NEWS: Denon cuts the cost of its S-81DAB Smart Series system by £200

Denon has slashed a handy £200 off its stereo S-81 DAB system, bringing it down from £600 to a more competitive £400.

We first tested the unit back in October 2006, at its then price of £600, and although it has an appealing design, we reckoned you could buy a better sound for less.

However, there's no denying the Smart Series S-81 is feature-packed. It incorporates a CD player with MP3/WMA support, DAB/FM/AM radio, 50w per channel amplification and iPod integration in a single, stylish unit.

The speakers were designed by Denon's in-house team and tuned to suit UK tastes.

Set-up is simple, thanks to speaker cable terminations that are coloured to match the speaker terminals on the back of the player.

If you want to wake up to your favourite music there's a clock radio function, and the display shows DAB station info, Radio Text and iPod track and music information.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.