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Yamaha MCR-B142 photos and opinion from The Bristol Show 2013


The Yamaha's sturdy construction and compact footprint score highly in its favour.

Our rating

four stars out of five

If you want a CD micro with Bluetooth, check out the MCR-142B. Only the lack of a 3.5mm input scores against it, but a great Bluetooth range more than makes up for this.

Where to buy

You can buy the MCR-B142 from Amazon in red. They also have it in orange, black, dark grey, white, purple, green, pink and yellow finishes.

You can also find the iPod-compatible Airwired version - the MCR-140 - at Amazon in white, blue or pink at a reduced price.

Yamaha MCR-B142 brightens your life with wireless playback and CD player

Yamaha's bright red MCR-B142 was on show this year, part of a recently reinvigorated range of micro systems that add Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to listen to songs stored on your mobile 'phone or internet tablet through the Yamaha.

Covering both DAB and DAB+ broadcasts (the latter used exclusively abroad at the moment, but which forms the part of a new minimum specification for DAB kit in the UK this year), the B142 aims to please with its CD player (not to be scoffed at, despite the ever increasing popularity of online streaming music services) and robust build quality. It's here the Yamaha scores highly, its solid colour-coated metal casing wrapping both the main unit and speakers.

The 142 features an iPod dock, though the inclusion of Bluetooth audio playback means that owners of virtually any new smartphone can hook up their device to the micro system wirelessly.
Yamaha MCR-B142 fascia

Focusing on potential space issues, you'll be pleased to hear that the 142B's compact but deep speakers are more than a match for the heavy metal of Guns 'N' Roses, with no harshness on the thrash of the cymbals or distortion on the level-loaded album. An aperture on the rear of each speaker lets you tailor the bass to your liking - a few feet away from a wall is recommended, while equaliser presets give three settings for bass, midrange and treble. All settings can be accessed by buttons in combination with a clicky rotating knurled wheel, or from the remote control; this is in itself worth a mention - the button travel and engineering here is very precise.

Sound-wise, there's enough travel in those deep enclosures for the system to produce pleasing amounts of bass, and treble adjustment means detail isn't lost from the upper ranges.

The Yamaha will also wake you smoothly with a gradually-increasing alarm volume, whose level can also be pre-set. There's support for playback from USB memory stick and a handy headphone socket. Power is rated at 2 x 20 Watts RMS.

Speaker terminals are of the spring clip variety and the 142's back panel is similarly uncluttered.

The Yamaha micro is worthy of your attention if you're after a competent, colourful compact, with future-proofing for DAB+ broadcasts should they ever formally launch in the UK. It's available from Spring 2013, priced around £399 - take a look in the left-hand column to see where to get one. The Yamaha MCR-140 with Airplay is also available if you've an iPod and don't need Bluetooth connectivity.Yamaha micro system top view
Yamaha front view
remote control and speakers
rear panel