Archive for Danny Phillips

  • Panasonic SC-BT230
    3.5 out of 5

    Panasonic SC-BT230

    By 3 September 2010

    All-in-one systems are home cinema’s answer to a takeaway. Sure you could spend ages buying all the ingredients separately and seeing how they taste together, but sometimes all you want to do is buy it, take it home and get stuck right in. And that...

  • Panasonic TX-P42G20B
    4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-P42G20B

    By 26 August 2010

    Choosing which free high-definition TV platform to go for can be difficult, but thankfully this 42-inch Panasonic plasma makes the decision a whole lot easier. It’s equipped with both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners, which means it’s ready to deliver...

  • Sony BDV-E370
    4 out of 5

    Sony BDV-E370

    By 22 July 2010

    Sony's entry-level Blu-ray system takes all the best bits from the superb BDP-S370 Blu-ray player, fuses them with an AV receiver and chucks them in a box with a set of 5.1 channel speakers - a convenient and cost-effective way of getting a complete high-def...

  • Philips BDP3100
    3.5 out of 5

    Philips BDP3100

    By 16 July 2010

    This entry-level Blu-ray deck has been designed to offer cash-strapped buyers the chance to get crisp high-def pictures without having to sell any vital organs. It does mean that the spec sheet is light on cutting-edge features, such as network media...

  • LG 47LE8900 television
    4 out of 5

    LG 47LE8900 television

    By 23 June 2010

    LG is one of several manufacturers to incorporate Freeview HD technology into its latest range of flatpanel TVs, bringing you a handful of high-definition channels without the need to fork out for an extra box. This 47-inch set uses Full LED technology...

  • Samsung HT-C6930W 3D Blu-ray home cinema system
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung HT-C6930W 3D Blu-ray home cinema system

    By 18 June 2010

    Samsung’s focus on innovation has earned it more “world firsts” than the Guinness Book of Records. And here’s another one for you – the HT-C6930W is the world’s first 3D Blu-ray home cinema system, bringing you immersive HD pictures and sizzling...

  • Metronic T2 HD Zapbox receiver
    3.5 out of 5

    Metronic T2 HD Zapbox receiver

    By 10 June 2010

    Footie fans keen to enjoy the imminent World Cup in glorious high-def are snapping up Freeview HD boxes like old ladies at a cake sale. And there’s a growing number of basic HD receivers to choose from, offering hi-def pictures without the added complication...

  • Samsung UE46C8000 3D television
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung UE46C8000 3D television

    By 8 June 2010

    3D movies like Avatar and Alice In Wonderland have proved to be real cash-cows at the cinema, so it was only natural that 3D technology would find its way into the home. Samsung was quickest off the mark, launching the world’s first 3D Blu-ray player,...

  • Panasonic DMR-BW780 Freeview HD Blu-ray recorder
    4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic DMR-BW780 Freeview HD Blu-ray recorder

    By 26 May 2010

    Last year Panasonic brought the first Blu-ray recorders with built-in Freesat HD tuners to the UK market, and it’s beaten everyone to the punch again in 2010 with the equivalent Freeview HD models. The DMR-BW780 allows you to pick up razor-sharp HD...

  • Samsung HT-C6500 Blu-ray home cinema system
    4.5 out of 5

    Samsung HT-C6500 Blu-ray home cinema system

    By 21 May 2010

    Look up the word generous in the dictionary and you’ll find a little picture of Samsung’s latest Blu-ray home cinema system, the HT-C6500. It’s no exaggeration to say that it’s one of the most feature-packed one-box systems we’ve ever come across,...

  • LG HLB54S soundbar speakers
    4.5 out of 5

    LG HLB54S soundbar speakers

    By 2 April 2010

    If you’re looking to snap up a Blu-ray player and home cinema system in one fell swoop, but your room is too pokey to house a full 5.1 rig then this soundbar solution could be right up your alley. Unlike the majority of soundbars that only handle the...

  • Pioneer HTP-SB300 soundbar speakers
    3.5 out of 5

    Pioneer HTP-SB300 soundbar speakers

    By 19 March 2010

    As one of the only areas of the loudspeaker market making any money, it’s no surprise that Pioneer is dabbling in soundbar technology. These compact, space-saving systems have really caught consumers’ imagination, bringing high-quality home cinema...

  • Grundig GUFSDTR500HD Freesat recorder
    4 out of 5

    Grundig GUFSDTR500HD Freesat recorder

    By 17 March 2010

    It might not boast as many high-def channels as Sky HD or Virgin, but Freesat has provided salvation for thousands of viewers who want HD, but simply can’t afford the steep subscription fees. That is, before Freeview HD reared its head. The trouble...

  • Toshiba XDE-600 DVD player
    4.5 out of 5

    Toshiba XDE-600 DVD player

    By 20 October 2009

    Last year’s XDE-500, the first DVD player equipped with Toshiba’s eXtended Detail Enhancement (XDE) technology, certainly took upscaled picture quality to new heights, but a replacement for high-def it was not. Since then Toshiba has announced plans...

  • Sony BDP-S360 Blu-ray player
    3.5 out of 5

    Sony BDP-S360 Blu-ray player

    By 13 October 2009

    If the recession has eaten into your Blu-ray player budget then all is not lost - there are some great-value decks on the market that deliver the high-def basics without making a large dent in your savings. We’ve already looked at the Samsung BD-P1600...

  • Pioneer BDP-LX52 Blu-ray player
    4.5 out of 5

    Pioneer BDP-LX52 Blu-ray player

    By 9 October 2009

    When it comes to Blu-ray players, Pioneer always puts performance high on the agenda, an approach that’s made it the darling of the home cinema cognoscenti. All of its decks to date have delivered stunning picture and sound quality, usually accompanied...

  • Toshiba 37RV635D television
    4 out of 5

    Toshiba 37RV635D television

    By 25 August 2009

    When it comes to LCD TVs, Toshiba is one of the most dependable names in the business. From entry-level up to flagship, it has a canny knack of delivering feature-packed TVs at reasonable prices – and the company’s RV series looks to follow in that...

  • Philips BDP7300 Blu-ray player
    4 out of 5

    Philips BDP7300 Blu-ray player

    By 5 August 2009

    Philips hasn’t really made an impact in the high-def player market so far but the BDP7300 could put the Dutch manufacturer on the Blu-ray map. It’s a fully-fledged Profile 2.0 affair, which puts BD-Live downloads at your disposal (the quality of which...

  • Panasonic SC-BT205 Blu-ray home cinema system
    4 out of 5

    Panasonic SC-BT205 Blu-ray home cinema system

    By 10 July 2009

    History tells us that one-box home cinema bundles rarely match the quality of a decent separates system, but for sheer convenience they simply can’t be beaten. And when it comes to Blu-ray, convenience and set-up simplicity are even more vital, given...

  • Panasonic DMR-BS850 Freesat Blu-ray recorder
    4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic DMR-BS850 Freesat Blu-ray recorder

    By 4 June 2009

    They’ve had Blu-ray recorders in Japan for donkey's years, but the lack of free HD content in the UK has delayed their introduction here. But the emergence of Freesat - now a year old - has finally made Blu-ray recording a reality for us Brits, and...

  • Sharp AN-PR1500H home cinema rack
    3.5 out of 5

    Sharp AN-PR1500H home cinema rack

    By 23 October 2008

    If you’re one of those people who thinks home cinema kit should be heard but not seen, then Sharp’s latest AV rack could be right up your street. Stealthily concealed within its stout frame are a DVD player and 2.1-channel speakers, providing a convenient,...

  • Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-ray player
    4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic DMP-BD35 Blu-ray player

    By 15 October 2008

    Back when Blu-ray was just a twinkle in its creator’s eye, there was much talk about BD Live and how it would revolutionise the way we watch movies, but little did we know that there would be an arduous 2-year wait for the idea to come to fruition....

  • Humax FOXSAT-HD Freesat receiver
    4.5 out of 5

    Humax FOXSAT-HD Freesat receiver

    By 15 September 2008

    Sky’s subscription stranglehold on high-def broadcasting means that many people simply can’t afford to experience HD TV for themselves. But thanks to Freesat – a joint venture between the BBC and ITV which offers over 80 TV and radio channels via...

  • Panasonic SC-BT100 home cinema system
    3.5 out of 5

    Panasonic SC-BT100 home cinema system

    By 18 August 2008

    Blu-ray pioneer Panasonic scoops another world’s first with the SC-BT100, currently the only Blu-ray system on the market with Profile 1.1 support. That means it’ll play the picture-in-picture commentaries found on certain Blu-ray discs (such as Resident...