Hi everyone, I am not knowledgeable on hi-fi and audio equipment, and would like to seek your expert advice for a purchase of a micro system. There are two models which I am interested in, and I could not make up my mind on which one to go for. These are 1) Yamaha MCR-330 and 2) JVC EX-A10. The Yamaha can be had for about US$350 while the JVC costs US600. I am attracted to the JVC because of the wood cone speakers, the good looks, superb build (eg gold plated speaker terminals). I had also read some good reviews on this system, which among other things stated that it has warm and rich sound, and gives a feeling of listening to vinyl. On the other hand, the Yamaha is attractive to me because of its price, and my perception of Yamaha as being more desirable than mass-production items like JVC. I had briefly heard some the sounds of some demo units of Yamahas, and found that they are very clean. However, they are also very different from the JVC sound (other models), which I am very much used to, which to my ears are warmer and more rythmic. I am aware that the JVC has no iPod dock, but is able to play DVD and other disk formats, and has surround sound mode and a host of other gimmicks. I also know that the JVC is an old model. These are all unimportant to me. I am mainly interested in sound quality of these units. Please let me know your opinion if you have experience with these units. Your input will be very much appreciated.
I would go with the Yamaha - it is a newer model, and Yamaha makes high end stuff as well - and the technilogy gets to economical units as well.
I like the sound of the Yamaha and would lean towards it, but if you really liked the JVC, you should go with that one - you got to like it, since it's yours, and you will be enjoying them, not others.
These 3 other ones I am going to recommend are excellent as well - you might want to hear them if you can, b4 buying. The last one - Linn Classick sells for around $2000 new so it's a higher gear than the ones you are looking at - you can get it for much less if you don't mind used.