MIDI SYSTEMS Remember your father's prized hi-fi unit, massive and covered in walnut-effect MDF? Well these are the modern equivalent. More compact and considerably more stylish, with less MDF and more docks on top, plus other ways to listen to your music collection. They're your one-stop musical shop
The eye-catching OnBeat Xtreme possesses sound that leaps out at you like a greyhound from the gate. Crisp and punchy, booming tracks soon fill the room with a strength that belies its relatively diminutive form. A remote is included and will come in handy for when the neighbours inevitably demand you dial down the volume.
As arresting as the sound quality is, the JBL's look won't please everyone. Bluetooth connectivity, however, is rock solid and fast to connect, with streamed music almost indistinguishable from docked playback. Look up indiajbl.com
Price: Rs. 24,990
Philips has spotted the gaping chasm in the market that is docks for non-iOS devices. It's not exclusively iHating, there's an Apple version too — more expensive of course, but this dock will be a sure-fire hit with the Android Army.
It has a micro USB mount that can be adjusted to support most phones and PMPs, and streams tracks over Bluetooth while charging your device. Sound quality is dependable if lacking the finesse of the iPod-loving Fidelios. A free Fidelio app makes pairing seamless, whilst also offering access to a wealth of online radio. Look up philips.com
Price: Rs. 15,500
Sony knows that floor/shelf space comes at such a premium that any extra inch is a blessing, that's why it's made this wall-mountable.
Analogue and digital tuners alongside a CD player and iPod/iPhone dock make this the most comprehensive midi system on test. You can also plug in additional sources via the audio inputs round the back. Audio quality is solid across all sources, the volume is room-filling, so long as your room isn't too cavernous and the DSGX bass-enhancing feature further buffs music, be it ripped, received or spun. Look up sony.com
Price: Rs. 13,900