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Best of the week: news and reviews 29.03.13

This week on saw more news and debate on the future of plasma TV, two big new stereo speaker reviews, more on the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone and plenty more news and reviews. Read on for all the details.


Panasonic TV business

Panasonic this week released a statement on the future of its plasma TV business, confirming the company was "looking at a variety of options, but nothing has been decided at the moment".

You can read our analysis of how Panasonic plans to continue to make money from its TV business, see the breakdown of the global TV market and read our post on the state of the consumer electronics market that's packed full of fascinating sales figures.

TEAC bought by guitar-maker Gibson

TEAC announced it is set to join Cerwin Vega!, KRK and Stanton as part of the Gibson Guitar stable, under a deal announced in Tokyo on Friday, giving the Nashville-based guitar company a 54.5% stake in the company.

Samsung Galaxy S4 price confirmed

As is customary for flagship smartphone releases, the trickle of information on the Samsung Galaxy S4 continues ahead of the release on April 26th. The price of the Galaxy S4 was confirmed this week, along with various contract offerings as pre-orders for the phone opened in the UK.

BBC Two HD goes live

The BBC rejigged its HD offerings this week with the launch of BBC Two HD in place of BBC HD. Sky+ HD viewers also enjoyed a reshuffle to the EPG bringing BBC One HD and BBC Two HD together. Don't forget, you can win a Sky+ HD installation and subscription in our new Facebook competition.

More news:

Blockbuster deal saves 2000 jobs

Chord Electronics MkII amplifiers

LG adds Spotify to home cinema products

B&W P3 headphones now in blue

Damson Oyster apt-X Bluetooth wireless speaker

EE 4G comes to 13 new towns and cities


Q Acoustics Concept 20 speakers

A huge new product from Q Acoustics in the form of these new Concept 20 £350 stereo speakers. Compact, expertly finished and brilliant sound make these a serious contender for top dog honours in 2013.

Wharfedale Diamond 155 speakers

A new pair of Wharfedale Diamond speakers is always big news but sadly these new 155 speakers proved something of a mixed bag. Great sound but dissappointing build means we can't wholeheartedly recommend them. See for yourself in our pictures.

Sony Xperia Tablet S

The tablet market is booming and Sony wants its slice. The Xperia Tablet S is its latest attempt, ahead of the launch of the Xperia Tablet Z, and pretty good it is, too.

More reviews:

Kobo Arc tablet

Dell XPS 10 tablet

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Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys playing records and cycling (not at the same time).