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  1. Sony DAV-IS10 review

    Sony DAV-IS10 review

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    Sony's latest cosmetic quirk could land it a place in the Guinness Book of Records. The DAV-IS10 features the smallest satellite speakers ever seen on a home cinema system, each one being the size of a golf ball, so they can be discretely integrated into your room's décor.

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    Arcam AV9 review

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    If the thought of something 'British Designed' conjures up phrases like quintessential, unique and eclectic, then Arcam's AV9 will not disappoint. Conceived and built in the heart of Cambridgeshire..

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    Denon AVR-1907 review

    Denon AVR-1907 review

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    Denon's previous sub-£400 receiver, the AVR-1906, was a proverbial hot cake. In some shops it outsold all other budget receivers 10 to 1 - and rightly so, as it was a cracker, a first-class bargain. The AVR-1907 is its successor. No pressure, then

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    Philips HTS6600 review

    Philips HTS6600 review

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    Philips' stylish HTS6600 comprises a central unit for spinning discs, a subwoofer housing all the amplification and two attractive stereo speakers. It's a very handsome system at an attractive price, but will the touted 'Ambisound' technology really make us feel as if we're at the very heart of a full-on surround sound system?

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    Pioneer RCS-9H review

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    The Pioneer RCS-9H offers recording and versatile speaker placement in addition to its typical one-box system capabilities. What's more, it combines the best of both recording worlds by featuring DVD-R/RW and 80GB hard-disk recording.

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    AIVN V-88 Wi review

    AIVN V-88 Wi review

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    Once upon a time there was a speaker brand called Duo Acoustics. It never really changed the world (or bothered giants like KEF et al) but it produced some nice (and affordable) kit.

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    Panasonic SC-PTX7 review

    Panasonic SC-PTX7 review

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    While movie viewing is the main use for home cinema systems, most people use them just as often to play CDs. Panasonic has taken this idea to the next logical step by building a system that rips CDs onto an 80GB hard disk, enabling you to create your own music library.

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    LG HT902TB review

    LG HT902TB review

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    Big sound makes this single box system one heck of a bargain

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    Panasonic SC-HT1500 review

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    The SC-HT1500 is Panasonic's new flagship system, and combines sophisticated looks with impressive features. Panasonic was one of the first brands to incorporate recording capabilities into its home cinema systems...

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    Sony DAV-X10 review

    Sony DAV-X10 review

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    Sony's DAV X10 purports to be the 'ultimate designer home cinema system'. And it certainly looks the part, with a glass-topped main unit, touch-sensitive controls and conical speakers

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    LG J10HD review

    LG J10HD review

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    Among this LG system's many snazzy features is an 80GB hard-disk drive, which allows you to rip CDs in MP3 format and create a library of your favourite music - as well as store JPEGs for instant playback.

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    JVC Sophisti DD-8 review

    JVC Sophisti DD-8 review

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    Home networking takes your home entertainment experience to the next level, and this sophisticated 3.1 system makes it possible. Its Ethernet port lets you route music or video from your PC to the system, and view it on your main home cinema display.

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    Sony DAV-X1V review

    Sony DAV-X1V review

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    With a considerably higher price tag than most of the other systems on test, the DAV-X1V needs to pull something special out of the bag. It gets off to a great start features-wise, with a five-disc DVD player being the most notable advantage.

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    Samsung HT-X200 review

    Samsung HT-X200 review

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    The HT-X200 is quite possibly the most gorgeous 2.1-channel system we've ever come across. The main unit, which can be mounted horizontally or vertically, boasts a sleek curvy black design and displays text in large blue letters - all of which makes it stand out from the crowd.

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    Philips HTS6510 review

    Philips HTS6510 review

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    There have been several 'pseudo-surround' technologies over the years, but few work as well as Philips' Sonowave, which is found on this devilishly good-looking system.

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    Sony DAV-X10 review

    Sony DAV-X10 review

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    Single-box home cinema systems are seldom just about audio quality. Aesthetics and convenience are also crucial factors to their target audience. And few systems seem to show quite as full an understanding of this factor as Sony's new DAV-X10

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    LG J10HD review

    LG J10HD review

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    LG struck black gold with its stylish Chocolate mobile phone and is hoping to reproduce that here with this similarly-styled cinema system. This slab of reflective black plastic boasts the same futuristic touch-sensitive interface as the phone

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    Samsung HT TXQ120 review

    Samsung HT TXQ120 review

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    Samsung's mini systems used to limp home in disgrace, but from the off I had a funny feeling about its HT-TXQ120. It cuts an impressive profile. Standing almost to the shoulder, it has some of the panache of B&O

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    Philips HTS8100 review

    Philips HTS8100 review

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    You have to take your hat off to Philips for coming up with the most innovative and literal interpretation of the one-box home cinema solution. Its SoundBar is easily the most practical TV-friendly form-factor in its class

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    Panasonic SC-PTX7 review

    Panasonic SC-PTX7 review

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    This mirror-finished miniature looks like a similar proposition to LG's Chocolate box at first sight, but the price has doubled. So what has Panasonic sneaked in here? Quite a lot, actually.

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    Meridian F80 review

    Meridian F80 review

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    Forget the fancy design, huge price tag and Ferrari yellow. Meridian is a serious British audio company and is promising that this, a versatile DVD player-cum-CD player-cum-DAB radio, will give us some serious audiophile sound quality. And those claims are spot-on.

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    LG J10HD review

    LG J10HD review

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    LG's home cinema systems have undergone a stylish revamp and the new J10HD looks sumptuous in its eye-catching high-gloss black finish. Even the chunky subwoofer has fallen under LG's stylish spell and a large circular led illuminates its front facia, adding to the system's funky feel.

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    Roberts Sound MP-23 review

    Roberts Sound MP-23 review

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    There is an easier way of achieving a clean and uncluttered DAB radio than reverting to clever touch panels: just remove all the knobs and buttons completely.That's what Roberts has done on its Sound MP-23, a DAB radio-cum-CD player that's controlled only from an almost weightless remote control.

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    Samsung HT-TXQ120 review

    Samsung HT-TXQ120 review

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    You'll need to have plenty of time on your hands when unpacking Samsung's imposing looking HT-TXQ120 home cinema system. The main unit and four satellites are all perched on floor stands and take a while to put together

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    Pure DTM-300 review

    Pure DTM-300 review

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    Mini systems that incorporate a CD player as well as a DAB tuner, like this new model from Pure Digital, often consist of separate speakers wired messily up to a deep main unit. But Pure has produced a compact design

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