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  1. Sony DAV-X1 review

    5  

    Sony's galactic empire employs several dedicated design facilities worldwide, which probably goes some way to explaining why you simply cannot fault the look and feel of the DAV-X1

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    Revel Concerta Series review

    9  

    Revel is fanatical about blind speaker-testing, using a facility called a Multichannel Listening Lab to test speakers without the listener having any idea what they look like, or whose brand they are. Its R&D team is numerous...

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    Polk Surroundbar review

    8  

    This is a heady mix of psychoacoustic and geometric processing designed to create a three-dimensional soundfield without rear speakers or all that messy bouncing sound off of walls

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    Infinity TSS-4000 review

    9  

    As the world of television migrates towards thin screens, be they Plasma or LCD, more and more speaker packages are being designed to match sexy flat tellies. After all, what is the point of getting your room thin-screened-out ...

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    Monitor Audio R270AV System review

    9  

    A few months ago, we reviewed the most affordable 5.1 speaker packagein the new Monitor Audio Radius range: the 90AV, which typically sellsfor £1000. Here we indulge ourselves with the somewhat more costly...

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    Focal Chorus 'S' review

    8  

    Focal's Chorus 'S' range of loudspeakers is its entry-level 'serious'series, coming in at around the same price as the French brand's popular sub/sat Sib and Cub system. But the nine-strong Chorus 'S' series...

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    Duo Acoustics Duo-77 review

    8  

    Speakers tend to have distinct characters, which is why they evoke such passion amongst enthusiasts. B&W, Revolver and Castle are resolutely British in demeanour, all fine woodwork and subtle voicing, if a little dull...

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    B and W MT30 review

    10  

    So-called 'style systems' are always sneered at by audiophiles who assume that their sleek design is only afforded at the expense of overall sound performance. But the designers of the MT30 have silenced the critics

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    Audica CS-Series System 3 review

    10  

    Most British-based speaker companies pride themselves on a long and sometimes illustrious heritage, sometimes stretching as far back as the invention of recorded sound itself

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    Vivid Audio K1 review

    10  

    As a reviewer, you get to hear a seriously wide range of equipment in different circumstances. Certain hi-fi shows are essential reviewers' background homework where you have to go and listen to a bunch of stuff set up in similar...

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    Revel Performa review

    9  

    Loudspeaker design is a mixture of art and science. Some brands favour one over the other, while the rest tread a middle-ground. Such is American specialist Revel.Reviewed here is a full 7.1 channel speaker system, one of several possible 5.0., 5.1, 7.

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    Polk RM6900 review

    8  

    Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get...' According to Forest Gump's Momma, anyway. But with this box of Polk candy, you can be sure that while it's all packed in layers, you know it's a full on 5.1 speaker system in there.

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    Monitor Audio Radius system review

    8  

    The Force is with these bulky speakers, but after a simple set-up procedure we're still not sure whether they are more Sith Lord or Princess Leia. It's not that the light silver system as a whole is ugly, but it's certainly an acquired taste...

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    Leema Xen review

    10  

    Broadcasting on TV and radio in the UK is split into 'Auntie' BBC and all that is paid for by the TV licence, and the independent sector funded by advertisers. Few would argue that the BBC's technical training is second to...

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    B&W Mini Theatre MT-30 review

    10  

    British manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins boasts one of the widest ranges of speakers from the lowly but impressive, DM601 at £250 a pair, right up to the stunning 800D, which will set you back in excess of eight grand!

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    AudioPro Blue Diamond review

    10  

    I'm one of the Horribly Unashamed when it comes to low frequency reproduction. I like it loud, deeper than hell, very powerful, and able to scare the cat. I figure that if Jerry Bruckheimer or Steven Spielberg want me to jump clear...

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    ATC Active Concept 5 Collection review

    9  

    Although ATC (Acoustic Transducer Company - based in a picturesque location in rural Gloucestershire) enjoys strong brand recognition in the professional domain of recording studios, the brand is largely unknown to users ...

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    Focal iCub review

    8  

    This isn't your average subwoofer. According to its French creators, it's nothing less than "true hi-fi for the iPod generation." This explains the product's almost lawsuit-inviting name, but what it's referring to is the iCub's prime selling point

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    Boston Acoustics Voyager 6 review

    8  

    A pair of outdoor speakers is just the ticket as the British summer reluctantly approaches us. Boston Acoustics has been supplementing the great outdoors with sound for years with its range of durable, weather-proof speakers

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    Tannoy Arena review

    10  

    If you get to the party late, you need to make a big entrance - and late entrances don't come much bigger than Tannoy's Arena speakers. Tannoy's designers have clearly been putting in the overtime to create a system that wows the eyes and the ears

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    Sony DAV-LF1 review

    7  

    Few - if any - companies have consistently managed to make their all-in-one home cinema systems as downright pretty as Sony. But even by Sony's standards the DAV-LF1 system - complete with 'wireless' rear speakers -

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    REL Storm 5 review

    9  

    At the dawn of DVD-Audio, I recall listening to demonstrations from those involved in promoting the format. Each company had a selection of their own speakers to show off the astonishing resolution of the technology...

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    James EMB1000 review

    9  

    There are two major fields of desire when it comes to subwoofers. One is the purity of sonic desire - what do you want to get, sound-wise? How loud? How low? And then there is what I term 'joy of possession.

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    B&W PV1 review

    8  

    As it happens, Jacques Cousteau is one of my all time heroes, right up there with the awesome Mr Ray Dolby. Where one was the father of self-contained underwater breathing apparatus and all things marine, the other remains...

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    Audio Pro Cinema Precision review

    8  

    Those Swedes know a thing or two about interior design. But while the most affordable system in our test may be the cutest, with each of its identical five satellite speakers no bigger than a kitten...

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