Shelf stereo

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A Magnavox 2.0 shelf stereo

The term shelf stereo refers to any home stereo system that is small enough for placement on a shelf or other similar location. Shelf stereo systems are becoming more popular as their capabilities increase while their size decreases.[citation needed] The term may be used to describe systems ranging from a basic, battery-powered boombox to a sophisticated, multi-function high-powered receiver and speakers. Shelf stereos are often rated using the total system power in order to "beef-up" their apparent power.[citation needed]

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Shelf stereos date back to the radio receivers often found in diners ever since the advent of radio. However, these early receivers were not stereophonic receivers.

Today[edit]

In terms of amplifier power, many shelf stereo systems have a total system power greater than 500 watts, which is considerably more than many surround sound receivers,[citation needed] which are usually higher in price. Most shelf stereos use either the standard two channel format or the 2.1 channel format (which includes a subwoofer), with the latter being more common in the higher powered systems. The "point one" indicates the use of a subwoofer along with the two main speakers.

However, this is the main difference between shelf stereos and surround sound receivers.[citation needed] Surround sound receivers most commonly use 2.1, 5.1, 6.1, and 7.1 speaker setups that provide true surround sound. Shelf stereos can accept different types of media.[1] Many stereos come with or have the ability to connect:[2]

The size of 2010-era shelf stereos has also changed. Many of the popular stereos are one connected piece as opposed to multiple speakers that separate from a main unit.[citation needed] Among the new one-piece shelf stereos are the stand-alone iPod speaker system. These systems are made primarily for the use of iPods and utilize an iPod dock.[3]

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