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  1. LG JM53 MP3 player review

    LG JM53 MP3 player review

     

    Unfortunately for the winner of the Red Dot design award,the user interface reflects none of the sleekness of its outside design. A major complaint is that the JM53 doesn't come with a paper manual

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    Automax Skip Doctor review

    Automax Skip Doctor review

    6  

    We've all suffered from discs that have become scratched or that have been burnished over time. While this gadget looks like it belongs in an Innovations catalogue, it's an ingenious device for repairing said scratches

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    Pure Digital One review

    9  

    Well, this DAB radio doesn't look like it's at the forefront of the digital revolution. Its frumpy design has more in common with AM/FM kitchen radios of yesteryear.

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    Sony XDR-S20 review

    5  

    Sony's XDR-S20 costs twice as much as the cheapest model in our DAB radio group test, Pure's One, but Sony hasn't done the math; we expect more than we get for our £100.

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    Pure PocketDAB 1500 review

    Pure PocketDAB 1500 review

    9  

    The maker of a popular line of kitchen DAB radios has turned in a portable radio that's stylish and works well. When switched on, the 1500 takes about two minutes to tune in which isn't ideal...

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    Philips DA1000 review

    Philips DA1000 review

    8  

    Included in the DA100 package are a lot more extras than you've a right to expect. The most important is an FM tuner. This gives some security to first-time DAB users, and there are still some local stations that are not yet on the DAB networks.

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    Nevada ND-01 review

    Nevada ND-01 review

    8  

    This little unit has been around for some time, and deservedly so. Small and very compact and light, the ND-01 is a very attractive portable DAB unit. It has a FM tuner, although it doesn't have RDS, so no station information is available.

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    Bush PSDAB2004 review

    Bush PSDAB2004 review

    7  

    Although an outlay of just £60 for such a worthy portable DAB radio might be pleasantly surprising, any savings made in buying this white-clad model from Bush could be a false economy.

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    SANYO ICR-1000 review

    SANYO ICR-1000 review

    8  

    It's not always convenient to type ideas or notes on your laptop. Recording thoughts into a Dictaphone has long been the preferred solution. Sanyo's ICR-1000 (£229 inc. VAT) is a digital Dictaphone

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    Gear4 Cruise Control review

    Gear4 Cruise Control review

    5  

    CruiseControl is a wireless remote control that works with Dock Connector iPods (including the nano). It's essentially a two-piece solution consisting of the receiver and a tiny (6x2.7x1cm) remote control.

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    Audica MPS-1 review

    Audica MPS-1 review

    10  

    iPod speakers are the 'it girls' of audio. Hot property they may be, but most are overpriced and average. Not so the MPS-1. It's refreshing to discover that Audica has produced a speaker system that extracts a staggering amount of detail from MP3s

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    SanDisk SANSA E270 review

    SanDisk SANSA E270 review

    8  

    Let's not beat around the bush: SanDisk's Sansa media players are gorgeous. The e270's glossy, black styling and blue illuminated control dial are so suave and irresistible that they're likely to induce serious gadget envy in others.

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    JBL On Time review

    JBL On Time review

    8  

    The JBL On Time really stands out from the pack of iPod speakers. It looks like a Zen shrine to the iPod which, when docked, becomes framed by a halo of speakers.

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    Sony Walkman NW-A1000 review

    Sony Walkman NW-A1000 review

    8  

    Sony's approach to digital music has at times seemed rather like Bambi on ice; products look good, but are haphazard at best. Its major problem was a halfway house of design: half-desirable, half-unusable.

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    Intempo iDS-01 review

    Intempo iDS-01 review

    4  

    When the iPod first appeared in 2001 it shipped with a rather handy accessory - a neat white plastic dock that enabled you to prop the music player upright, charge its batteries and exchange music files

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    Belkin Dock Adaptor for iPod shuffle review

    Belkin Dock Adaptor for iPod shuffle review

    8  

    Half the fun of owning an iPod is all the accessories that come with it. However, iPod shuffle owners have to miss out on most of those because they haven't got a dock connector. This means that great audio add-ons like the Bose SoundDock speakers...

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    BT Aviator 10m review

    8  

    You associate BT with many things, from Bob Hoskins to scandalous line rental charges, but not digital radio. The telecoms goliath aims to change all that with the Aviator 10M

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    Pure Sonus - 1XT review

    8  

    As Apple is to digital music players, Pure is to digital radio - a pioneer, a first mover, a charismatic brand that shouts "accept no substitute". Faced with competition from every direction, Pure is fighting back with the Sonus-1XT

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    Sony XDR-M1 review

    6  

    Common perception has it that Sony has lost its way. Despite the company recently employing a Brit as its MD, such new measures don't have a retrospective effect. In any case, he's got his work cut out

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    Alba TRDAB2820 review

    7  

    Everyone loves a bargain, but rarely can you get a top-quality product and still have enough change for the bus fare home. While you wouldn't quite call this Alba the pinnacle of design excellence, it's cheap as chips

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    Perstel DR601 review

    10  

    An old 1950s microphone that wouldn't look out of place in Elvis' fat hands is an odd inspiration for the design of a DAB radio, and at this fairly high price it's a brave move from Perstel

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    Alba TRDAB 2820 review

    6  

    As a cheap option, maybe this Alba was always going to come under extra scrutiny. After just a glance at its overtly plastic exterior and a quick power-up, it's clear that, yes, you do usually get what you pay for

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