Denon drops stealth bomber hi-fi

You can keep streaming to your Soundbridges and saving up for your Zunes, but Denon’s not listening – it’s too busy working away in

You can keep streaming to your Soundbridges and saving up for your Zunes, but Denon’s not listening – it’s too busy working away in its Smart Series studio producing old-school stereo hi-fis like this stealthy beauty.The S-81DAB does make one concession to the digital age in the form of an iPod dock, but prefers to concentrate its energies on being one of the sleekest and covetable hi-fis we’ve seen in many a moon.Blue movesThe controls light up blue when touched and there’s a new Ergo remote which lays out only the most important buttons on the front, hiding the rest behind a panel on the back.As you’d hope for £600, the system backs up its CD player with a DAB radio (FM and AM are also provided) and a 50W amp, for giving retribution to noisy neighbours.It’s certainly pleased our eyes – whether our ears agree and make our hands reach for the wallet will have to wait till we get one in the test room.

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Denon S-81DAB Price: £600 On sale: Now Contact: Denon Related stories: Onkyo tunes hi-fi for UK ears