Pioneer XR-170C Mini stereo system

If you are annoyed by the color flickering on the displays and want something calm and neat, take a closer look at this mini-system. It does not shine with all sorts of bells and whistles, but captivates with ease of management and clear decisions; besides, there is everything that is necessary for a system of this class, including KARAOKE. CD player has a calendar and programming for 32 tracks; when copying, a smart player will re-record a track on the new side of the cassette that did not fit on the previous side. The tuner with 24 fixed settings (presets) for two ranges does not lag behind him. Although the design and construction of the central unit is quite typical for a mini (take at least the "traffic light" of the changer buttons), in our opinion, this is one of the most successful metallic compositions. Dealing with the hardware, we came to the conclusion that when designing this model, Pioneer measured out functions and capabilities, on the one hand, and money, on the other, in a very dosed manner. The device does not stand out with the power of the amplifier: 25 W per channel is an average result, although the electrical power consumed from the network is decent. At the same time, the universal power supply (127/220V) copes with the load without abrupt dashing: at half power, with low frequencies raised with the help of P.Bass, the backlight of the display screen begins to flicker warningly. The most interesting element of the system is a two-way acoustic system, in which the role of the first violin of the orchestra is assigned to the mid-low frequency. Moreover, judging by the measurement data and the listening results, the potential of the woofer is really good: a fairly smooth response in the range of 100-3000 Hz creates a reliable basis for the sound of both voices and musical instruments from the arsenal of the patriarchs of rock and the pioneers of the classics (although the amplifier at levels exceeding fifty percent mark, it becomes unsweetened). The quality of the workmanship of the LF driver, made using Power Bass technology, allows you to work with more output (this requires a more powerful partner).

It cannot be said that the tweeter plays a subordinate role in this tandem, but, being immersed in the body recess of the front panel by the will of the designers, the latter highlights a number of harmonics and gives a noticeable direction in building a stereo image. In general, the speaker system sounded balanced, but so that you are not embarrassed by the limitations of electronics, we recommend placing the speakers closer to the wall: houses and walls help.

Pioneer XR-170C Mini stereo system photo