Though we've always longed for the full complement of music separates, we've never possessed either the requisite square footage or the understanding neighbours to accommodate our own wall of sound. Could Denon have finally intuited our desires?
Long ago the Japanese manufacturer pioneered the perfect half-way house, by combining the depth and clarity of separates with the convenience of a micro system, and - although catchy names continue to elude even the best manufacturers of audiophile technology - the DF107DAB+ is their latest (and best) foray into this niche category. Combining 130 watts of unfettered sound reproduction with the usual frills (CD, digital radio, a USB port for your MP3, and the means to hook it up direct to your turntable), it's the best pound for pound Hi-Fi we've laid ears on in a long while. £550 including speakers (£450 without)