Best of the Week: all the news and reviews 19.04.14

19 Apr 2014

HTC One M8

This week on whathifi.com, we reported on Samsung unveiling a line of curved UHD TVs as manufacturers seem ready to make the jump to 4K.

Not to be left behind, Sony announced more details on its 2014 line-up of 4K TVs, and there was also news of the BBC's experiments with 3D stereo sound.

Elsewhere, we got our grubby little mitts on the lovely HTC One M8, while Arcam's fantastic Bluetooth DAC and a standmounter from Monitor Audio also received plenty of plaudits.

And don't forget – the May issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine is now on sale, filled with the latest news, reviews and features.

 

NEWS

Samsung's new range of curved UHD TVs now on sale

First seen at CES 2014 earlier this year, Samsung's curved Ultra HD TVs are now available to buy at selected retailers across the country.

The 55in version (UE55HU8500) retails for £2699. The 65in (UE65HU8500) will set you back £3999.

READ MORE: Samsung's curved UHD TVs go on sale

 

BBC experimenting with 3D stereo sound recording

This week it emerged that the BBC has been looking at ways to deliver binaural audio from headphones.

It's said that this technique would offer listeners an "immersive experience" but will it succeed where 3D video (seems to have) failed?

READ MORE: BBC looking at binaural recordings for its programmes

 

Sony announces new line-up of Ultra HD 4K Bravia TVs

Sony has announced more details on its UHD TVs, with prices starting at £2599.

There are three ranges (X95, X9, X85) and you can pre-order the sets in the UK right now.

READ MORE: Sony announces its UHD TV line-up

MORE: Sony launches 4K Media Player with Netflix 4K support


 

More:

UK launch for Polk and Definitive Technology brands

#WatchOnSky lets you watch and record Sky TV via Twitter

Polaroid launches new range of budget TVs

Microsoft reveals UK launch date for Surface 2 4G tablet

Digital Habits unveils Cromatica hybrid speaker/table lamp

Tonino Lamborghini launches Quantum in-ear headphones

Wilson Benesch unveils new £25,500 Endeavour loudspeaker

 

 

REVIEWS

HTC One M8

In the face of major competition from Apple and Samsung, we felt that the HTC One more than held its own, becoming one of our favourite phones of last year.

HTC is back with the HTC One M8 and it's another stunner, combining a fine build, impressive audio quality and a great screen to be the smartphone to beat in 2014.

MORE: HTC One M8 review

 

Monitor Audio Silver 1

The whole line of the Monitor Audio Silver range was refreshed earlier this year and we've got our hands on the mid-market Silver 1 standmounter.

They look great and sound wonderfully detailed, too. One for the shortlist.

MORE: Monitor Audio Silver 1 review


Arcam miniBlink

First came the Arcam rBlink, now comes the miniBlink. While we're not sure what the 'blink' means, what we are sure of is that this is a terrific wireless DAC.

MORE: Arcam miniBlink review

 

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Rotel RDD-1580

Yamaha RX-S600

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Harman Kardon Aura

 

by Kobina Monney

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