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US/KOREA: Wireless 7.1 surround moves a step closer

Andrew Everard Fri, 12 Jun 2009, 3:46pm

The home cinema dream of full-range 7.1-channel surround without wires all round the room has moved closer to reality with the announcement of a deal between Californian company Focus Enhancements and Korea's Anam Electronics.Who they? Well, ...

US: Blu-ray back-ups to become legal next year

Andrew Everard Fri, 12 Jun 2009, 12:18pm

Good news? From next year it should be possible to make a legal high-resolution back-up copy of Blu-ray Disc movie titles, which will please those with media centre/server systems.Bad news? The 'managed copy' facility will only be available on ...

Millions of US TV screens will go blank tomorrow as digital switchover is completed

Andrew Everard Thu, 11 Jun 2009, 4:35pm

It's been delayed, it's been the source of wrangling in Congress, and it's had consumers totally confused, but tomorrow the analogue TV signal is finally switched off in the States. And that could mean millions of viewers suddenly have no ...

No-one's saying 3D won't be coming to Blu-ray Disc in a big way, eventually. But will it be good enough keep us watching?

Andrew Everard Mon, 11 May 2009, 4:57pm

Rather as Hollywood clung to novelties in the cinemas – 3D, Sensurround, perfumes pumped into theatres and even tingling electrical charges through the seats – in an effort to hold back the tide of TV in the 1950s and 1960s, so it's seeing the ...

Could 'lifesize' plasma TVs just a millimetre thick be the way ahead?

Andrew Everard Mon, 11 May 2009, 3:31pm

This is the 3m x 2m display from Shinoda Plasma, the company founded a few years back by one of the leading lights of Fujitsu's abandoned flatscreen programme. It's being promoted as the first screen on the market able to show lifesize human ...

Memories, coincidences and revelations: Ken Ishiwata's 30th anniversary

Andrew Everard Thu, 7 May 2009, 2:11pm

Marantz held a lunch in London yesterday to mark a significant milestone, and launch some special celebratory products.The occasion? 30 years since Marantz's Brand Ambassador, Ken Ishiwata – the man behind the KI Signature range of products – ...

New look What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision: exclusive preview

Richard Melville Mon, 27 Apr 2009, 3:13pm

 From Wednesday 6th May, you’ll be able to buy our new-look June issue. If you're a subscriber, you’ll get it this weekend. But what’s so important about the new design?The new look isn’t all about the odd splash of colour here and there of ...

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HDMI Standards Organisation thinks about a more secure connection. At last.

Andrew Everard Wed, 15 Apr 2009, 12:28pm

You may remember a blog piece I wrote a couple of months back about a locking system for HDMI plugs.If you don't, no worries – this isn't a test: the upshot of it was that an enterprising company in the States has come up with a little clamp, the ...

Sennheiser HD800 - hands-on preview, plus how the £1000 headphones are made

Clare Newsome Thu, 19 Mar 2009, 4:17pm

 Launching a £1000 pair of headphones in the midst of a global recession wouldn't have been the first choice for Sennheiser, but after experiencing its new HD800 flagship (pictured above) in action, we're sure they'll find an audience.We ...

JAPAN: are TV consumers nesting, resting or giving new sets the swerve?

Andrew Everard Tue, 10 Mar 2009, 12:54pm

Some interesting figures coming out of Japan at the moment about TV sales, not least a healthy increase in the uptake of larger flatscreens.But look a little closer and things aren't quite as clear as they seem.Research company BCN, which ...