Vita Audio R4i unveiled

Updated compact stereo crams in beefed up audio smarts

Pricey new all-rounder can be snagged now.

Vita Audio has just given the official nod to its beefed-up new R4i, which it says packs in a string of audio improvements that make it even better than its slick predecessor, the Vita Audio R4.

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As well as an iPod dock, there’s FM, DAB and DAB+ radio crammed inside, not to mention a slot loading CD player which can handle standard discs as well as those loaded up with MP3s and WMA files.

Vita Audio says a new CD suspension system offers improved tracking, with the audio circuitry getting a boost too. It all means sound quality is even better than on the R4, impressive considering how good the original sounded.

The 80W amplifier and speaker system means the R4i is no slouch when it comes to kicking out tracks at high volume. It comes in black, white and walnut finishes, with a limited edition graphite model also hitting shelves. The price? An eye-watering £630. Still, you’ll struggle to find a compact all-rounder that sounds as good.

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