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NEWS: Magnatune's free seduction album

By Andrew Everard | Fri, 3 Aug 2007, 11:23am

Online label Magnatune - slogan "We are not evil" - has announced its latest releases, available for download in forms from MP3 all the way up to CD-quality WAV files. And it's showing a little bit of its wicked side by offering a ...

NEWS: The Sony home cinema in a box that talks to your mobile

By Andy Clough | Fri, 3 Aug 2007, 10:45am

We've just finished testing Sony's ever-so-cute Bravia Theatre DAV-IS10 home cinema in a box system (there'll be a full review in our October issue, on sale August 23), and now Sony's added another model to the range, the ...

NEWS: Hitachi launches Blu-ray camcorders

By Andrew Everard | Fri, 3 Aug 2007, 10:16am

Hitachi has announced the arrival of the world's first Blu-ray camcorders, offering 1920x1080-pixel HD recording onto miniature BD-R (recordable Blu-ray) discs. And in a parallel move, recording media companies Imation and Verbatim heralded ...

NEWS: NAD's latest tuner is analogue-only

By Andrew Everard | Fri, 3 Aug 2007, 9:16am

Most of the talk in the world of radio may be about DAB, but NAD is going against the trend with the launch of a new analogue tuner covering the FM/AM bands. The company says the C425, which will sell for around £200, is designed for ...

NEWS: Recycling hi-fi - it's a green thing

By Andrew Everard | Thu, 2 Aug 2007, 3:40pm

What with the European directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, otherwise known as WEEE, and the one on the Reduction of Hazardous Substances, the consumer electronics industry has found itself having to take environmental ...

NEWS: Kibri's different angle on speaker design

By Andrew Everard | Thu, 2 Aug 2007, 3:13pm

It's been a bit of a speakerfest around here recently, what with the new models from Mordaunt-Short and Sonus Faber (below). But none of those designs is as radical as the new Naima, from Danish company Kibri, which uses a conventional ...

NEWS: Sonus Faber's improved Cremonas

By Andrew Everard | Thu, 2 Aug 2007, 2:27pm

Italian speaker master Sonus Faber has upgraded its Cremona speakers to create the new Cremona M version. Selling for £5394 a pair through UK distributor Absolute Sounds, the new speaker combines the company's usual superb quality of ...

NEWS: Mordaunt-Short upgrades its Avant floorstanders

By Andrew Everard | Thu, 2 Aug 2007, 12:51pm

Not content with having just launched its Alumni home cinema speaker system (see here), Mordaunt-Short has announced upgraded versions of the largest speakers in its Avant 900 range. The 914i and 916i feature the latest version of the ...

The answer comes out of the Blu

By Andrew Everard | Wed, 1 Aug 2007, 3:16pm

Ever since Sony announced the availability in the USA of its BDP-S300 Blu-ray player, which slots in below the original BDP-S1, I've been endeavouring to find out when, or indeed if, it would be coming to the UK, writes Andrew Everard. ...

NEWS: Mordaunt-Short Alumni home cinema speakers available from September

By Andy Clough | Wed, 1 Aug 2007, 12:39pm

Mordaunt-Short's Alumni home cinema sub/sat speaker package will be available from next month, either as a 2.1 or full 5.1 package. Designed at the company's UK R&D centre, the speakers use a curved cabinet design intended to ...