Feeds

2011's Best... Hi-Fi and AV Kit

Sonic boon

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Pioneer SC-LX85 THX Ultra 2 Plus

RH Numbers

Without question, the best-equipped home cinema receiver of the year, Pioneer’s 9.2-channel SC-LX85 is a awe-inspiring combination of audiophile Air Studios tuning and leading edge AV tech. In addition to its huge power reserves and a dynamic audio performance, this glossy behemoth features AirPlay, Bluetooth Air Jamming, 3D compatibility, internet radio and a high-spec audio media streaming engine with onscreen album art display.

More traditional cineastes will appreciate the THX Ultra 2 Plus certification and reliable MCACC auto-calibration system. A separate Wi-Fi adaptor is bundled in the box. The new age of the streaming theatre begins here!

Pioneer SC-LX85 THX Ultra 2 Plus

Reg Rating 90%
Price £2000
More info Pioneer

Sony BDP-S580

RH Numbers

There are plenty of cracking ‘universal’ Blu-ray players available, typically priced around £600, but the Sony BDP-S850 is a budget-priced thorn in the side of all of them. Changing hands for £180 or less, it makes spending more seem irresponsibly extravagant.

This ultra-slim 3D model has got it all: stunning HD picture quality, plus compatibility with Super Audio CD to keep audiophiles on side. Perhaps even more compelling for the rest of us, this deck not only boasts Sony’s best USB media playback implementation to date - including, for the first time, MKVs - but taps into the brand’s online entertainment portal, which features a deluge of IPTV content.

Sony BDP-S580 3D Blu-ray player

Reg Rating 90%
Price £179
More info Sony

Marantz NR1602

RH Numbers

Aimed squarely at the AV receiver mass market, Marantz’s NR1602 offers a refreshing twist on traditional AVR design. Out goes the bodybuilder aesthetics and full-bore amplification of yore and in comes slimline elegance and network sophistication.

The NR106 streams music better than any comparable AVR. With broad file support and onscreen album art it’s the perfect partner for a networked music server. But it also sounds unfeasibly fine with multi-channel audio from Blu-ray. Apple AirPlay and internet radio are added gravy. 
 While this 7.1 design is not a volume monster, it still has enough welly to rock the average living room. Other brands shout louder but that doesn’t make them sound better.

Marantz NR1602 AV receiver

Reg Rating 90%
Price £529
More info Marantz

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.