March 2011 issue
Budget tellies for less than £500, compact floorstanding speakers, Blu-ray all-in-ones, music streamers and smartphones – they're all in our March 2011 issue, out now

If money's tight this month, don't worry – we've got some great budget bargains in our March 2011 issue, on sale from today.

We kick off with a Supertest of TVs for less than £500 – and would you believe that will buy you a 42in LCD! Other screen sizes in the test range from 26in to 37in.

Continuing the budget theme, we've rounded up a quartet of Blu-ray all-in-one home cinema systems from £410, no fewer than 11 pairs of in-ear headphones with a built-in mic for your mobile, and taken a look at a trio of smartphones to go with them.

Hi-fi fans can drool over our Group Test of compact floorstanding speakers from KEF, Kudos, Spendor and Totem. Just the thing if you need a trade-off between precision, power and size.

At the higher end of the price spectrum our Temptations section takes a look at Chord Electronic's super-stylish Chordette range – including preamp, power amp and media centre – as well as Panasonic's gigantic 85in 3D plasma, and a no-frills preamp and monobloc power combo from Aesthetix.

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As for this month's First Tests, we've 11 pages packed with the latest hi-fi and home cinema tech. KEF's super-slim and stylish T101 5.1 speaker package gets the full test treatment, as do Primare's I32 stereo amp, Yamaha's MCR-550 micro hi-fi system, Sony's KDL-40NX713 3D TV, Pure's £100 entry-level internet radio and Yamaha's NP-S2000 streaming music/internet radio client.

Our Insider section gives you the lowdown on everyone's plans for web TV in 2011, and an exclusive preview of the forthcoming Sound & Vision Show in Bristol.

In The Big Question, three readers decide how useful all the processing modes on today's televisions actually are. And still talking tech, Jargon Buster tells you how to optimise your subwoofer. Plus we've spent a month living with Pure's clever Sensia internet radio, finding out how it performs.

Last, and by no means least, we've got a truly amazing competition prize: five lucky winners will walk away with a Sonos S5 Wireless Music System, an iPad and six month subscription to Spotify. Just head on over to our competition page to enter. Good luck!

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