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Could this be the most uncompromising i-Pod/CD hi-fi system in the world? The MC3 from Shanling (available now £499 at shanling.com) is guaranteed to turn heads with its stunning design. From the cool blue LED lighting to the brushed aluminium finish, the MC3 oozes style. But this is no bimbo - audio quality is second to none. The built-in tube amp is driven by a set of four exposed valves and topline Burr-Brown DAC chips are used for the digital to analogue conversion process. The streamlined design has several concealed buttons, such as the volume control and line selector, and looks amazing in a dark room.