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CEDIA Awards 2012: From invisible TVs to swimming pool cinemas

By Clare Newsome | Mon, 23 Apr 2012, 1:40pm

Whether you're planning to fit a new flatscreen, or plotting how you can have true home cinema without burying your room in wires and boxes, you can learn a lot from the CEDIA professionals tackling such projects every day. These guys have ...

2012 Panasonic Viera TV pictures and tech specs revealed

By Clare Newsome | Tue, 21 Feb 2012, 9:20am

After the US launch of its 2012 TVs at CES last month, Panasonic has unveiled the new sets we will see in the UK this year.A new flagship plasma, larger LED-backlit LCD TVs and its first passive 3D models join the line-up, which include six ...

Clarity Alliance's clear aim: better sound and vision for all

By Clare Newsome | Tue, 7 Feb 2012, 10:47am

With sales of hi-fi and AV separates hitting a 20-year low (of which more later), manufacturers and retailers of quality kit are certainly facing some challenges. However, powered by their passion for better-quality sound and vision, they're ...

CES 2012: Panasonic TVs focus on picture quality and slicker controls

By Clare Newsome | Fri, 13 Jan 2012, 12:57am

Slimmer, premium plasmas, larger LCDs and 3D sets in both active and passive formats join Panasonic's 2012 TV line-up. Users get fresh control options in the shape of an innovative smartphone/tablet app plus a touch-pad remote control handset.We ...

CES 2012: Technology Trends To Watch

By Clare Newsome | Sun, 8 Jan 2012, 10:49pm

Since 1967, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been the annual curtain-raiser for the brand-new products and technologies that manufacturers and service providers hope will tempt you to try and buy.But in a world where even consumers in ...

More headphones, bigger TVs and a passion for BBC Radio 4 - UK consumer electronics trends revealed

By Clare Newsome | Thu, 25 Aug 2011, 7:01pm

UK households are harbouring 46 million TVs, buying 24,000 pairs of headphones a day, enjoying over a million new smartphones a month and purchasing more consumer electronics online than anywhere else in Europe. These are just some of the ...

Q&A - Naim Audio and Focal merger

By Clare Newsome | Fri, 19 Aug 2011, 11:34am

Big hi-fi news this morning as Naim Audio and Focal announce their merger (more in our story here).The newly conjoined company has issued a Q&A covering a lot of the key issues involved in the deal - here are the highlights below.We'll be ...

Inside Sonos - on a mission to play all the music on earth

By Clare Newsome | Fri, 12 Aug 2011, 5:27pm

The Sonos Head Office is an exciting place to be. Not just because it’s in chic Santa Barbara, California, but because the company, famous for its wireless multi-room systems. is so busy thinking up new ways to fulfill its aim to ‘play all the ...

How to set up the One For All Xsight Touch universal remote control

By Clare Newsome | Fri, 10 Jun 2011, 12:11pm

We're fans of One for All's XSight Touch - after a much-needed series of firmware updates, we rate it as a neat little universal remote control.It's even better value as a free gift, which is how our subscriptions team offered it recently to new ...

How to download the digital edition of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision

By Clare Newsome | Tue, 10 May 2011, 11:42am

At last! Today sees the launch of the digital edition of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision.After almost 35 years as a printed magazine, we are now also available to read on your PC, Mac, or iPad (Android support imminent) – wherever you are in the ...