I’ve been listening to music for as long as I can remember. I don’t mean using it for background music while I do other things, I mean sitting there actually listening and picking out parts that I like, whether it’s a bass line or a drum fill, a guitar riff or some blazing saxophone solo.
When I was young I would do this using my dad’s huge stereo/TV console. Then boom boxes came out and I would listen to the radio for hours making tapes of the songs that I liked. Of course the sound of it wasn’t great but I could carry it around the whole house. I eventually bought a turntable and a couple of small speakers and would listen to records in my bedroom for hours with my mom constantly yelling “turn it down!”.
Those large stereo consoles faded out and the boom box market exploded. Now days though you can still have large stereo systems with speaker towers and a lot of components but you need a room that fits all that stuff. What do you do if you don’t have the room but still want to listen to great sounding music?
Today we ‘re going to look at some of the best mini stereo systems available on the market. It’s possible with current technology to get a small stereo system and not have to sacrifice the sound quality that you get with larger, more expensive equipment. You can get a small system with great sound that will be perfect for your space.
Let’s get started.
1. Yamaha MCR – B020 Micro System
This micro system has a great design and some great features as well. It’s nice compact size will fit most spaces and look good at the same time.
The sound quality of this system is quite good and can be adjusted. There are controls that allow you to modify the bass and the treble to get the exact sound you want.
The two speakers are detachable making this a versatile system that only weighs 9 pounds. This is a highly regarded system that is hard to beat.
- Works With Many Devices
- Compact and Versatile
- Bass and Treble Controls
- Radio Issues Reported
2. Onkyo CS – 265
This mini system has a sleek design and is great for bass lovers. Not to say it doesn’t do well with the mids and highs as well.
This Onkyo should be loud enough as it can push out a total of 40 watts and also features a two-mode super bass function that will enhance the low-end frequency if desired. EQ settings can be adjusted with bass presets and individual bass and treble controls.
The CD player can play regular audio CDs and CD-RW formats mp3 and WAV. It has Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless music streaming support and NFC connectivity. External devices can be connected to the back of the speaker using the analog input and the USB port can be used for iPhone or other mp3 players.
- Two-Mode Super Bass
- No-Lag USB
- Works with Other Speakers
- Plastic Speakers
- Not Great for Large Rooms
3. Sony CMT – SBT 100
The Sony CMT-SBT 100 is another stylish mini stereo that also has great sound. This well-built stereo can produce 50 watts of continuous power using Sony’s S-Master amplifier to drive dual two-way bass reflex speakers.
This system is versatile with full AM/FM radio, USB and Bluetooth streaming and an included CD player.
You can expect a consistent sound quality with clear high and mid ranges and no distortion. This stereo is capable of filling a large room with great sound that has decent separation and a good bass response.
Lastly, it comes with a USB port that has 2.1 charging capability and its NFC connectivity is good and remembers the last paired mobile device. Like some of the other, it has knobs to adjust the bass and treble.
With all this Sony has to offer, this mini stereo is a great choice for many buyers.
- Great Bass Performance
- Good Sound Balance
- Sound Converted to Lossless Audio
- Slow Startup Time
- CD Player Lacks Functionality
4. Sharp XL-HF102B
The Sharp XL-HF102B is very high quality mini stereo with numerous listening options that include Bluetooth, USB for mp3 players, a 5 CD player, and an AM/FM radio with 40 presets.
You can expect quality sound that has nice detail and separation with a good volume. High frequencies aren’t harsh and the bass is good but may be lacking a little when compared to its competitors.
It’s sleek and compact design will look good in your home and fit in most places.
This is a complete and versatile mini stereo with a good combination of sound quality and functionality. Definitely a good choice.
- Easy to Use
- Good For Large Rooms
- Plays Flash Drives
- LCD Display is Lacking
5. Bose Wave IV
The Bose Wave should be familiar to most as it’s been a popular system over the years. The latest Bose Wave is the Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System IV.
It might be small but I’ve heard dynamite comes in small packages. This system has cutting-edge innovation and integrates with Alexa allowing this system to be controlled by telling Alexa what you want it to do.
This Bose also supports multiple audio formats including Apple Lossless, FLAC, MP3, AAC, and WMA. There is also one-touch access to many music services like Spotify, Amazon Music, internet radio, etc. The music library has six presets that are controlled by remote control and the Sound Touch app.
When it comes to sound, the Bose Wave IV excels there too. It has great volume which is especially amazing given the size of this stereo. You will be pleased with its sound quality and bass response. The only drawback is the EQ is built in and can’t be modified by the listener. Most likely this will work just fine for most people.
You will pay a little more for this system but when you combine the high sound quality with all the features it has, it’s justified.
- Lots of Features
- Amazing Sound and Reception
- Sound Travels Well
- No Treble and Bass Controls
6. Jensen JBS-200B
So we go from the expensive Bose Wave to this mini stereo made by Jensen. Jensen is a brand I remember from my high school days and it was popular with my peers. The Jensen JBS-200B is a nice mini stereo that is also very inexpensive.
To keep the price down, this system has basic functionality that includes Bluetooth wireless connectivity with NFC. It also has a CD player that plays purchased CDs as well as those made from your computer.
It is one of the top selling mini stereo systems and offers a sleek, traditional design that will work well with many home decor styles. You should be able to get this system for under $70 so it’s a great deal.
- It Doesn’t Cost Much
- Did I Say It Was Inexpensive?
- Low Max Volume
- No USB port
7. Denon D-M41 Home Theater
The Denon D-M41 is the successor to the multi-award winning D-M40 so expectations should be high. This is the only system on our list that is called a home theater and that is because it delivers a dramatic home theater experience.
To get that home theater experience, it has a newly-developed discrete analog amplifier circuit that creates more clarity and impact by reducing the signal path. In addition, its triple noise reduction design eliminates distortion from three noise sources to keep the signal pure.
As far as specs, the stereo receiver comes with a pair of SC-M41 bookshelf speakers rated at 30 watts each. The 4.75-inch woofer and 1-inch high definition silk dome tweeter have very high quality and are able to produce a powerful but smooth sound. These speakers work well in small to medium-sized rooms.
Other features include a dedicated headphone amplifier, two digital inputs that allow you to stream via Bluetooth and connect your TV, TV box, or other device sources to get premium sound.
For multi-dimensional audio and high quality surround sound, the Denon D-M41 may be the choice for you.
- Quality of Denon
- Quality Sound
- Two Digital Inputs
- Bluetooth Lag Possible
8. LG CM4590 XBoom
It looks like the boom box is all grown up. The LG XM4590 XBoom packs a walloping 700 watts of total power. I guess the X is for extreme.
It has many of the features you want in a stereo including Bluetooth connectivity that even allows you to connect to LG televisions. There are also two USB ports to connect devices and you can also record audio to USB. Oh, and it plays CDs.
Unlike the other systems on this page, the XBoom includes a subwoofer. It is rather large and may not fit on your shelf if that is something you need to consider.
This system has a price on the lower end but that doesn’t mean it’s a sub par stereo. So pop in a CD and crank out the 700 watts.
- 700 Watts
- Record Audio Sources to USB
- Sync to LG TVs
- 700 Watts
- Large Size
9. 1byOne Wireless Turntable HiFi System
So our last mini stereo system is the only one with a turntable. Obviously this is a good choice for people who own a lot of vinyl records. It’s also a good choice for people who plan on buying a lot of vinyl records.
The 1byOne Wireless Turntable System is versatile as it also provides wireless steaming abilities and you can play music from all your devices connecting wirelessly to the turntable’s speakers.
The platter is solid iron and has good stability and rotation. Another cool thing about this system is that you can connect the turntable to your PC via USB and encode the vinyl audio into MP3 for digitalized storage and playback.
The built-in switchable phono line and preamp can connect to the included speakers or your external powered speakers using the dual RCA output cables.
If you have vinyl and are looking for something a little different, this could be the right system for you.
- Vinyl Audio to MP3
- Plays Vinyl
- Assembly Required
Hopefully after looking at nine of the best mini stereo systems on the market today, one of these will meet your needs in both performance and price.
Remember, just because they are small doesn’t mean the won’t have a high quality sound. You can get a mini stereo for you home that looks great, fits in a variety of locations, and sounds great too. Stay classy and thanks for stopping by, and please leave a comment or question below.