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Ed Selley  |  Jun 19, 2019  |  0 comments
Looking to add some serious network audio smarts to your AV system? Bluesound's latest wireless wonder has what you need...
Steve May  |  Mar 20, 2019  |  0 comments
The retail/media giant has retooled its Fire TV Stick, adopting a more is more approach to AV formats. We reckon it's red-hot...
Martin Pipe  |  Jan 17, 2019  |  0 comments
Set-top box brand Manhattan returns with new-look hardware and targets free-to-air timeshifters with this affordable PVR
Jamie Carter  |  Dec 20, 2018  |  0 comments
Imagine home cinema projectors were the same size as your smartphone. That's what's promised by this diminutive new projector from Sony, which can create 120in images and even runs off its own power source. Does that sound too good to be true?
Ed Selley  |  Nov 28, 2018  |  0 comments
If you do a lot of listening via headphones, Audio Technica's pricey open-backed cans are a sound investment...
Steve May  |  Nov 19, 2018  |  0 comments
It’s easy to overlook Amazon's Echo Spot. 
It’s not overtly a living room smart speaker, like its bigger Echo brothers, and it doesn’t have 
a (relatively) largescreen display like the Echo Show. To all intents and purposes it appears 
to be a bedside clock, albeit one with delusions of grandeur.
Mark Craven  |  Sep 26, 2018  |  0 comments
LG teams up with Meridian Audio and Google to create a punchy, chatty smart speaker
John Archer  |  Apr 23, 2018  |  0 comments
Handily for Roku, in the very week I reviewed the Roku Streaming Stick+, YouTube was removed from Amazon video streaming devices because of a spat between Google and Amazon. This serves as a perfect reminder of just why Roku is perhaps the smart choice when it comes to the streaming devices.
Martin Pipe  |  Apr 19, 2017  |  0 comments

In the past, we've extolled the virtues of powerline networking, where data is basically superimposed on your mains wiring by a couple of boxes that plug into convenient wall sockets. One's near your broadband router, while the other is located where remote network coverage is required. Now Devolo is offering a cutting-edge alternative in the form of the Gigagate, a wireless bridge. 

John Archer  |  Nov 30, 2016  |  0 comments

While 4K/Ultra HD televisions have been around for years now, native 4K sources are still relatively scarce. Especially if you can’t afford an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the new Sky Q Silver box and subscription UHD service, and/or Netflix and Amazon 4K streaming. 

Jon Thompson  |  Sep 30, 2016  |  0 comments

Around twenty years ago an essential component of any high-end home cinema was a scaler, with companies such as Faroudja and Snell & Wilcox striving to deliver the very best picture from the humble old DVD. Twenty years later all equipment seems to have some form of scaler built in. So why the need for a high-priced outboard model, such as Lumagen's Radiance Pro 4242?

Mark Craven  |  Mar 28, 2016  |  0 comments

Prime Music is a free part of Amazon's Prime service bundle, which includes on-demand access to a wealth of TV programming and movies (including 4K content), plus free next-day delivery on millions of Amazon purchases, cloud photo storage and a few other treats. A Prime sub is £79 a year, or less than £7 a month. It's very good value, but if you sign up, is Prime Music strong enough to have you cancelling your existing Spotify, Tidal or Apple Music sub?

Steve May  |  Aug 26, 2015  |  0 comments

The QNAP TS-453mini is not your typical SOHO NAS. For starters, it doesn’t look grimly utilitarian. Instead we have a glossy black vertical design with a cute magnetic top cover. It sports an HDMI output, inviting you to plumb it into an AV system like any other source. It also overflows with media serving options. If you’re after powerful Network Attached Storage that your connected TV will look up to, it’s a compelling proposition.

Martin Pipe  |  Jul 28, 2015  |  0 comments

It looks like a piece of military hardware produced by Stark Industries, but what we have here is actually the X7 'soundcard' from the pioneer of that particular genre, Creative Labs. In the past, Creative's Sound Blasters used to sit inside a PC. They endowed games with a sonic accompaniment, enabled you to play music on your computer and even gave your machine 'straight-to-hard-drive' digital audio recording. Trust me, in the early '90s this stuff was revolutionary.

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