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NEWS: Smart move from Denon with 2.1 cinema systems

By Clare Newsome | Tue, 18 Sep 2007, 6:02pm

Denon has unveiled its latest additions to its'S' (Smart) Series, the S-102 and S-302. The two new 2.1 virtual surround systems are set for release this October, to be followed by the S-32 table-top audio system. The main addition ...

NEWS: Take the weight off your ears with new 8g headphones

By Clare Newsome | Tue, 18 Sep 2007, 1:14pm

The headphone market may be rather crowded but your lugs will be less so if you opt for these new q-Jays, which claim to be the world's smallest earphones to include separate tweeter and woofer drivers. The diminutive dual-driver design ...

NEWS: Roberts DAB is coming up roses

By Clare Newsome | Thu, 13 Sep 2007, 1:09pm

Roberts has launched the third version of its DAB Revival radio to be designed by queen-of-nostalgia, Cath Kidston. And there's plenty of technology below that Washed Rose cladding - including PausePlus, which allows you to pause and ...

NEWS: Read all about the new iPods - as they're announced!

By Clare Newsome | Wed, 5 Sep 2007, 2:42pm

Apple is widely expected to launch a new iPod line-up at 5.30pm today (UK time). Our colleagues on sister-title Stuff have a front-row seat at the launch, and you can read a live blog from the event - including pictures of the new players - ...

IFA NEWS: HD DVD fights back with £200 players and big disc releases

By Clare Newsome | Mon, 3 Sep 2007, 11:49am

If you’d swallowed everything that the Blu-ray Group had to say in its IFA press conference, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the format war was almost over. Well, when the HD DVD group took to the stage the very next day, it showed no signs ...

IFA NEWS: Sharp unveils 'quick-start’ Blu-ray deck

By Clare Newsome | Sat, 1 Sep 2007, 2:30pm

It seems to be Blu-ray barmy in Berlin, as Sharp takes its turn to join the party with the official announcement of its long-awaited BD-HP20S player, set for release later this year. Everyone seems to be getting the picture in terms of ...

IFA NEWS: Blu-ray Group gets aggressive

By Clare Newsome | Sat, 1 Sep 2007, 11:45am

The Blu-ray Disc Association press conference at this year’s show saw a predictably bullish appraisal of the current state of play for the format from all its major supporters in the industry - including two new members. ‘Aggressive’ seemed to ...

IFA NEWS: Panasonic adds Full HD plasmas and LCD to Viera flatscreen range

By Clare Newsome | Sat, 1 Sep 2007, 11:26am

Panasonic has announced five new full HD digital TVs for release this Autumn. The new line-up sees plasma screens at 65, 58, 50 and 42-inch sizes alongside a 37in LCD (the TX-37LZD70, pictured here). All the new Viera screens feature the ...

IFA NEWS: Samsung brings bling to its MP3 range

By Clare Newsome | Sat, 1 Sep 2007, 10:38am

Samsung has unveiled three new MP3/MP4 players here at IFA, including a crystal-effect update to its K5 player-plus-speaker model. The S5 - available from mid-September - adds video and Bluetooth support to the original K5 design, plus this new ...

IFA NEWS: Q Acoustics preps style speaker package

By Clare Newsome | Sat, 1 Sep 2007, 10:15am

Q Acoustics is displaying prototypes of a new ‘style’ speaker package at this year’s IFA show in Berlin. The system comprises of a front ‘bar’ unit, two rears, and a subwoofer. The front unit actually contains three speakers, and is designed ...