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IDC Ecco Personal Pocket GPS locator

IDC Ecco Personal

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 locator …
Lewis Caliburn, 18 Nov 2009
URC R50

Universal Remote Control R50

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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's …
Lewis Caliburn, 20 Feb 2009

Logitech Harmony 1100 universal remote control

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 has …
Lewis Caliburn, 28 Jan 2009

Pure Digital Avanti Flow internet radio and iPod speaker

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

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 way …
Lewis Caliburn, 29 Dec 2008

LG DVS450H 'floating' DVD player

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 straight …
Lewis Caliburn, 19 Dec 2008

Roberts RDK-2 kitchen radio

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

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 has …
Lewis Caliburn, 03 Dec 2008

Yamaha DVX-1000 2.1 home cinema system

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

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 its …
Lewis Caliburn, 06 Nov 2008

Revo Pico RadioStation DAB+ radio

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 2005 …
Lewis Caliburn, 11 Oct 2008

Voix MPX 2.1 tower loudspeakers

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

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

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 an …
Lewis Caliburn, 28 Aug 2008

Orbitsound T12 soundbar

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 music …
Lewis Caliburn, 05 Aug 2008

Roberts solarDAB radio

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

Dualit DAB Lite radio

This latest offering from Dualit is based on the iconic toaster products the company is better known for. Bored of knocking out breakfast, Dualit is now knocking out music to accompany your muesli. Now before we go any further, a few words on DAB itself. There has been a lot of knife chucking of late, so let's just take stock …
Lewis Caliburn, 30 Jun 2008

Logitech Z Cinema advanced surround sound system

Is Logitech’s answer to the demands of a media-centric PC world the next logical step in home entertainment - or just more boxes to knock over or spill stuff on while working at the computer? The basic premise is simple. We are all storing and viewing loads more stuff on the PC: music, film, TV and, of course, games. The problem …
Lewis Caliburn, 22 May 2008

Brennan JB7 Micro Jukebox

Ever wanted to combine the convenience of digital music with decent sound and build quality? Then say hello to your new best friend, the JB7 Micro Jukebox. This tactile and user-friendly bit of kit delivers both with aplomb. Right from the start, we could feel this was a class piece of kit: well built, reassuringly heavy and …
Lewis Caliburn, 15 May 2008

Intempo Rebel DJ and ad-zapping FM radio

Ever wanted to tell Chris Moyles to shut his piehole? Or longed for Christian O'Connell to get permanent laryngitis? Intempo’s Rebel radio records all your favourite FM stations and cuts out all the DJ drivel and adverts. In a compact glossy package - it measures 195 x 80 x 70mm and weighs in at 1kg - the Rebel is a standard FM …
Lewis Caliburn, 17 Apr 2008

Roberts WM-201 Wi-Fi internet radio

For a manufacturer of radios like Roberts to produce a Wi-Fi-enabled device shows just how far internet radio has come. About 6000 stations are now available, and radios are becoming increasingly adept at presenting this vast selection in an easy-to-access way. As soon as the product comes out of the box you get the feeling that …
Lewis Caliburn, 19 Mar 2008

Pure Highway in-car DAB radio

If rumours are to be believed, Ford will soon be fitting DAB as standard on some vehicles. But the retro-fit market still has massive potential and to fill that gap digital radio specialist Pure has come up with a really neat little gadget: the Highway. It's like all those iPod-oriented FM devices. Highway picks up digital radio …
Lewis Caliburn, 06 Mar 2008

Baylis Eco EP-MX71 hand-cranked media player

Trevor Baylis, he of wind-up radio fame, now has a range of hand-cranked products, including this, the world's first wind-up multimedia player. It comes down to whether you're concerned by green issues - and you should be, unless you plan to move to another planet any time soon. First seen in August last year, the Baylis Eco …
Lewis Caliburn, 08 Feb 2008

Pure Digital Evoke 1S DAB digital radio

Going back a few years, Pure Digital's parent company, Imagination Technologies, only made chips and wasn't involved in the manufacture of radios in any way. So to come as far as the company has in such a short period of time is surely testament to its ability to deliver desirable and reliable products. To our mind, a good …
Lewis Caliburn, 24 Oct 2007

Sony Walkman NWD-B105 2GB MP3 player

With increasing hard drive sizes, the arrival of touchscreen technology and ever more features and falling prices, it's easy to forget the more humble end of the personal digital music player market. However, Sony's NWD-B105 proves there are still some good value and strongly featured products at the lower price points. At this …
Lewis Caliburn, 02 Oct 2007

TerraTec Noxon 2 net radio and iPod dock

No sooner does DAB establish itself as the radio format of the future, than internet radio begins tapping it on the shoulder and trying to muscle its way past. Once upon a time, DAB was a genuine mainstream proposition as long as internet radio remained tied to PCs and Macs. Those days are over - products like the Noxon look, …
Lewis Caliburn, 19 Sep 2007

LG J10HD home cinema system

The one-box home cinema system business reached saturation point some time ago, particularly at the cheaper end of the market. So companies who, like LG, target the mainstream have to work pretty hard to make their products stand out. LG has certainly put in some effort into the J10HD. LG J10HD home cinema system LG's J10HD: …
Lewis Caliburn, 04 Sep 2007

Revo Pico+ DAB radio

Digital radio has come along way in a short time and thankfully the DAB market in now maturing with a wider range of choice that offers not only the variety of DAB stations, but also more features to more effectively exploit the digital nature of the medium. Revo Pico+ portable DAB radio Revo Pico+ portable DAB radio The …
Lewis Caliburn, 30 Jul 2007

LG Touch Me FM37 MP3 player

The personal multi-media category is a crowded one and has risen to a very high point in terms of consumer awareness. However, it is still relatively young and product feature development is coming thick and fast. A bit of fresh thinking can go along way. And LG are as fresh as they come. LG Touch Me FM37 MP3 player At 5.15 x …
Lewis Caliburn, 18 Jul 2007

Sony NAS-50HDE Gigajuke audio system

Of late, the compact Hi-Fi system has struggled to find a place in the affections of consumers keener on more sophisticated home cinema audio rigs. However, the technology that looked like it was about to drive the last nail into the compact Hi-Fi coffin is set to breath new life into the format as products like the Gigajuke …
Lewis Caliburn, 21 Jun 2007

Vita Audio R2 DAB/FM stereo radio

The concept of DAB in the UK has been dogged a little by new entrants into the radio sector introducing some indifferent products looking to cash in on an expanding market. The Vita R2 is a genuinely good product with a sensible and simple approach to design, but with a few surprises up its sleeve as well. Vita Audio R2 DAB/FM …
Lewis Caliburn, 04 Jun 2007
Sharp LC32RD2E LCD TV - "The Hunt for Red October" image copyright Paramount Pictures

Sharp Aquos LC32RD2E 32in LCD TV

Sharp is perhaps the keenest supporter of LCD TV technology. It was the first really big name to switch to producing only LCD TVs and thus has had more practice than most. This longevity of experience has allowed Sharp to filter down some of its top-line technologies to its smaller sets and this unit is a good example of that …
Lewis Caliburn, 22 May 2007
Xoro HSD 7510 LCD TV

Xoro HSD 7510 DVD player-equipped LCD TV

Portable TVs are hardly a new idea. Neither for that matter are portable DVD players. However, put the two together, add a host of other features and then you do have something that feels like it's breaking new ground. Xoro HSD 7510 LCD TV Right out of the box the Xoro feels like a robust and reliable machine, with its …
Lewis Caliburn, 10 May 2007