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Best of the Week: Bose SoundTouch, Sonos Play:1, Pro-Ject vinyl cleaner and more

This week Sky overhauled its Sky Go mobile app, research in the US showed that users are more likely to pay for music if it's of good quality and Pro-Ject unveiled a neat solution to cleaning your vinyl records.

On the reviews front we had a trio of four-star reviews with Bose's SoundTouch 30 wireless speaker, Panasonic's DMR-BWT850 Blu-ray recorder and Moon's Neo 230HAD desktop DAC.

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Sky Go receives major design overhaul

Sky is giving its mobile TV service Sky Go a refresh with changes rolling out to the online web player and Android devices this week.

The homepage for the service now has a new look, with nips and tucks made to the usability and spotlighting of on-demand and live content.

New features will be added throughout 2016 as the company gears up for the release of Sky Q.

iOS users haven't been left out of the mix. They'll receive the new update in February.

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'Sound quality' seen as key reason to pay for music streaming

Results from a study conducted in the US have revealed that music customers value sound quality as a reason to upgrade from a free streaming service.

According to the report, those willing to pay for a premium experience are "younger, more affluent and much more enaged in music buying and listening".

The report perhaps doesn't bode well for services that stream low bit-rate tracks as respondents indicated that sound "as good as the recording studio" is another important factor in upgrading.

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Pro-Ject launches super-speedy vinyl cleaning system

Pro-Ject has come up with a novel way of cleaning vinyl records with the VC-S wet cleaning machine.

Cleaning records is achieved by placing the record on the support clamp and applying a cleaning fluid that's sucked up by a vacuum arm, removing any impurites from the grooves.

You can buy it for a not particularly cheap €449 (£343).

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"A sonic stalwart, the SoundTouch 30 is every bit the powerhouse that it looks"

"A sonic stalwart, the SoundTouch 30 is every bit the powerhouse that it looks"

Bose SoundTouch 30

Bose is on the third generation of its SoundTouch 30 series and this is the best one Bose has produced. Its room-filling sound, plethora of features and intuitive app are all excellent reasons for buying it. AirPlay makes way for Bluetooth, so that should please Android users.

The sound could do with more expression and insight, but this Bose is well worth an audition.

Read the full Bose SoundTouch 30 review

"We commend Panasonic for making this all-in-one box of tricks"

"We commend Panasonic for making this all-in-one box of tricks"

Panasonic DMR-BWT850

Ever needed a Blu-ray recorder? Panasonic clearly thinks so and has produced a Blu-ray recorder with an impressive array of features.

You can record live TV, burn content to disc, flick through its catch-up programmes, dip into Freeview Play as well as play 3D and (homemade) 4K content. There's little it doesn't do.

At £570 though, it's more expensive than a Blu-ray player and a set-top box together so this Pana is not the cheapest of options.

Read the full Panasonic DMR-BWT850 review

"It’s hard to argue against its smooth, fluid character"

"It’s hard to argue against its smooth, fluid character"

Moon Neo 230HAD

Moon has produced its first DAC aimed at the desktop audience and the results are good.

In a fierce market the 230HAD succeeds partly because its fluid sound is an eminently enjoyable one.

Its organisation could be tighter and dynamics could be more expressive, but it does well to hold its own against rival products from the likes of Chord and Naim.

Read the full Moon Neo 230HAD review

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Kob began his career at What Hi-Fi?, starting in the dusty stockroom before rising up the ranks to join the editorial and production team as the Buyer’s Guide editor. Experienced in both magazine and online publishing, he now runs the TV & audio section at Trusted Reviews where he keeps a beady eye on all the latest comings and goings in the hi-fi and home cinema market.