Grundig Fine Arts System 7/10 - Date
Fine Arts Hi-fi is the old range, now replaced by some incredibly stylish
gear! I've been using this hi-fi for several years, having bought it from
Epping where it was a display model. Unfortunately, it was slightly faulty,
in that the amplifier seemed to be heavily unbalanced, even with the balance
dial being centred - I can't complain though since it was cheaper. I suspect
this fault was a one off, since all other Grundig equipment I have used
over the years has been very reliable.
years, both the left and right channels have strangely equalised in volume,
so that there is no noticeable imbalance! Other than that this Grundig
hi-fi has performs flawlessly, even the CD which skipped once or twice
started working properly after a clean. There's also a problem with the
CD tray, which started quite recently.
The CD player
also offers a coaxial digital output and several features which are indicitive
of a rather more expensive unit, such as CD programming, shuffle and shuffle.
There is also a feature so you indicate the length of the tape you want
to record onto. Then if you want the hi-fi to copy the CD it will ensure
that tracks are not split onto both sides of the tape. It's a pity more
hi-fis don't offer this feature! There is also auto space which puts several
seconds between CD tracks on a tape recording. Then you can easily skip
through your tape track by track. The tape separate has two decks for
the quick dubbing of recordings.
At the top
of the picture you can see the powerful amp unit which drives four speakers.
It has a loudness setting, as well as the usual bass, treble and balance
dials. Originally I used two Grundig Fine Arts speakers. Now I've bolted
on three Bose speakers, leaving just one Fine Arts speaker attached. The
Fine Arts speakers are clear and deliver a good range of frequencies.
However, they don't match the Bose speakers for clarity. The Fine Arts
speakers are rated at handling 90W whereas the Bose speakers are rated
as handling a maximum of 200W. Generally the more power a speaker can
handle the better its quality. These figures are now generally quite reliable.
is equipped with RDS and can access AM as well as FM. Even with out an
external aerial, it seems to deliver reasonable audio. With an aerial
the tuner is infinitely more clear, and the grain in the audio is reduced
considerably. It's not a match for the tuner on the Yamaha RX795, but
is reasonable given the cost. These days you might find this hi-fi system
available for clearance at reduced prices - just right for your first
separates hi-fi. It also comes with a stylish specially designed stand
which holds CDs.