Weekend Wrap: Sony PS4; QED cable; Panasonic TVs and V-Moda headphones

Among the many new game announcements from Sony at the E3 games convention in San Francisco, the Japanese company also announced a new 1TB version of the PlayStation 4. Aside from doubling the storage of the current console, it also arrives with a new matte finish instead of the glossy top and some performance tweaks under the hood.

It will be available in select European territories from 15th July, with pricing dependent upon the retailer.

Source: Playstation Blog

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V-Moda 3D printed shields

Headphone manufacturer V-Moda has announced some 3D printed shields for its XS and Crossfade M-100 headphones. The shields are available in a range of materials, including fibre, stainless steel, sterling silver, solid 14 karat gold and even platinum.

The price for the shields? They start at $40 and go all the way up to… wait for it… $40,000 for the platinum version.

Other colours and materials are expected in the future.

Source: Engadget

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Panasonic Netflix certification

Panasonic is the latest TV manufacturer to be recognised by Netflix. The entire 2015 4K Ultra HD range will now be marked with a “Netflix Recommended TV” badge, indicating that the streaming service believes Panasonic's products deliver a “superior Internet TV experience.”

Netflix also recognised some performance criteria, including being able to launch Netflix via one push of the Netflix button, switching quickly between apps and the Firefox OS, which makes its debut.

Panasonic announced its 2015 range of 4K TVs at CES, which included the company’s first curved sets.

Source: PR Newswire

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QED Performance 40 interconnect

QED has unveiled its latest interconnect cable. The Performance 40 is the latest, and final, addition to QED’s ‘phono to phono’ range, which underwent a complete upgrade and redesign to celebrate 40 years in 2013.

QED Brand Manager Jack Fox said: "It incorporates the advanced asymmetric ‘Complementary Conductor™’ geometry, first introduced in QED’s acclaimed high end ‘Reference’ and ‘Signature’ interconnects, and delivers unprecedented performance, build quality and value at its price.”

The cable benefits from QED’s new Anamate phono plugs, which feature “precision, gold-plated, high-purity copper, twin ground leaves and hollow central pin”. QED says these combine to help “maintain the fidelity of the delicate audio signal from start to finish”.

The cable is also protected from high frequency interference, thanks to three layers of insolation, including a “floating” ferrite jacket.

The QED Performance 40 will be available from July in four lengths: 0.6m (£39.95); 1.0 (£44.95); 2.0m (£54.95); and 3.0m (£64.95).

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.