Reviews & hands-on

  • Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Teac USB DAC Amplifier AI-501DA review

    By 3 December 2013

    If you live on your computer and want to hear better sound then you need to break away from the in-built soundcard and move to an external digital-to-analogue converter (DAC). That's where the Teac AI-501DA - an integrated amplifier and USB DAC - comes...

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    Naim UnitiLite review

    By 12 March 2013

    High-end audio is always fun, there's lots of money to spend, but some very nice kit when you've plucked up the courage to plonk down the cash on your dealer's counter. But at a shade over £1,600, is the Naim UnitiLite worth the money, and what will...

  • Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Marantz NR1603 review

    By 15 February 2013

    Getting enough oomph from your home cinema system normally requires you to store a super-size brick of a receiver underneath your television. Marantz likes to think otherwise, with its slimline set of NR receivers. Sitting in the middle of the new range...

  • Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Dali Epicon 2 bookshelf speakers review

    By 8 February 2013

    We wouldn't want to be the person at Dali in charge of re-calling review stock. It must yield a fair number of snarling "Fine, take them then" calls and a decent number of "Prise them out of my cold, dead hands" type emails. From a review perspective,...

  • Home Cinema 5 out of 5

    Onkyo CR-N755 review

    By 31 January 2013

    For most people the hi-fi is dead. The days of needing two large speakers and a central unit to play music died when we switched to MP3s and AAC audio tracks from the likes of the iTunes store, or Amazon MP3. It wasn't that people didn't want CDs anymore,...

  • Audio

    Pure A140B wireless Hi-fi adapter pictures and hands-on

    By 8 January 2013

    Pure has expanded its Jongo range of wireless hi-fi kit with the A140B wireless hi-fi adapter. Designed to let you use the Jongo multiroom system with your own speakers and amplifier, the A140B is a simple piece of kit that makes Jongo much more exciting....

  • Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Onkyo TX-8050 review

    By 5 December 2012

    Onkyo is a brand more typically associated with AV receivers. Some boast price tags that only the most serious of movie-lovers would consider. But what about those who want a good, standard, stereo amp? The TX-8050 might just be the answer. Build The...

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    AQ Audio SmartSpeaker review

    By 22 November 2012

    The affordable all-in-one AirPlay speaker is becoming a bit of a trend. The likes of Pure with its Jongo and Logitech’s UE speaker have both been bringing wireless audio to the Pocket-lint labs. Next up is the AQ Audio Smartspeaker, which promises superior...

  • Online

    Pure Jongo multiroom speaker pictures and hands-on

    By 11 October 2012

    Pure has come up with a rather clever multi-room music solution with the Jongo S340B speaker. The speaker is designed to be portable and affordable, so you can put music in each room of your house while controlling it using the Pure app. It is the first...

  • Audio

    Sony CMT-V75 dock, radio and CD player pictures and hands-on

    By 16 July 2012

    In the latest of a seemingly endless line of 30-pin products, we thought we'd get down and dirty with Sony's 2012 offering in the shape of the licence plate impersonating Sony CMT-V758BTiP. The most important thing to notice about this shelf-side audio...

  • Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Marantz Melody Media review

    By 11 March 2011

    The hi-fi landscape is changing and, not surprisingly, it all revolves around Apple if this high-end piece of kit from Japanese brand Marantz is anything to go by. The Marantz Melody Media was crowned as the, “world’s first AirPlay certified music...

  • Audio 3.5 out of 5

    Panasonic SC-HC40DB review

    By 1 December 2010

    A mere 10cm deep and wall-mountable - if you so desire - the Panasonic SC-HC40DB is a decent all-rounder. In truth the build quality of the SC-HC40DB is not standout stuff, though it does fit together a decent combination of built-in tech, including door-covered...

  • Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Naim UnitiQute review

    By 22 October 2010

    If good things come in small packages then Naim’s UnitiQute all-in-one Hi-Fi audio player should be the proof of that pudding, to mangle metaphors for a moment. The UnitiQute weighs in at 7.1kg and so is a heavyweight, literally and in terms of features,...

  • Audio 4.5 out of 5

    Arcam Solo Neo and irDock review

    By 8 September 2010

    If you’ve ever dreamed of owning serious hi-fi separates, but got sidetracked by iPods, iPhones and other computer-centric gadgets, Arcam’s Solo Neo could drag you back to your dream without making any sacrifices to modernity - and without the need...

  • Audio 4 out of 5

    Roberts Sound 53 DAB radio iPod speaker review

    By 15 June 2009

    With music coming in so many different formats, getting a unit to play all of them can be a challenge. In steps the Roberts MP-Sound 53, an iPod, CD, USB, SD, DAB, FM Hi-Fi offering from Roberts that hopes to cover all your bases. But does it? We get...