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NEWS: Samsung's nano-baiting newcomer

By Clare Newsome | Mon, 20 Aug 2007, 11:21am

Looks like the iPod nano is facing its most-serious threats yet, with Samsung adding a svelte, video-armed player to its line up, hot on the heels of LG’s similarly spec’d (and five-star rated) FM37. The Samsung P2 is due soon in 2GB, 4GB, ...

NEWS: Philips micro hi-fi has hidden movie talent

By Clare Newsome | Fri, 17 Aug 2007, 4:24pm

The release speaks mysteriously of tubes and appealing warmth, but what we actually have here is a tidy-looking new Philips micro system that's as happy to spin DVDs as it is CDs. The Philips MCD908 offer playback for DVD-Video, DVD+RW, ...

The King is dead, long live ... The X Factor?!?

By Clare Newsome | Thu, 16 Aug 2007, 6:02pm

Almost as many words have been written about the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's demise as calories consumed by The King on that fateful August night, writes Clare Newsome, and even as a fan, I wasn't intending to add my own here. ...

NEWS: Honey, I shrunk the subwoofer! Velodyne unveils the MicroVee

By Clare Newsome | Wed, 15 Aug 2007, 5:00pm

If you're struggling to squeeze a subwoofer into your room/past your partner, Velodyne may have the answer in the diminutive form of the MicroVee. The bass box measures a tidy 22.9x22.9x24.4cm - that's roughly nine-inches squared in ...

NEWS: Solar backpack saves batteries – and your life?

By Clare Newsome | Tue, 14 Aug 2007, 5:38pm

We're used to lofty claims about products here at What Hi-fi? Sound and Vision, but life-saving properties remain a rare boast. Still, that's precisely one of benefits mentioned in the press release for Computer Supermarket's new ...

NEWS: To Leema Xen, a Son - Xero

By Clare Newsome | Tue, 14 Aug 2007, 4:36pm

Leema Acoustics' acclaimed Xen mini-monitors have spawned an equally diminutive - but much more decorative - pair of Xero speakers aimed at space-constrained home hi-fi systems. You wouldn't know it from this towering picture, but ...

NEWS: Watch and record Freeview TV with a Humax flatscreen

By Clare Newsome | Tue, 14 Aug 2007, 11:40am

Humax's latest two LCD TVs now feature Freeview Playback-certified PVRs (personal video recorders). The 32in Humax LP32-TDR1 and 40in LP40-TDR1 both include 160GB hard drives and twin Freeview tuners, offering 80 hours of digital TV ...

NEWS: DivX passes 100 million milestone

By Clare Newsome | Mon, 13 Aug 2007, 6:21pm

Ever seen this logo on one of your consumer electronics products or packaging? If so, it'll be one of over 100 million DivX-certified devices to be shipped since the video-compression software started a certification programme back in ...

NEWS: Philips Ambilight evolves to become Aurea

By Clare Newsome | Mon, 13 Aug 2007, 3:02pm

In a breathless press release poised halfway between Private Eye's Pseud's Corner and a New Age candle catalogue, Philips has announced Aurea – the new name for its Ambilight TV technology. Now, we really rate Ambilight, an ...

NEWS: Intempo launches DAB iPod dock

By Clare Newsome | Fri, 10 Aug 2007, 6:03pm

We've had portable digital radios with MP3 support, and iPod docks with FM and even Internet radio support, but Intempo's forthcoming RDI-03 may very well be the first integrated dock-with-DAB. Less surprisingly, the £99 unit - set ...