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HIGH END 2012: Sony eyes European launch of its $27,000 SS-AR1 flagship speakers

By Andrew Everard | Mon, 7 May 2012, 2:02pm

The Sony SS-AR1 loudspeakers  – the company's no-compromise design, already on the receiving end of accolades in the USA – could be coming to the UK.The floorstanding speakers, combining heavyweight birch and maple ply cabinets with ...

Shopping, 2012-style: will it be there, and will it be new?

By Andrew Everard | Sun, 22 Apr 2012, 3:44pm

The ability of British retail to shoot itself in the foot never ceases to amaze.  While high-street and out-of-town retailers face an ongoing threat from those with no 'bricks and mortar' presence, for many purchases it's becoming ...

Linn joins the furniture trend with streaming sideboard, while Lenny Kravitz takes the Starck seat

By Andrew Everard | Fri, 20 Apr 2012, 4:11pm

Blimey, it's beginning to feel like I'm turning into whathifi.com's interior design correspondent!  Yesterday it was IKEA's furniture/TV combinations, today it's Linn showing at the prestigious Milan Furniture Fair, with a sleek 'audio ...

Sonnets project rolls out the big guns of ancient instrument design

By Andrew Everard | Fri, 20 Apr 2012, 11:50am

Monday is both St George's Day and Shakespeare's birthday, as you may have noticed from the fact we seem to be having a blizzard of Bard-related stuff coinciding with the run-up to what it's hard not to refer to as 'the Jubilympics'.Actually, ...

IKEA's move into home entertainment doesn't shame the industry – it just shows how the TV landscape is changing

By Andrew Everard | Thu, 19 Apr 2012, 11:17am

Strange blog from the usually dispassionate DisplaySearch, gatherer of information and analysis to do with the flatscreen industry, suggesting that Ikea's announcement of furniture with integrated TVs 'shames' the consumer electronics industry.In ...

Audyssey Lower East Side Media Speakers: LES is more

By Andrew Everard | Sat, 7 Apr 2012, 4:33am

The Audyssey Lower East Side Media speakers may be tiny, but they can kick up a storm...  Just occasionally products slip through the WHFSV review net: we only have so many pages each month, and the competition for space can get ...

Naim lets the engineers do the talking about its high-end NDS network player

By Andrew Everard | Wed, 22 Feb 2012, 11:00am

There's an unwritten rule in organising press events: Never let the engineers do the presentation.          Too many times I've sat through endless sets of PowerPoint slides as the R&D people ...

PLAYLIST: February 2012

By Andrew Everard | Wed, 8 Feb 2012, 2:28pm

Disc of the month     Super 8: fine film-making and superb sound    Super 8 | Blu-ray | *****    Given Hollywood’s current enthusiasm for low-risk productions, it should be no surprise that so ...

Is the User Experience the future, and the TV factory the past?

By Andrew Everard | Mon, 6 Feb 2012, 4:18pm

(...Or 'How Japan's consumer electronics companies went from masters of the TV universe to "Holy s—, now what?"') Just about three months ago I wrote a blog post about the fears being expressed that 'Made in Japan' was proving unsustainably ...

Completely Neat

By Andrew Everard | Mon, 6 Feb 2012, 2:29pm

I missed out on hearing the Neat Iota speakers when they were launched at the Manchester Show last Autumn, but the buzz from those who were there was such that I put in a request for a review pair unheard.And having finally got my hands on a pair ...