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Best of the week: news and reviews 15.06.13

This week on we followed the E3 conference in Los Angeles as details spilled out about the next generation of game consoles.

However, the focus wasn't all on the Los Angeles Convention centre. Apple had news to share of its own as it made its entrance into streaming music with iTunes Radio. Other news hit the web with ESPN closing down its 24/7 3D sports channel and Japan trialling 4K internet streaming.

Review this week were led by Sony's 4K TV, while there was also a top-notch budget Blu-ray player from Sony, arguably the most-advanced wireless of headphones you can buy from Parrot, and more.

Read on for the details, and don't forget to check our latest issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, now on sale online and in stores.


Exclusive: Neil Young and Meridian working on hi-res music service?

Meridian Audio had an intriguing visitor this week: musician and high-definition music campaigner Neil Young, the founder of Pono, a hi-res music service, dropped in for a meeting with Meridian founder Bob Stuart. What does it all mean? We have an idea... Read more: Pono hi-res music service

Microsoft and Sony reveal next generation game consoles

The beginning of this week saw announcements from Microsoft and Sony concerning the next generation of videogame consoles. Sony scored something of a victory in the consumer stakes with its £349 pricing for the PS4 compared to the £429 price for the One.

HANDS ON: PlayStation 4 review

Apple unveils iTunes Radio

Rumoured over the past few weeks, speculation became reality at Apple's WWDC 13 conference with the software giant announcing its competitor to Pandora and Spotify.

Built into the Music app that will feature in iOS 7, which was also unveiled this week, iTunes Radio will feature 200 stations and music curated from the iTunes store. It's due for release in the US this year with a UK release hopefully not too long after.

ESPN closes its 3D sports channel

Another nail in the coffin for 3D? Perhaps so, after US sports broadcaster ESPN chose to shut down its 24/7 3D sports channel due to lack of interest. ESPN spokeswoman Katrina Arnold announced the decision via Twitter adding that the channel could be revived but it was focusing on new technologies including 4K.

Japanese broadcaster trials 4K internet streaming

Speaking of which, as 4K begins its assault on the living room, Japanese telecoms company NTT West began trialling 4K streaming broadcasts this week. The trial is designed as a feasiblity study to determine the practicality of streaming content into set-top boxes.

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Sony cuts the cost of its Music Unlimited service by half

Paid-for ITV player app available on iOS

Nokia Lumia 925 goes on sale in the UK

BBC and Sony to trial 4K at Wimbledon

Samsung adds Galaxy S4 Zoom attachment


Sony BDP-S5100

The first of the two Sony products we reviewed this week. Boasting the looks of a stealth bomber, the BDP-S5100 belies it budget options with a capable performance. Follow the link to read more on what we thought of it... Sony BDP-S5100 review

Parrot Zik

The most advanced wireless headphones in the world? Parrot claims that its new Zik headphones are worthy of that title. Stylish and with some interesting features, we brought the Zik in for a closer inspection... Parrot Zik review

Sony KD-65X9005A

The second Sony product we reviewed this week, and it's a big 'un. With 4K edging its way into living rooms, manufacturers are trying to get ahead of the curve as the new format gathers pace. We got our hands on the latest Sony 4K TV for an exclusive review. And we were impressed... Sony KD-65X9005A review

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by Kobina Monney

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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.