So, the chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, the mulled wine has been flowing freely for days, we're being lulled by an SACD of Christmas carols piped through several thousand pounds' worth of high-end audio kit and, yes, there's every likelihood that a DVD of It's A Wonderful Life will soon be appearing on our lovely 50-in plasma just as soon as we get through all these mince pies.

In short, friends, it's Christmas!

This week, when we haven't been too busy finishing the February issue, quaffing brandy and getting entangled in mistletoe, we've found time to bring you news of a special-edition Archos 605 – which comes pre-loaded with the first four Harry Potter movies – given an exclusive preview of our February review of the Intempo RD1 DAB iPod dock/DAB radio, and reported the announcement of the world's first fully active electrostatic speakers.

This week we've also...

Over in the forums, we now have over 7700 users and almost 19,000 threads to keep you entertained and informed: in the pre-Christmas rush we've discussed the vagaries of broadcast signals and the effects they can have on LCD TVs, made some interesting discoveries on which HD discs won't play in certain players, and had a pleasantly heated debate about the best albums for listening to all the way through.

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We'll be checking in regularly over Christmas, so keep your questions, thoughts and audio/visual observations coming throughout the festive season. From the entire team here at What Hi-Fi Sound And Vision, we wish you a very merry Christmas!