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Hutch gets his bus-pass, 38 years since we wondered what war was good for – and all the latest news from the world of hi-fi and home cinema

It's August 29th, and there goes another month! By the time we wake up on Monday it'll be 'pinch and punch' time for the 1st of September – here comes Autumn and there are only 118 credit-crunching days until Christmas.

Today School of Rock star Jack Black is celebrating his 39th birthday, and the original Hutch, of Starsky and... fame, David Soul, turns 65. It's 38 years since Edwin Starr's War hit number 1, and more annoyingly 19 since La Bamba by Los Lobos did the same.

Meanwhile our own Fantastic Four – Mr Ed Melville, Brand Goddess Clare Newsome, Thaiman's friend Simon Lucas and Joe (we call him Joe) Cox – are putting the funk in Funkausstellung at the massive IFA show in Berlin, and bringing you all the latest news.

Highlights so far here on whathifi.com include:

More after the break

- All the new Sony products, including a flagship ES line-up of receiver, SACD player and Blu-ray machine - Sharp's latest LED-backlit LCD TVs - Toshiba's new TVs with built-in upscaling- And details of Onkyo's TX-SR876 and TX-NR906

Oh, and we've brought you a world exclusive review of Panasonic's £300 DMP-BD35 Blu-ray player

Meanwhile on the Forums we now have almost 17,000 members, over 73,000 threads and more than 116,000 posts. This week we have mainly been discussing bands we wish we'd seen live, whether it's worth spending big on HDMI cables, and what we've bought recently.

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