I am amending my previous review from 3 to 4 stars.
I had a few probs with what I thought was the remote control not working. However, now that I have a replacement, it seems more likely that the main unit was at fault - it was taking 10 seconds to turn on, with problems with flickering lights, and 10 seconds to turn off. And not accepting remote signals, so half the functions did not work. (You need the remote for these.) So onto the main review:
I like it so much, I want another one, this time in white. Fantastic sound from such a small unit. I thought I'd always bought pretty good stereos over the last 40 years, but nothing sounding this good. On the down side, stereo is non-existent from a unit with speakers 10cm apart. And there are no 'spatialiser' settings.
There are about 6 graphic equaliser settings, but he standard one or the far right one are best. (A strip of light scrolls across the base of the unit from left to right as you change equalisations.)
Bluetooth was iffy on my returned sample. Much easier to connect this one to my new MacBook Pro, but it only works from a metre or 2 away - not in a nearby room like I expected. When I use the Mac, it interferes with the music - a few dropsdrops and crackles.
I was an early adopter of "Spotify free", and I was amazed that it works via Bluetooth - I thought you had to pay for that feature, according to their website. But if you listen closely you'll hear a very faint background crackling all the time. (Maybe that goes away if you subscribe.)
Styling is also, unbelievably from Conran, a bit naff. It's that big circle that pops in and out depending on which ipod you have.
Great idea of remote slotting in on the left side - but take care, it's easy to pop it out when you pick up the system with 2 hands to move it. (No, I didn't do that, but I can see it happening.)