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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?... >>

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... >>

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... >>

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... >>