Aiwa XR M200 Mini Component System (80 Watts) Mini Systems

4.25/5 (4 Reviews)


Product Description

A treat to both your ears and eyes, the Aiwa XR-M200 is an executive`s dream come true. The CD player is front-loading for easy access, and the cassette deck component features auto-reverse, so you can enjoy continuous music from your favorite artists. Has 80 Watts of pure power with a multi-amplifier system and built in Subwoofers.


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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Nagorak a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2003

Bottom Line:   
My sister bought this mini system a while back for some unknown reason and while I can say it is an OK unit, it's not especially impressive either. The unit does have some good points. It does allow you to connect other components from your audio system and the built in CD player and receiver are pretty decent. The whole slide-open CD mechanism is kind of cool and the unit also looks nice. I will also say that the speakers produce a good amount of bass for their size, but that seems to be both a blessing and a curse which I will get to in a minute.

Now let me get to the bad part. The control dials on the unit seem to have been designed more for looks than ease of use. Almost everything has to be done using one of the dials on the front, and I don't find this system to be intuitive at all. It's not too complex and once you get it down you'll be fine, but you really have to read the manual just to get an idea of what you are doing. Another strike against this unit is the speaker connections themselves. You can't really use any other speakers with this unit besides the ones that come with it (which might be good due to its low watt rating, you'd probably just end up blowing out any other speakers anyway). The speakers themselves have two connections, one for the high range (treble) and one for the low range (bass). The bass is connected via an RCA style cable which seems pretty solid, but unfortunately the like a 1-gauge speakerwire (maybe not literally, but the wire is ridiculously thin). The RCA connection could also be for power (I'd have to look again), which is actually even worse because it means ALL the sound is being carried on that thin little wire.

Now we come to the sound itself, the most important part of the system. In a word, the sound on this system is average, or maybe mediocre would be a better word. As I mentioned before, the speakers produce a lot of bass, but that seems to be at the expense of other sounds. The system comes set with the bass boost all the way up. The bass the speakers makes is loud, but it's just a boom-- there's no real articulation or musicality to it. I ended up trying to turn the bass level down to try to reduce the boominess and get some more quality out of it, but the bottomline is it's made to BOOM and not much else. I guess they designed the system to be a BOOMbox and impress people who like a lot of bass (and who have never heard a more expensive system). As far as treble goes, I feel the speakers are really pretty weak in this department. Once again, the sound is mediocre at best and it gets drowned out by the overpowering bass.

Overall the system sounds OK, but in the end it's just a cheap system. I can't compare it to other similar systems, because I haven't listened to any others. But, before spending your money, I'd suggest listening to it and other units in the store.

If you're really considering getting a system like this, I'd also suggest that you SERIOUSLY consider just buying a cheap stereo receiver (Onkyo is good) and a decent set of bookshelf speakers. It WILL cost you more, but it will also sound a whole LOT better. Consider buying some bookshelf speakers made by Cambridge Soundworks. Their Newton line is very good, although I'd highly recommend going for the M80s instead of the M50s or M60s (both of which are still better than these Aiwa bookshelves though).

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Somewhere?



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dr. Eldon Tyrell a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I love this bookshelf unit. It sits about a foot above my head at the computer, making both games and tunes sound terrific.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $250.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Randy a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This unit sounds better than comparable models costing $300+. The speakers have a built in sub that give music a much fuller sound. The slide down front is a nice feature. I couldn't be more satisfied with it.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $130.00

Purchased At:   Sams



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Ellis a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2001

Bottom Line:   
The stereo had a great value for the price. There are inputs for a complete home entertainment system in such a small system with awesome sound from the built-in subs. The slide-down blue faceplace that hides the CD tray is a nice touch.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $130.00

Purchased At:   Sams




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