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Steve May  |  Jun 05, 2015  |  0 comments

The TX-55AX902 has a lot to live up to. First teased over a year ago, when Panasonic created headlines with the promise that it was working on an LED LCD able to exceed the picture performance of its plasma TVs, it bristles with advanced image wizardry, plus a full-array LED backlight with advanced local dimming. So can it lay claim to the high-end 4K market?

Steve May  |  Jun 01, 2015  |  0 comments

The 1TB drive in the EE TV Smart Box is surely the hardest-working HDD in all PVR-dom. It’s continually grafting, banking a half-dozen channels constantly, as well as recording and playing back to main and mobile screens. Think of it as a diddy, digital dervish.

Steve May  |  May 25, 2015  |  0 comments

Regulars will know that insubstantial Blu-ray players are a bête noire of mine. Cheapo decks destined to become arthritic after a year or so give physical disc formats a bad name. I prefer beautifully built players, engineered to squeeze the last ounce of performance from a platter and engender pride of ownership.

Steve May  |  May 21, 2015  |  0 comments

This steampunk actioner is the most overtly cinematic game yet released for the PS4. Set in an alternate Victorian reality, it pitches werewolves against the descendants of the Knights of the Round Table, against a backdrop of incongruous tech and Ripper lore. In many ways, The Order: 1886 is the best film Paul W.S. Anderson never made.

Steve May  |  Apr 02, 2015  |  0 comments

Behind closed doors, in LG’s high-security Seoul HQ, dubbed The Twin Towers, there’s a white board screaming the message ‘2015 is the year of OLED!’ It’s underlined three times in red marker. There’s a smiley face drawn alongside.

Steve May  |  Mar 14, 2015  |  0 comments

This penultimate outing for Suzanne Collins’ popular dystopian fantasy is a radically different proposition from the action-fests that have gone before.

Steve May  |  Feb 24, 2015  |  0 comments

These days anyone can cast music like a graduate of Hogwarts. With wireless and multiroom hi-fi du jour, a simple swipe can throw an entire discography to multiple rooms. It’s enough to make spinning a humble CD seem positively prehistoric.  

Steve May  |  Feb 21, 2015  |  0 comments

Not unlike Tony Curtis in The Boston Strangler, Sony continues to tighten its grip on the premium end of the home cinema projection market. Suave, good-looking and surprisingly cheap (in an admittedly expensive way), the VPL-VW300ES is the brand's fourth 4K/Ultra HD SXRD, and arguably it’s most compelling. 

Steve May  |  Feb 04, 2015  |  0 comments

The most expansive adventure yet for the brick-built caped crusader and his trusty companion see them venture out of Gotham and into deep space for a romp that utilises 150 characters from the DC Universe, each with their own quirks and powers. Indeed, it’s this inspired choice of Justice League and related cast members (including Adam West!) that makes this kidult title such fun.

Steve May  |  Feb 03, 2015  |  0 comments

Epson makes much of the colour output of its 3LCD projection fleet, and often with good reason – most cast images which glow with Candy Crush vibrancy. The EH-TW6600W is a good example. This latest addition to its home theatre range creates images that compete with LED TVs in terms of kaleidoscopic vibrancy. With this PJ, superheroes appear more heroic and animations more animated. Sackcloth calibration miseries may not approve, but within minutes of installing the projector I was buzzing.