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Yamaha TSX-70BR Desktop Audio System for iPod/iPhone (Brown)

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  • iPod/iPhone compatible with built-in dock
  • Ergonomic, intuitive "Touch Smart" controls
  • Powerful 3-speaker design with SR-bass woofer
  • Exclusive Yamaha DSP Music Enhancer gets the most out of your compressed digital music files
  • LED display with multiple alarm and timer modes

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 21 x 11.1 cm ; 1.5 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 Kg
  • Item model number: TSX-70BR
  • ASIN: B003XDU4AC
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: June 20 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #146,069 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Amazon.ca Product Description

Styled for contemporary living but with a nod to classic retro design, the TSX-70 delivers concert-quality sound anywhere in the home. In addition to its AM/FM radio, the convenient built-in docking station supports all popular iPod and iPhone models including iPod (5th generation), iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod touch, iPhone, iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS.

From the Manufacturer

Yamaha TSX-70 Desktop Audio System: Retro Design, Contemporary Technology for Your iPod/iPhone

Styled for contemporary living but with a nod to classic retro design, the TSX-70 delivers concert quality sound anywhere in the home, offering power and performance for today's iPod generation. With its classic, retro design cues concealing state of the art technology, this latest addition to Yamaha's family of desktop audio systems is the last word in compact audio performance.

The Yamaha TSX-70BR
The TSX-70 offers power and performance in a classic, retro design

The TSX-70 integrates a wide variety of input sources with clock radio and alarm functions allowing you to wake up to your selected combination of music or radio station plus alarm. And thanks to Yamaha’s experience in all aspects of sound reinforcement, DSP and music creation, it produces Concert Quality Sound anywhere in the home.

The TSX-70 top controls
The built-in docking station supports all popular iPod and iPhone models

The TSX-70 front controls
Preset channels for AM and FM make finding your favorite stations easy

The TSX-70 alarm controls
Combine the radio or your iPod/iPhone with the beep for the most comfortable way to wake up
Use with Any iPod or iPhone

The convenient, built-in docking station supports all popular iPod and iPhone models including iPod (5th generation), iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod touch, iPhone, iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS.

Concert Quality Sound

Three individual amplifiers power a 2.1-channel speaker system delivering a surprising level of high-quality audio in such a compact unit. The SR-Bass woofer, located in the bottom of the casing, further enhances low-end performance. All aspects of the sound output benefit from Yamaha’s advanced DSP technology. Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer adds a brilliance and energy that improves any music program material by intelligently restoring compressed digital audio, and the astonishing Extended Stereo effect digitally reproduces the aural experience of true stereo with speakers sounding further apart than they really are. Additionally, there is a digital loudness control which ensures optimum audio performance at all volume levels.

FM and AM Radio, Clock, and Alarm Functions

The TSX-70 allows up to five FM and five AM preset channels to be stored for instant and easy recall using the ergonomic front panel control.

The alarm function allows you to wake to your choice of beep, radio, or iPod/iPhone. Radio and iPod/iPhone can also be combined with the beep and in this mode the selected audio source fades in gently and is initially filtered to eliminate high frequencies before gradually introducing the full audio spectrum. This function ensures that the waking experience is as comfortable as possible. After three minutes, the beep is activated making sure that you are fully awake. It’s a great way to start the day. Additionally, there’s a timer function that’s just perfect for use in the kitchen (or when you fancy a nap!).

Technical Specifications
  • Alarm functions: Alarm, Snooze
  • Alarm modes: Beep, Source, Source+Beep (Source: iPod, Radio)
  • Timer: 1-120 minutes
  • Supported iPod: iPod (5th generation), iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod touch
  • Supported iPhone: iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS
  • Auxillary Input connector: Stereo L/R 3.5mm STEREO mini Jack
  • Maximum Input Signal: Analog Input 2.0V
  • Tuner Preset Memory: 5 x FM and 5 x AM
  • Maximum power output: 16W (4Wx2 + 8Wx1 / 6Ω) 1kHz 10% THD)
  • Speaker system: 1 5⁄8" full range driver x 2, 2 1⁄8" woofer + SR-Bass x 1
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 8-1⁄4" x 4-3⁄8" x 5-1⁄4"
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steve on Aug. 29 2011
This radio has great sound, an intuitive interface, doubles as an iPod charger and doesn't forget the time in the event of a power loss. It's well worth the money. In fact this is the 2nd one I bought - I lent the first one to my daughter and never got it back :)
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Bose lost a sale! Jan. 14 2011
By Michael S. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a 35 year old Zenith clock radio. I told myself that someday, if this clock radio ever died, I will spoil myself and buy a Bose wave radio to replace it. Alas, that day has arrived. I went online to order my Bose wave, and learned that some IDIOT at Bose had decided it would be a good idea to eliminate all the control buttons from the unit, and control everything from a tiny little remote! This does not make the wave a good choice for use as a bedside alarm clock. Imagine trying to find which microscopic button to push to silence the alarm while you are half asleep! Nice going Bose - you just lost a sale!
Thus began my search for a replacement. I did not find anything at the local big box stores that did not look and sound cheap. Another big factor for me was the brightness of the display. Most are too bright for me - even with a dimmer function. I found this Yamaha on Amazon, and seemed a viable alternative to the Bose, so I decided to take a chance and order it. The only hesitation I had was that I could not determine if this unit had a battery back-up for the clock. I even went to Yamaha's website for this info, but could not find it there either. Apparently, there is some kind of backup system, as the instructions state the time information will be lost if unplugged for more than one week. It must have an internal capacitor of some sort - I'm guessing.
The sound is impressive! I do not own an Ipod, but I would imagine the sound quality would be even better from that source than that of the radio. It is hard to imagine the sound quality that comes out of such a small package. My wife made the comment that it sounds better than the stereo we also have in the bedroom! This unit is much smaller than I imagined, but this is a good thing. It does not take up a lot of space on my nightstand. The display brightness is adjustable, and is perfect for me on the lowest setting. It has an automatic setting that self adjusts to ambient room light, and is very legible at all settings.
Overall, I am very pleased and impressed with this system. I hope it serves me as well as my old Zenith did.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Almost perfect, but NOT as an alarm clock Feb. 17 2011
By Nancy Mcilwain - Published on Amazon.com
Sounds GREAT for something this size. Adjustable base and treble, deep base, easy to use, excellent build and quality, the snooze bottom is not too terribly close to any button that would turn off the alarm, nice features on the remote unit and it looks awesome. The "alarm" button is fairly close to the snooze and will disarm the alarm if pushed by mistake, but the snooze is right in the middle and fair size, so I think the placement is acceptable.
It is also much smaller than I expected and takes up less space on my nightstand than I thought it would.
FYI-I have an iPhone 4 and this charges and plays perfectly. There is no message that comes up when it is docked stating that this device was not made for iPhone............Also, there is zero GSM interface. You do not need to put your iPhone 4 into airplane mode. This unit works perfect for the iPhone!
The dimmer goes pretty dim, but I think many would like just one step dimmer.
My major complaint would be the lack of a backup battery and not being able to sleep to selected iPhone music and wake to a different track. If you use the sleep timer to go to sleep at night, that same track will be used as the alarm track, as the unit will only use the last song listened to as the wake up track. I listen to quiet relaxing music to fall asleep and need a different song to wake to. So, I need to select the buzzer and miss out on being able to wake to a select track on my iPhone.
The critical thing missing is a backup battery. There is a built-in battery that will save the time setting if you unplug it, but it will only save the time setting and the alarm will NOT sound if the unit loses power. I think this is a major mistake. I need the peace of mind of a full backup battery so I know the alarm will sound in the event of a power failure.
I also searched and searched for iPhone and iPod adapters in the box and then realized that the unit does not come with any. This is fine, but there is a large gap behind my iPhone which allows the iPhone or iPod to be pushed backwards when you push on the screen.
Overall, this is a great unit, but I will be returning it for the negatives that I pointed out. These missing features may not be important to you. If you do not care about the lack of a backup battery or being able to pick different tracks for sleep and wake, then I would highly recommend this unit.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
BIG SOUND small size Dec 13 2010
By Brad - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this to replace a Tivoli Model One that I enjoyed for over 10 years. Over time the radios reception deteriorated, and having to plug and unplug the aux cable over and over became a drag. The Yamaha sounds as good, maybe better then the Tivoli which is saying a lot. It fills the room (kitchen and dining area) with music.The tuner's very strong. Having a remote is nice. The tone control on the back is to adjust the amount of bass boost. For instance, when I'm listening to a podcast of people talking, I turn it all the way down to eliminate any boominess. All the control knobs have a very nice, quality feel to them. Most of the top buttons are lighted. I couldn't ask more from such a compact radio. Finding great sound in a small package with AM-FM and a ipod dock was a tough combination. I've been shopping for over a year so you can imagine how many I've looked at and listened to. As a bonus I really like the semi-retro look. The more I use it the better I like it. A bit pricey, but money well spent !!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great sounding small alarm clock, almost perfect July 6 2011
By M. Schrage - Published on Amazon.com
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The pros: Beautiful retro design and cool case, amber display is just perfect, great sound at low to mid volumes, dimmable lights, works seamlessly with ipod/iphone and charges them (I used iPhone 4) and is high quality. Far better sound than most alarm clock iphone docks.

Cons: Alarm sound is pretty annoying. Sure, alarms are always annoying but this sound really grated my nerves. I found the snooze difficult to locate and press in my morning stupor. It does have the option to wake to music, but only to whatever you were listening to last. Sound quality fades fast at higher volume levels.

As for sound quality, I think it really does sound great at modest volume levels. It has a 2.1 speaker system, meaning 2 speakers plus a little subwoofer on the bottom. Now, it's not going to shake the floor but the the 2.1 system is actually quite good. I think there is a crossover system so the 2 (also tiny) main speakers only get mid and high frequencies so they sound crisp and clear. The lows all come from the little sub which fills out the music nicely. You can feel air moving from the sub. Again, not great bass but really clean, clear sound. I liked the sound quality a lot for an alarm clock/desktop system. This system pushes relatively little power (I think 5 watts per channel?) so when you turn it up loud sound quality drops off quickly, but generally that doesn't happen until you turn it up to volumes that adults wouldn't "normally" listen at anyway.

In full disclosure - My old sony alarm clock died and I wanted a Yamaha to replace it. I had bought the Yamaha 120 for a really reasonable $180 at a local store the same day my wife ordered this one for me. I spent a few days comparing them and was honestly really liking both of them. This one looks much better, smaller size fits better on the nightstand, the display is much nicer, and the sound is good, but the 120 ended up the winner. The 120 is more customizable, several alarms sounds to choose from plus you can control the volume of the alarm. The 120 also allows you to make a playlist to wake to. The 120's time display is much smaller and hard to read at night but it does contain much more information. The 120 also sounds significantly better at higher volumes because it has more power and bigger speakers but they both sounded great at lower volume. It was a really tough decision. I'm sure if I would have been very happy with either.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great unit Feb. 12 2011
By M. L. White - Published on Amazon.com
This is perhaps the best purchase I've made for a while, it has truly impressed me. I've alway been a fan of Yamaha products, and I'm not disappointed. This little unit produces very full sound for something it's size. The QBass is really just a small woofer and passive radiator on the bottom of the unit, but it works. You can even get it up to pretty good volumes and it still plays clean. I'm not going to say the sound compares to my Paradigm Reference/Anthem system, but that cost 5 digits. For the price this is selling at it's a steal. Build quality of the unit is great, alarm functions work perfectly and the soft wake up is great.I dock my iPhone 4 on it at night to charge which works great too. One of the biggest problems I've had with bedside radios in the past is the display being too bright. Even ones that dimmed were too bright, but the Yamaha orange display is great, doesn't bother me when I'm trying to sleep, and the auto dimming is even better. For a bedside radio it might seem expensive for some, but the functionality of the unit, the quality of the build, and the quality of the sound totally justify the price. Highly recommended.