD player and radio (DAB/DAB+ and FM), it has an AUX-In terminal for connecting a PC or DAP, giving you music enjoyment from a variety of sources in one unit
  • IntelliAlarm is a special type of alarm that gives you a wakeup call with music. Three minutes before the beep goes off, the music from your iPod or iPhone will first flow lightly and then gradually increase, to wake you gently. You can make more detailed settings with the DTA Controller app
  • Bluetooth compatibility means you can enjoy music wirelessly from your smartphone. Put your system wherever you want it and use your smartphone as you usually do to operate the playback functions
  • The iPhone/iPod/iPad specialized app "DTA Controller" lets you set the alarm time differently for each day of the week, as well as make detailed IntelliAlarm settings and transmit them wirelessly. The app will be periodically updated for additional functionality

Yamaha MCR-B142 Specifications

Bluetooth Version/Profile
Ver. 2.1 + EDR / A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth Maximum Communication Range
10 m/38 ft. 10 in. (without interference)
Disc Type
CD (Audio CD, MP3, WMA)
USB
MP3, WMA
Tuner
FM, DAB/DAB+
Preset Memory
FM x 30, DAB/DAB+ x 30
Supported iPod/iPhone/iPad
iPod nano (2G - 6G), iPod touch, iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad,iPad2, iPad (3rd generation)
Headphone Jack
Stereo L/R: 3.5mm mini
Total Harmonic Distortion
0.07% (7.5 W/6 ohms)
Output Power/Channel
15 W + 15 W (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD)
Alarm
Alarm, Sleep
Woofer
11cm (4-1/2") full-range cone
Tweeter
Full-range bass-reflex
Frequency Response
50 Hz-20 kHz (-10dB)
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Center Unit: 180x127x273mm / 7.08x5x10.74"
Speaker System: 129x125.5x250.5mm / 5.078x4.94x9.86"
Weight
Center Unit: 2.7 kg / 6 lbs.
Speaker System: 1.7 kg / 3.7 lbs. per unit

Yamaha MCR-B142 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Reviewed by 6 customers

 
5.0

Very good product

By

from Québec City  -  Enthusiast

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good stuff

By

from cleveland, ohio  -  Enthusiast

a well made instrument

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Before you buy a Bose Wave

By

from Essex Ontario  -  Enthusiast

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Bose replacement

By

from Kingston, ON  -  Casual User

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fabulous at what its meant to be!

By

from Freehold, NJ  -  Enthusiast

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!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

well worth it

By

from Toronto, ON  -  Casual User

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.

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