If you're after a genuine separates system, you could buy the two compact, sleek units that make up TEAC's Reference 600 series separately to make yourself feel better.

But as you save £100 by buying them as a bundle, it makes sense to see them as an all-in-one system. And what a good one it is, too.

Bang for bucks

For your £1,000 you get the PD-H600 CD player (usually £400) and the AG-H600DNT amplifier (usually £700). The latter boasts an output of 2 x 75W, wired and wireless network connections for internet radio and podcasts, a DAB tuner and a connection for the optional DS20 iPod dock (£30).

The solid build and smart styling is exemplary, and the good news continues when the TEAC is asked to play tunes, the system throwing out tracks with attacking precision.


Deep, detailed delivery

Kicks on the bass drum are deep and taut, the percussion-like claps are forceful, and the cymbal benefits from sparkle. Excellent tonal and rhythmic cohesion means nothing distracts the ear, and the TEAC reproduces vocals superbly.

Switch to more challenging soundtracks and the TEAC's rhythm and punch remain impressive – and if it's not quite the best at reproducing the fast-paced dynamic shifts, it's certainly not bad in this regard.

The small screens are a slight hindrance when searching for DAB or internet radio stations, but both are outputted with detail and clarity, rounding off a mighty impressive package.

Sure, full-sized separates still do it better, but for a product of this type, the TEAC's superb.


Stuff says... 

TEAC Reference 600 review

If you're after a genuine alternative to a full-sized hi-fi separates system, TEAC's superb all-in-one puts in a pitch-perfect performance