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IDC Ecco Personal Pocket GPS locator

IDC Ecco Personal

Review Forgotten where you parked your car? Lost your hotel, tent or even family and friends? For the terminally disorientated, the Ecco Personal Pocket GPS Locator is designed to put you back on track. Indeed, this hi-tech key fob proves to be more than just the novelty item that it first appears. IDC Ecco Personal Pocket GPS …
Lewis Caliburn, 18 Nov 2009
URC R50

Universal Remote Control R50

Review The R50, from US brand Universal Remote Control (URC), is a chunky A/V entertainment integrator that delivers a decent amount of functionality whilst being fairly easy to set up. While aimed more at the family market – real tech-heads might want a little more programmability and customisation – the product makes a decent fist of …
Lewis Caliburn, 16 Oct 2009
Soundcast Outcast Junior

Soundcast Outcast Junior

Review Aimed at outdoor music lovers, the Outcast Junior comes from American manufacturer Soundcast Systems and, compared to the larger Outcast model, is the more compact and affordable version. It features four 3in drivers at the top of the unit and a 6.5in sub-woofer in the base, all powered by a 60W digital amplifier. Despite …
Lewis Caliburn, 31 Aug 2009
Yamaha TSX-130 iPod dock

Yamaha TSX-130 iPod dock

Review Back in 2006, Yamaha established a special R&D department to look at desktop products. The thinking behind this was to utilise some of the company’s high-end AV know-how and apply it to a new range of products further down the food chain. Yamaha TSX-130 iPod dock Yamaha's TSX-130 iPod dock includes CD player, DAB radio and …
Lewis Caliburn, 16 Jun 2009
Intellitouch EOS100B1TRB

IntelliTouch Eos wireless iPod speaker system

Review Fancy an affordable wireless iPod system that can grow to suit your needs or just looking for a way to avoid hardwiring speakers in the your home? Certainly, wireless sound systems take some beating in terms of convenience but, typically, at a cost. Addressing both portability and price, the new IntelliTouch Eos offers multizone …
Lewis Caliburn, 21 May 2009
Toshiba Regza DV556DB

Toshiba Regza DV556DB

Review The market for TVs with integrated DVD players has never quite reached its potential. Dogged by some indifferent products, a very large installed base of standalone DVD players already out there and manufacturers’ desire to sell us two products instead of one, TV/DVD combos have struggled to make a real impact. Toshiba Regza …
Lewis Caliburn, 30 Apr 2009
Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2000

Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2000

Review ‘It’s a Dual camera,’ says the little sticker on the side of the vaguely retro, pistol grip, Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD2000 camcorder. Sure it can function as a 12Mp still camera too, but when it comes to video, Sanyo claims the Xacti is the first consumer camcorder to shoot 60 frames per second in 1080p full HD. To achieve this, and …
Lewis Caliburn, 22 Apr 2009
Pure Evoke-2S

Pure Digital Evoke-2S DAB and FM radio

Review With its ‘chip company that also makes radios’ label firmly in the past, Pure Digital can now move on to produce products at the top end of the market. But to justify its premium price of £170, the "luxury" Evoke-2S needs to deliver a something special. Fortunately for Pure, it does just that. Pure Evoke-2S Pure's Evoke-2S: …
Lewis Caliburn, 24 Mar 2009
Pioneer BDP-51FD

Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-ray Disc player

Review It's not been easy for Pioneer of late, what with the painful withdrawal from the high-end plasma TV market that it had dominated with the Kuro, the best plasma family on the planet. However, life goes on and this spritely little Blu-ray Disc player should go some way to putting the spring back into Pioneer’s step. Pioneer BDP …
Lewis Caliburn, 19 Mar 2009
Epson EH-DM2

Epson EH-DM2 projector with built-in DVD player

Review Will users get carried away by Epson's EH-DM2 portable projector that features an integrated DVD player and audio output? Epson EH-DM2 Epson's EH-DM2: more Volvo than Ferrari First impressions are not good: this is not a curvy, sexy colour supplement-friendly machine. Think Volvo, rather than Ferrari. Yet if you're a movie …
Lewis Caliburn, 04 Mar 2009
Intempo InSession

Intempo InSession iPod/MP3 speaker

Review Intempo was one of the first iPod accessory makers to exploit the low end market, and it's has had plenty of practice in producing these products now. Without setting the world alight, it's latest offering, the InSession, benefits from some no-nonsense engineering and delivers a decent performance. Intempo InSession Intempo' …
Lewis Caliburn, 20 Feb 2009

Logitech Harmony 1100 universal remote control

Review The latest in Logitech's line of universal remotes is essentially a revamp of a product the company introduced more than two years ago. The 1100 is all about refining the old Harmony 1000 for the design demands of 2009's consumer rather than 2006's. First impressions are good. This time round the brushed metal upper surface …
Lewis Caliburn, 28 Jan 2009

Pure Digital Avanti Flow internet radio and iPod speaker

Review Rather than seeing this product as a beefed up DAB/Internet radio, it's far more accurate to view Pure Digital's Avanti Flow as a micro hi-fi system for the internet age. Its iPod dock and media streaming capabilities - there's no CD player - means the player is firmly aimed at an audience that has fully embraced the online …
Lewis Caliburn, 13 Jan 2009

Noise-cancelling headphones head-to-head test

Review Now we're in the season of the long winter break, with its long train, car and plane journeys, we thought a comparison of some noise-cancelling headphones from Denon and Sennheiser would be timely. Sennheiser PXC-350 Sennheiser's PXC-350: NoiseGuard technology well established Noise-cancelling technology has come a long …
Lewis Caliburn, 29 Dec 2008

LG DVS450H 'floating' DVD player

Review At first glance, you might be forgiven for thinking that the heavily polished DVS450H is a victory of style over substance. But not a bit of it. This player has looks and brains, and has enough surprises up its sleeve to genuinely impress. LG DVS450H LG's DVS450H: 'It's a floater alright...' OK, let's get one thing …
Lewis Caliburn, 19 Dec 2008

Roberts RDK-2 kitchen radio

Review Many radios are dubbed ‘kitchen radios’ solely for the reason that this is the room they end up getting most of their use in. Roberts has gone the whole hog and designed a radio specifically for kitchen use. The first thing to note about the RDK-2 is that not only is it designed for the kitchen from a functionality perspective …
Lewis Caliburn, 15 Dec 2008

LG FA163DAB 160W iDock micro hi-fi system

Review Once a real power-player in the world of hi-fi micro systems, LG's standing has suffered as portable players have grown in popularity. In a spirit of 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em', LG is now looking to unite the world of portable MP3 and the micro. Perhaps not a company immediately associated with high-quality sound, LG …
Lewis Caliburn, 03 Dec 2008

Yamaha DVX-1000 2.1 home cinema system

Review The DVX-1000 promises to be the last word in 2.1-channel home cinema, delivering a level of surround sound not heard before from a three-speaker system. Or so Yamaha would have us believe. It claims the DVX will deliver a 7.1-channel experience from just three speakers, a technique Yamaha's marketing droids have dubbed Air …
Lewis Caliburn, 19 Nov 2008

Roberts Ecologic 1 portable DAB radio

Review The downfall of portable DAB radios have always been their lack of battery life. Few models have really been able to sustain themselves long enough to deliver a truly out-and-about experience. Enter the Ecologic 1, part of a six-strong line-up each of which offers extended battery life and, in the case of the Ecologic 1 and …
Lewis Caliburn, 06 Nov 2008

Revo Pico RadioStation DAB+ radio

Review Revo has managed to squeeze many of the current must-have features of a portable radio into an updated version of its Pico RadioStation DAB offering. Revo has been ruffling feathers in the radio world for a few years now. It first came to prominence when the company released its in-Car DAB Digital Radio Adaptor, way back in …
Lewis Caliburn, 11 Oct 2008

Voix MPX 2.1 tower loudspeakers

Review Designed to act as a complete audio package for home cinema set-ups, the Viox MPX rig packs a good performance some nice features, but one still can't help but be left with the feeling that it could be better. The MPX 2.1 speaker system consists of two slimline tower speakers that are each just over 1m tall. The company quotes …
Lewis Caliburn, 26 Sep 2008

Pure Digital Evoke Flow internet radio

Review After two years in development, Pure Digital has created what it hopes will become internet radio’s first genuinely iconic product. Our first reaction was that this is a really attractive little radio. The company has kept the familiar Evoke casing, but coated the device in a gloss piano-black finish with stylish and solid- …
Lewis Caliburn, 05 Sep 2008

Roberts Stream 202 DAB/FM/net radio

Review In what Roberts claims to be a world first, this unit delivers DAB, FM as well as Wi-Fi connected internet radio and music streaming all in a traditional kitchen-style portable. A more modern look than perhaps Roberts is known for greeted us when we opened the box. The exterior is attractive enough, with a metallic grille and …
Lewis Caliburn, 28 Aug 2008

Orbitsound T12 soundbar

Review The T12 stereo ‘soundbar’ represents a totally unique take on the category; it goes back to the dawn of stereo technology itself to deliver a genuine revolution in sound reproduction. Using technology developed by its sister technology Airsound, the Orbitsound T12 is designed to give a boost to TV audio as well as act as a …
Lewis Caliburn, 05 Aug 2008

Roberts solarDAB radio

Review Undeterred by the unpredictable nature of the great British summer, Roberts has released a radio that it can power itself purely by the light of the sun. Firstly, let's look at the other functions on the radio, which are pretty good. There's the detachable aerial, for instance. This can be clipped into a recess on the back of …
Lewis Caliburn, 21 Jul 2008