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Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
HD archives go 3D The UK’s first 3D Blu-ray/HDD PVR has arrived. Adrian Justins tries to remember what it’s like to record programmes and actually keep them

Panasonic’s hard disk/Blu-ray recorders hark back to the day when video recording meant people could lend VHS tapes to friends and family, who’d missed an episode of Twin Peaks or the Christmas day broadcast of Back To The Future on BBC1.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Passive actively targets groups Chris Jenkins checks out a curious 3D projection proposition

Active shutter 3D technology can be expensive, particularly if you want to cater to a large audience, but what if you could convert an active shutter 3D projector into a passive one? Then you could use the dirt-cheap passive polarised glasses of the sort you get in cinemas.

Adrian Justins  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments

If, like me, you love technology (and raw fish) it’s impossible not to like Japan, so the addition of the excellent NHK World channel to Freesat’s meagre portfolio of HD channels is a welcome boost to the platform on its third birthday.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Home cinema has a new reference The P55VT30 is the best domestic plasma TV John Archer has ever seen – and believe us, he's seen plenty of 'em

Panasonic has tried all manner of different TV sizes over the past few years, so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised to find it delivering another size ‘first’ in the form of its debut 55in model.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Finding a happy medium for 3D Samsung’s step-down D7000 series doesn’t cut on spec at all, as John Archer finds out when he powers up the 40in model

Like its UE55D8000 sibling reviewed previously, the UE40D7000 is a mighty stylish TV, with a bezel that’s so slender (barely a centimetre) that it’s barely there at all. Moreover, the slimness is emphasised by the fact that most of the frame is transparent.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Sony's revamp is truly IPTV-tastic If net connectivity is this year’s hot TV ticket, Sony's affordable EX-range is smokin', says Steve May

Sony was an early exponent of net-connected TV. While its rivals were fumbling through the adolescent stages of internet connectivity, the Japanese major already had a mature IPTV portal on the go in the shape of its BRAVIA Internet Video (BIV) service.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Austerity cinema How low can you go and still get a great cinematic experience? Steve May finds out, as he counts his change from a grand...

BenQ’s W1100 projector delivers large scale, vibrant images without obvious compromise, and its a full HD flag-waver for AV in our straitened times.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Speech and sound thats fit for a king Danny Phillips auditions a speaker system with a musical provenance

Hi-fi buffs may already be familiar with Tannoy’s Definition speakers, a two-channel range first introduced way back in the mid-’90s and brought back to life in 2009 with an elegant new design for the contemporary market. That’s the very same system you’re currently ogling on these pages, but before you start checking the cover date we should assure you that there’s a good reason for turning back the clock.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Hammer cracks volume nut Late-night volume changes can be avoided, finds Martin Pipe

This system uses Dolby Volume, which is a technology designed to intelligently ‘normalise’ loudness to avoid the annoying volume jumps familiar to late-night telly addicts, when broadcasters turn up the sound for adverts. The tech, which was modelled on psychoacoustic research conducted by Dolby, is integral to recent TVs, AVRs and this Volume Stabiliser.

Anton van Beek  |  Aug 23, 2011  |  0 comments

Automotive action blockbuster Fast & Furious 5 explodes onto Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on September 5, following a spectacular cinema run that saw it become the highest-grossing entry in the franchise in just 15 days!

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