Andy Clough's blog

Caroline Osborn: 1945-2014

By Andy Clough | Tue, 25 Mar 2014, 10:47am

I was deeply saddened to hear yesterday of the death of Caroline Osborn, Buying Guide Editor for What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision for more than 30 years. I worked closely with Caroline over many years, including during my stint as Editor of the ...

The rocky road to digital radio switchover – will it ever happen?

By Andy Clough | Wed, 12 Mar 2014, 4:44pm

I've lost track of the number of years I've been covering the debate over the proposed switchover from analogue to digital radio, but it's been quite a few. While the switchover to digital TV went largely without a hitch, and was completed in ...

Amazon and Netflix are changing the TV landscape

By Andy Clough | Wed, 26 Feb 2014, 6:24pm

The news that Amazon is to commission a third series of Ripper Street after it was axed by the BBC last year has delighted fans – including me. It has also put paid to the question of whether or not, as an Amazon Prime customer, I need access to ...

CES 2014: the good, the bad and the downright crazy

By Andy Clough | Sun, 12 Jan 2014, 11:40am

CES is the biggest technology show on the planet. During the early part of January, 200,000+ visitors descend on Las Vegas in the Nevada desert as thousands of tech companies, big and small, show off their latest innovations.Just to put it into ...

How to... buy the right TV

By Andy Clough | Mon, 25 Nov 2013, 1:30pm

  We know from all the postings on the Forums that many of you are looking to buy a new TV for Christmas. To help you make the right choice, we've put together a step-by-step guide to help you on your way.So before you hit the shops, read ...

How to... get the best TV picture

By Andy Clough | Mon, 25 Nov 2013, 11:20am

So you've got your brand new flatscreen LCD or plasma TV home from the shop: you excitedly remove it from its packaging, and start revelling in its delivery of the characters and colours of a favourite DVD or Blu-ray film. But are you getting the ...

Shed a tear for plasma's demise

By Andy Clough | Thu, 31 Oct 2013, 2:35pm

As news stories go, Panasonic’s announcement today that it’s finally ending plasma TV production in December is one of the least surprising we’ve published recently.The writing has been on the wall for some time, and despite repeated denials by ...

IFA 2013: Sony puts the focus on hi-res audio and 4K TV

By Andy Clough | Fri, 6 Sep 2013, 12:46pm

One of the biggest surprises to come out of IFA 2013 was the unexpected announcement from Sony that it had developed a whole range of high-resolution audio products. In the flurry of press conferences on the first day of the show, the ...

Bang & Olufsen: A trip down memory lane

By Andy Clough | Wed, 24 Apr 2013, 4:07pm

It all began in 1925, when Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen started the company that was to bear their name on a farm in Struer, north west Denmark. The two young engineers began by making radios, and developing the first Bang & Olufsen ...

The state of the consumer electronics market

By Andy Clough | Thu, 28 Mar 2013, 5:17pm

The consumer electronics industry is going through a pretty torrid time at the moment - witness the collapse of Comet, Philips pulling out of the market completely and most of the major Japanese TV manufacturers desperately trying to cut their ...