For those buyers who don't want a complete 5.1-, 6.1- or even 7.1-channel system in their living room, NAD has launched its latest DVD receiver, the L54. With two 50W channels of amplification and a subwoofer output, the £450 unit can be used as a straight stereo system, or recreate the effect of a multi-speaker layout using SRS 3D processing. It also comes in what NAD describes as its 'new black finish'!

The L54 has progressive scan video output from DVD via component outputs, and also composite and S-video outs, and also optical and electrical digital inputs to take sound from external sources, plus an optical digital out for recording from CD.

The DVD section supports DVD-V, Video CD/SVCD, CD/CD-R, DivX, MP3, WMA and JPEG, and the unit also has an FM RDS/AM tuner with 30 presets. It comes complete with a learning remote control for system integration.

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