There’s something to be said for having enormous hi-fi kit that dominates the room – especially when your friends come round and can’t avoid commenting on how powerful it looks. It’s a willy-waving man thing. But when space is cramped, it’s best to look for something less obtrusive.
Onkyo knows this. That’s why it’s releasing the DR-815, a two-channel micro receiver that plays your CDs, DVDs, SACDs and DVD-Audio discs, and costs £275.
Not that Onkyo has skimped on the audiophile-pleasing technology inside – expect 192 kHz/24-bit D/A converters and Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry. No, you don’t know what this all means, but neither do your mates, so make sure you tell them about it.
It hooks straight up to a pair of speakers, or you can expand it to a full 5.1 surround-sound configuration. And like every new hi-fi, it comes touting its iPod compatibility, whch in this case means you can buy one of Onkyo’s iPod/dock chargers to connect to it.
Finally, it’s got an AM/FM tuner with timer, meaning you can really play up your sophisticated audiophile reputation by using it as a bedside alarm clock. Oh, and it’s silver. Which is always nice.