This week, Samsung unveiled its
biggest Galaxy Note phone yet, Fyne Audio secured funding to expand its operations overseas and Sony launched its cheapest 4K Blu-ray player yet.
For reviews there was a raft of five-star efforts like Panasonic's
TX-55FZ952B 4K OLED TV, PMC's Twenty5 23 5.1 package and Naim's Uniti Star system. MORE: What Hi-Fi? Awards: Best Buy winners to be revealed 8th October News Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 6.4in screen, 1TB storage, AKG-tuned speakers
Samsung's new Note has a big screen, big battery and big price.
The entry-level edition comes with 128GB but if that isn't enough, there's a 512GB contender too.
Its the biggest ever note at 6.4in, with a massive 4000mAh battery and the inclusion of a Bluetooth enabled S Pen.
The 128GB costs £899, while the 512GB costs £1,099.
Fyne Audio secures funding to facilitate international growth
Speaker brand Fyne Audio has secured £850k of funding to focus on growth.
The sum from Bibby Financial Services is to help it grow internationally as the Scottish company looks to expand its scope.
Considering the quality of
its speakers so far, it's encouraging to hear it's got further funding. Sony launches UBP-X500 budget 4K HDR Blu-ray player
The UBP-X500 is Sony's most affordable 4K spinner yet.
Hitting the £200 barrier, the UBP-X500 can handle 4K Blu-rays with HDR10, but it looks as if
HDR10+ and Dolby Vision capability is off the table.
It does support
Dolby Atmos though. Expect to see it in UK stores from mid-August on. More news The world now has a limited edition Frank Zappa-themed vinyl console SugarCube SC-1 vinyl noise remover hits the UK ITV joins NewTV, the smartphone streaming service designed to take on Netflix Groove-e Airbuds: true wireless headphones for just £60 Samsung announces Galaxy Home smart speaker, Spotify partnership Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless headphones now support Alexa Klipsch launches £520 Heritage Headphone Amplifier Features High-resolution audio: everything you need to know DACs: everything you need to know MQA audio: What is it? How can you get it? 33 Spotify tips, tricks and features OLED vs QLED - which is the best TV technology? PMC's Peter Thomas: the missing link between the BBC and Prince Best new films 2018/19: trailers and release dates 19 of the best TV shows to watch on Amazon Prime Video The What Hi-Fi? guide(s) to the best films and TV shows to test your system How to watch the Premier League in Ultra HD 4K - on TV, online, mobile Which 2018 LG OLED TV should you buy? The best Sonos alternatives for multi-room audio Best Buys and Deals Best multi-room systems Best budget stereo amplifiers Best headphones deals 2018 Best hi-fi and AV racks Best USB turntables Best portable music players Best Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray player deals 2018 Best desktop speakers Best home cinema deals 2018 Best budget tablets Best Bluetooth speakers What Hi-Fi? deals of the week Best music streamer deals 2018 Best budget 4K TVs Review "the FZ952 and its sibling the FZ802 prove Panasonic is back and mixing it with the best" Panasonic TX-55FZ952B
There was a time when Panasonic's OLEDs were good, but not great. That has changed with its most recent efforts.
The TX-55FZ952B sports bright and vibrant images, and bags of detail. It's also one of the best-sounding TVs we've heard too.
It belongs among the year's best
OLED TVs. "This speaker package is a whole lot of fun" PMC Twenty5 23 5.1
PMC 5.1 package we had ended up as part of our reference set-up. Guess which 5.1 system has just replaced it?
The Twenty5 23 5.1 continues the brand's tradition for rhythmic intelligence yet is more detailed, dynamic and punchy than its predecessor.
We can't find fault with what PMC has produced on a sonic level.
"A great addition to the range, and if you need CD replay is the obvious choice" Naim Uniti Star
We've enjoyed Naim's
Uniti line of products. The Uniti Star is another consumate performer in the range.
Offering an entertaining and informative sound, it's a capable unit with an extensive amount of features.
If you need an all-in-one system, this should at the top of your list.
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