Yamaha TSX-130 - Your Desktop Companion

Launch SRP: S$599



On a whole, the Yamaha TSX-130 is a fine product for a desktop audio system that punches well above its weight, thanks to its useful features and impressive audio performance. Considering its category and capabilities, here's our audio performance summary.

Summary of Audio Results
Test Type Scores
CD 8.0
MP3 8.5
Overall Audio Performance 8.5

From an aural standpoint, the TSX-130 might not be as accomplished and refined as the “über docks”, namely Bose’s SoundDock 10 and Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin, but at least it comes really close. Crucially, the TSX-130 is lacking that little bit of the sparkle and spaciousness that would have elevated its status. Nevertheless, it remains to be a solid sounding dock, full, well-rounded and authoritative, and certainly well worth the S$599 price tag that it commands.

The TSX-130 is definitely worth a look or two if you are looking for a desktop audio system. Oh, it also comes in black.

Furthermore, unlike most other Apple docking devices, the TSX-130 is much more versatile, and music lovers would definitely rejoice in its wide-ranging abiliies. Specifically, not only can it play regular CDs, CD-R/CD-RW, and MP3 CDs; it can also play MP3 and WMA music from USB flash drives; and it is also a FM receiver.

All in all, the Yamaha TSX-130 is one for the music-lover, letting music-lovers enjoy tunes from multiple sources, and at the same time impressing with its great audio performance.

Overall rating 9/10
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The Good
Excellent audio performance
Includes CD player, FM receiver and USB flash drive playback
Great value for money
The Bad
Lacks stereo width without DSP enhancement
Mid-range slightly overwhelmed by thundering bass

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