This was the week of CES 2018 and the show revealed plenty of new products, including a 13.2 channel AV amp from Denon and a new range of 4K Blu-ray players from Panasonic. In other news, Sound United, owner of Denon & Marantz, purchased Canadian hi-fi manufacturer Classé Audio.
The X8500H is due to go on sale later this month.
Panasonic took the wraps off its new 4K Blu-ray players, the four-strong range comprised of the UP-UB820, DP-UB420, UP330 and DP-UB320.
Pricing is still to be confirmed, but the range is likely to be available in the spring.
Sound United has acquired Canadian hi-fi company Classé from Bowers & Wilkins.
Classé is a manufacturer of high-performance music and theatre products, including amplifiers, preamps and surround-sound processors.
More after the break
More CES highlights
Denon starts the year as it ended the last, with another winner from its range of AV amps.
There's great power and punch to the sound and it manages to maintain a great balance, despite a rich midrange containing oodles of bass.
At this price, the competition is tough, but the Denon more than holds its own in such company.
Read the full Denon AVR-X3400H review
We were impressed with Cowon's Plenue D player, so the expectation levels were even higher for the bigger Plenue R.
There's a lot to like about its robust build, stylish design and solid sound, but some software glitches, lack of streaming services and a less nuanced sound compared to its rivals mean it fails to reach the top step.
It's enjoyable enough to use, but falls short of being really great.
Read the full Cowon Plenue R review
Samsung's latest entry into its QLED range is one of the best so far.
It excels in delivering a bright, vibrant HDR-assisted picture, comes with a useful suite of features and has a responsive gaming mode.
However, the viewing angles can be poor and its rivals have the edge in some respects. However, if you opt for this TV, it is money well spent.
Read the full Samsung QE497QF review