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The Best of the Week - 27/07/07

Andrew Everard Fri, 27 Jul 2007, 4:12pm

Well, the river outside the office window remains a raging torrent, while down in the depths of WHFSV towers all the energy is being generated by discussions of the merits of various pieces of equipment as the Awards judging looms ever closer. ...

NEWS: Watch movies on the go with LG's latest portable DVD player

Andy Clough Fri, 27 Jul 2007, 10:16am

If incessant games of 'I Spy' with the kids on long car journeys drive you mad, then what you need is a portable DVD player to keep the little darlings entertained. LG has a new portable DVD player, the DP271, that might be just the ...

NEWS: Heroes to help HD DVD?

Clare Newsome Thu, 26 Jul 2007, 4:45pm

Sci-fi TV show Heroes registered record-breaking viewing figures on BBC2 and BBC HD last night, and soon it could be helping HD DVD to similar success. In a further boost to the HD DVD camp in its high-definition disc battle against Blu-ray, ...

NEWS: Star Trek, Jim, but not as we know it

Clare Newsome Thu, 26 Jul 2007, 4:40pm

It's an announcement that could divide Trekkies as George Lucas's special editions of Star Wars have long split fans of The Force. The forthcoming HD DVD version of Star Trek: The Original Series is to have its 1960s visual effects ...

NEWS: Denon's first Blu-ray player to go on sale Stateside this autumn

Andy Clough Thu, 26 Jul 2007, 1:51pm

Denon has confirmed its commitment to Blu-ray by unveiling details of its first Blu-ray player, the $2000 DVD-3800 BDCI. It's due to go on sale in the US this autumn, and will be available in the UK around November, according to the ...

NEWS: British Summer boosts DVD watching

Andrew Everard Thu, 26 Jul 2007, 12:50pm

The wettest, dullest June for over a decade seems to have sent us all scurrying for the comfort of our home cinema set-ups. Sales and rentals of DVDs were up, and the number of movies being bought showed its fastest growth this year. We ...

I'm all shook up - it's high-definition Elvis!

Clare Newsome Tue, 24 Jul 2007, 6:21pm

When it comes to my own system, i've remained fairly detached from the Blu-ray vs HD DVD debate so far, writes Clare Newsome, happy to stick with Sky HD and upscaled DVDs rather than add a dedicated HD disc player. But the news that the King ...

Style meets reality - how big is your listening room?

Andrew Everard Mon, 23 Jul 2007, 4:43pm

We've all seen the 'lifestyle' pictures the hi-fi and home cinema companies use to lure us into purchasing their products. Huge rooms, minimalist and painfully designer furniture artfully arranged, and when there's any sign ...

NEWS: Yamaha takes the wraps off new AV receivers and micro hi-fi system

Andy Clough Mon, 23 Jul 2007, 3:04pm

Yamaha RX-V461DAB 5.1 We'd been wondering what was happening at Yamaha HQ, as for the first time in ages they haven't submitted any products for our Awards this year - and then suddenly up pops a press release in our email box ...

The Best of the Week - 20/07/07

Andrew Everard Fri, 20 Jul 2007, 1:05pm

Well, that'll teach us to talk about lulls after storms: we've just been sitting here watching a near-biblical deluge outside the office window, wondering when it would ever end, whether there'd be serious flooding and if we'd ...