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Marantz Melody Media
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Marantz Melody Media

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The hi-fi landscape is changing and, not surprisingly, it all revolves around Apple if this high-end piece of kit from Japanese brand Marantz is anything to go by. The Marantz Melody Media was crowned as the, “world’s first AirPlay certified music... >>

Your old TiVo is dying: Here’s what to replace it with

Your old TiVo is dying: Here’s what to replace it with

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It’s got fans across the globe, but the programme guide feed that powers the older generation of TiVo boxes in the UK will officially cease on 1 June this year.Originally sold to BSkyB customers at the turn of the century, the clever PVR capable of... >>

Philips BDP7500S2
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Philips BDP7500S2

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Fancy a Blu-ray deck that does it all? Able to spin 3D Blu-ray discs, this classy deck proves technically just as good as models from the likes of Sony, but it does lack one or two features rivals include. Its provision of 1GB of local storage is a nice... >>

Sony Bravia KDL-40NX713
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Sony Bravia KDL-40NX713

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3D ready rather than 3D-equipped, this step-up set from Sony is nicely positioned for anyone after a top draw, future-proof flatscreen - and it comes complete with Freeview HD tuner. Part of Sony’s Network range - we’re not sure why when most of its... >>

Sharp LC-32LE210E
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Sharp LC-32LE210E

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Big in microwaves and calculators, few go shopping specifically for a Sharp TV, but they often end-up with one; you’ll find panels from the planet’s biggest LCD manufacturer inside the TVs of a lot of other, bigger brands.So how does the original... >>

Panasonic's TH-103VX200W 103-inch 3D plasma hands-on

Panasonic's TH-103VX200W 103-inch 3D plasma hands-on

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Most flatscreen TVs are mass-market commodities, but Pocket-lint got a peek at some very special plasmas from Panasonic at this week’s trade-only ISE (integrated Systems Europe) event in Amsterdam. Already approved by Pope Benedict XVI - several of... >>

Philips 58PFL9955H Cinema 21:9 Platinum
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Philips 58PFL9955H Cinema 21:9 Platinum

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Philips doesn't do things by halves. Designed primarily to rid Blu-ray movie transfers of those pesky black bars top and bottom, this uniquely (for now – LG demoed a very similar product behind closed doors at the recent CES) shaped TV increases the... >>

Samsung UE32C6000
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Samsung UE32C6000

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This LED from Samsung falls into the all-new TV category of “affordable high-end”, and is likely to appeal to anyone after the latest and greatest slimscreen tech, but who can’t actually afford most incarnations.It is this everyman approach that... >>

Toshiba 56- and 65-inch glasses-free 3DTVs eyes-on

Toshiba 56- and 65-inch glasses-free 3DTVs eyes-on

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Long before anyone expected, the era of glasses-free 3DTV is here. Although Toshiba had already announced 12-inch and 20-inch “no glasses” 3DTVs for the Japanese market, the appearance of 56-inch and 65-inch models at the CES has been something of... >>

CES boss slams content restrictions, talks of bumper 2011 CES

CES boss slams content restrictions, talks of bumper 2011 CES

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Gary Shapiro, the president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, the US trade association has criticised copyright issues for strangling the ‘watch anywhere’ ethos that has been technically do-able for some time.“If you buy a movie you... >>

First look: LG BP650 portable Blu-ray player

First look: LG BP650 portable Blu-ray player

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Forget top-notch high-def home entertainment or any thoughts of 3D; LG’s first foray into the portable Blu-ray player market is more about creating an affordable universal disc spinner.Measuring just nine inches across, the BP650 ought to end discussions... >>

Sony BDP-S470
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Sony BDP-S470

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Is it time we abandoned the 2D Blu-ray player? At this low price Sony’s BDP-S470 makes a serious bid at being not just an excellent 3D Blu-ray player, but a fantastic value all-rounder that could quickly see the rug pulled from under non-3D players.That... >>

Panasonic SC-HC40DB
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Panasonic SC-HC40DB

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A mere 10cm deep and wall-mountable - if you so desire - the Panasonic SC-HC40DB is a decent all-rounder. In truth the build quality of the SC-HC40DB is not standout stuff, though it does fit together a decent combination of built-in tech, including door-covered... >>

Arcam rCube
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Arcam rCube

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Sick of those £50 iPod docks that spew out meek music? Then try Arcam’s rCube for size; Wi-Fi meets Hi-Fi on this ‘pod-friendly speaker that’s about as high-end as it gets at this size. Ready for more good news? It’s portable. Yup - unplug the... >>

LG 47LX9900
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LG 47LX9900

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It may be 3D-ready, but LG has come up with one of the most luscious 2D TVs of the year so far. Part of its LX9900 Series (which also includes a 55-inch model), this 47-inch Direct LED-backlit LCD TV has features and quality in spades that make its 3D-readiness... >>

Panasonic DMP-BDT100
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Panasonic DMP-BDT100

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Panasonic’s budget 3D Blu-ray player is designed to be paired with one of the brand’s two 3D TVs - either its 50-inch TX-50VT20 or 65-inch TX-65VT20 plasmas - though makes for a great future-proof buy of you plan to fork out for a 3D screen in the... >>

Arcam Solo Neo and irDock
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Arcam Solo Neo and irDock

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If you’ve ever dreamed of owning serious hi-fi separates, but got sidetracked by iPods, iPhones and other computer-centric gadgets, Arcam’s Solo Neo could drag you back to your dream without making any sacrifices to modernity - and without the need... >>

Epson R4000
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Epson R4000

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With gamers demanding ever more immersive ways of playing, and Blu-ray making pin-sharp pictures possible even on 100-inch+ screens, home cinema projectors are in pole position. The follow-up to last year’s successful batch of beamers, the R4000 sits... >>

Toshiba SDP94DT
3.0 stars

Toshiba SDP94DT

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With the growing popularity of netbooks and portable video on smartphones, the portable DVD player has taken a back seat of late. Quite literally, with the humble portable DVD player now most often seen strapped to the back seats of cars full of kids.... >>

LG 15EL9500 OLED TV
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LG 15EL9500 OLED TV

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Do you remember that moment about a decade ago when you realised that flatscreen TVs really weren’t even close to being flat? Banish those feelings of betrayal right now and hail the arrival of a truly flat TV - LG’s first, and Planet Earth’s biggest... >>

Panasonic TX-65VT20
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Panasonic TX-65VT20

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At 65-inches in diameter and with a depth of just 90mm, is this 3D Ready plasma the ultimate flatscreem TV? It certainly looks the part, but if you’re going to spend this kind of money on anything it should be faultless.And for all its high tech features... >>

Samsung HT-C7550W Blu-ray home cinema system
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Samsung HT-C7550W Blu-ray home cinema system

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There are a lot of reasons why all-in-one soundbars are fast replacing home cinema systems, and the HT-C7550W is one of them. Built around a superb Blu-ray player and featuring online content, a pair of wireless surround speakers and an iPod dock, this... >>

Samsung HT-C6200 2.1 Blu-ray home cinema system
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Samsung HT-C6200 2.1 Blu-ray home cinema system

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With Blu-ray now firmly ensconced in the home entertainment landscape, it’s about time it was included in all-in-one home cinema systems - and this sub-£400 package from Samsung is one of the best value.It’s hardly cable-free, but if you can stomach... >>

Vita Audio R2i
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Vita Audio R2i

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DAB radios and iPod docks are everywhere, but audiophile-quality sound has so far played second fiddle to convenience and aesthetics. British audio companies have a fine reputation - and Vita Audio certainly keeps its side of the bargain with this top... >>

Sony RDP-X80iP
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Sony RDP-X80iP

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The RDP-X80iP is Sony's answer to the once ubiquitous Bose Sound Dock, but it cleverly takes things further by adding a built-in battery.Portable and powerful, this sleek black speaker lies across a 20W digital amplifier, and on its own can be used as... >>

Sony Bravia KDL-46EX503 television
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Sony Bravia KDL-46EX503 television

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Sony has been at the centre of the flat TV world this summer, shouting about its Bravia's built-in Freeview HD tuners and, on some models, 3D compatibility.What it hasn't mentioned is that many of its new models have eschewed all-new LED panels for rather... >>

Sony RDH-SK8iP iPod dock
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Sony RDH-SK8iP iPod dock

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Remember the ghetto blaster? The street-savvy, over-your-shoulder, does-it-all tape deck that could pump out tunes wherever you wanted and was the darling of students.It's back; Sony's latest makes a similar stab at streetwise with its RDH-SK8iP, but... >>

Panasonic TX-L32S20B television
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Panasonic TX-L32S20B television

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Panasonic has made a big boast this year that its new Viera TVs contain both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners - and it’s the only brand to do so. The S20 line-up, however, is the only range from the Japanese giant that contains "just" a Freeview HD... >>

Bush DVB680 receiver
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Bush DVB680 receiver

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You won’t find a cheaper Freeview HD set-top box on sale in the high street before the big kick-off in South Africa. And nor will you find a set-top box this basic, but that’s not necessarily a deal breaker since the Bush DVB680 delivers high-definition... >>

Linsar FHD1 receiver
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Linsar FHD1 receiver

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As we approach kick-off in Johannesburg, the market for Freeview HD set-top boxes is getting fierce. Prices are being slashed for boxes that offer both HD pictures and some nifty extras - can this back-to-basics box from British brand Linsar survive?The... >>

ADB i-CAN Easy HD 2851T receiver
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ADB i-CAN Easy HD 2851T receiver

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Wow - a Freeview HD receiver that does other stuff! Not only does this debut box from ADB feature a cutting-edge DVB-T2 tuner, but it also sports an interface for the BBC iPlayer - and a quite magnificent one, at that.Its multimedia talents don't stretch... >>

Optoma Pico PK102 pico projector
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Optoma Pico PK102 pico projector

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Even if you have home cinema ambitions and deep pockets, there's no denying that projectors are just too cumbersome for many. Optoma's latest pocket-sized LED projector might promise great things for home entertainment in the long run, but for now this... >>

Sharp LC-22DV200E television
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Sharp LC-22DV200E television

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With the nation's bedrooms now one of the main battlegrounds for the major TV brands, there's a lot of competition to produce the perfect all-in-one space-saving screen. Sharp's 22DV200 makes a stab at upstairs elegance by packing some crucial features... >>

Intempo Perform iPod dock
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Intempo Perform iPod dock

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Innovations in the world of iPod/iPhone docks are many, but this month sees the arrival of a whole new category - the motorised dock. Panasonic’s SC-HC30 houses an iPod and automatically closes a door, but beating it to the punch is Intempo’s Perform,... >>

Panasonic DMP-BD65 Blu-ray player
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Panasonic DMP-BD65 Blu-ray player

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Given the almost inevitable death of the disc in favour of downloading and streaming, the big brands are busy fitting their Blu-ray players with digital diversions - and Panasonic is no different.Its new mid-range Blu-ray deck, the BD65, sports Viera... >>

Icecrypt T2200 recevier
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Icecrypt T2200 recevier

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High definition is all very well, but do the new generation of Freeview HD receivers justify their price? Aside from two high-def TV channels (so far) - ITV 1 HD and BBC HD - receivers like Icecrypt's T2200 receiver are not much different from their predecessors,... >>

10 ways to watch BBC iPlayer without using your laptop

10 ways to watch BBC iPlayer without using your laptop

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Downloading TV programmes perfectly legally has been a massive hit in the UK for a few years, but there’s no longer any need for entire families to crowd around a laptop to watch BBC iPlayer.The Beeb has been using our licence fee to work on myriad... >>

Pioneer XW-NAS5 iPod dock
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Pioneer XW-NAS5 iPod dock

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iPod/iPhone systems are proving to be one of the fastest-selling products in consumer electronics, but most are little more than docks attached to a rudimentary speaker. Not so Pioneer’s multi-coloured XW-NAS5, which - as its rather ambitious price... >>

Sony Bravia KDL-19S5700 television
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Sony Bravia KDL-19S5700 television

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A mere 6.9cm deep, there’s not much to Sony’s KDL-19S5700, but what it lacks in depth it makes up for in excellent pictures and some novel versatility.Surprisingly well connected for a small TV, this 19-incher counts a couple of HDMI inputs (one on... >>

iRex DR800S ebook reader
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iRex DR800S ebook reader

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On first impressions, the DR800S (on sale from www.libresco.com) does an uncanny impression of a paperback. It’s got an 8-inch screen – that’s only a couple of inches bigger than the 6-inch norm, but it hits the sweetspot; it has almost twice the... >>

Epson EH-TW4400 projector
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Epson EH-TW4400 projector

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LCD has virtually replaced plasma TVs in the mass market (less than one in ten use the original flat TV tech) by getting technically better, and 3LCD projectors are looking to do the same in home cinema projection.It’s got a long way to go because a... >>

Freeview HD: The TVs you’ll need

Freeview HD: The TVs you’ll need

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If you've got money to burn, Sky+ HD is where to head for myriad high-definition TV channels. But the arrival of Freeview HD looks set to put the high-def cat amongst the broadcast pigeons - for the summer months, at least. The reason, of course, is the... >>

BenQ W1000 projector
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BenQ W1000 projector

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We've all brought home a projector from the office and been thoroughly disappointed with the results. And while dedicated home cinema projectors offer widescreen high-definition and the contrast and smoothness movies demand, on first impression the W1000... >>

Samsung PS50B550 television
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Samsung PS50B550 television

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Only a few years ago the idea of getting a 50-inch Full HD plasma for £750 was unthinkable. Now, the choice is huge, and Samsung’s polished PS50B550 joins mid-range plasmas from LG and Panasonic as excellent value screens for anyone after the perfect... >>

Epson EH-DM3 projector
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Epson EH-DM3 projector

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For those who baulk at the idea of swapping their flatscreen TV for a projector, consider this - Epson's new EH-DM3 can project 300-inch images.At this price that's remarkable, but its lengthy feature-count doesn't stop there. Strapped with 10W stereo... >>

Philips BDP7500 Blu-ray player
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Philips BDP7500 Blu-ray player

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Look at the Blu-ray market and you'd think it had gone the way of DVD players already, with £70 machines not uncommon in the January sales. Most of those players are the very definition of basic. Philips' latest tries to up the ante slightly by tidying-up... >>

Toshiba BDX2000 Blu-ray player
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Toshiba BDX2000 Blu-ray player

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Like a Phoenix from the flames, Toshiba has at last put pride where it belongs and jumped on the Blu-ray bandwagon and we're glad it did.The loser in the Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD format war a few years ago, it's taken the Japanese giant almost 2 years to lick... >>

Philips 40PFL9704 television
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Philips 40PFL9704 television

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With flatscreen TVs now a commodity market, finding a high-end set that represents the pinnacle of engineering is increasingly tricky – but Philips’ latest LED set strives for just that.And it just about succeeds. Fitted with what Philips calls a... >>

Samsung SP-A600B projector
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Samsung SP-A600B projector

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While home cinema projectors are hardly "all the rage", if you find an affordable model you can live with the prize is irresistible; huge Full HD images that give games and movies a whole new feeling.Unlike a telly, a projector is only half the story,... >>

iRiver Story ebook reader
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iRiver Story ebook reader

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Ebook readers are for travellers, right? Wrong. Take frequent flyers: can anything that has to be switched off during take-off and landing really be considered "great for travellers"? Not really, but if you don't confuse the genre with that bastion of... >>