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LG BD670 3D Blu-ray Disc player

Ten... Blu-ray disc players

On mainstream Blu-ray players, 3D is fast becoming just another feature, so whether you want it or not, we couldn't really avoid it in this round-up – but don't let that put you off. Here we have models ranging from the impulse buy to high-end kit, and you’ll find dimensional compatibility listed alongside other attractions …
Steve May, 05 Nov 2011
Yamaha RX-V471 AV receiver

Yamaha RX-V471 5.1 AV receiver

Yamaha’s RX-V471 is more than just a budget 5.1 AV receiver with 3D-friendly HDMIs. It represents something of a reboot for the celebrated hi-fi brand. Despite having a heritage with AV that can be traced back to the very first surround sound decoder, the past few years have seen the company floundering. For some reason it just …
Steve May, 03 Nov 2011
Panasonic DMR-PWT500 3D Blu-ray player and Freeview+HD PVR

Panasonic DMR-PWT500 3D BD Freeview HD DVR

In the Twilight Zone between Blu-ray players and DVRs you’ll find Panasonic’s DMR-PWT500 that boasts a combination disc spinner and digital TV timeshifter. Space-saving convenience is main USP of this hybrid, so if you want one box that can do it all, it’s certainly worth an audition. Panasonic DMR-PWT500 3D Blu-ray player and …
Steve May, 02 Nov 2011
Sony KDL-40HX723 3D LED backlit LCD TV

Sony KDL-40HX723 40in LED 3D TV

The KDL-40HX723 is a feature-heavy 40in Freeview HD TV from the posh end of Sony’s 2011 catalogue. While it sells for a tad more than a looky-likey from the brand’s bread and butter EX range, the premium is worth paying if you want to see what Sony’s picture boffins are really capable of. Sony KDL-40HX723 3D LED backlit LCD TV …
Steve May, 27 Oct 2011
Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray disc set

Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray disc set

Fears that Blu-ray is facing early extinction seem woefully misplaced after experiencing the Jurassic Park trilogy on the format recently. Feature rich and re-engineered in 1080p hi-def with 7.1 lossless audio, this high resolution three disc set delivers T-Rific quality and hours of extras to tempt collectors and film fans to …
Steve May, 24 Oct 2011
Ten small screen televisions

Ten... small screen HD TVs

Small screen TVs are riding a wave of austerity-driven popularity. The good news is downsizing isn’t half as embarrassing as it used to be. Ultra-thin LED panels, integrated USB media readers and even streaming IPTV services are there to be had if you know where to look. 

Hannspree SV28LMMB RH Numbers This 28inch edge-lit …
Steve May, 22 Oct 2011
Panasonic DMR-HW100 3D-compatible DVR

Panasonic DMR-HW100 HDD DVR

Panasonic returns to the UK DVR market after an abortive early foray, with a 3D-enabled, media-streaming TV recorder. Rather more convincing than the brand’s first generation model, the DMR-HW100 offers access to the online VieraCast portal, has jukebox functionality and is only slightly bonkers. Panasonic DMR-HW100 3D- …
Steve May, 08 Oct 2011
Cambridge Audio iD100 professional iOS device dock

Cambridge Audio iD100 hi-fi dock

The Cambridge Audio iD100 is a dock with apparent delusions of grandeur. Brushed aluminium bodywork and a surfeit of serious connectivity signal a determination to squeeze every last drop of performance from any iOS device that comes its way.

 Clearly it takes the music on my iPod far more seriously than I do. Cambridge Audio …
Steve May, 07 Oct 2011
Crystal Acoustics MediaMatchBox

Crystal Acoustics MediaMatchBox

This minuscule media player from home theatre specialist Crystal Acoustics combines a go-anywhere form-factor with play-anything decoding. Indeed, if there's a file suffix the MediaMatchBox can’t manage, then it probably isn’t worth playing. Crystal Acoustics MediaMatchBox There are basic controls on the player's tum As …
Steve May, 04 Oct 2011
LG BD670 3D Blu-ray Disc player

LG BD670 3D Blu-ray Disc player

The BD670 is strangely anonymous for a top-of-the-range Blu-ray player from major brand. Admittedly, it’s not range-topping from any great height - it sells for a meagre £170 - but even so the dull black case, cake decoration buttons and flimsy disc tray proclaim “move along, nothing to see here” with utter conviction. However, …
Steve May, 01 Oct 2011
Toshiba Regza 47VL863 3D HD TV

Toshiba Regza 47VL863 passive 3D TV

Although ostensibly an aperitif to Toshiba’s incoming flagship LED TV models, this modestly priced 47-incher is a headline maker in its own right. Not only is it the first flatscreen from the brand to offer access to the newly-opened Toshiba Places portal, it’s also Toshiba's first passive 3D panel. Toshiba Regza 47VL863 3D HD …
Steve May, 30 Sep 2011
Sony BDP-S380 Blu-ray player

Sony BDP-S380 Blu-ray player with IPTV

Sony’s BDP-S380 Blu-ray bantamweight packs quite a punch. A mere 36mm tall, it barely looks big enough to swallow discs, but this plasticky pugilist can hold its own against full-size separates and is well stocked with features. Sony BDP-S380 Blu-ray player Budget offering: Sony BDP-S380 The BDP-S380 is IPTV enabled, doubles …
Steve May, 17 Sep 2011
Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray disc set

Cards on the table: I’m not a Star Wars obsessive. I have precious little interest in the prequel trilogy. Indeed, I prefer the high velocity chutzpah of the Clone Wars animated series. And I don’t own any Hayden Christensen action figures either, although there may be a Slave Leia in my sock drawer. Star Wars: The Complete …
Steve May, 15 Sep 2011
Cello C42T71DVB-3D

Cello C42T71DVB-3D 42in passive 3D TV

Cello is a UK TV maker that does much of its business through high-volume websites and shopping catalogues. You’ll find Cello TVs on M&S and ebuyer websites, as well as in tomes from Grattan, Freemans and the like. Cello C42T71DVB-3D Ensemble piece: Cello's C42T71DVB-3D It may be a budget brand, but it scored brownie points a …
Steve May, 10 Sep 2011
Sony VPL-HW30ES

Sony VPL-HW30ES 3D projector

I’ve actually written several introductions to this review. One opened extolling the benefits of 3D projection over 3D TVs. I thoughtfully proposed that the key problem with 3D flatscreens is that they’re just too small - rather than confound and entrance you with 3D, they merely present you with a window and invite you to peer …
Steve May, 13 Aug 2011
Starwars Lightsaber

Star Wars fans offered Blu-ray deals and previews

The force was strong at London’s O2 Arena this morning, with the first public preview of Star Wars in high definition on Blu-ray. The eagerly awaited discs, collected together as Star Wars: The Complete Saga, will go on sale September 12th, but visitors to this weekend’s Empire Big Screen film festival have a chance to see(3PO) …
Steve May, 12 Aug 2011
Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD

Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD 3D Blu-ray player

There’s a renaissance in audiophile grade Blu-ray players happening at the moment. Arcam’s exotic BDP100 got the ball rolling, and now the Oppo BDP-95EU, Marantz UD7006 and this here Cambridge Audio Azur 751BD are hot on its heels. 

I must confess to being excited. While I like cheap-as-chips electronics as much as the next guy …
Steve May, 30 Jul 2011
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy: Extended Edition

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Blu-ray extended edition

26 Hours of extras, 15 discs, 3 movies, one ring. Finally, the extended Blu-ray version of Peter Jackson’s The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy has been released. Time to finally Orc-up and buy. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy: Extended Edition Long player: The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy – Extended Edition Like many, I steered clear of …
Steve May, 22 Jul 2011
Sony Bravia KDL-40CX523

Sony KDL-40CX523 LCD TV

The Bravia KDL-40CX523 is the little net-connected TV that could. Consigned to somewhere near the bottom of Sony’s 2011 line-up, and cursed with a CCFL backlight instead of trendy LED bulbs, it’s clearly not one of the brand’s hero products. Yet this transpires to be a quite a desirable gogglebox. Sony Bravia KDL-40CX523 Fat …
Steve May, 16 Jul 2011
Toshiba Regza 42RL853

Toshiba Regza 42RL853 42in LED TV

Toshiba is pushing the envelope in the world of TV technology. From its growing preoccupation with auto-stereoscopic (glasses-free 3D) screens, to cerebrally smart TVs that use Cell and CEVO processors for multitasking and advanced picture processing, the brand seems desperately keen to take television to the next level. …
Steve May, 09 Jul 2011
Panasonic TX-P65VT30 3D TV

Panasonic TX-P65VT30 65in plasma 3D TV

There was a much-used gag in Warner Bros’ Road Runner cartoons, where Wile E. Coyote would paint a tunnel and road onto a cliff face – and then watch in confusion as a truck drove through it. This 65in Panasonic plasma creates a similar illusion. Its pictures are so large and sharp it’s easy to be convinced of their reality. …
Steve May, 02 Jul 2011
Akira Blu-ray remastered edition

Akira Blu-ray remastered disc set

It’s been hailed as the greatest anime ever. While I think you have to go some before you can top Pokémon 4Ever, (no seriously, I prefer My Neighbour Totoro) there’s no denying Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira is a milestone of a movie. Akira Blu-ray remastered edition Akira: worth another spin in this UK Blu-ray remaster release Back …
Steve May, 01 Jul 2011
Tritton AX Pro

Tritton AX Pro 5.1-channel gaming headphones

Gaming headset outfit Tritton may not be a household name, but you can expect its profile to grow in the UK now that Mad Catz is handling the brand. The peripherals giant picked up the specialist headphone maker a year ago, pledging to bring this distinctive marque to a wider audience. As a consequence, it’s giving a fresh push …
Steve May, 23 Jun 2011
Samsung UE40D6530

Samsung UE40D6530 LED 3D TV

When it comes to features, Samsung’s UE40D6530 40in LED telly doesn’t skimp on anything much. Freeview HD, 3D, Video on Demand, Skype, integrated web browser, social media apps, media streaming, PVR recording to external hard drive – it’s all here. This isn’t so much a TV as an all in one entertainment centre. And priced at £ …
Steve May, 11 Jun 2011
Sony KDL-40EX724

Sony Bravia KDL-40EX724 40in LED 3D TV

I wouldn’t give Sony’s troubles to a monkey on a rock. Horrible financial results, the PSN hacked to its knees, and now the distinction of producing the worst 3D TV I think I’ve ever seen. Yep, the KDL-40EX724 reviewed here is a three dimensional suckfest. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Sony KDL-40EX724 Sony's KDL- …
Steve May, 04 Jun 2011
BenQ W1200

BenQ W1200 HD DLP projector

BenQ’s W1200 Full HD projector is shocking. Shockingly good that is. I’ve seen plenty of inexpensive single chip DLP projectors over the past few years, and while I’ve admired their functionality I’ve never hankered after a single one. Typically, they’re noisy to run, prone to rainbow colour fringing – that DLP exclusive image …
Steve May, 28 May 2011
Sony Bravia KDL-EX524

Sony Bravia KDL-EX524 40in LED TV

Sony’s KDL-EX524 is a well-equipped flatscreen for those of us with scant regard for the third dimension. Resolutely 2D, this Freeview HD 40-incher with 32- and 37-inch alternatives, instead tempts with features like Internet connectivity, media streaming and USB HDD recording. It’s also relatively affordable. Sony Bravia KDL- …
Steve May, 21 May 2011
LG 42 LW650T

LG 42 LW650T 42in passive 3D TV

When LG threw its weight behind passive 3D at this year’s CES, shockwaves rippled around the TV market. The brand used the show to rail against the dangers of Active Shutter 3D technology, enraging its rivals who cried foul. LG 42 LW650T Passive aggressive: LG's 42 LW650T Suddenly the consumer electronics industry found …
Steve May, 14 May 2011
Panasonic Viera TX-P42GT30

Panasonic TX-P42GT30 42in plasma 3D TV

With its high contrast Infinite Black Pro panel, net connected features and 3D compatibility Panasonic’s new GT30 plasma TV range clearly isn’t looking to shortchange buyers. The screens even come with both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners, to ensure maximum reception flexibility. If there’s a box, Panasonic appears to have …
Steve May, 07 May 2011
JVC Everio GS-TD1 3D camcorder

JVC Everio GS-TD1 3D camcorder

Let’s cut to the chase: JVC’s £1,600 GS-TD1 is the most sophisticated 3D camcorder you can buy. While Panasonic may have pioneered DIY 3D moviemaking with its bolt-on 3D accessory lens, this is the first stereoscopic shooter aimed squarely at the pro-sumer. It’s been unabashedly built for 3D from the ground up. JVC Everio GS- …
Steve May, 06 May 2011
Panasonic DMP-BDT310 Blu-ray player

Panasonic DMP-BDT310 Blu-ray player

When it comes to raw performance in the mainstream Blu-ray market, Panasonic is a force to be reckoned with. The brand has consistently pushed the envelope in terms of picture quality. However, during 2010 it fell behind some of its high street rivals when it came to features and functionality. It's a situation Panasonic has …
Steve May, 04 May 2011
Arcam FMJ BDP100

Arcam FMJ BDP100 Blu-ray Disc player

If you’re an Arcam aficionado, there must have been times when you thought the arrival of a Blu-ray Disc player would never come. The brand’s original strategy, to support both HD DVD and BD with a universal player, was shunted off the road when the HD format war came to an abrupt end. A second, BD-only project met a similar …
Steve May, 02 May 2011
Eminent EM7195 HD Media Server

Eminent EM7195 HD server

The Eminent 7195 is a monster of a media player. It towers above diddy streaming clients like the Apple TV and WDTV models, and would doubtless win a brawl with its HDD media player Netherlands neighbour A.C.Ryan. Eminent EM7195 HD Media Server All-encompassing: Eminent's EM7195 HD server To emphasise its size, compatibility …
Steve May, 23 Apr 2011
Tron: Legacy

Tron: Legacy 3D Blu-ray disc set

The arrival of Tron: Legacy on 3D Blu-ray this week will comes as a blessed relief if you’ve been struggling to find content to play on your new 3D hardware. A year after the launch of 3D Blu-ray, there’s still little more than a trickle of 3D animation aimed at younger film fans available. Finally, here’s a movie you might …
Steve May, 19 Apr 2011
Arcam FMJ AVR400

Arcam FMJ AVR400 AV receiver

A new AV receiver from British stalwart Arcam is always worthy of note, as the brand has an enviable reputation for creating audio electronics that are uniquely musical. Arcam FMJ AVR400 Musical box: Arcam's FMJ AVR400 An Arcam amp, be it a seven-channel monster like the FMJ AVR400 reviewed here, or one of the brand’s lauded …
Steve May, 16 Apr 2011
Ten... net connected 40 - 42in HD TVs

Ten... 40-42in net connected HD TVs

If you’re looking to get the biggest bang for your thin-screen buck, then the 40-42in TV category is the sweet spot. It’s here that the most competitive price points jostle with bleeding edge features. Almost to a man, our group combines high-performance Freeview HD 1080p screens plus some level of Internet connectivity. These …
Steve May, 12 Apr 2011
Panasonic TX-L37D30

Panasonic TX-L37DT30 37in 3D LED backlit TV

The introduction of 3D-ready LCD TVs marks a major policy shift for Panasonic. The brand has been a vociferous advocate of plasma tech for 3D, yet now it’s hawking a pair of LED backlit 3D screens, a 32in model and the 37incher featured here. The justification, the company will tell you, is to provide a smaller Active Shutter …
Steve May, 09 Apr 2011
Eminent iTrio EM7100

Eminent iTrio EM7100 HDMI wireless video sender

The video senders of yesterday didn’t enjoy the best of reputations. Typically used to route the analogue feed of one VCR to a second TV at the other end of the house, they suffered all manner of RF interference. Even when you managed to align their directional antennas, ghostly gremlins would make for a second rate viewing …
Steve May, 04 Apr 2011
Samsung BD-D6900

Samsung BD-D6900 3D Blu-ray player and DVR combo

Samsung’s BD-D6900 3D Blu-ray player is a curious hybrid. Not only does it play Blu-rays, DVDs and CDs but it also has a Freeview HD DVB-T2 tuner and connects to the company’s new Smart TV apps portal. It will even double up as a PVR if you tether it to an external hard drive. It’s not so much a disc spinner as an entertainment …
Steve May, 02 Apr 2011
Panasonic HDC-SD900

Panasonic HDC-SD900 camcorder

The HDC-SD900 was the first of Panasonic’s expanded 3D camcorder range to arrive in the UK. It sits below the HDC-TM900 and HDC-HS900 (which offer 32GB memory and 220GB HDD respectively), but shares the same functionality, recording Full HD and 3D video to SD card. Panasonic HDC-SD900 Card sharp: Panasonic's HDC-SD900 If you’ …
Steve May, 12 Mar 2011
Samsung UE55D8000

Samsung UE55D8000 55in net-connected LED TV

Samsung’s D8000 is as stylish as it is advanced. Barely contained by the tiny 5mm brushed-metal bezel, its images appear suspended in space. Only the brand’s familiar X-wing pedestal, with illuminated logo bulging from the bottom of the screen, keep them tethered to terra firma. Samsung UE55D8000 Samsung's 55in D8000: more …
Steve May, 05 Mar 2011