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The top 5 audio devices you can buy right now

PC Advisor reviews the best audio devices you can buy in the UK right now.

5. Audiolab 8200CD

Audiolab 8200CD
  • Reviewed on: 19 January 11
  • RRP: £699 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The Audiolab 8200CD is a most versatile CD player, and ideal as a primary digital source component in a modern hi-fi system. The extra inputs extend the player’s span to take in almost any other digital product you may have in your living room too. A quartet of digital filters means the player or converter’s sound can be tweaked to taste, although the core sound remains incisive and supremely detailed, particularly from the primary CD drive. If sound quality is more important to you than convenience, the Audiolab 8200CD works at its very best as a CD player.

4. Arcam rCube

Arcam rCube
  • Reviewed on: 10 October 11
  • RRP: £350 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

The Arcam rCube matches a minimalist design aesthetic that Apple would be proud of, with sensational audio performance and smart wireless functionality. With a recent price drop it really does earn its five-star reviews.

3. Sony BDV-IZ1000W

Sony BDV-IZ1000W
  • Reviewed on: 21 December 10
  • RRP: £999 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The Sony BDV-IZ1000W is a home theatre system that justifies its price tag with good sound quality, a strong feature-set and appropriate styling. If you're buying a home theatre to accompany a Sony TV, seriously consider the Sony BDV-IZ1000W. If you’re buying a system to accompany a different brand, don’t discount it — as it could still be your best choice

2. Philips Fidelio Docking speaker DS8500

Philips Fidelio Docking speaker DS8500
  • Reviewed on: 11 January 11
  • RRP: £149.96 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

Perhaps the greatest praise we can offer the Philips Fidelio 8500 is that we're surprised it doesn’t cost more. Although the remote could use some improvements, and the on-board controls are limited, the unit’s looks and audio are exceptional. If you’re seriously considering the 8500, it’s probably also worth checking out the £210 Fidelio 8550, which adds Bluetooth audio support, a built-in rechargeable battery, and a carrying handle. But if you don’t want to spend another £70 for those extra features, the 8500 is an excellent speaker dock with outstanding sound quality.

1. Pure Oasis Flow

Pure Oasis Flow
  • Reviewed on: 14 January 11
  • RRP: £294.23 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

The Pure Oasis Flow DAB+ digital radio is an excellent product for outdoors types.

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