A round-up of news and reviews to have graced What Hi-Fi? this week, including news and reviews of products from Apple, HTC, Nativ and Wharfedale

This week Wharfedale confirmed its new Reva range of hi-fi speakers, Netflix committed itself to having over 150 hours of 4K HDR content in its library by the year's end and Nativ 's Vita multi-room system combines video and high-res music streaming into one package.

On the reviews front we had HTC's 10 smartphone, Humax's HDR-2000T Freeview box and Apple's 9.7in iPad Pro tablet.

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News

Wharfedale Reva speakers aim to double down on Diamond range

We first caught a glimpse of Wharfedale's Reva series at the Bristol Sound & Vision Show in February, and the British hi-fi manufacturer has now confirmed its upcoming release.

Building on the company's affordable Diamond range, the Reva family is said to deliver better performance for an increase in price. The cheapest speaker (Revo 1 Bookshelf) comes in at £450.

The drivers, cabinet construction and port design have all undergone upgrades from the Diamonds. The series is scheduled to go on sale this May.

READ MORE: Wharfedale Reva speakers aim to double down on Diamond range

Netflix announces more 4K HDR programmes

A few years ago there was virtually no 4K content available to the public. Not so in 2016…

Netflix has championed 4K and has been releasing content in the format for some time. It's now committed to releasing more than 150 hours of 4K HDR content by the end of 2016.

To benefit from Netflix 4K HDR you'll need a HDR or Dolby Vision compatible TV that also supports the Netflix 4K app (that currently means 2016 Panasonic and Sony sets). Once that's sorted you'll be able to enjoy the likes of Marvel's Daredevil & Jessica Jones, Bloodline and A Series of Unfortunate Events in the Ultra High Definition format, with more yet to come.

READ MORE: Netflix announces more 4K HDR programmes

Nativ is a serious hi-res music and video streaming system

Like a rug that ties your room together, Nativ wants to bring all your wireless needs into one space.

Its Vita multi-room system aims to seamlessly incorporate audio and video streaming services and locally stored music, and distribute them around the home to connected wireless speakers and headphones.

It's able to do this through the Vita, a touch screen controlled hub that also supports high-res music playback and video streaming services.

You can pre-order the Nativ Vita from its Indiegogo page for $999.

READ MORE: Nativ is a serious hi-res music and video streaming system

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Reviews

"It might have lost its focus last year, but with the HTC 10 the company is back to its best"

HTC 10

With Samsung and LG launching excellent new phones, the pressure was on HTC to get its latest handheld right – and it has.

The M9 left users wanting when it came to battery life, camera and aspects of picture and sound. The 10 ably steps its game up, improving in all areas save for an issue with the quality of low-light photos.

This is a return to form for HTC and it couldn't have come at a better time.

Read the full HTC 10 review

"Humax knows its role and gets on with it"

Humax HDR-2000T

Humax is nothing if not consistent. We've come to expect quality and with the HDR-2000T set-top box, the company has done it yet again.

It's another intuitive, easy-to-use Freeview HD box, complemented by smart apps, catch-up channels and well thought out features, including the ability to watch a programme from the start while you're recording it.

Picture and sound is, as usual, excellent with the only minor issue being the insubstantial remote control. Otherwise it's another lovely piece of kit from the folks at Humax.

Read the full Humax HDR-2000T review

"Not only has Apple succeeded but, in some ways, it has even managed to outshine its big brother"

Apple iPad Pro (9.7in)

Apple is the dominant force in the premium tablet market, and the 9.7in iPad Pro is another reminder of why.

It carries many of the traits seen in its bigger brother, with terrific picture quality and impressive sound from its internal speakers. If you thought the 12.9in was too big, this may suit you better.

Surprisingly the sound via headphones is a touch underwhelming, lacking a little sparkle. Regardless, the Pro is a belting effort from Apple.

Read the full Apple iPad Pro (9.7in) review

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Comments

jjbomber's picture

Again

So the Apple was best of the week last week and again this week. The brown envelope must be stuffed full this time. The adverts for Apple are getting a bit too blatent by now, aren't they!