Best of the Week: Technics SL-1200G, affordable Panasonic 4K player and more

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This week Samsung denied it was in talks to buy Focal, the Technics SL-1200G finally went on sale and Xbox One S is about to receive some much needed audio support in the form of a bitsream audio update.

For reviews we have Samsung's 65KS9500 4K TV, Panasonic's 'affordable' DMP-UB700 4K player and the Aego soundbar from Acoustic Energy

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News

Technics SL-1200G turntable goes on sale in UK and Europe

The Technics SL-1200G turntable has finally gone on sale in UK and Europe.

Priced at £2999 (and not £2799 as originally expected), we had a hands-on with it at CES in Las Vegas, and thought it had a "seriously accurate, clear and detailed presentation".

READ MORE: Technics SL-1200G turntable goes on sale in UK and Europe

Samsung denies bid to buy French speaker company Focal

Samsung has had a busy month, what with its exploding phones, as well as picking up several Awards for its TVs. In the last week it's also denied it's about to buy Focal.

Purchasing Focal would give Samsung control over Naim Audio, which merged with Focal in 2011, but both Focal and Samsung have denied a deal is in the offing.

MORE: Samsung denies bid to buy French speaker company Focal

Xbox One to get bitstream audio and Dolby Atmos support

We weren't too impressed with the Xbox One S audio performance, but it's about to get a boost in the form of a bitstream audio update.

By decoding through a home cinema amp instead of onboard the Xbox One, the audio performance of Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray films should vastly improve.

MORE: Xbox One to get bitstream audio and Dolby Atmos support

More news

BBC plans to launch 4K Ultra HD content on iPlayer

Hisense launches £700 55in curved 4K HDR TV

Pro-Ject unveils Essential III turntable

Record Store Day deals return for Black Friday

Remix IO wants to be your all-in-one 4K media streamer

Classic FM is now available in 'HD sound' on iOS and Android apps

Black Friday comes early: Save £20 on Amazon Fire tablet

Apple delays release of wireless AirPods

Apple has a new TV app for Apple TV, iPhone and iPad

Elac reveals new active AM 200 speakers

TEAC adds Bluetooth capability to its turntables

Reviews

"This is Samsung’s highest quality television, and amongst the best LCD picture we’ve seen all year"

"This is Samsung’s highest quality television, and amongst the best LCD picture we’ve seen all year"

Samsung UE65KS9500

Samsung's been almost faultless with the quality of its TV sets, and its latest curved TV is another stunner.

The KS95000 slots into Samsung's premium range of TVs and performs exactly how a premium product should. The HDR-assisted image is superb, with great quality across all sources and a solid audio performance.

Read the full Samsung UE65KS9500 review

"The UB700 is good, but if you’re serious about your 4K experience, its sibling remains the player to go for"

"The UB700 is good, but if you’re serious about your 4K experience, its sibling remains the player to go for"

Panasonic DMP-UB700

Billed as being the match of the Award-winning DMP-UB900, the UB700 has a lot to live up to.

It boasts the same picture specs, but the image isn't as impressive and we'd like the sound to be more powerful. It's enjoyable (and affordable) but for a full-fat 4K experience, we suggest you get the UB900.

Read the full Panasonic DMP-UB700 review

"The Aego Soundbar is a fuss-free, well thought-out product for those who want an enjoyable sound from their TV"

"The Aego Soundbar is a fuss-free, well thought-out product for those who want an enjoyable sound from their TV"

Acoustic Energy Aego Soundbar

If you have a small room and aren't looking to splash too much cash on a soundbar, the Aego could be for you.

For £200 you get a soundbar that's small, but boasts an expansive and solid sound. Others are more skilled, but not this affordable.

Read the full Acoustic Energy Aego Soundbar review

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