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10 Best Mini Hi-Fi Systems UK 2022 | Sony, Panasonic and More

If given the choice, most music fans would love to have a whole room dedicated to their hi-fi, with floor to ceiling speakers and all the gadgets, but the reality is that most of us don't have the luxury of extra space or thousands of pounds to get a full set up. A mini hi-fi is a great upgrade from a Bluetooth speaker or pair of headphones that will give you quality audio fidelity without breaking the bank. 


Our reviews will take you through the best budget and higher-end mini and micro hi-fis available online today, so you'll be able to listen to your favourite albums, podcasts and FM or DAB radio stations in comfort. Our recommendations include some great deals from brands like Sony, Panasonic and Philips, many for under £200 and even under £100 too. 

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  • Last updated: 05-04-2022
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Compare the Best Mini Hi-Fi Systems

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:


  1. Panasonic - Micro Hi-Fi for £169.00
  2. Sharp - Micro Sound System for £99.95
  3. Philips - Micro Music System for £329.00
  4. Panasonic - Compact Micro Hi-Fi for £89.99
  5. Panasonic - Micro Hi-Fi for £109.00

For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of mini hi-fi systems available and understand how our ranking was determined.

This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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Panasonic Micro Hi-Fi 1

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Sharp Micro Sound System 1

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Philips Micro Music System 1

Philips

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Panasonic Compact Micro Hi-Fi 1

Panasonic

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Panasonic Micro Hi-Fi 1

Panasonic

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Philips Micro Music System 1

Philips

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Roxel All in One Compact Micro Hi-Fi 1

Roxel

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Sony Bluetooth Micro Hi-Fi System 1

Sony

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Denver Mini Hi-Fi 1

Denver

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Amazon Basics Mini Hi-Fi System 1

Amazon Basics

Name

Micro Hi-Fi

Micro Sound System

Micro Music System

Compact Micro Hi-Fi

Micro Hi-Fi

Micro Music System

All in One Compact Micro Hi-Fi

Bluetooth Micro Hi-Fi System

Mini Hi-Fi

Mini Hi-Fi System

Features

The Best All-Rounder on the Market

Simple and Easy to Plug in and Play With Bluetooth and USB Capabilities

Powerful Speakers in a Small Package

A Sleek and Stylish Option for Any Room

An Absolutely Tiny Unit From a Leading Hi-Fi Brand

Digital Sound Control Makes for a Great Listening Experience

Karaoke Fun and an SD Card Slot Too

Perfect for Streaming Podcasts While Doing the Chores

Simple Features and a Quality Build for Less

A Solid Budget Option From Amazon

Price£169.00£99.95£329.00£89.99£109.00£87.77£79.99£129.99£64.95£49.57
TerminalsUSB, AUX USB, AUX USB, AUXUSBUSBUSB, AUXUSB, AUXUSBAUXAUX
RadioDAB+, FMDAB+, FMDAB+, FM, internet radioFMDAB, FMFMFMFMFM FM
CD PlayerYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Wireless ConnectivityBluetoothBluetoothBluetooth, Spotify ConnectBluetoothBluetoothBluetoothBluetoothBluetooth, NFC--
Other FeaturesRemote control, Panasonic app Remote controlRemote controlRemote control, timer, clock, Panasonic appRemote control, timer, clock, Panasonic app Remote control, timerRemote control, karaoke, SD card readerRemote control Remote control, alarm clock, power off timerRemote control
Dimensions45 x 16 x 25 cm17 x 57.4 x 22 cm61.8 x 32.8 x 31 cm45 x 16 x 25 cm10 x 10 x 10 cm58.2 x 32.2 x 19.4 cm21.6 x 29.6 x 36.5 cm34 x 9 x 17.3 cm31.8 x 31 x 19.2 cm11.2 x 11.2 x 9.2 cm
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How to Choose a Mini Hi-Fi System in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Choose a System That’ll Play the Formats You Want It to From Smartphone to Tablet
  2. Consider a Hi-Fi System With Bluetooth, NFC or WiFi for Smart Home Connectivity
  3. Handy Features Such Alarms or Remote Controls Can Make Your Life Easier

1. Make Sure You Choose a System That Can Play the Formats You Want It To

Check for a USB or Aux Cable to Play Music From a Device Like a Smartphone, MP3 Player or Tablet

Perhaps the most important feature nowadays is the ability to listen to your own music from a device like a smartphone, MP3 player or tablet. There are a variety of different ways to hook up your own music libraries or streaming services, but the simplest is the aux cable


Just as you would plug a pair of headphones into the 3.5 mm jack of your phone or iPod, you can do the same with an aux cable. The downside is that you'll still have to control the music from the device itself, but being able to just plug in and play is by far the quickest and easiest method.


Another useful option is a USB port, which also provides an easy way to play music from your phone or tablet while offering the benefit of charging them at the same time. Navigating the software on your hi-fi to find what you're looking for can sometimes be a little fiddly, but don't let that put you off!


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Look For an Aerial if You Want to Listen to FM or DAB Radio

If you want to listen to the radio, you'll need to make sure that your hi-fi has an aerial. Whether you're listening over FM or to digital stations, some form of an antenna will be required to get a clear reception. Luckily, you'll find that except for extremely rare cases, any hi-fi that has FM or DAB functionality will also come with an aerial.


It's worth noting that it's usually very difficult to change a hi-fi's antenna as they're often physically attached to the unit itself, rather than being something that you can plug in and replace. The good news is that if you're not planning on listening to the radio, it's easy to tuck an aerial away behind the unit as it's often just the size of a thin wire.

Check Whether It Incorporates a CD Player if You Have a Large Library of Music That Can't Be Found on Streaming Services

Playing your favourite songs via your phone and tuning into digital radio stations may be the most popular ways of listening to music nowadays, but there is one thing that will still be useful to quite a large number of people in the UK – a CD player


While cassette decks are not too common anymore and record turntables are usually linked up separately, a CD player is still incorporated on many modern mini hi-fis. If you're one of the many people who still has large libraries of music that aren't always found on streaming services, you'll want to make sure your stereo enables you to play them. 

2. For Convenient Smart Home Connectivity, Consider a Hi-Fi System With Bluetooth, NFC or WiFi

2. For Convenient Smart Home Connectivity, Consider a Hi-Fi System With Bluetooth, NFC or WiFi

Arguably the best way to hook up a device to your mini hi-fi is via Bluetooth, which offers a convenient wireless solution if you want to change and play music or a podcast without being right next to the system. 


In addition, having either Bluetooth, Near Field Communication (NFC), or WiFi will mean you can sync your new hi-fi up to any smart home system like Amazon's Alexa or Google Home, allowing you to control what you play with your voice. 


These wireless systems are perfect for those subscribing to any live services, such as Spotify or Amazon Music, or if you're looking to play music from your own media server. You should really look out for a Bluetooth option if you play any media from a phone or tablet, and most options will have it as standard except for some particularly budget-friendly models.


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3. Look Out for Other Handy Features Like a Remote Control or an Alarm for Extra Functionality

3. Look Out for Other Handy Features Like a Remote Control or an Alarm for Extra Functionality

There are a few features found on a mini hi-fi that may not have been as relevant as they once were in a pre-smartphone world but are still nice to have. One is an alarm function, especially for those planning on putting the system in the bedroom. You may be used to hearing your phone's alarm going off in the morning, but you'd be surprised how pleasant waking up to some talk radio can be instead.


Finally, it's worth picking up a hi-fi with a remote control if you're planning on listening to a lot of radio and CDs. You don't want to have to walk back and forth between different rooms or get up from bed to change the volume or station while in the middle of the washing up or when trying to get to sleep.

10 Best Mini Hi-Fi Systems in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1

PanasonicMicro Hi-Fi

SC-HC302EB-K

£169.00

TerminalsUSB, AUX
RadioDAB+, FM
CD PlayerYes
Wireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Other FeaturesRemote control, Panasonic app
Dimensions45 x 16 x 25 cm
2

SharpMicro Sound System

XL-B515D

£99.95

TerminalsUSB, AUX
RadioDAB+, FM
CD PlayerYes
Wireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Other FeaturesRemote control
Dimensions17 x 57.4 x 22 cm
3

PhilipsMicro Music System

M8905/10

£329.00

TerminalsUSB, AUX
RadioDAB+, FM, internet radio
CD PlayerYes
Wireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Spotify Connect
Other FeaturesRemote control
Dimensions61.8 x 32.8 x 31 cm
4

PanasonicCompact Micro Hi-Fi

SC-HC200EB-K

£89.99

TerminalsUSB
RadioFM
CD PlayerYes
Wireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Other FeaturesRemote control, timer, clock, Panasonic app
Dimensions45 x 16 x 25 cm
5

PanasonicMicro Hi-Fi

SC-PM250BEBS

£109.00

TerminalsUSB
RadioDAB, FM
CD PlayerYes
Wireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Other FeaturesRemote control, timer, clock, Panasonic app
Dimensions10 x 10 x 10 cm
6

PhilipsMicro Music System

M3205/12

£87.77

TerminalsUSB, AUX
RadioFM
CD PlayerYes
Wireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Other FeaturesRemote control, timer
Dimensions58.2 x 32.2 x 19.4 cm
7

RoxelAll in One Compact Micro Hi-Fi

RCD-250BT

£79.99

TerminalsUSB, AUX
RadioFM
CD PlayerYes
Wireless ConnectivityBluetooth
Other FeaturesRemote control, karaoke, SD card reader
Dimensions21.6 x 29.6 x 36.5 cm
8

SonyBluetooth Micro Hi-Fi System

CMT-X3CD

£129.99

TerminalsUSB
RadioFM
CD PlayerYes
Wireless ConnectivityBluetooth, NFC
Other FeaturesRemote control
Dimensions34 x 9 x 17.3 cm
9

DenverMini Hi-Fi

MCA-230

£64.95

TerminalsAUX
RadioFM
CD PlayerYes
Wireless Connectivity-
Other FeaturesRemote control, alarm clock, power off timer
Dimensions31.8 x 31 x 19.2 cm
10

Amazon BasicsMini Hi-Fi System

£49.57

TerminalsAUX
RadioFM
CD PlayerYes
Wireless Connectivity-
Other FeaturesRemote control
Dimensions11.2 x 11.2 x 9.2 cm

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