AD88 From Alfred Dunhill a Pointless Waste of Piano-Black Finish

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Whenever I see some high-end retailer flogging non-core business objects, I wrinkle up my nose in disgust. Chanel, of the non-Cylon No. 5, has been the most visible company to do this with its bikes, skis, and now fishing gear, and this is British gentleman's outfitters, Dunhill's, take on it. The AD88. Not only does it take my initials in vain, but it is almost $4,000-worth of iPod dock, digital radio and CD/DVD player that, at almost $4,000 (I guess you tip the doorman the remaining $5 when you walk out of the shop with it) makes fools of us all.

80W 2.1 digital DSP based stereo system with separate sub-woofer

LF/MF (AM) and FM stereo reception

Band III DAB Digital Radio (where available)

Built-in antenna for local stations

Two assignable antenna sockets

Selection of antenna accessories available

3.5mm digital optical/analogue headphone out

3.5mm aux analogue input (Aux 1)

3.5mm digital optical input (Aux 2)

Mini-DIN input (Aux 3) for docking station

CD/DVD drive accepts CD-DA, CD-R/RW, MP3, WMA, DualDisc, DVD-V, DVDR/RW

S-Video and composite outputs PAL/NTSC

Radio/tone alarm function

Compact infared remote control

There, that's the specs. The only thing that is even slightly eyebrow raise-worthy is that the remote-control is magnetic, so you don't lose it. Come the revolution... [Dunhill via Sybarites]