Fatman gives the Carbon a nip and tuck

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Fatman Carbon

As with many hi-fi manufacturers the mainly internal changes have been incorporated without any great song and dance – well, apart from an email from the PR person announcing them! – and without a name change or obvious model update.

The main difference is a new transformer, which increases output power to 25 watts - a good sign, given that we found the original Carbon simply didn't go loud enough. Elsewhere there's a host of small, but in their own way important, changes.

The chip required for video streaming from the latest iPods is now on board, while there's also a 3.5mm input alongside the tweaked iPod holder. The chassis, speakers and remote control have all been under the knife, too, albeit apparently for the most minor of cosmetic procedures.

So has it all been worthwhile? We'll let you know in our September issue...