Home Cinema http://www.stuff.tv/home-cinema/news en-GB Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Google Chromecast is the TV and Home Cinema Gadget of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-7-best-tv-and-home-cinema-gadgets-year/feat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google&#039;s little feature-packed stick walks away with the grand prize </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Google Chromecast is our TV and Home Cinema Gadget of the year" alt="Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Google Chromecast is our TV and Home Cinema Gadget" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-tv-gadget-chromecast_FINAL.jpg?1418740737" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>TVs need help. They&rsquo;re great in their own right, but they can always be smarter, they can always be injected with even more stuff to watch, and they can always sound better.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s why you need to accessorise your telly. And we&rsquo;re not talking tinted glass and furry dice - we&rsquo;re talking smart sticks, home cinema systems and channel-adding PVRs.</p> <p>While all the nominees deserve their seats at the awards table, the Google Chromecast is the one we&#39;ve chosen to strut up on stage and collect the trophy.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Google Chromecast </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Video streamers aren&rsquo;t exactly new, but the Chromecast is a rather special one. Not that you&rsquo;d necessarily realise that at first glance - you&rsquo;re most likely to mistake it for a USB stick. But this stick is actually an HDMI dongle that plugs into your TV, connects to the internet, and delivers a whole load of on-demand content that you &lsquo;cast&rsquo; to your telly from your smartphone. Best of all, it&rsquo;s officially only &pound;30 and regularly unofficially often available for even less.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Google Chromecast review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Chromecast" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-tv-home-cinema-google-chromecast.jpg?1418740737" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: BT YouView+ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>YouView has made contract-free PVRs far more exciting than they used to be. It of course delivers all of the UK&rsquo;s free TV channels and lets you pause and rewind them at your whim. But it also has an EPG that goes back in time to show you what was on over the last 7 days so you can watch it on-demand.</p> <p>Speaking of which, it&rsquo;s got all of the smart services, including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5, and if you don&rsquo;t mind paying a little bit on the side there&rsquo;s Sky&rsquo;s Now TV and Sky Store, too. But what makes the BT YouView+ box even better than other YouView boxes from the likes of Humax (who actually makes this one) is the inclusion of BT Sport and BT Player for football and movies respectively. You can even add the likes of Sky Sports and Sky Movies (for an extra fee) if you&rsquo;re a BT Infinity customer. Content is king, and BT YouView+ rules.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-lands-youview-bringing-breaking-bad-house-cards-and-other-time-sinks-it/news" target="_blank">Netflix lands on YouView</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="BT YouView+" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-tv-home-cinema-gadgets-bt-youview-plus.jpg?1418740737" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Sky+ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Free TV is doing its best to catch up, but Sky just refuses to be caught. This year we&rsquo;ve seen a whole new homepage introduced with a recommendation engine that gets you to good stuff much quicker, expansions to the Sky Go and Now TV services, and the introduction of Buy &amp; Keep, which often allows early streaming access to blockbuster films and includes a DVD that&rsquo;s then sent in the post. Being a Sky subscriber is still the quickest way to the most TV, movie and sport content.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/sky-gets-netflix-style-recommendations-and-multi-season-series-link/news" target="_blank">Sky+ gets Netflix-style recommendations and multi-season series link</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky+" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-tv-home-cinema-gadgets-sky-plus-hd.jpg?1418740737" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Sony BDV-N5200W </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A whole (home) cinema (minus a telly) in one box? That&rsquo;s the Sony BDV-N5200.</p> <p>
A Netflix-toting Blu-ray player, an amplifier, five speakers and a subwoofer, all for a lot less than an iPhone 6. There&rsquo;s even a wireless adapter for the rear speakers so you don&rsquo;t have to run cables right through your lounge, plus Bluetooth, DLNA and access to the Sony Entertainment Network apps. And it sounds fantastic. Want the moon on a stick? This is it.</p> <p><strong>Read the <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/yamaha/ysp-2500/review" target="_blank">Sony BDV-N5200W review</a> on our sister site, What Hi-Fi</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony BDV-N5200W" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-tv-home-cinema-gadgets-sony-bdv-n5200.jpg?1418740737" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Yamaha YSP-2500 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If your only requirement for a soundbar is that it should sound better than your telly, almost any will do; but if you want one that will fool your ears into thinking they&rsquo;re surrounded by actual speakers, you want the amazingly clever Yamaha YSP-2500. It&rsquo;s got no less than 16 speakers hiding in its svelte casework, and thanks to a mic-driven setup it learns the best way to bounce sound off the walls of your room to give you a proper surround sound experience, backed up by a wireless subwoofer delivering the bassy bits. We love it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yamaha YSP-2500" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-tv-home-cinema-gadgets-yamaha-ysp-2500.jpg?1418740737" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Canton DM 75 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>2014 has been the year of the soundbase. New to you? Imagine a soundbar that&rsquo;s deep and flat enough for a TV to stand on top and you&rsquo;ve pretty much got it. There are loads of them now, but without doubt the Canton DM 75 is our favourite, chucking out a mightily weighty and detailed sound &ndash;&nbsp;and it&rsquo;ll go way louder than even your neighbours can handle. It might not match the clever virtual surround sound of the Yamaha YSP-2500 above, but it utterly demolishes the weedy sound currently coming from your flatscreen telly.</p> <p><strong>Read the <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/canton/dm-75/review" target="_blank">Canton DM 75 review</a> on our sister site, What Hi-Fi</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Canton DM 75" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-tv-home-cinema-gadgets-canton-dm-75.jpg?1418740737" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Roku 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Roku 3&rsquo;s been around a little while, but it&rsquo;s now more relevant than ever thanks to the addition of more services and the ability to &lsquo;cast&rsquo; from your smartphone as you would to a Chromecast. So now you&rsquo;ve got the likes of Netflix, Google Play Movies and TV, iPlayer, ITV Player, Sky Store and Now TV. Sure, you could get the &pound;40 Roku Streaming Stick, but the Roku 3 is faster and has a headphone jack in the remote so you can listen in private without having to run a headphone cable right across the lounge.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-22-best-gadgets-year/feature" target="_blank">Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: These are the 22 best gadgets of the year</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Roku 3" alt="The 7 best TV and Home Cinema gadgets of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-tv-home-cinema-gadgets-roku-3.jpg?1418740737" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-7-best-tv-and-home-cinema-gadgets-year/feat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-7-best-tv-and-home-cinema-gadgets-year/feat#comments Gadget Awards 2014 Home Cinema PVRs and Set-top Boxes Soundbars TV Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:39:01 +0000 Stephen Graves 1453600 at http://www.stuff.tv Amazon Fire TV Stick http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here boy! Amazon throws a streaming TV stick into the Christmas mix. Now fetch! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2000" height="2000" title="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" alt="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/FireTVStick-Remote-Portrait.jpg?1417568301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-harris" title="View user profile.">Mark Harris</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Amazon is getting serious about TV. Its drama series Transparent, starring Arrested Development&#39;s Jeffrey Tambor, is wowing critics and now the etail giant is going stick-to-stick against Google and Roku with a cut-down, cut-price Fire TV streamer.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £-1.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Currently US only, $39 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cheap, well made and easy to use </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good audio and video quality </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fun one-button casual gaming </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great deal for Prime members </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slower than its big brother </div> <div class="field-item even"> No voice search </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Fewer apps than rivals </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and setup </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Aesthetically speaking, the Fire TV Stick is about as exciting as the inside of an Amazon cardboard box. Without the fun air pillows to pop. Remarkably, it&#39;s probably less interesting to look at than an actual stick, which at least might be a bit knobbly or have an interesting insect crawling along it.</p> <p>But that doesn&#39;t really matter, as the Fire TV Stick is destined to be stuck, hopefully unseen, in an HDMI port at the back of your telly. One word of advice for future stick engineers - putting the micro-USB power socket on a thin edge of the stick means you can&#39;t put another HDMI in an adjoining port. Sticking it on the end or one of the thick faces would be more practical. Amazon does include an HDMI extender, gratis, but we can&#39;t help thinking it would be unnecessary if the Stick was designed a bit more thoughtfully in the first place.&nbsp;</p> <p>Set-up is unbelievably easy. The Fire TV Stick automatically finds and pairs with its Bluetooth remote, then you tap in your Wi-Fi details, including 5GHz networks (unlike Chromecast) for more reliable low-range streaming. A perky video tutorial then talks you through its navigation and operation.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="While the full-size Amazon Fire TV box had an industrial designer wave her hands over it, the Fire TV Stick is about as exciting as the inside of an Amazon cardboard box. But without the air pillows to pop. It&#039;s basically a geometric black turd. Remarkably, it is even less interesting than an actual stick, which at least offers the possibility of an interesting insect crawling up it. But that doesn&#039;t really matter, as the Fire TV Stick is destined to be stuck, hopefully unseen, in an HDMI port " alt="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_8701.JPG?1417568301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Interface and features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s a shame that Amazon doesn&#39;t ship the Fire TV Stick with the same voice control remote as the Fire TV. Being able to simply hold down the microphone button and say what you want - in almost any accent and even in a noisy room - makes the rest of the Fire TV&#39;s interface virtually irrelevant. You can <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Replacement-Amazon-Fire-Voice-Remote/dp/B00KQEH3FK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1417045851&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=fire+tv+remote">buy one separately</a>, currently for &pound;25, but it feels like a missed opportunity.&nbsp;</p> <p>At least the home screen operation is fast and intuitive. Categories and menu items are on a vertical column on the left, populating out with recent and recommended items to the right. The Fire TV Stick feels just as fast as its big brother for browsing but maybe a couple of seconds slower to start playing videos. That sluggishness is even more noticeable when it comes to games, which can take five or ten seconds extra to load.</p> <p>That&#39;s hardly a surprise. The Fire TV Stick has a dual-core ARM chip and 1GB of memory, compared to the Fire TV&#39;s quad-core silicon with 2GB of RAM. Both gadgets have 8GB of storage, which is enough for a handful of apps and games. The Fire TV Stick works as a seamless second screen with Fire tablets (and the Fire Phone, if either of you out there with one are reading this), and you can fling other services such as YouTube and Spotify from iOS or Android phones.&nbsp;</p> <p>All the most popular apps are present and correct. Amazon Instant Video is the easiest and quickest to use of course, but Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and WatchESPN work OK. HBO GO is promised for next year (at least in the US), just in time for its promised unbundling from cable subscriptions (both Roku and Chromecast already offer the app Stateside).&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;</strong><strong>Reviews of <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">Google Chromecast</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review">Roku Streaming Stick</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="The Fire TV Stick remote is less classy than the Fire TV&#039;s - and lacks the voice search button" alt="Amazon Fire TV Stick review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_8702.JPG?1417568301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Fire TV Stick tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Video output</strong>: 1080p or 720p at up to 60fps</p> <p><strong>Processor</strong>:&nbsp;Broadcom Capri 28155, dual-core 2xARM A9</p> <p><strong>Memory</strong>: 1GB</p> <p><strong>Storage</strong>: 8GB</p> <p><strong>Connectivity</strong>: Dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi, HDMI; Bluetooth 3 for remote</p> <p><strong>Dimensions</strong>: 85 x 25 x 11.5mm</p> <p><strong>Weight</strong>: 25g</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video, games and sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The great news is that video (up to 1080p, 60fps) looks every bit as good on the Fire TV Stick as it does on the Fire TV. Colours are great, detail is crisp and there are no nasty artefacts. It doesn&#39;t handle navigating through video quite as well, though. Tap the fast forward or rewind button for a 10-second shift and the screen hiccups slightly, unlike the Fire TV&#39;s silky smooth transitions. Scrubbing at high speed forward or back also feels laggy.&nbsp;</p> <p>One thing worth noting is Amazon&#39;s smart handling of Wi-Fi interruptions and general internet slowdowns. The video signal degrades very gracefully, pixellating the image without interrupting the stream until the last possible moment. If your connection is prone to problems, this is one of the best systems we&#39;ve seen to cope with it.</p> <p>The Stick can&#39;t play H.263 or MPEG videos (unlike the Fire TV) although it does offer Flac and Vorbis audio playback that its older sibling does not. Home cinema fans will be pleased to hear that Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 channel passthrough are on board. There&#39;s no optical audio out (again, unlike the Fire TV).&nbsp;</p> <p>As long as you&#39;re not expecting the Fire TV Stick to replace a real console for games, you won&#39;t be disappointed. Casual games are slower to load than on the Fire TV but play without glitches, including the latest 3D puzzlers such as Disney&#39;s Smash It! Amazon gives you some coins to buy a few games without actually spending any money - you might even find them enough to keep you busy between Netflix binges.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/why-you-should-care-about-spotify-connect/feature">Why you should care about Spotify Connect</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1612" height="922" title="Nicely designed, uncluttered home screen" alt="Nicely designed, uncluttered home screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/AmazonFireTVHomeScreen.jpg?1417568301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Fire TV Stick verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Amazon did the right thing in releasing a super-portable streaming stick. The Fire TV Stick is small enough to take on holiday with you or to lend to a mate, and looks very respectable when stacked up against <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review" target="_blank">Google&#39;s Chromecast</a> or <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/roku-streaming-stick/review" target="_blank">Roku&#39;s Streaming Stick</a>. While it doesn&#39;t offer quite as many apps, it&#39;s got all the basic, popular streaming services stacked up, with the bonus of a selection of high quality casual games to dip into.</p> <p>The problem really comes with the Fire TV Stick&#39;s core audience - people who already pay for Amazon Prime and want to get the most from it. Given that you&#39;re paying &pound;79 or $99 a year for the service, saving a little on a cut-down streaming device doesn&#39;t add up. The standard Fire TV box comes with a revolutionary voice control remote, beautifully smooth video and pretty fast gaming - the Fire TV Stick really only has its price and size going for it.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Fire TV Stick is a solid performer at a very cheap price, then, but if you&#39;re a streaming veteran there&#39;s probably not enough reason to up sticks and switch to this.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/connected-home/top-ten" target="_blank">The Best Connected Home Gadgets in the World right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2000" height="2000" title="The Amazon Fire TV Stick and remote" alt="The Amazon Fire TV Stick and remote" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/FireTVStick-Remote-Landscape.jpg?1417568301" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Compact and competent, but if you&#39;re spending all that money on Prime anyway, go for the full fat Fire TV</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon Fire TV Stick review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-fire-tv-stick/review#comments Amazon Connected home Fire TV Fire TV Stick Home Cinema Streaming Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:38:16 +0000 Mark Harris 1454027 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: In the beginning, there was VHS… http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promoted-beginning-there-was-vhs/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A history of home cinema, from Betamax to 4K </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/old-hi-fi.jpg?1415357798" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promoted-beginning-there-was-vhs/feature#comments Home Cinema LG Promotion Fri, 07 Nov 2014 10:56:38 +0000 Marc McLaren 1452492 at http://www.stuff.tv Promoted: 9 things you should never, ever do in your home cinema http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promoted-9-things-you-should-never-ever-do-your-home-cinema/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Setting up a perfect home cinema system is as much about the things you shouldn’t do as the things you should </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="9 things you should never, ever do in your home cinema" alt="9 things you should never, ever do in your home cinema" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/home-cinema.jpg?1414074781" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/promoted-9-things-you-should-never-ever-do-your-home-cinema/feature#comments Home Cinema LG Promotion Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:54:55 +0000 Stephen Graves 1451164 at http://www.stuff.tv Got a curved TV? Samsung now makes a curved soundbar to match http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/got-curved-tv-samsung-now-makes-curved-soundbar-match/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s designed to partner perfectly with the company’s 55in and 65in curvy tellies </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Got a curved TV? Samsung now makes a curved soundbar to match" alt="Got a curved TV? Samsung now makes a curved soundbar to match" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-curved-soundbar-with-tv.jpg?1409830263" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung has just unveiled the world&rsquo;s first curved soundbar speaker, designed to accompany the firm&rsquo;s 55in and 65in curved television models.</p> <p>The Samsung HW-7500 and HW-7501 (the difference between the two models is just the colour, apparently) feature the same exact curve radius as those TVs, so when you mount them below the two products match perfectly. If you&rsquo;ve got your Samsung TV wall-mounted, you can even hook the speaker up to it directly (it replaces the TV&rsquo;s stand), so there&rsquo;s no need to drill more holes in your living room wall.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New multiroom music speaker, too </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Samsung has also announced a new M3 Wireless Audio Multiroom speaker (pictured above), which will add a more affordable multiroom music option to the company&rsquo;s range (the M5 and M7 models are already out). It&rsquo;s compatible with Spotify Connect, which you can read all about <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/spotify/why-you-should-care-about-spotify-connect/feature">here</a>.</p> <p>Prices and release dates for both speakers are yet to be confirmed.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tvs/top-ten">The 10 best TVs in the world right now</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung&#039;s M3 wireless audio multiroom speaker" alt="Samsung&#039;s M3 wireless audio multiroom speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-wam350.jpg?1409830263" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Arc at him: Samsung&#039;s curved soundbar </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/got-curved-tv-samsung-now-makes-curved-soundbar-match/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Home Cinema IFA 2014 Samsung TVs Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:56:57 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1446265 at http://www.stuff.tv 6 things you need to know about Dolby Atmos http://www.stuff.tv/6-things-you-need-know-about-dolby-atmos/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dolby’s latest audio tech isn’t just a badge to stick on Blu-ray boxes for everyone except hardcore AV nerds to ignore, it’s going to change home cinema forever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="898" title="Chimpressive weaponry" alt="6 things you need to know about Dolby Atmos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/dolby_atmos_apes_resized.jpg?1408906450" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dolby&rsquo;s Atmos tech is making the leap from cinema to living room, bringing its all-over surround sound to the small screen. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-wiggins" title="View user profile.">Tom Wiggins</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. It started in cinemas </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Dolby Atmos is supercharged surround sound. It premiered back in 2012 with <em>Brave</em>, Pixar&rsquo;s documentary about life in Scotland, and has since been used in films such as <em>Gravity</em>, <em>Godzilla</em> and <em>Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes</em>.</p> <p>Atmos uses up to 64 separate speakers, including some installed in the ceiling, to create a dome of sound on top of the audience that&rsquo;ll have you checking the seats around you for gun-toting chimps and ducking to avoid flying space debris.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1296" height="730" title="On the edge of the Atmos-sphere" alt="6 things you need to know about Dolby Atmos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gravity_still_a_l.jpg?1408906450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. It’s not just about special effects </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If it all sounds a bit gimmicky, don&rsquo;t worry. Atmos changes the way sound is mixed in the first place, meaning it&rsquo;s based on individual objects making noise within the scene rather than just splitting everything across individual channels. </p> <p>Film-makers can have up to 128 sound objects in a scene at once, from people to environmental conditions such as wind and rain. Each one can move as the camera moves, so the sounds will always be coming from the right place. </p> <p>This allows directors to use sound much more creatively and usefully than ever before, introducing characters from off-screen by their voice alone, or drawing your attention to something important without having to point the camera right at it as if to say &ldquo;LOOK AT THIS THING IT&rsquo;S IMPORTANT TO THE NARRATIVE&rdquo;. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TlSLbfhVod8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. You’ll need some new speakers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You probably don&rsquo;t have 64 speakers dotted around your living room, so for Atmos to work at home you&rsquo;re going to need some more. </p> <p>Chances are you won&rsquo;t want to saw holes in your ceiling and run wires up inside the walls, so Dolby has developed a system that uses upwards-firing speakers to bounce sound off the ceiling and back down towards your ears, creating the illusion of noise coming from above. </p> <p>Onkyo&rsquo;s SKH-410 (&pound;130) and KEF&rsquo;s R50 (&pound;TBA) speakers are designed to do just that and can be added to your existing setup. And you don&rsquo;t need 64 of them. Dolby says two should do the job but four will give you the most cinema-like experience.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2000" height="1333" title="Halt! We&#039;ve got you surrounded!" alt="6 things you need to know about Dolby Atmos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/HT-S7705-small.jpg?1408906450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4096" height="2560" title="Bouncing sounds" alt="6 things you need to know about Dolby Atmos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dolby_SpeakerPlacement_714.jpg?1408906450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. But you won’t (necessarily) need a new amp </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Denon and Onkyo have new Atmos-enabled AV amps on the way, but you won&rsquo;t necessarily need to buy one to use it. Onkyo has kindly decided to release a firmware update for some of its existing models, including the TX-NR636 (above), TX-NR737 and TX-NR838, that&rsquo;ll add the necessary know-how to decode Atmos audio from a disc. </p> <p>Using five speakers instead of 64 doesn&rsquo;t mean you&rsquo;ll miss 59 speakers&rsquo; worth of sound. The receiver detects how many speakers are available and uses metadata on the disc to work out how to distribute the movie&rsquo;s soundtrack to best effect.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="4600" height="3450" title="Onkyo&#039;s TX-NR636 will be updated to work with Atmos" alt="6 things you need to know about Dolby Atmos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TX-NR636%20%28S%29%20angled%20left.jpg?1408906450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5. It works! It actually works! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We went to visit Dolby for a demo of Atmos in a home cinema setup. Using an Onkyo amp with a dozen KEF R-Series speakers we watched multiple clips, switching between ceiling-mounted speakers and upfirers to compare the effect. It was impossible to tell the difference, with the sound of wind-rustled leaves, chucked spears and a Red Bull F1 car blasting through a tunnel, bouncing off the ceiling and into our ears.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="5184" height="3456" title="Red Bull&#039;s Formula 1 car has been Atmos enabled" alt="6 things you need to know about Dolby Atmos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/P-20140303-00203_HiRes%20JPEG%2024bit%20RGB.jpg?1408906450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6. But the films aren’t quite ready yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Plenty of films are released in cinemas with Dolby Atmos sound (over 100 so far) but it hasn&rsquo;t made its way to discs yet. Dolby told us to expect them &ldquo;in the coming months&rdquo; and that the fact that one of the clips we saw was from Star Trek Into Darkness absolutely does not mean Spock and co will be among the first to get the Atmos treatment on Blu-ray. No way. Nothing to see here. Move along please.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/8-things-you-need-know-about-googles-project-tango/feature">Everything you need to know about Google&#39;s Project Tango</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="2050" height="1230" title="Star Trek Into Darkness has had the Atmos treatment" alt="6 things you need to know about Dolby Atmos" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zachary-quinto-star-trek-into-darkness1.jpg?1408906450" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dolby’s latest audio tech is going to change home cinema forever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dolby-atmos-caro.jpg?1408906450" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/6-things-you-need-know-about-dolby-atmos/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/6-things-you-need-know-about-dolby-atmos/news#comments Dolby Atmos Home Cinema Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:33:19 +0000 Tom Wiggins 1444928 at http://www.stuff.tv Philips Fidelio E5’s wireless speakers take the mess out of surround sound http://www.stuff.tv/philips/philips-fidelio-e5-s-wireless-speakers-take-stress-out-surround-sound/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cinematic audio on demand, minus the cables and the clutter </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Fidelio E5’s wireless speakers take the stress out of surround sound" alt="Philips Fidelio E5’s wireless speakers take the stress out of surround sound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/philips-fidelio-e5-hot-stuff.jpg?1405995058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Surround sound systems are a pain in the you-know-what&hellip;</strong><br />Not this one. Philips knows that trailing cables around your living room can be a drag &ndash; not to mention a surefire way of making your floor resemble Spaghetti Junction &ndash; so it&rsquo;s made a 5.1 system that doesn&rsquo;t need much in the way of setup.</p> <p><strong>So is the Fidelio E5 wireless?</strong><br />Well, not so much a case of &ldquo;wireless&rdquo; as one of &ldquo;less wires&rdquo;: the system&rsquo;s front speakers will still need to be hooked up to a power source, but you won&rsquo;t need to trail cables from the front unit all the way to the back of your sofa, because the rear pair are battery powered (a charge is good for ten hours, according to Philips).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Wait a sec &ndash; shouldn&rsquo;t that be &ldquo;fewer wires&rdquo;?</strong><br />OK, Captain Grammar. But where were we? Oh yeah, so the Fidelio E5 can work either as a 2.1 or a 5.1 system. The tops of the front pillar speakers detach to become the wireless rear speakers. So if you want, you only need to set up the 5.1 array when it&rsquo;s time to watch a movie. There&rsquo;s a wireless subwoofer too, to provide those neighbour-bothering low-end bass sounds.</p> <p><strong>And the centre speaker?</strong><br />That comes courtesy of clever psychoacoustic tech. The two front speakers are able to use soundbar-style fakery to create a centre channel without the need for a separate speaker.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="674" title="The rear speakers&#039; batteries last for 10 hours" alt="The rear speakers&#039; batteries last for 10 hours" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-e5-3.jpg?1405995058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sounds good on paper. But what about in the flesh?</strong><br />Well, we did give the system a listen almost a year ago when <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ifa-2013/hands-review-philips-fidelio-e5-hi-fi-speakers-transform-home-cinema-demand/news">Philips first demoed it at IFA 2013</a>. But a huge hall full of hundreds of people milling about and talking isn&rsquo;t exactly ideal test conditions. So we can&rsquo;t say how well Philips has pulled it off until we&#39;ve given the E5 a proper review.</p> <p><strong>What else does it offer?</strong><br />A couple of HDMI inputs mean you can hook up two good quality sources &ndash; say a Sky box and a PS4 &ndash; and there&rsquo;s also Bluetooth for audio streaming, accompanied by NFC for easy pairing with suitably-equipped tablets and phones.</p> <p><strong>And availability?</strong><br />The Philips Fidelio E5 is on sale now, priced at &pound;600.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">PERUSE MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Philips Fidelio E5 is on sale now for £600" alt="The Philips Fidelio E5 is on sale now for £600" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-e5-2.jpg?1405995058" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Hi-Fi & Streaming Home Cinema Hot Stuff Philips Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:20:42 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1442487 at http://www.stuff.tv Hands-on review: Philips Fidelio E5 – hi-fi speakers that transform into home cinema on demand http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ifa-2013/hands-review-philips-fidelio-e5-hi-fi-speakers-transform-home-cinema-demand/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Take two stereo speakers, cut the tops off, make them wireless and presto! Real temporary surround sound. UPDATED: now with UK pricing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Philips Fidelio E5" alt="Philips Fidelio E5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/philips-fidelio-e5-1.jpg?1379070227" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">If you want hassle-free surround sound but think the type generated by soundbars is some kind of evil magic that ought to be STAMPED OUT or an emperor's new clothes-type lie perpetrated by devious marketing folk, Philips has just the thing.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Testing the transformation with Transformers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Sounds good doesn't it? But does it actually sound good? In our brief ears-on at IFA watching (rather fittingly) Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the surround mode was palpably different to the stereo, with multichannel effects coming through loud and clear and decent weight added by the sub.</p> <p class="p1">We didn't listen long enough to make a judgement on the quality o the sound, and had no price-competitive 5.1 system to compare it to, but the effect was impressive - and there's no doubting the convenience of a completely wire-free, temporary surround system.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-e5-lift_0.jpg?1379070227" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="900" height="1200" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-e5-front-2.jpg?1379070227" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oak, leather and a festival of LEDs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The speakers themselves are quite beautiful things with leather handles and real oak inlays. They don't dock in a particularly satisfying fashion, though, and we can't help but think they'd look better in surround mode if a contactless inductive charging method had been employed. A festival of LED flashes also greets the satellites when freshly docked, and although Philips says they're dimmable, we worry they might be distracting.</p> <p>AV aficionados will scoff at the lack of control you get over in-depth settings, and could bemoan the fact that the front centre channel of 5.1 soundtracks is folded into the output of the mother speakers. But this system isn't for AV aficionados: it's for people who want their Saturday night rental to have a bit more Leicester Square about it, without the trailing wires or speaker mounts drilled into walls. Or the tourists.</p> <p>Pending a full test of the audio quality, we think the E5 is an ingenious system that could bring real surround to homes where such a thing would previously have been unthinkable. Shrewd work.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-e5-3_0.jpg?1379070227" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/philips-fidelio-e5-sub_0.jpg?1379070227" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ifa-2013/hands-review-philips-fidelio-e5-hi-fi-speakers-transform-home-cinema-demand/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/philips/ifa-2013/hands-review-philips-fidelio-e5-hi-fi-speakers-transform-home-cinema-demand/news#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming Home Cinema IFA 2013 Philips Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:03:48 +0000 Will Findlater 1426345 at http://www.stuff.tv LG NB3520A http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-nb3520a/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An affordable LG soundbar with wireless sub that has everything – well, almost everything </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG-NB3520A-review.jpg?1372388253" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What do you want from an affordable soundbar? Great build and finish? Wireless subwoofer? Bluetooth connectivity? Dynamic, detailed and spacious sound?</p> <p>This LG's got it all. Ideally it'd have HDMI inputs too, but you can't have everything at this price – it's now available for £200.&nbsp;</p> <p>Read the full <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/review/nb3520a">LG NB3520A review at whathifi.com</a>.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £250.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-review-url"> <div class="field-label">What Hi-Fi? review URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> http://www.whathifi.com/review/nb3520a </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Lack of HDMI aside, this cracking home cinema bargain offers up dynamic, detailed sound and a solid build&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/lg/lg-nb3520a/review#comments Home Cinema LG Sun, 03 Mar 2013 11:54:14 +0000 Sophie Charara 1423836 at http://www.stuff.tv Yamaha YSP-3300 http://www.stuff.tv/surround/yamaha-ysp-3300/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quality surround sound from just two boxes: do our ears deceive us? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yamaha YSP-3300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/YamahaYSP-3300-1.jpg?1372387768" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yamaha has been making soundbars since before Sonos existed, and the pricey YSP-3300 is a typically premium bit of kit. It's the only one here to bounce sound off the walls for virtual surround sound, while its striking shape helps scuplt the soundwaves and means the bar neatly straddles your TV's pedestal. And talking of neat, you feed all of your sources into the bar via HDMI and it sends video (including 4K and 3D) to your TV via a single cable.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1,000.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Compact </div> <div class="field-item even"> Great surround sound effect </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Wireless sub-woofer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Must be placed close to walls </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wireless woofer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 3300 comes with a transmitter for streaming tunes from your iThing, Mac or PC. It's not as elegant as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth but it sounds great. A bundled wireless slimline bass box can be placed almost anywhere in the room, as long as it can still reach a power socket.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Yamaha YSP-3300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/YamahaYSP-3300-2.jpg?1372387768" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Real surround sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Other soundbars might create a wide sound or a big sound, but the Yamaha is the only one that creates surround sound. It properly fills the room, with individual effects flying in from the sides so convincingly that you'd swear you had a speaker there. That sonic performance will depend to an extent on the shape of your room and a full 5.1 package will always do it even better, but the 3300 serves up a phenomenal sound without needing all those extra speakers.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/YamahaYSP-3300-3.jpg?1372387768" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Surround sound skills from a simple box of tricks – Yamaha's done it again</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/yamaha-ysp-3300 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/surround/yamaha-ysp-3300/review#comments Home Cinema Soundbars Surround Yamaha Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:01:28 +0000 Tony Horgan 1423736 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos Playbar http://www.stuff.tv/sonos-playbar/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the awesome of Sonos crammed into a TV-boosting soundbar – what’s not to like? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="944" height="728" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Lifestyle2013PlaybarSubLiving_Large.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sonos Playbar Review" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sonos-playbar-main.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Any Sonos announcement is greeted by a ripple of excitement around these parts. Heck, even the announcement of an announcement (yep, it’s one of those companies) is enough to get us guessing what California’s foremost purveyors of multi-room music streaming might have up their sleeves.</p> <p>Turns out it’s not the portable Play:1 speaker some of us here had been predicting, but in fact a soundbar. Yep, with the Playbar Sonos is turning its attention to improving your TV’s sound. But of course, being a Sonos, it does a heck of a lot besides that.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £600.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Throbs with Sonos quality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Massive music selection </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Superior to built-in TV speakers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Optical connection, not HDMI </div> <div class="field-item even"> Expanding the system is pricey </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Design and features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If Apple was to make a soundbar we bet it would look something like this. The build is exemplary, the styling minimalist, and it’s chock-full of neat touches, such as the accelerometers that can tell whether the Playbar is laid-down or on an edge and adjust the sound accordingly.</p> <p>There’s also an IR repeater built-in so that signals from your remote still get to the TV even if the Playbar is blocking the telly’s sensor, and a pair of ethernet sockets on the back mean your other components (such as your smart TV) can piggy-back the Sonos network to get to the internet. Just remember that if you can’t hardwire the Playbar to your router you’ll need to get some powerline adapters or Sonos’ dedicated Bridge (£39).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="518" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-02_0.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-03_0.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Music streaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Essentially this is a full Sonos player in a wider chassis, which means it gives you access to massive amount of streamed music. It’ll play everything (except hi-res tracks) you’ve got stored on your computer or NAS device, it benefits from the recently added feature that lets you send audio directly from an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, and it connects you to internet radio and millions of tracks via Spotify, Napster, Last.fm, Aupeo, 7digital, Deezer and more. No devices outside of those made by Sonos deliver anywhere near the same breadth or depth of content, and no other soundbar delivers as much music as this.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-04.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Soundbar skills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If all you’re after is lots of streamed music you could just buy the Sonos Play:3 – the difference here is that the Playbar also connects to your TV. Somewhat disappointingly there’s just one way to do this, and that’s via optical cable. While this has advantages in terms of simplicity – all of your devices stay connected to your TV as normal and you just have one cable connecting the TV and Playbar – it’s not as neat as those systems with multiple HDMI inputs and a single HDMI output for video. And let’s not forget that while optical outputs on TVs are pretty common these days, they haven’t been for that long. You definitely want to check if your TV’s got one before forking out on a Playbar.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Sonos app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As with other Sonos components there’s no dedicated remote control for the Playbar, instead all functions are handled by the iOS or Android app. It’s a brilliantly simple app that makes changing volume and switching from TV sound to streaming TV on the Radio from Spotify an absolute doddle.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-app.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sound quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To cut a long short short, the Playbar is a massive improvement over even the most impressive-sounding flatscreen TVs. The width of the soundstage that’s created is mighty impressive, and there’s detail, weight and tonal balance that a TV on its own simply can’t deliver. The drivers behind the grille are angled upwards, and while that means you get a big, atmospheric sound, it sacrifices just a little bit of impact and directness. That’s a minor flaw in an otherwise excellent delivery with both music and movies, though.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Adding more Sonos kit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 3.0 Playbar can be turned into a 3.1 system by simply slapping down another £600 on the Sonos Sub. Adding it via the app is a very simple process that includes a couple of steps for trimming levels so that it blends nicely with the Playbar, and the sound clearly improves with its addition. Not only does it mean the system can now reach sofa-wobbling levels of bass, it adds weight to big movie effects and helps the whole presentation fill the room more thoroughly. It’s all gain then, but its gain that you have to pay a great deal for, and given the Playbar’s level of quality in its own right it’s a stretch that we wouldn’t recommend to everyone.</p> <p>3.1 not enough for you? Well you could always add to Play:3s to create a full, wireless 5.1 system, although that would take the total price to an eye-watering £1720.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sonos-playbar-01.jpg?1387355178" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If all you’re looking for from a soundbar is great movie sound, you might want to check out the Yamaha YSP-2200, which fools you into thinking you’ve got a proper surround system by bouncing sound off the walls of you lounge, but if you want a simple, elegant unit that will massively improve your TV’s sound and ply you with all-you-can-stream music until you’re fit to burst, the Sonos Playbar really is the only logical choice.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> smarts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This isn’t a soundbar, this is a Sonos soundbar, and it’s really rather awesome</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/sonos-playbar </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sonos-playbar/review#comments Home Cinema Playbar Sonos Soundbars Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:42:07 +0000 Tom Parsons 424442 at http://www.stuff.tv LG BH8220B http://www.stuff.tv/lg-bh8220b/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This LG might be expensive but its pretty good looking with a silver aluminium finish. Does enough substance lurk beneath the style? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="630" height="378" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LG-BH8220B-review_2.jpeg?1372183763" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>LG BH8220B review – intro&nbsp;</h2> <p>If you're looking for a home cinema with both brains and beauty, allow us to introduce the LG. Yes, it's expensive for home cinema kit but thanks to its swanky aluminium design and weighty build, it feels like money well spent.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £650.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG BH8220B review – features  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's also impressively packed with features. There's a 3D Blu-ray player and comprehensive smart TV offering, DLNA and Bluetooth streaming, and iThing-friendly USB input.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG BH8200B review – in and out  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Two HDMI inputs, a 3.5mm connection and an optical input mean you should be able to play just about anything you can lay your hands on, and it's Wi-Fi enabled out of the box. LG calls playing your own music and videos Smart Share; you can connect wirelessly or plug in an HDD or USB stick to play MPEG4, MKV and DivX files, among others.&nbsp;</p> <p>Another use for an attached hard drive is as memory to unlock BD-Live content or even rip audio CDs. For your own use, of course.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG BH8200B review – LG Remote app  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There's an LG Remote app for basic controls on iOS devices, though it's sorely missing a keyboard for simple text input. Android user? You'll need to wait for an update.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG BH8200B review – picture quality  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The good news continues with its picture. Bright, colourful and packed with detail, it looks great with a slick, Hollywood blockbuster on Blu-ray. It also excels with the better quality content on iPlayer or Netflix, although it's not immune from noise during busy scenes.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG BH8200B review – sound quality  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sound isn't quite perfect. It's fast and agile – which is great if you connect a games console – but a lack of bass weight and presence is a little disappointing.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG BH8200B review – smart TV  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>LG's internet content is pretty impressive, with Blinkbox, Lovefilm and Netflix, plus BBC iPlayer. The LG Apps section offers some extra content, but it's mostly average. While the interface is easy to navigate and the remote more intuitive than most, both the physical control and its app version could use shortcuts for the likes of smart TV.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> LG BH8200B review – verdict  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Disappointing sound is the only real mark against it. You might be paying a slight premium for the design but its great picture, top spec and smart looks help justify its price.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The LG's sound could be more solid, but for picture quality, design and features, it's a winner&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/lg-bh8220b </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/lg-bh8220b/review#comments BH8220B Home Cinema LG Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:41:47 +0000 Sophie Charara 423976 at http://www.stuff.tv Panasonic SC-BTT590 http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic-sc-btt590/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With Panasonic&#039;s TV pedigree, you&#039;d expect this home cinema system to have a good picture – if it sounds good too it could be a winner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic SC-BTT590" alt="Panasonic SC-BTT590" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-SC-BTT590-reviewpress1_3_0.jpg?1372183826" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £630.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bursting with useful features </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sound quality to die for </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bit weak in the style department </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> overview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If we were judging the best home cinema in a box solutions solely on picture quality, the Panasonic would be hard to beat. That's hardly a surprise given how good its TVs usually are, and the rest of the package is just as impressive.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design and build  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>OK, so it feels a bit Tic-Tac box and lacks design panache compared to the likes of the LG BH8220B, but once in place it looks purposeful and the matching satellites are a good, easy-to-accomodate size.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The integrated iPod dock pops out neatly and the rest of the feature list is exhaustive: USB and SD card inputs, Viera Connect with iPlayer and Netflix, and twin HDMI inputs for hooking up PVRs and consoles.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture and audio quality  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now, back to that picture. There's bags of detail and an impressive sense of depth that adds realism, coupled with class-leading 3D video for those that want it. Audio quality is every bit as good: a controlled, smooth sound that makes for an immersive surround effect. We're also happy to report that it even sounds great cranked up - not something you can say of all the home cinema setups.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> verdict  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A fine all-rounder, this Panasonic has excellent picture quality and immersive surround sound. Its vastly improved Viera Connect smart portal is respectable now, with BBC's News, Sport and iPlayer apps, plus Acetrax and Netflix movie streaming.&nbsp;</p> <p>It looks expensive at first glance, but can be found online for £150 or so less. And while it may not have the showy style of some, when it comes to producing the goods, the Pana is right up there.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Pana's brilliant all-round performance easily makes up for its slightly dreary design&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/panasonic-sc-btt590 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic-sc-btt590/review#comments Home Cinema Panasonic SC-BTT590 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:18:53 +0000 Sophie Charara 423755 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony BDV-N590 http://www.stuff.tv/sony-bdv-n590/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Big on spec and low on price (for home cinema) – we&#039;re head over heels for the N590. Find out why in our in depth review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="506" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-BDV-N590-Side.jpg?1372387180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony has thought of pretty much everything with the BDV-N590. Style and substance combine with some clever usability features to make a staggeringly compelling product for the money.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £450.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Loud and clear sound </div> <div class="field-item even"> Clean images </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Curvaceous design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Slightly awkward to wire-up speakers </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Style-wise it takes more than a leaf out of the <a href="/review/sony-playstation-3-2012">PS3's</a> book, with a sound-mounted disc slot, a series of touch-sensitive buttons and a recessed display. The inverted-ice-cream-cone design speakers require that you run the cables through the stands, which can be a bit of a fiddle, but on the flip side these stands can be cleverly twisted for easy wall mounting.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What to watch?  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Round the back of the unit you'll find two HDMI inputs, a USB connection for the bundled iPod dock and analogue and digital audio inputs. There's also plenty of content on offer, from the likes of iPlayer and Netflix to Sony's own Music and Video Unlimited services. Sony's Xross Media Bar also remains a doddle to navigate.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Picture and sound quality  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>None of this would mean much if the picture and sound quality weren't any cop. Fortunately, they're superb. Pictures are clean and detailed, sound is clear and loud. And unlike with rivals, you can jack the volume without losing composure. All told, this is one fantastic system.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="361" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-BDV-N590-2_0.jpg?1372387180" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict   </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The new BDV-N590 isn't just good - we'd predict there won't be a more complete, better-value home cinema system released this year. It's more stylish than its forebears with its PS3-emulating curves. It's also exceptionally well equipped for its price, with twin HDMI inputs, a USB-in for an iPod dock and analogue and digital ins. Picture and sound quality are excellent, whether you're playing a 3D Blu-ray or streaming from the array of built-in services, including Sony's own on-demand offerings.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> picture </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Massive spec, yet micro-priced: the Sony is quite simply the biggest bargain in home cinema&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/sony-bdv-n590 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sony-bdv-n590/review#comments BDV-N590 Home Cinema Sony Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:58:58 +0000 Sophie Charara 423754 at http://www.stuff.tv Philips HTS5563 http://www.stuff.tv/philips-hts5563/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Quirky, at least individual, is what we expect from Philips – and it&#039;s what we get here with this smart one-box home cinema </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="354" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Philips-HTS5563-review_2.jpeg?1372388458" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £400.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philips HTS5563 review – intro  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Size isn't everything, or so we've been told, and that's definitely true of Philips' dinky HTS5563. It's a compact system which should fit nicely in a compact room and which – vital, this – won't annoy your non-home-cinema-loving other half. And while it may not tick every box in terms of specs, it's great value given its price.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philips HTS5563 review – design  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Although small, the front and rear speakers of the HTS5563 are well built and subtly stylish. There's also a neat curved finish to the main unit and remote control. And the sub... is a sub. Bear in mind though that the speakers are particularly light, so slap a little blu-tac underneath to prevent them from getting knocked over and give them a solid base.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philips HTS5563 review – features  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Features-wise, there are a few gaps: the Net TV offering has BBC iPlayer but not a single big-hitting film service, while the connection for an iPod dock is present but the dock itself is an optional extra. It even lacks built-in Bluetooth for wireless streaming.&nbsp;</p> <p>Although missing a few features, the HTS5563 still packs in a 3D Blu-ray player, twin HDMI inputs, a digital optical connection, SD card and USB slots.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philips HTS5563 review – picture and sound quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sit back and enjoy a film, however, and the HTS5563 does the business. Colours are natural, there's good detail and only the fastest motion introduces any blur. The matching satellites spell superb cohesion and provided your room isn't too big, you'll get an immersive surround experience.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philips HTS5563 review – remote  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The remote looks decent enough, but the buttons feel cheap and clunky; the touch-sensitive controls on the main unit are far more reassuring.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philips HTS5563 review – smart TV  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This HTS5563 system doesn't have Philips' full Net TV offering, so you won't get Acetrax Movies as on its latest TVs. YouTube, iPlayer and TuneIn Radio are about all you'll find on it.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Philips HTS5563 review – verdict  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Others may be smarter, but if you're after a simple system that does the job well, the HTS5563 is a good choice.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ideal if space (and cash) are at a premium, the compact Philips won't let you down&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/philips-hts5563 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/philips-hts5563/review#comments Home Cinema HTS5563 Philips Sun, 02 Dec 2012 17:34:23 +0000 Sophie Charara 423979 at http://www.stuff.tv