D1 Meridian Ferrari F80 [pound]1,500
This one-box solution, which comes in a variety of colours, is a powerful, versatile machine. It'll play CDs and there's a DAB radio built in. Hook it up to a TV and you can watch DVDs, too. It's strong and small enough to be easily portable.
www.meridian-audio.com; 01480 445 678
D2 Denon D-F102DAB [pound]500
Denon has a gift for making affordable one-box stereos. This model comes in two small boxes, separating the CD and DAB radio receiver, and is a little pricier, but it's quality. There's iPod connectivity and notable warmth from MP3 tracks.
www.denon.co.uk; 01234 741 200
J3 Onkyo C5-515DAB [pound]299.95
The speakers may look plain, but the main unit is neat enough and the sound is excellent. It's easy to set up the presets and to tune the DAB radio. There's an FM tuner and the CD player is agreeable, too, with a deft and gentle sound.
www.onkyo.co.uk; 01494 681 515
J4 Boston Acoustics MicroSystem CD [pound]350
An easy-to-use player with strong CD playback, an FM radio and alarm clock. The absence of DAB is a disappointment but many won't mind this. The CD drive is neatly concealed behind a folding door.
www.bostonacoustics.com; 01753 287 947
D5 Arcam Solo [pound]995
If you want amazing sound without too many boxes, this system offers the audiophile the kind of performance usually identified with a system of separates. Along with an excellent CD player there's DAB, FM radio - and clock.
www.arcam.co.uk; 01223 203 200