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  1. Acoustic Energy Aego P5 Mk II review

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    AE's Aego P5 system really is quite unusual. For starters it's a complete add-on surround sound system with good connectivity rather than a built-in source. Hook up your own TV, DVD player, Media PC or even an iPod

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    Sony DAR-RH1000 review

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    Sony's latest all-in-one is a compact system that arrives in a modestly sized box.Open it up and you're greeted with a very attractive main unit and a decent enough sub/sat speaker system.The asking price looks a little steep...

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    Philips HTS8000S review

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    And now for something a little different... Those crazy Dutch designers have been in full flow for Philips' HTS8000S home theatre system, creating a multipart contraption with smooth brushed-silver curves

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    NAD L73 review

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    It takes a lot for a one-box home cinema system to make it into the review pages of Home Cinema Choice, but the L73 screamed out for inclusion. For starters, it has the heritage of the NAD brand, for years synonymous with affordable audiophile sound

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    JVC TH-R3 review

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    This undeniably stylish system from JVC comes with a beguiling price tag and a promising feature count,so why do we approach it with caution? Quite simply, it's because every DVD recorder we've yet seen from the company...

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    Bose Acoustimass 10 review

     

    The Bose is an attractive piece of kit - you get your money's worth with looks. But sadly the same can't be said of performance

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    Denon S-101 review

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    The SmartLife series is a radical departure for Denon, the sleek systems being well outside the scope of either the company's famous AV separates or its component microsystems...

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    Avizo Media Systems MCE302 review

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    Avizo Media Systems' MCE302, which runs Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) 2005, is one of the fruits of Microsoft's decision to release this variant of its operating system as an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) product

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    Sharp HT-X1H review

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    With more and more TVs now being hung on walls, it makes sense for companies to devise sympathetic wall-mountable AV gear. But so far the attempts to cater for this vertically challenged revolution have been surprisingly few and far between.

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    Philips Cineos HTS9800W review

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    Going for an all-in-one system doesn't mean you have to miss out on the high-definition revolution. With its wireless rear speakers, this Philips system also has the answer to trailing cable embarrassment

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    LG LHRH760IA review

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    You don't have to forego the latest in entertainment technology when you plump for a home cinema system. This system features not only an analogue TV tuner, but also a multi-format DVD recorder and a 160GB hard drive recorder

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    Denon DHT-550SD review

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    On the surface, Denon's DHT- 550SD home cinema package seems to have everything you could ask for from a mainstream all-inone entertainment system. Its credibility seems guaranteed by the two separate components...

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    JVC TH-S66 review

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    Although recent sales figures suggest that we're buying fewer all-in-one home cinema systems, JVC is showing no signs of winding down its one-box AV onslaught. No less than six new JVC all-in-ones are scheduled to appear...

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    Pioneer DCS-333 review

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    Anchored around the rather substantial main unit, this system is powerful (100W per channel) and has some versatility, although there are a few key features missing - somewhat justified by the price

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    JVC TH-S55 review

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    JVC has opted to carry all of the amplification for this setup in the subwoofer.This means that the main unit is slim and light, while the sub is fat and heavy. A classic case of swings and roundabouts but then again...

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    Denon DHT-550SD review

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    Denon's latest all-in-one is a replacement for the excellent 770SD and can be seen as a big brother to the DHT-500SD. It is a complete home cinema system with PAL progressive scan DVD player, 100W-per-channel receiver and 5.1-channel speaker system

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    Mordaunt-Short Genie review

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    If we were lucky enough to find a magic lamp and be granted three wishes, these Genie speakers would be top of the list. The system is relatively expensive at £800, but style isn't cheap - and once these babies start knocking out audio you'll realise...

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    Akai DR-R5800PST review

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    Akai's home cinema system with built-in DVD recorder is not exactly the most strikingly designed system we've ever seen, but it looks fairly business-like, with the four tallboy satellite speakers and squat subwoofer

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    Mustek R320A Plus review

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    It's amazing what you can get for your money nowadays. It's not too long ago that £200 would buy you a DVD player and that was your lot. But now it seems that you can't walk into your local supermarket to buy a chicken and some milk

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    Denon DHT-M330DV review

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    Denon has some stiff competition in the all-in-one market - not least from itself. The DHT-500SD is an excellent and elegant system. Now Denon has come up with a new one-box solution

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    Sharp HT-X1H review

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    Sharp's latest range of home cinema systems includes some of the bestlooking models around, and the brand's HT-X1H boasts sophisticated styling that belies its £250 price tag.

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    Samsung HT-DS470 review

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    At £300, Samsung's HT-DS470 is the most expensive system in this group test, but still represents great value for money when you consider you're getting everything you need to turn your flatscreen TV into a cinema for the home.

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    Marantz Hollywood Take 2 review

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    The Hollywood Take 2 is a 5.1 all-in-one DVD set-up,with a sub/sat speaker arrangement and a central unit that does all the hard work while retaining an air of dignified calm.

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    Toshiba SD-63HK review

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    The stylish SD-63HK is the result of Toshiba's collaboration with American audio specialists KOI. It boasts the usual surround sound format suspects (Dolby Digital and DTS) as well as Dolby Pro-Logic II.

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    Sony HTR-6500 review

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    The number of recording systems rose sharply in 2004, but Sony's HTR-6500 beats most of the competition. It is compatible with both DVD-RW/ RW and DVD-R formats, making it one of the most flexible around.

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