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The Big Question: Where on earth should I start with upgrading my budget hi-fi?

By Andy Clough | Fri, 22 Jan 2010, 3:11pm

THE TESTIt’s a problem that most hi-fi lovers have encountered. We start with a modest hi-fi set up, and love listening to our music on it. But over time, the inevitable desire to upgrade arises. Now, it’s easy to say, “No problem, just bin your ...

The Big Question: Am I getting the best from my home cinema system?

By Andy Clough | Thu, 21 Jan 2010, 4:16pm

THE TESTThe prospect of hooking up a home cinema amplifier can be a daunting one. They can be intimidating in the extreme, what with all those acronyms across the front panel and different inputs and outputs at the back. So it's no surprise that ...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Sony's 'Mr 3D', Tim Page

By Andy Clough | Sun, 17 Jan 2010, 6:53pm

We caught up with Sony's 'Mr 3D', Tim Page – senior manager, Technology Marketing of Sony Europe – at CES last week, and quizzed him about Sony's plans for 3D TV. Here's what he had to say:1. What do you think will be the biggest content types to ...

CES 2010: The future's bright, the future's 3D; or is it?

By Andy Clough | Thu, 7 Jan 2010, 4:55pm

It’s hard to ignore the fact here at CES that the big TV manufacturers are hell-bent on 2010 being the year of 3D TV. Yesterday Sony wheeled out its new Brand Ambassador, Taylor Swift, to perform ‘live in 3D’ – there was something slightly ...

The art of noise: high-definition sound explained

By Andy Clough | Fri, 4 Dec 2009, 1:30pm

Blu-ray offers more than just top pictures – it also delivers the best sound in home cinema, so you get to hear movies exactly the way Hollywood hears themAccording to Randy Thom, one of Hollywood's greatest sound designers, "If you look closely ...

Our Top 10 comedy Blu-rays

By Andy Clough | Wed, 2 Dec 2009, 2:06pm

Fancy a laugh this Christmas? Then read our reviews and take your pick from our Top 10 comedy Blu-ray discs. No.1: HOT FUZZ (2007)Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's smart copper-com is just as funny as Shaun of the Dead, and has the crystal-clear ...

Our Top 10 Blu-ray action films

By Andy Clough | Mon, 30 Nov 2009, 12:33pm

There's a fantastic selection of action movies now available on Blu-ray, so if you want to give your home cinema system a real workout, choose from one of our Top 10 action films. No.1: The Dark Knight (2008)Chris Nolan's brooding Caped ...

Is 3D the future of TV?

By Andy Clough | Thu, 26 Nov 2009, 1:25pm

With 3D movies hitting cinemas, and the new screens, broadcasts and games arriving as early as 2010, we ask if TV is really about to enter another dimension 3D is fast becoming one of the buzz words of 2009: thanks to Hollywood's ...

Our Top 10 TV shows on Blu-ray

By Andy Clough | Mon, 23 Nov 2009, 3:45pm

We love a bit  of telly, and no more so than when it's in glorious high definition. Here's our selection of current top TV shows on Blu-ray:   No.1ROME (2009)This exceptional HBO co-production with the BBC looks stunning. With a ...

Our Top 10 sci-fi films on Blu-ray

By Andy Clough | Wed, 18 Nov 2009, 12:10pm

With Star Trek out on Blu-ray this week, we thought we'd bring you our choice of Top 10 sci-fi films on Blu-ray, plus an interview with the key players on the latest outing for the Star Trek franchise.No.1STAR TREK (2009)Join a fresh-faced Kirk ...