The new compact OTTAVA SC-C500 system from Technics combines an all-in-one network CD stereo amplifier and speakers. It’s perfectly suited to homes with limited space, and delivers an audio experience more typically associated with larger amps, or so Technics claims.

Digital input formats include PCM (24-bit/96kHz); FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC (24-bit/192kHz); MP3, WMA; AAC and DSD (2.8MHz, 5.6MHz), depending on whether you’re listening via hi-res network audio, CD, USB memory device, USB-DAC or smartphone. System control, meanwhile, comes via a smartphone app.

With a reported output of 100W, each two-way speaker houses a mid/bass driver aided by what Technics calls a spiral bass port, while tweeters are arranged in a multi-angled arrangement. 

Connections include digital optical, Ethernet, headphone, wi-fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay and USB-A and B inputs. The system is available now priced at £1,699 or as the SC-C501 without speakers at £1,299. Click here for more details.