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  1. Panasonic SC-HT520 review

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    Panasonic's entry-level all-in-one system has been around for a while now, but it's still great value for money and can be picked up for as little as £170 from some online retailers.

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    Meadowlark Audio Swift, Swan & Swallow review

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    If the name Meadowlark Audio is unfamiliar, you are not alone. Even within the UK audio industry few people have heard of them, or know anything about them. It turns out however that Meadowlark Audio is not entirely unknown

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    JVC TH-S3 review

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    The TH-S3 is a prime example of the plummeting prices in the home cinema market. While we've seen setups from unknown brands gracing the shelves of our local supermarket for as little as £70...

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    Creative Inspire T7900 review

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    Truth be told, we've never met anyone with a 7.1 surround sound system rigged up to their PC, but Creative's long line of speakers are the OEM audio bundle of choice for almost any new PC

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    Aiwa AVJ-X5 review

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    When it launched, the AVJ-X5 heralded an image change for Aiwa. And it's certainly a change for the better; under the tutelage of parent company Sony, this system offers stylish looks at an affordable price.

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    Trust 8110B review

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    The Trust name is synonymous with PC peripherals and has been a favourite with smaller PC builders for years. Much of this popularity has been based on cost, with its hardware always more on the reliable and value-for-money side of the quality fence

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    Panasonic SC-HT520 review

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    The SC-HT520 is Panasonic's most affordable one-boxer to date, and it's good-looking to boot. Constructed with its amplification hidden inside the subwoofer, it boasts Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro-Logic II surround sound

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    Blue Sky System 5.1 review

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    Blue Sky is the company formed by one of the creative lynch pins of American speaker legend Miller & Kreisel, who decided to strike out on his own. Its core business is active loudspeakers for the professional and studio worlds...

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    Aiwa AVJ-X5 review

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    For the style-conscious buyer the AVJ-X5 fits the bill - Aiwa has revamped its look to stylish effect. It's a smart system with a futuristic feel, designed to appeal to a younger audience - indicated by the fact that it has a karaoke function!

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    Velodyne CHT-12R review

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    Costing around just £470, Velodyne's CHT-12R undercuts the other subwoofers in this group by quite a large margin. And this is despite the fact that it includes a 200W amplifier and 300mm front-firing bass driver.

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    REL Stampede review

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    REL has two ranges; Q and ST. Q is largely entry-level subs, while ST represents the brand's high-end aspirations. But there's plenty of crossover between the two.

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    PSB SubSonic 6i review

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    With PSB's SubSonic 6i, you certainly get a lot of subwoofer for your money - it's one of the biggest on test. This no doubt has something to do with the 300mm bass driver, 225W power amplifier and two almost fist-sized front-firing ports.

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    PowerStixx Ultra 2.1 review

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    How the mighty have fallen, eh? In the old days, when Herr Porsche put pencilto paper, the result was a new 911. Now it's more likely to be a piggy bank,cutlery set or 2.1 system - like this Teutonic effort

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    MJ Acoustics Reference 200 review

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    MJ Acoustics is a relatively new UK company but is rapidly biting lumps out of the subwoofer world by producing products that combine performance with style and value.

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    MJ Acoustics Reference 200 review

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    Until MJ Acoustics came along, REL (see the Stampede sub on p88) had the specialist Brit-sub market sewn up. MJ Acoustics is one of the first to offer a valid alternative to the REL regime.

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    Def Tech Mythos system review

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    Definitive Technology's Mythos sub/sat speaker system has everything that's required of a plasma-friendly setup. The speakers are tall, thin and designed as satellites, so their bass response is distinctly limited.

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    Castle Classic Sub review

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    Castle is a traditional hi-fi company that builds traditional products, and the Classic Sub reflects this. It's one of the few subwoofers around that looks like furniture, with its rich veneer and bolt-on plinth.

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    B&W PVI review

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    Viva la difference! While most subwoofers are basically big square boxes, B&W's PV1 is genuinely different.It looks like an oversized bowling ball, and sits on its input and mains terminal. What's more, the strangeness isn't only skin-deep

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    Velodyne SPL 800 Series II review

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    Velodyne is one of the great names in subwoofers, with more understanding of the size issues involved than most. We're not going to guarantee that this subwoofer will make it past every sentry on every front door, though

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    REL Stampede review

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    REL's Stampede is as minimalist as any sub I have seen. There's a mains plug hole and a trigger socket for a micro jack plug for integrating with major systems controlled by a single touch panel

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    Jamo E 700PDD review

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    Jamo's new E 7 range of loudspeakers is designed to satisfy both movie viewers and music lovers. The system we are looking at here uses the smallest speakers in the range...

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    Audica CS-1 System review

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    Audica's new CS1 System makes a great alternative to placing five individual satellite speakers around the room. It utilises just three speaker units plus a subwoofer and, with its unique styling and build quality, will undoubtedly turn a few heads

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    Philips MMS430 review

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    Seemingly modelled on Darth Vader's TIE fighter, it's immediately obvious that Philips has not designed these two satellites and a subwoofer specifically for MP3 players, but instead has gone for the games systems market

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    Focal Sib & Co Pack Sib 5.1 review

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    The Sib & Cub became the Sib & Co when someone changed the tubin the Cub Sub. Perhaps they were down the pub when this happened. TheSib satellites have stayed the same, but are now joined by bigger...

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