It's time to round up the news and reviews that have graced What Hi-Fi? the past week – including details of new products from Apple, BenQ and Tidal.

This week on What Hi-Fi?, lossless music streaming service Tidal launched in the UK and US, LG announced a date for its  withdrawal from the plasma market and reports emerged regarding Apple's plans for Beats Music.

On the reviews front, there was plenty to read for anyone with interest in home cinema and hi-fi, with Apple's sequel to the iPad Air with the Air 2, PMC's Twenty 26 floorstanders and a projector from BenQ - the W1070+.

News

Tidal lossless music streaming service launches in UK and US

A month or so ago, WiMP HiFi announced their intention to launch Tidal - a lossless music streaming service. And it's now gone live in both the US and the UK.

Offering a 25-million strong music library, Tidal supports 1411kbps, 44.1kHz/16-bit, FLAC and ALAC lossless formats for a monthly subscription of £20 a month.

If you want to learn more about it, you can read our hands on review of the service here.

READ MORE: Tidal lossless music streaming service launches in UK and US

MORE: Bluesound now supports Tidal lossless music service

 

LG to call time on plasma TV production on 30th November

It has been rumoured that LG were looking to withdraw from the plasma TV market, and the South Korean company looks to have confirmed a date for their exit.

Korean-based etnews reported that 30th November will be the date that LG will cease production of plasma TVs, a decision said to be due - in part, at least - to the lack of availability of necessary components.

READ MORE: LG to call time on plasma TV production on 30th November

MORE: LG to focus on quantum dot and OLED for next-gen TVs

Apple to use Beats Music to launch iTunes streaming

It's been almost six months since Apple bought Beats Music, but details of what the Cupertino-based tech giant hoped to do with its $3bn acquisition are starting to trickle out.

Reports from the US suggest that Beats Music will be integrated into iTunes as a new streaming component, acting as Apple's rival to the established services provided by Spotify and Deezer.

READ MORE: Apple to use Beats Music to launch iTunes streaming

MORE: Tim Cook reveals why Apple killed the iPod Classic

MORE: YouTube music subscription service coming "soon"

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Reviews

"This is the iPad to beat all iPads, and is still the best tablet on the market."

Apple iPad Air 2

How do you make the best tablet on the market even better? You offer stellar performance and a terrific user experience with top-of-the-line the line specs and features.

While there are still sticking points (storage), the Air 2 is a fine combination of design and functionality that's not bettered by anyone else.

Read the full Apple iPad Air 2 review

"This is an all-round package that’s very hard to pick holes in."

PMC Twenty 26

PMC are on a strong run, receiving Awards for both the Twenty 22 stand-mounter and Twenty 23 floorstander.

The Twenty 26 comfortably sits above those in terms of price and, in terms of performance, they're just as impressive.

Boasting a beautifully balanced sound with weight and authority in abundance, there's little to fault with these PMCs

Read the full PMC Twenty 26 review

 

"If you’re thinking of building your first home cinema system, this projector should be at the top of your shopping list."

BenQ W1070+

We weren't too taken with BenQ's W1070 projector, awarding it just three stars early last year. We were hoping for better from this newer incarnation.

And the W1070+ is a substantial improvement over its predecessor. The W1070 was outclassed by its rivals, but the W1070+ picks up the slack with a terrific performance.

For a first home cinema set-up, this BenQ should be at the top of your list.

Read the full BenQ W1070+ review