January 2009 issue on sale now

11 Dec 2008

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The January 2009 issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision goes on sale today, and it's packed with exclusive news and reviews.

We've a world first with our lead First Test of the £299 Humax Foxsat HDR, a Freesat set-top box with built-in 320GB hard-disk drive. It can record up to 80 hours of high-def telly, and has twin Freesat tuners so you can record one programme while watching another. You can read our full verdict on page 6.

If you're in the market for a new hi-fi separates system check out our annual test of complete CD, amp and speakers set-ups from £450-£7000. Cambridge Audio, NAD, Marantz, Arcam, Roksan, Yamaha and Naim all take part.

Fancy something a ittle smaller? How about a DAB or internet radio for Christmas? We've put 12 new models to the test in our Radio Roundup. And if you're after a new multimedia smartphone or MP3 player, we've got Group Tests of both. Plus a roundup of the in-ear headphones to go with them.

On the TV front, we've been busy testing all the latest 37in flatscreens including new models from Sony and Philips that go head-to-head with the Award-winning Panasonic TH-37PX80. Will the Panasonic hold on to its crown? Pick up a copy of the magazine to find out.

For those of you who've invested in Blu-ray and are thinking of upgrading to high-definition surround sound, our Group Test of £1300-£1500 multichannel receivers is a must-read. Yamaha's new RX-V3900 takes on the Award-winning Pioneer SC-LX81 and Onkyo TX-NR906.

Other First Tests include Roksan's new K2 Kandy speakers, Arcam's £1000 C37 CD player, Onkyo's £400 Blu-ray player, Yamaha's £900 RX-V1900 AV receiver and Panasonic's £800 32in Freesat TV.

And for those with more cash to splash, our Temptations section includes Opera's superb Callas speakers, Michell's Orbe SE turntable and Audio Research's LS17 preamp.

Oh, and to bring you a bit of Christmas cheer we're giving away 100 Grado headphones in our £5000 competition. Enter via our website, where you'll find up-to-the-minute news and all the latest hot deals. 



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OK Clair.Point taken.

Merry Christmas Greg.

Yes - as you'll see from this story, the NAD CD player has been delayed:


Can only assume it didn't turn up in time...

Um, what happened to the Nad c545 review you promised in your last issue?

The 0.5m length was made due to specific demand from people plugging a lot of kit into AV receivers (and then using a single, longer HDMI cable to their TV or projector). The shorter cables make it a lot less like spaghetti junction behind your AV receiver - also meaning you're likely to get a tighter, better cable connection...

A Great read again.But your subscribe offer of a free Chord Company 0.5 Metre HDMI cable. falls well short, come on ! 0.5 metre length.Most of us would have do some serious Kit shifting to get a 0.5 Metre cable from our tv's to BD or DVD players.Now a 1.0 Metre HDMI cable is a much better offer.

Merry Christmas to all.Greg Lisowski