Will it ever stop raining? Yesterday we had a sudden cloudburst so violent car alarms were going off in the car-park, and today it's bucketing again, with more to come over the weekend.

So that'll be more time spent in front of the home cinema system, then...

Never mind, chin up. The teaser trailers for Ashes to Ashes have started, so the waiting's almost over, and the February issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision is on sale, packed with exclusive reviews.

What's more, there's no shortage of stuff happening in consumer electronics land, from movie rentals coming to your iPod to Sony deciding the future of TV is Glossy Mocha.

This week we've....

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