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Marantz Melody Media
4.5 stars

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
3.5 stars

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... >>

First look: LG BP650 portable Blu-ray player
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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.... >>

Panasonic SC-HC40DB
3.5 stars

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
3.5 stars

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
4.5 stars

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
4.5 stars

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
4.5 stars

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
3.5 stars

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
4.5 stars

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... >>