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JVC RA-P10 review

We get suspicious when music-making products include novelty items as thermometers: too much influence from the marketing department we think Tested at £70.00

Our Verdict

More emphasis on music-making needed here

For

  • Weird and wonderful features
  • fairly well focussed and speedy sound

Against

  • Is rather thin and has a harsh top-end

It's not exactly short of rivals, but on paper the RA-P10 looks to have plenty going for it. As well as a docking, charging iPod cradle (with adapters for all current models bar the Shuffle), this JVC sports FM radio, alarm clock functions, mains or battery power, and – yes, really – a digital thermometer display.

It's a pity the RA-P10 isn't better at its primary function. Music played through the JVC is invariably thin and apologetic, with no low-frequency presence to speak of and an abrasive top end. Focus is reasonable and the sound is speedy, but there are superior devices at the same sort of money. Not all of them know how warm it is, mind.

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