It's time to round up the news and reviews that have graced What Hi-Fi? this past week – featuring Dolby, Roku, Triangle and more.

This week on What Hi-Fi?, we covered some bad news for Audeze, who reported that a number of its high-end headphones had been stolen, took a look at Dolby's Atmos virtual reality headset and dreamed about owning our own IMAX private cinema theatre.

In terms of reviews, Triangle's Esprit Titus EZ standmounters are stunningly talented, Roberts Travel Pad Bluetooth speaker offers excellent sound quality for the price and the Roku 3 is a great option for a 'dumb' TV.

News

Audeze suffers break-in, warns against buying discounted headphones

Late last week thieves made off with $250,000 worth of headphones from specialist hi-fi manufacturer Audeze, and the company has since moved to warn anyone who might come across discounted Audeze headphones.

Audeze is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information on the theft. As Audeze do not allow dealers to sell through the likes of Amazon and eBay, potential buyers should research the seller if they spot a pair of Audeze headphones on these sites.

MORE: Audeze suffers break-in, warns against buying discounted headphones

Dolby brings Atmos sound to virtual reality headsets

Not content with Atmos surround sound for the home cinema, Dolby is targeting virtual reality headsets, too.

Dolby has collaborated with VR company Jaunt to produce a series of clips, and all that's needed is a smartphone (a selection of Android phones), a headset and Google's Cardboard VR kit to experience it.

The technology is still experimental, but with VR coming on leaps and bounds in recent years, it could be arriving sooner than later.

MORE: Dolby brings Atmos sound to virtual reality headsets

READ MORE: Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality headset to launch in 2016

Build the ultimate home cinema with IMAX Private Theatre

If you happen to have £1.8m in your bank account, then you can now furnish your house with your very own private IMAX screen.

Well, if your house is big enough, that is.

Measuring in at 12ft tall and 41ft wide, for anyone who has deep enough pockets the system comes with 200 pre-loaded movies and seating space for 15 people, although this configuration can be customised.

MORE: Build the ultimate home cinema with IMAX Private Theatre

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Reviews

"One of the most articulate and expressive speakers we’ve heard below the £1000 mark"

Triangle Esprit Titus EZ

There are two schools of thought when it comes music reproduction: accuracy or fun. Triangle's Titus EZ opts for the latter and the results are terrific.

Out of the box they sound erratic, but give them time to run-in and their enthusiasm is infectious. They're adept with detail and offer real rhythmic drive, while the energy these standmounters output never gets in the way of finesse and subtlety.

If having fun is your main priority, then you can't go wrong with these.

Read the full Triangle Esprit Titus EZ review

"Roberts is branching out from radios in style"

Roberts Travel Pad

When we think of the hi-fi brand Roberts, we tend to think of radios, not Bluetooth speakers such as the Travel Pad.

And while the name doesn't sound fetching, the actual sound is great. It's small and slender so bass isn't a main strenght, but the speaker does sound remarkably clear and composed.

Add some nice features into the bargain and the Travel Pad becomes a great little product.

Read the full Roberts Travel Pad review

"It is pricey compared with rivals, but its list of features is impressive"

Roku 3

In the last year we've seen the market flooded with a number of devices looking to bridge the gap between 'dumb' and 'smart' TVs. At £100 the Roku 3 comes in at the pricier end of that spectrum.

That, however, is not necessarily a bad thing. For the money you get a device with very fast operation, a wealth of features and a decent amount of content, too.

This is a streaming device that blows away most of the competition.

Read the full Roku 3 review

Comments

Graham Luke's picture

Great restructuring program,

Great restructuring program, Sony!

Releasing exceedingly expensive, so-called 'hi-res' devices that are of debatable superiority should do very nicely!

Not.

What happened to the ethic behind the old transistor radios, portable cassette-tape decks, small brilliant portable tellies and the stunning original Walkman?