Sony CDP-101 CD-player
CD-player Sony CDP-101

Designed to fit into a midisized (350mm) format the Sony CDP-101 player is visually attractive with its upmarket Espritish styling and large, clear light action switches. It's a front loading machine with a powered drawer and with the open/close control switch mounted on the drawer front. This is a not...
Denon DCD-960 CD-player
CD-player Denon DCD-960

Visually, the one outstandingly different feature of the DCD-960 is how bland the designers have managed to make it look. If blandness was the intention, Denon has done an outstanding job, closely pursued by Kenwood with the DP-5030. Ergonomics has also taken a nosedive since most of the fancy features...
Aiwa XC-700 CD-player
CD-player Aiwa XC-700

Aiwa is Japanese in origin but a key part of this player, the digital converter, comes from Dutch Philips, and was probably made for Philips by its south coast based microprocessor subsidiary Mullard. So what this cosmopolitan mix offers is the cheapest application yet for the new Philips mega-BS converter,...
JVC XLZ-441 CD-player
CD-player JVC XLZ-441

Hallelujah! A CD player that isn't black. The XLZ-441 shows a little more styling finesse than usual for a budget level product from the ultra conservative House of Japan (Hi-fi) Inc, though when the thin disc tray rolls out of its central location, it is difficult to avoid thinking of a giant tongue...
Rotel RSX-1056 AV-receiver
AV-receiver Rotel RSX-1056

Let us start with the main thing: in the presence of all modern seven-channel decoders of surround there are only five power amplifiers in RSX-1056. At first glance the concept is not logical. However, how many "theatre lovers" install in their house the system with additional rear speakers? That's the...
Rotel RSX-1058 AV-receiver
AV-receiver Rotel RSX-1058

The front panel of Rotel RSX-1058 receiver looks simple, there are no lids, all the buttons are in sight. There are handles, simplifying the installation of this massive device (17.4 kg / 38.3 lb) into the rack with other devices. Judging by the number of buttons of direct access to source, there can...
Teac CD-Z5000 CD-player
CD-player Teac CD-Z5000

While some of the cheap players are overflowing with more or less useless gadgetry, more expensive models like the TEAC CD-Z5000 possess a sensibly pared down selection. The player is rational looking with a centrally mounted loading drawer and controls fitted for basic play operations. The remote...
Pioneer PD-9700 CD-player
CD-player Pioneer PD-9700

Some £400 plus players are respectable pieces of engineering by any standards. This is the case with this relatively trim looking heavyweight, which includes extensive antiresonance measures and sits on five feet. The headline feature, however, is the so-called 'Stable Platter Mechanism' in which...
Philips CD604 CD-player
CD-player Philips CD604

This is the least expensive full width component CD player to bear the Philips name. It is lightly built, but the deck looks well assembled and the controls feel as good as on players costing even three times as much. Features include a good quality display with a calendar type readout, random, intro...
Kenwood DP-5030 CD-player
CD-player Kenwood DP-5030

Roll every CD player in the universe into a single, average one and you have the DP-5030, anonymity incarnate. Even the name implies it. That doesn't stop it being well made, though. The loading drawer, which slows up near the end of its travel, is a particularly neat touch, and so is the dimming calendar...
Sony CDP-591 CD-player
CD-player Sony CDP-591

This model is a button pusher's delight. It is equipped with just about every search and programming feature under the sun, including some you've probably not even thought of. There is a suite of powerful features designed to help with dubbing CDs onto tape, plus a complex display with a calendar type...
NAD 5425 CD-player
CD-player NAD 5425

CD player is a cleverly engineered design built around a MASH converter. MASH was the first low bit technique ever used in domestic CD players, and it owes its genesis to Technics who developed the hardware in conjunction with Japan's telecommunications industry. The 5425's circuit topology is NAD's...
Panasonic SA-HE200 AV-receiver
AV-receiver Panasonic SA-HE200

The top model in the company's line implements the latest audio developments of Panasonic, particularly, the Remaster function (transfer of CD stream with the resolution of 16 bit/44 kHz in 24 bit/96 kHz), terminal amplifiers on field transistors (improved H+ scheme), decoding of any 6.1 signal and the...
Marantz SR4200 AV-receiver
AV-receiver Marantz SR4200

On the front panel of Marantz SR4200 receiver there is no even AV-input, only controls of the main functions and display. In the attempt to give it some style, the developers brought the number of buttons down to minimum, so the initial setting is possible only from the remote control. It is programmable,...
Wharfedale Valdus 400 Floor standing speakers
Floor standing speakers Wharfedale Valdus 400

Wharfedale Valdus 400 is a three-way speaker system of bass-reflex type. The bass-reflex port adorns the faceplate. The speaker systems are impressively designed, perhaps even catchy, but in taste and without cheapness. In addition, plastic contours of the front panel look acoustically appropriate. The...
Denon AVR-1706 AV-receiver
AV-receiver Denon AVR-1706

Denon AVR-1706 receiver differs by advanced switch for connection of analog audio/video sources, has not the most budget digital processor, powerful supply system (a huge transformer is well seen through the vented holes) and a seven-channel amplifier with convincing passport characteristics. The presence...
Onkyo TX-SR502E AV-receiver
AV-receiver Onkyo TX-SR502E

The six-channel Onkyo TX-SR502E receiver is built by the branded WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) technology, which is able to play frequencies up to 100 kHz with minimal limit of dynamical range. To get the sound of the highest quality, Pure Audio option is provided in addition to Direct mode,...
Sony STR-DB2000 AV-receiver
AV-receiver Sony STR-DB2000

Asymmetrically located on the front panel of Sony STR-DB2000 receiver rotary controls and miniature knobs provide a complete control even without the remote control. Two multi-channel inputs (5.1 and 6.1) allow playing the recordings separately from Multichannel sources such as SACD and DVD-Audio or...
Pioneer VSX-917V AV-receiver
AV-receiver Pioneer VSX-917V

The Japanese electronic giant, Pioneer Corporation, updates with enviable regularity the model range of AV equipment, in which theatre receivers take one of leading positions. Here is VSX-917V - the market novelty and the representative of the latest generation. The first thing, which you should notice,...
DLS M60 Bookshelf speakers
Bookshelf speakers DLS M60

DLS M60 speaker systems refer to top series, what is noticeable from the first minutes of our acquaintance. Already taking them from the box, you feel a pleasant heaviness - the weight of each speaker system is 12 kg. The company uses dynamical heads of its own design and production. The caliber of...