As technology shoots into the future and music tries to keep up we get many ways to listen to our favourite tunes. One of the pieces of technology that finds it hard to keep up is the household hi-fi systems. As they get comfortable with the CD player suddenly MP3 comes around, then iTunes add to the mix and people want to listen to their favourite tunes they downloaded onto there.
What we need now is a system that can move with the times and provide all the connection potential we now need. The Sony CMT-G2BNiP is a micro hi-fi that looks to provide not only music through the good old fashioned CD player but now as many of the new formats as it can. This includes connecting to your phone and through Apple’s AirPlay system.
Having all the technology in the world in a box is not the only thing the gadget loving customer wants, they also want something that looks stylish. The CMT-G2BNiP comes with a glossy black design to its speakers, with the tweeters in a nice yellow to make them stand out.
The base unit is has an aluminium look with all the controls on the front giving instant access to everything you need to make your music sound good. There is also a digital display for music information based on the music type. When setting up the hi-fi it can take time to thread the wires into the relevant ports for the speakers but after that is complete all setting up is fairly simple.
One thing that may surprise iPhone and iPod users is the lack of a docking bay for their favourite music playing tool. There is USB connectivity for this so in fairness this should not be an issue really. There is also Wi-Fi support for Mac and PC users to connect to music stored on them. You can also connect to other Sony devices around the house and allow these devices to connect to that music, which is a nice touch.
When the hi-fi is connected to the network AirPlay supported devices can also sync up. This means iPhones for example can provide music through that route, also Spotify access. There is said to be a slight lag when moving from Wi-Fi settings and normal settings for the hi-fi, but this should not be a major issue.
Sony have provided a remote control specifically made for the hi-fi system, if you want to control the system through your iPhone there is also an app provided by Sony (AudioRemote). For people interested in analogue radio an FM/AM tuner has been provided as we all DAB and DAB+ for digital radio station access.
Of course the most important aspect of a hi-fi is how good it sounds. Good news here is that it offers a rich, bassy sound with no obvious treble issues. With around 200w of power coming from the speakers this system can pack quite a punch whatever type of music it’s playing.
For those looking for stylish hi-fi systems that will fit nicely into the living room yet provide all the connectivity you want in the modern age this is the hi-fi system for them. Even without the docking bay for the phones it’s easy to connect all your new modern gadgets and share your music around the house with little problem.