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  1. Pioneer DSC-363 review

    Pioneer DSC-363 review

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    Compact all-in-one systems obviously have their place. After all, the biggest hurdle to most households pursuing their home cinema dreams is the amount of space taken up by dedicated full-sized speaker systems.

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    Philips HTS8100 review

    Philips HTS8100 review

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    Philips' HTS8100 Ambisound surround sound home cinema fits unobtrusively beneath a 37in or 42in TV screen. The neatly designed 'sound bar' can be wall mounted using the supplied fixing plate

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    Samsung HT-X200 review

    Samsung HT-X200 review

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    Samsung is unashamedly targeting the style-conscious buyer with this system, which can be mounted either vertically or horizontally.The finish is gleaming black and the supplied speaker system matches this, creating a rather stylish appearance

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    Philips WACS7000 review

    Philips WACS7000 review

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    Philips' new multi-room WACS7000 Wi-Fi music system demonstrates that you don't need to be a computer whiz to install a wireless music network. The latest Streamium plug 'n' play music system replaces the WACS700 and is surprisingly easy to master

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    Panasonic SC-PT850 review

    Panasonic SC-PT850 review

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    With its muscular black finish and 'tall boy' speakers, the Panasonic SC-PT850 makes an imposing statement in the living room. The four floorstanding surround speakers are easy to assemble, and can be wall-mounted or perched on a table-top

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    Tivoli Audio Music System review

    Tivoli Audio Music System review

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    Tivoli's original Model One pretty much reinvented the table-top radio. Various additions to the range have included portable models and CD players, but this new unit neatly combines all functions in one

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    Samsung HT-X200 review

    Samsung HT-X200 review

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    Samsung's HT-X200 is designed to appeal to those who want home cinema without the fuss. Everything you need comes in one box and is easily connected. The speaker system is just a 2.1-channel model, so there is no genuine surround sound

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    Pure DMX-25 review

    Pure DMX-25 review

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    This isn't hi-fi. After a succession of tabletop DAB radios, British audio brand Pure has started concentrating on mini systems with built-in DAB and much more besides. It's a shame that the main unit's build quality leaves something to be desired

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    Jamo A 102 HCS11 review

    Jamo A 102 HCS11 review

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    The A 102 HCS11 is a home cinema system combining Jamo's DMR61 DVD player/receiver along with the its A10 series speaker package. All the components are remarkably compact and its simplistic styling will appeal to minimalist fans

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    Panasonic SC-HT545W review

    Panasonic SC-HT545W review

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    Unsightly speaker cables are a real pain, but wireless 5.1 systems like this are making them a thing of the past. The SC-HT545W uses radio waves to beam surround audio signals to a receiver box connected to the rear speakers

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    Pure Legato II review

    Pure Legato II review

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    The Legato II is Pure's latest micro hi-fi system incorporating a CD player along with DAB and FM RDS tuners.Its rounded corners, brushed metallic front panel with electric-blue backlight give the revamped model the look and feel of a design classic

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    Meridian F80 review

    Meridian F80 review

    9  

    Meridian Audio and Ferrari are made for one another. Both make luxury products mere mortals aspire to and both produce high technology design classics. So, putting the two together in one cool product is logical, and the result is a masterpiece

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    Denon D-F103HRDAB review

    Denon D-F103HRDAB review

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    Some DAB radios can play music from an iPod, but this mini DAB hi-fi from Denon does away with the need to connect a portable player. Capable of storing MP3s itself, it can even be plugged into a wireless home network

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    Panasonic SC-HT545W review

    Panasonic SC-HT545W review

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    When it comes to installing a home cinema system, nothing causes more grief than the rear speakers. Cables trailing across a room is an ugly sight, but hiding them in the walls or under the carpet can be troublesome

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    Sony DAV-X1V review

    Sony DAV-X1V review

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    Sony's DAV-X1V is a stylish 2.1 virtual surround system aimed at those seeking a home cinema solution without the fuss of additional speakers and cabling taking over the room

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    JVC Sophisti DD-8 review

    JVC Sophisti DD-8 review

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    The DD-8 is the flagship network media system from JVC's new Sophisti systems range. Essentially, it's a virtual surround sound system usingfront speakers plus a centre and a subwoofer to create a 5.1 surround sound experience

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    Panasonic SC-HT990 review

    Panasonic SC-HT990 review

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    Despite the appearance of DVD-Audio, DiVX and DVD-RAM playback on the spec sheet, there's something about the SC-HT990 that feels a bit old-fashioned. HDMI output has gone AWOL (taking with it any chances of video upscaling)

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    Sony DAV-DZ410 review

    Sony DAV-DZ410 review

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    This home cinema system from Sony may not incorporate DVD recording, but don't turn your back just yet - the DAV-DZ410 certainly has flexibilities and strengths elsewhere.

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    Panasonic SC-HT540 review

    Panasonic SC-HT540 review

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    The ultra-affordable Panasonic SC-HT540 home cinema system is feature-packed. It's neatly put together with two floorstanding speakers to the front and smaller satellite models for the centre and rear surrounds.

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    LG LH-RH760TF review

    LG LH-RH760TF review

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    The price tag might seem steep, but with a features list that includes DVD playback and recording, a 160GB hard disk, 5.1 surround sound and video upscaling, this rig could even be a bargain.

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    Denon Smart S-301 review

    Denon Smart S-301 review

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    With even dirt cheap home cinema all-in-ones struggling to sell these days, you have to wonder just why Denon thinks we should spend £1,250 on its Smart S-301 system - especially when that system doesn't have a full collection of surround sound speakers

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    Pioneer DCS-360 review

    Pioneer DCS-360 review

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    The Pioneer DCS-360 is a mid-priced home cinema system with the latest facilities for connection to flatscreen TVs. Critically, not all of us own a new flatscreen TV with HDMI socketry, so Pioneer has included socketry for standard def TVs too...

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    Samsung HT-XQ100 review

    Samsung HT-XQ100 review

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    THE HT-XQ100 IS an extraordinary looking system, challenging Philips for the honour of Most Audacious Design. The main unit is an oval shaped pod, mounted on a stand, embellished with some neat touches such as the disc slot at the top and a blue-lit display panel.

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    Philips HTS9800W review

    Philips HTS9800W review

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    This ultra stylish, well specified 6.1-channel system boasts wireless rear speakers, which is a godsend if you're a stickler for tidiness. The unusual main unit features a touch-screen control panel and a side-loading disc slot.

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    LG LH-RH361SE review

    LG LH-RH361SE review

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    Despite being able to boast digital recording, the LH-RH361SE surprisingly isn't the most expensive model around. It boasts a large160GB hard disk, which can store up to 220 hours of programmes

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