If building a system of hi-fi separates sounds like too much hassle, then these compact music systems could be the solution for you.

From systems that have speakers bundled in to those that can fit right in with your existing stereo set-up, we've selected the best hi-fi systems of 2016, whatever your budget.

Sure, a decent separates system will nearly always deliver better sound quality, but there's real value - not to mention convenience - with a one-box solution, especially if you want more than what a simple wireless speaker can offer.

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Best micro system under £500
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Denon continues to reign supreme on the micro systems front, with yet another musical and enjoyable performance for a very affordable price. It's no wonder the D-M40DAB snagged a 2015 Product of the Year Award.

There's no Bluetooth or any newfangled wireless features, but the sound quality and value more than make up for it.

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Best hi-fi system under £750
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Tested at £600

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A cracking all-in-one streaming system from Cambridge Audio.

Versatile features (such as BBC iPlayer Radio pre-loaded, wi-fi, and digital and analogue connections) and the ability to drive a wide range of speakers make this terrific system a joy to use.

It has a 24-bit/96kHz resolution limit, but that doesn't bother us in light of its expressive, articulate and hugely likeable character.

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Best hi-fi system under £1200
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Tested at £1150

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The epitome of a modern streaming system with roots firmly in hi-fi, Naim has perfectly bridged that tricky gap by offering a sophisticated performance in every way.

The UnitiQute 2 is capable of driving all sorts of speakers and getting the best out of them, it's intuitive to use, and it's had a 2015 update that's ensured it keeps its Award-winning status.

The insightful, rhythmically precise and spacious sound is tremendous, too - and worth the high-end price.

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Best hi-fi system under £1500
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Tested at £1400

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Cyrus expertly combines hi-fi credentials and streaming features with ease in this stellar system.

The design and screen feels a bit dated now, but that superb sound qualiy - stunning clarity, accuracy, openness and agility - is second to none at this price.

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Best hi-fi system under £5000
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A strong style statement from Cyrus and an even stronger sonic performance help make the Lyric 09 a must-audition at this end of the market. It’s a superb, high-end hi-fi system.

What does it do? Well there's a CD drive, something which Cyrus is rather famous for, wired, wireless and Bluetooth streaming, DAB/FM tuners, analogue, digital and USB connections - pretty much everything you'd want.

Sonically there's bags of detail, plus all the musicality and agility we've come to expect from Cyrus products

All-in-one systems can sometimes be a recipe for compromise, but the Lyric 09 is having none of that.

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There's very little this talented one-box system can't do. Packed with extensive radio, network and streaming features, it's a versatile system whose spacious, rich and dynamic performance is simply captivating. 

Oh and it looks gorgeous, too.

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