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Samsung BD-D8900

Samsung BD-D8900 Blu-ray player and DVR combo

Review On the face of it, Samsung's BD-D8900 seems to be the ideal convergence product that will allow you to get rid of the stack of boxes that hide under your TV. Not only does this deck act as a 3D-compatible Blu-ray player, but it also has an integrated twin tuner Freeview HD DVR, along with support for Samsung's Smart Hub internet …
Niall Magennis, 08 Jul 2011
Panasonic DMR-BWT700

Panasonic DMR-BWT700 HDD and Blu-ray recorder combo

Review Panasonic has a reputation for building digital TV recorders that have impressive features, but are about as user friendly as an angry dominatrix. Maintaining at least one tradition here, the DMR-BWT700 certainly doesn’t skimp on the feature front. It has a 350GB hard drive on board, packs a Blu-ray recorder and can burn discs …
Niall Magennis, 25 Jun 2011
Logitech Z906

Logitech Z906 5.1 surround speakers kit

Review Thinking of upgrading your PC’s speakers or just want a low cost surround sound set up for use with a TV and games console? Then Logitech might have what you’re after with the Z906, the follow up to the company’s popular Z-5500 system. Logitech Z906 Making connections: Logitech's Z906 The Z906 is a THX-certified 5.1 set up …
Niall Magennis, 01 Jun 2011
Panasonic SC-HTB520

Panasonic SC-HTB520 soundbar

Review TV manufacturers are keen to push the merits of picture quality on the latest sets, but unfortunately sound quality seems to have been lost somewhere along the way due to the tiny speakers manufacturers cram into their slender frames. It seems as if most expect you to twin their sets with surround sound systems. If you haven’t …
Niall Magennis, 11 May 2011
Harman Kardon SB 16

Harman Kardon SB 16 soundbar

Review It’s a sad fact that as the picture quality of flatscreen TVs have been steadily improving, their audio performance has been dropping off. This is mainly due to the fact that TVs are becoming slimmer and slimmer, leaving less room for decent sized speakers. If your other half won’t hear tell of a surround sound systems and all …
Niall Magennis, 05 May 2011
Eight soundbars

Eight... spatial soundbars

Product Round-up TV’s have been getting thinner and thinner over the last few years, with some of today’s LED sets almost impossibly slim. Although picture quality has been improving, the tight amount of space available in these slim-line chassis means that they tend to house tiny speakers that produce audio that’s got less bottom end than most …
Niall Magennis, 21 Apr 2011
Samsung UE55C9000

The year's best... HD TVs

2010: it's a wrap 2010: it's a wrap The past year has been an interesting one in TV land with many new technologies making their debut on high street models. The more obvious features have been 3D and Freeview HD, but techniques to enhance image quality, such as LED backlighting, have gone mainstream too, along with more TVs offering Internet …
Niall Magennis, 07 Dec 2010
Samsung UE55C9000

Samsung UE55C9000 55in LCD 3D TV

Review If money was no object, what type of TV could you create? If you’re Samsung, the UE55C9000 is just one possibility. It may be slightly more expensive than many small cars, but the outlay gets you the slimmest TV you can currently buy, yet one that’s still crammed full of high-end features including LED backlighting, Freeview HD …
Niall Magennis, 20 Nov 2010
LG 50PK990 plasma TV

LG 50PK990 Infinia 50in plasma TV

Review With edge lit LCD sets redefining what slim means when it comes to TVs, many of today’s plasmas are starting to look rather chunky in comparison. Or at least they were until LG’s 50PK990 put in an appearance. Despite packing in a FullHD 50in panel and oodles of features, its chassis is a mere 52mm deep making it one of the …
Niall Magennis, 13 Aug 2010
Panasonic TX-L32S20

Panasonic Viera TX-L32S20B 32in LCD TV

Review Rumour has it there’s some footie competition on the box right now that certain folk might want to watch in HD. If you’ve got a set with a DVB-T2 tuner you can view these all-important games on the BBC and ITV Freeview HD channels without having to shell out for an expensive subscription. However, most manufacturers have been …
Niall Magennis, 26 Jun 2010
Sony BDV-E370

Sony BDV-E370 Blu-ray home cinema kit

Review If you can’t be bothered messing around with a separate Blu-ray player, amp and surround sound speaker set-up, then an all-in-one home cinema kit such as the BDV-E370 from Sony may be just the sort of set up you’re looking for. Sony BDV E370 Sound and vision: Sony's BDV-E370 The main unit combines a Blu-ray player with an …
Niall Magennis, 08 Jun 2010
Sharp LC-52LE700E TV

Sharp LC-52LE700E 52in LED backlit TV

Review The LC-52LE700E is the largest set in Sharp’s current range of affordable, LED backlit TVs. Many may baulk at describing a telly that costs £1,300 as affordable, but given the vast expanse of screen real-estate on offer here and the fact that it uses direct LED backlighting, the asking price actually falls towards the more …
Niall Magennis, 05 Jun 2010
John Lewis JL22LCD HD

John Lewis JL22LCD HD

Review John Lewis may have some odd traditions, such as the one about the chairman being the only person in the partnership allowed to write in green ink, but the posh store has also long been popular with canny TV buyers. Besides a decent selection of tellies, the other reasons are because of the company’s price match promise and free …
Niall Magennis, 29 May 2010
LG 42LH3000 LCD TV

LG 42LH3000 42in LCD TV

Review If you’re looking for a new telly, but are working to a tight budget, you’ve probably noticed that many of LG’s recent sets seem to offer impressive value for money. LG 42LH3000 LCD TV LG's 42LH3000: surprisingly few compromises Take this 42LH3000 as an example. It has a list price of around £550, but you can pick it up …
Niall Magennis, 17 Apr 2010