Having a home theater system in your main room is nice, but you don't always have the time to sit down and do serious movie watching or music listening. Sometimes you just a nice compact music system for the bedroom, office, or kitchen that can access the music content you want, and still sounds good.
With that in mind, Yamaha has announced its new line of desktop and compact stereo audio systems for 2013 that may be just right for you. The line consists of four models, the TSX-132 and TSX-B232 desktop, and the MCR-042 and MCR-B142 micro component audio systems.
All four systems can play music back from a variety of sources, including portable iOS devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad) via the docking port, and also have a built-in USB input for accessing music from flash drives or other compatible devices, CD player, and AM/FM tuners.
There is also an analog stereo Aux port for older devices, such as a cassette deck, and the TSX-B232 and MCR-B142 can additionally access audio from compatible Bluetooth-equipped sources. In addition, you can control the systems either the provided remote control, or an iOS device using a free, downloadable, remote control app.
The main differences between the TSX and MCR series is that the MCRs are physically larger, to accommodate more powerful amplification and larger interior cabinet volume for added bass response. Also, the speakers on the MCR models are detachable, so you can create a larger sound stage, and to top it off, the MCR series is available in ten colors. The TSX series, on the other hand, is more compact, making it perfect for bedside use.
The TSX-132 is priced at $449.95 (Official Product Page)
The TSX-B232 is priced at $549.95 (Official Product Page)
The MCR-042 is priced at $399.95 (Official Product Page)
The MCR-B142 is priced at $449.95 (Official Product Page)
Photo Top Right - MCR-B142, Left Side - TSX-B232 provided by Yamaha Corporation of America