Gadget of the Day – Denon S-81DAB

If you've ogled Denon's mini S-81DAB but been put off by the near £600 price tag then you can quit your whining, because the Japanese hi-fi maker

If you've ogled Denon's mini S-81DAB but been put off by the near £600 price tag then you can quit your whining, because the Japanese hi-fi maker's gone and lopped a neat £100 off that figure to make it a penny shy of £500.There's been no cut in the feature list, though. It still gets both DAB and FM/AM varieties of tuner as well as a CD player, Ergo remote and 50W neighbour-bothering amp. Full marks too for also including an iPod cable for easy hook-up and full control. While the gesture won't be worrying any budget kit makers, it does make this audiophile box that bit more attractive to the average punter. Sorry if you've just bought one at full whack – just content yourself that it's still the best shrunk-down ear tickler this side of four figures.EssentialsDenon S-81DABPrice: £500On sale: NowContact: DenonRelated stories:Steinway composes its first hi-fiNew Marantz CD player is worth its weight in goldiDenon drops stealth bomber hi-fi