Blu-ray and DVD http://www.stuff.tv/sg/blu-ray-and-dvd/all en-SG Fully Charged: EA’s all-you-can-play Xbox One service, Canon debuts new PowerShot cameras, and PlayStation 4 gets Blu-ray 3D playback http://www.stuff.tv/sg/canon/fully-charged-ea-s-all-you-can-play-xbox-one-service-canon-debuts-new-powershot-cameras-and-pl <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the evening right by catching up with the latest in tech news </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="FIFA 14" alt="FIFA 14" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/fifa14.jpg?1406807911" /> </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="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</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"> EA launches unlimited access subscription on Xbox One </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>Electronic Arts set foot in uncharted console terrain yesterday with the announcement of EA Access, an all-you-can-play membership for Xbox One that grants unlimited access to selected games, along with discounts on newer games and downloadable content.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s available now for some Xbox One users in a beta version, but will expand to all others soon, and the current list of games includes Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, and Peggle 2. Others will be added down the line, while users can get a 10% discount on more recent EA games and DLC.</p> <p>Additionally, EA Access will allow users to download a limited trial of games like FIFA 15, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and others five days before their respective release dates, with all progress transferring into the complete game if purchased. EA Access subscriptions are available at US$4.99 (S$16) a month or US$29.99 (S$96) for a full year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ea.com/news/ea-announces-ea-access-on-xbox-one">EA</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/fifa-15-first-play/review">FIFA 15: First Play preview</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-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"> Canon reveals two new PowerShot bridge cameras </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>Canon has a pair of new bridge cameras due out later this year and early into the next, the company announced yesterday. The PowerShot SX520 HS (pictured) is the more advanced of the two, delivering 42x optical zoom, Intelligent image stabilisation, a 24mm wide-angle lens, and the HS system, which pairs a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor with a DIGIC 4+ processor.</p> <p>Comparatively, the PowerShot SX400 IS has many of the same features, but comes in a bit smaller, and caps its optical zoom at a still-respectable 30x. Expect the PowerShot SX520 HS out in August for &pound;299 (S$629), with the Argos-exclusive PowerShot SX400 IS not due out until January for &pound;259 (S$545).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/canon/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/review">Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II review</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="Canon PowerShot SX520 HS" alt="Canon PowerShot SX520 HS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-sx520hs.jpg?1406807911" /> </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"> PlayStation 4 update adds Blu-ray 3D playback </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>Remember earlier this month when Microsoft announced that the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/node/1442695%2523node-1442695">August system update</a> for Xbox One would add Blu-ray 3D support? Well, ever so nimble, Sony beat Microsoft to the punch with yesterday&rsquo;s release of the version 1.75 system software for PlayStation 4.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve got slick flicks that&rsquo;ll pop off your screen, now your PS4 can bring them to life. And Xbox One owners - it&rsquo;ll be another couple of days-to-weeks until you can do the same.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/PlayStationEU/status/494038769721298944">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/sony-ps4/review">Sony PS4 review</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="600" title="PlayStation 4 Blu-ray 3D" alt="PlayStation 4 Blu-ray 3D" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ps4-br3d.png?1406807911" /> </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/sg/canon/fully-charged-ea-s-all-you-can-play-xbox-one-service-canon-debuts-new-powershot-cameras-and-pl#comments Blu-ray and DVD Cameras Canon Electronic Arts Gaming PlayStation 4 Xbox One Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1443756 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: 1TB Blu-ray format revealed, Audi A3 gets a 4G connection and Hitchhiker’s Guide game re-released http://www.stuff.tv/sg/audi/fully-charged-new-blu-ray-format-revealed-audi-a3-gets-4g-connection-and-hitchhiker-s-guide-gam <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the day’s best tech news stories crammed into one easy-to-read page </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="Audi A3 Sedan" alt="Audi A3 Sedan" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/audi-a3-sedan.jpg?1394586035" /> </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="/sg/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"> Audi A3 to be first US car with a 4G data connection </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>Audi has announced that its 2015 A3 Sedan will be the first North American car to come with a built-in 4G LTE connection. The data will come courtesy of AT&amp;T and be available in two plans: a six-month plan with a total of 5GB of data and a 30-month plan with 30GB (no pricing details have been confirmed as yet). All A3s with the connection available will come with a six-month free trial of the tech, however, and an accompanying app will ensure it plays nice with your smartphone &ndash; ensuring you don&rsquo;t have to fiddle with your phone while you&rsquo;re behind the wheel.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.electronista.com/articles/14/03/10/offerings.available.at.first.for.2015.a3.will.be.added.to.other.vehicles/" target="_blank">Electronista</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-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"> Sony’s new Blu-ray can store up to 1TB of data </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>Sony and Panasonic have announced the Archival Disc, a next-generation version of Blu-ray that can store 20 times the amount of data: 1TB to a standard Blu-ray&rsquo;s 50GB.</p> <p>The format, which is designed for professional rather than consumer use, will launch in the summer of 2015. The first available discs will offer 300GB of storage, with 500GB and 1TB versions following later. The discs are write-once and intended for storage use in the likes of film archives and cloud data centres &ndash; so don&rsquo;t expect to see a PS4 update adding Archival Disc compatibility any time soon.</p> <p><strong>[Source: <a href="http://www.gamespot.com/articles/sony-announces-next-gen-blu-ray-disc-can-store-up-to-1tb-of-data/1100-6418200/" target="_blank">GameSpot</a>]</strong></p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/67148485@N05/6834726796/in/photolist-bpXLab-baGKjZ-8zufVs-dNFvJy-dYVCnn-jB4LQq-eAY4aD-7FBbqc-bAXv9q-7ynaa2-9JZ41M-dJcpSC-dJcn5f-7DmpFN-8nWZB2-eB2bLb-9fRF5z-9jsSYE-9fULWj-bs3qvX-ejEsNK-ejEsNn-k6H1nU-eg3e5x-dNZdS8-dK54kN-dK54fJ-9urDxE-7W2Zh7-7FBbox-jdhHEa-dM1ayN-dLUAz6-9GcpHy-9tGsQ7-8NaoMN-ejEsP8-ejEjDk-ejEjD2-99ASYk-99E14Y-7zmTbd-7AzgwW-cgXJPy" target="_blank">Dwayne Bent</a></em></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’s new Blu-ray can store up to 1TB of data" alt="Sony’s new Blu-ray can store up to 1TB of data" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/optical-disc.jpg?1394586035" /> </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"> The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game remastered for 30th anniversary </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 video game adaptation of The Hitchhiker&rsquo;s Guide to the Galaxy is one of the most famously difficult text-based adventures of all time, but don&rsquo;t take our word for it &ndash; the BBC has <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1g84m0sXpnNCv84GpN2PLZG/the-hitchhiker-s-guide-to-the-galaxy-game-30th-anniversary-edition" target="_blank">restored it to life</a> (and added a great deal of spit and polish) for its 30th anniversary, and now you can play it in your web browser.</p> <p>Like we say, it&rsquo;s difficult and you will die a heck of a lot (so don&rsquo;t forget to save regularly), but it&rsquo;s also incredibly amusing and very, very British. So pull on your tatty dressing gown, make yourself a cuppa and enjoy.</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="737" title="The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game remastered for 30th anniversary" alt="The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game remastered for 30th anniversary" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hhgttg-game.jpg?1394586035" /> </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"> 
Vimeo On Demand gets fresh lick of paint </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>Vimeo has revamped its On Demand experience with a brand new storefront that bundles together themed videos in four specially curated collections and 18 separate genre pages. The revamp also offers a My Library section that shows a user&rsquo;s viewing history and any titles that have been rented or purchased, and dynamic title cards that show off posters, trailers and descriptions for content. You can check it out for yourself <a href="http://vimeo.com/ondemand" target="_blank">here</a>.</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="1880" title="
Vimeo On Demand gets fresh lick of paint" alt="
Vimeo On Demand gets fresh lick of paint" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vimeo-on-demand.jpg?1394586035" /> </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/sg/audi/fully-charged-new-blu-ray-format-revealed-audi-a3-gets-4g-connection-and-hitchhiker-s-guide-gam#comments Apps and Games Audi Blu-ray and DVD Cars Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:38:05 +0000 Nigel Yap 1433585 at http://www.stuff.tv How to rip your Blu-ray collection for Apple TV http://www.stuff.tv/sg/how-rip-your-blu-ray-collection-apple-tv/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free up valuable shelf space by squeezing all your HD movies onto a hard drive </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="How to rip your Blu-ray collection for Apple TV" alt="How to rip your Blu-ray collection for Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blu-ray-ripping-main.jpg?1374478568" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you a “cord cutter”? One of the millions of people now ditching the old ways of home entertainment – broadcast TV and physical media – in favour of downloads and streaming services?</p> <p>Even if you are, you may have a sizeable collection of Blu-ray movies, gathering dust in their cases and gobbling up valuable shelf space. And then there’s the Blu-ray player itself, hulking there under your telly as a reminder of a bygone age of ugly black boxes.</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="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</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"> Don’t rip at all – the Digital Copy solution </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>Before we get started, there’s one solution that could save you a lot of time and effort: Digital Copy. Many Blu-ray (and DVD) discs offer a free digital copy of the movie, available either as a download or on the disc itself. These are DRM-protected however, which may well limit the ways they can be watched.</p> <p>That said, most Digital Copy films will work on iTunes (and therefore Apple TVs, iPads and iPhones) and Windows Media Player. So check to see if your chosen Blu-ray has a free Digital Copy before embarking on what can be a lengthy ripping process.</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="Digital Copy" alt="Digital Copy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/thor-digital-copy.jpg?1374478568" /> </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"> On a PC </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>In order to rip a Blu-ray movie onto your PC’s hard drive/SSD, you’re going to need a few things.</p> <p>First and foremost is a Blu-ray drive. Your PC may well have one built-in, in which case bully for you. If not, you’ll have to buy one. The good news is that, because it just needs to be able to read Blu-ray discs and not write them, there are plenty of dirt cheap options around. <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Plextor-PX-B120U-Loading-External-Blu-ray/dp/B003VJ0FR0/ref=tag_stp_s2_edpp_url">Plextor</a> offers a USB drive for about £60 ($116), but if you’re willing to spend a little more there’s a gloriously skinny <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Retail-External-Blu-Ray-Writer/dp/B005M3UIS4/ref=tag_stp_s2_edpp_url">Samsung</a> model (which writes too – bonus!) for around £75 ($145). If you’re a thrift-meister, there are bags of OEM drives at piffling price points spread across the web. Just be wary that the quality may not be as high as with branded drives.</p> <p>You’ll also need to free up a fair bit of space on your computer’s hard or flash drive: there’s vast amounts of data stored on a Blu-ray, and during the ripping process all of it is going to be dumped (if only temporarily) on your PC. The amount of space required will vary with each disc, but for a standard (i.e. non-4K) disc, 60GB of room should suffice.</p> <p>Finally, you need two pieces of software, one to rip the movie off the disc and another to convert it to a more friendly format. While there are lots of options available, we suggest <a href="http://www.makemkv.com/">MakeMKV</a> for the former and <a href="http://handbrake.fr/">HandBrake</a> for the latter. Both are free (well, to be precise MakeMKV is currently free, while it’s still in beta) and relatively easy to use.</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="Samsung BD drive" alt="Samsung BD drive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-slim-bd-drive.jpg?1374478568" /> </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"> Step one: ripping the movie </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>Once those are installed, the first step is to rip your chosen Blu-ray using MakeMKV. Open up the program, tap Open Disc and after scanning through your Blu-ray for a while (this may take a few minutes), it’ll list the chapters. Find the movie title and check it. Uncheck the other boxes. Then choose an output folder for the rip to be dumped in, and click the Make MKV button. The ripping process will take a long time (perhaps 30 minutes) so go and make a sandwich or something.</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="MakeMKV" alt="MakeMKV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/makemkv.jpg?1374478568" /> </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"> Step two: encoding the movie </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>MakeMKV rips a movie uncompressed at full 1080p resolution, and that takes up a lot of space. So you’re probably going to want to compress the file down to something more manageable, and that’s where HandBrake steps in.</p> <p>HandBrake has a selection of preset formats that change the resolution to suit different device’s screens (such as that of the Apple TV), or you can can set your own. You can keep the original 1920 x 1080 resolution if you wish, as it’s supported by the latest Apple TV, but reducing it to a 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution will drastically cut down on the file size while maintaining HD quality. It all depends on how much space you have on your external hard drive, NAS or whatever you’re using as a storage device for your newly ripped movie collection.</p> <p>A constant quality encode is recommended, but which RF quality setting you use in HandBrake is up to you. The lower the RF setting, the less compressed and therefore sharper the image, but higher settings will give you smaller file sizes.</p> <p>If you’re planning on watching on an Apple TV, you’ll have to convert the files from MKV to MP4 H.264 too, as the former isn’t supported by the device. The Apple TV doesn’t support hi-res audio formats either, so you’ll want to have the audio set to either Dolby Digital 5.1 surround (aka AC3) or standard stereo.</p> <p>Click the encode button when all is ready and go and make a cup of tea. Maybe three cups of tea. Encoding takes a long time. Once it's finished, you can move it onto your NAS, hard drive or whatever you're using for storage.</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/handbrake.jpg?1374478568" /> </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"> On a Mac </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>At present, none of Apple’s computers is available with an integrated Blu-ray drive, making the ripping process more complicated. Basically, you’re going to need an external Blu-ray drive to do this (the Samsung external drive mentioned previously is Mac compatible). Aside from that, the process is pretty much identical to the one described above for PC, as both MakeMKV and Handbrake are available on Mac too.</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-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"> The idiot-proof solution </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>Another option, and one which takes all the fuss out of the process, is to buy a self-ripping server like the <a href="http://www.outclassmedia.co.uk/">OutClass</a>. Just pop in your Blu-ray and the server will rip the movie automatically, either in default 1080p quality or in another format you specify. With up to 4TB of on-board storage, or as part of a rack-mounted setup with up to 60TB of space, it’s compatible with Apple TV as well as almost any DLNA or UPnP certified device. It’ll also rip DVDs and CDs. The OutClass is priced from £1,500 ($2,893) (plus specialist installation).</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="OutClass" alt="OutClass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/outclass-media-server.jpg?1374478568" /> </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/sg/how-rip-your-blu-ray-collection-apple-tv/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/how-rip-your-blu-ray-collection-apple-tv/feature#comments Blu-ray and DVD How to TV and Hifi accessories Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:20:17 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1424976 at http://www.stuff.tv Marantz UD7007 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/marantz/marantz-ud7007/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, $1200 is a hell of a lot for a Blu-ray player. So can Marantz convince us the UD7007 is worth it? </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/Marantz-UD7007-review.jpg?1372661815" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pricey like an Aston Martin is pricey and about as satisfying to own, this Marantz can play any disc you like, streams music at high-def resolutions and can withstand medium-sized earthquakes. If you really, really take movies and music seriously, this is the Blu-ray player for you.&nbsp;</p> <p>Read the full<a href="http://www.whathifi.com/review/marantz-ud7007"> Marantz UD7007 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"> S$1,199.00 </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/marantz-ud7007 </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-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> <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>If you really, really take movies and music seriously this is the Blu-ray player for you&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/sg/marantz/marantz-ud7007/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD Marantz Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 vincent-chang 1424552 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung BD-D8500 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/samsung/samsung-bd-d8500/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you want fewer boxes under your telly, the BD-D8500 could be a tidy bet. It&#039;s a PVR, 3D Blu-ray player and ice cream maker. OK we lied about that last one. </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/samsung-BD-D8500-review.jpg?1372661635" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Samsung's much-delayed combination includes both a twin-tuner Freeview HD PVR and a 3D Blu-ray player. Picture quality is great either way, while Samsung's Smart Hub portal provides you with a massive reserve of online entertainment to play with.&nbsp;</p> <p>Read the full review of the <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/review/samsung-bd-d8500">Samsung BD-D8500 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"> S$799.00 </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/samsung-bd-d8500 </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-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> <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>Great spec, very decent picture and good sound make this 2-in-1 a gadget steal&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/sg/samsung/samsung-bd-d8500/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD Samsung Fri, 15 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 vincent-chang 1424551 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony PS3 Slim http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ps3-slim/sony-ps3-slim/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Sony PS3 Slim&#039;s got more hard drive, for less money. Time to trade in your old PS3? </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/sony-ps3-slim-review-main.jpg?1372649023" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sonyps3slimtop.jpg?1372649023" /> </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="/sg/users/simon-osborne-walker" title="View user profile.">Simon Osborne-Walker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Sony PS3 Slim is the liposuctioned reboot of its multimedia powerhouse console, here to see off its rival – Microsoft’s Xbox 360.</p> <p>It’s around 33 per cent smaller, lighter and more power efficient than its predecessor. But Sony hasn't stripped out any important stuff – the PS3 Slim is pretty much the same machine, with a bigger hard drive, at a better price.</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"> S$369.00 </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"> (250GB) </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"> Gorgeous design </div> <div class="field-item even"> Blu-ray player </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Smart online extras </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"> Xbox 360 beats it for games </div> <div class="field-item even"> Loses some features from PS3 Chunky </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"> Minor Upgrade </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 you already own a Sony PS3, that does mean there's little reason to pony up for the new model – unless the sheer size of your old PS3 is driving you to distraction, or you've run out of space on your hard drive (they used to range from a mere 20GB).</p> <p>Even then, you'd be smarter simply upgrading the drive in your existing machine. But for those yet to buy a Sony PS3, now's the time.</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="567" height="200" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-ps3-slim-top-review-2-cropped.jpg?1372649023" /> </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"> Plastic Surgery </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 Sony PS3 Slim is beautiful: slightly more plasticky than the old PS3s, but so much more compact. In squeezing the kit down, there's been two significant losses: you can't run Linux on it any more and CD audio playback is very slightly worse.</p> <p>Unless you're a geek, the former won't matter; unless you're an audiophile (who wouldn't play CDs on a PS3 anyway) the latter won't be too noticeable either.</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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-ps3-slim-top-review-1_0.jpg?1372649023" /> </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="567" height="200" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-ps3-slim-top-review-4-cropped.jpg?1372649023" /> </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"> No Backwards Compatibility </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>Backwards compatibility with PS2 games is also missing, but has been since early Sony PS3 models anyway.</p> <p>Discounting minor subtractions, you get one bonus (if you're a home cinema nut): the Sony PS3 Slim now throughputs flashy formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD direct to your home cinema amp via HDMI.</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="567" height="200" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Sony-ps3-slim-top-review-3-resized.jpg?1372649023" /> </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"> Blu-ray bonanza </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>One of the Sony PS3's major strengths remains in home cinema. Blu-ray high-def movie discs are the biggest single advantage the PS3 Slim has over the Microsoft Xbox 360. 1080p Full HD movies look jaw-droppingly good and sound teeth-crunchingly great too.</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-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-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"> Multimedia </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 lots of other multimedia power carried over from the old Sony PS3 too: RSS feeds, Home (the Second Life-a-like PS3 virtual online space), and web browsing, for example. And, of course, links to other Sony gaming hardware, such as the PSP and HD Eye.</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-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"> Games </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>These all-round capabilities go a long way from covering up the Sony PS3's one remaining weak spot: the games. Simply put, Microsoft's Xbox 360 still trounces the Sony PS3 in terms of gaming online and single-player – with more key exclusives, for now.</p> <p>That's not to say the Sony PS3 Slim is a gaming slouch. It's not, and it's good to see it now comes with a rumbling DualShock 3 controller as standard. But for pure hardcore games action, the Microsoft Xbox 360 remains ahead.</p> <p>For multimedia power in a small package though, the Sony PS3 Slim can't be beat.</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-7"><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-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"> 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"> 7 </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"> Graphics </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-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"> 9 </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"> 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>The price is right, and so is the size, hard drive and Blu-ray playback. Time for late adopters to buy a PS3</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-ps3-slim </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ps3-slim/sony-ps3-slim/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD Games consoles PS3 Slim Sony Tue, 08 Sep 2009 16:00:00 +0000 vincent-chang 1424550 at http://www.stuff.tv Pioneer BDP-LX55 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/pioneer/pioneer-bdp-lx55/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Can this Pioneer Blu-ray player win us over despite MIA streaming features? If you just want to spin some discs, the LX55 won&#039;t let you down </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/pioneer-BDP-LX55-review.jpg?1372644770" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With its upmarket build, high-performance upscaling and extensive spec, the new Pioneer is perfect for home cinema enthusiasts. Its streaming services need improvement, but we've no complaints about either picture or sound quality.&nbsp;</p> <p>Read the full <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/review/pioneer-bdp-lx55">Pioneer BDP-LX55 review on 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"> S$499.00 </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/pioneer-bdp-lx55 </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-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> <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>A Blu-ray player for home cinema enthusiasts&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/sg/pioneer/pioneer-bdp-lx55/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD Pioneer Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:00:00 +0000 vincent-chang 1424549 at http://www.stuff.tv Panasonic DMP-BDT220 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/dmp-bdt220/panasonic-dmp-bdt220/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this Pana Blu-ray player an absolute bargain compared to the pricier offerings? Read our in depth review to find out </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/panasonic-DMP-BDT220-review-main-2.jpg?1372661087" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/panasonic-DMP-BDT220-review-press-2_4.jpg?1372661087" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/panasonic-DMP-BDT220-review-press-1_1_4.jpg?1372661087" /> </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="/sg/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The DMP-BDT220 occupies a potentially awkward position in Panasonic’s 2012 Blu-ray player range. Is it merely a plain-Jane, utility-spec version of the brilliant DMP-BDT320? Or is it actually a nailed-on bargain that can deliver almost everything the pricier player offers for quite a bit less 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"> S$199.00 </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"> Basic but effective specs </div> <div class="field-item even"> Superb picture and decent sound </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Variety of streaming services </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"> Joyless styling </div> <div class="field-item even"> Doesn&#039;t match its pricier brothers </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"> Run-of-the-mill styling </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>Panasonic’s three premium Blu-ray players – DMP-BDT320, DMP-BDT500 and DMP-BBT01 – are distinctively styled, each offering a slant upon the established norms in Blu-ray player design. By contrast, the more affordable DMP-BDT220 appears both conventional and a little old-fashioned. Its only design frippery is a fold-down flap covering the entire front panel, concealing both the disc tray and the player’s SD and USB inputs.</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="1188" height="261" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-DMP-BDT220-review-front.jpg?1372661087" /> </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"> Basic but effective specs </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 DMP-BDT220 has been built to a price, so it omits the multichannel (7.1ch) analogue outputs fitted to the pricier DMP-BDT500. There’s no coaxial digital output either: only optical is provided, so make sure your AV amp plays ball. Of course, more likely is that you’ll use the Panasonic’s 3D-capable HDMI socket to send both video and sound. Wi-Fi is built-in, plus twin USB sockets to replay media or link up an optional Skype camera.</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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-DMP-BDT220-handson1-review.jpg?1372661087" /> </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"> Capable controller </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 DMP-BDT220 does without the flashy touchpanel remote handset sported by its pricier siblings, but that’s a good thing.</p> <p>Although small and plain, the button-heavy handset you get here is much easier to use than Panasonic’s touchpanel models, and does a perfectly good job of navigating you through the player’s on-screen menus. There’s a free control app available too, and that’s what we’d use the most.</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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-DMP-BDT220-review-controller-review.jpg?1372661087" /> </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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-DMTBDP220-review-ipad-app-review.jpg?1372661087" /> </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"> Plenty of streaming options </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>For such an affordable Blu-ray player – and for a product whose primary job is to play discs – the Panasonic packs in plenty of network flexibility. Its Viera Connect portal includes a number of streaming options, while it’ll accept a broad range of audio and video formats via DLNA, including high-quality file types such as FLAC and MKV. You can play an equally extensive selection of files via USB and SD, too.</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-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"> 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>The DMP-BDT220’s picture quality is fabulous given its modest price. Whether you’re playing 3D or 2D Blu-rays, colours and contrasts are exceptional, while details and textures are effortlessly uncovered. DVDs are upscaled to 1080p with aplomb, too. Sonically, the player does without the fancy ‘Digital Tube Sound’ option fitted to its pricier siblings, but all the same, the clarity and dynamics exhibited here are perfectly acceptable.</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-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"> 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 DMP-BDT220’s picture quality is simply brilliant at the price, and so long as you use its control app it’s every bit as slick to live with as any of Panasonic’s pricier players. True, its more expensive DMP-BDT320 and DMP-BDT500 siblings sound better, but if all you plan to use with your new player is your TV or perhaps a soundbar, that won’t matter a jot. Consider this a bargain, then.</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"> 7 </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"> 5 </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"> 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> <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>Nothing fancy, but still a bit special – this is a brilliant budget Blu-ray buy</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-dmp-bdt220 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/dmp-bdt220/panasonic-dmp-bdt220/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD DMP-BDT220 Panasonic Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:00:00 +0000 vincent-chang 1424548 at http://www.stuff.tv Pioneer BDP-450 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/bdp-450/pioneer-bdp-450/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer&#039;s BDP-450 is here to tempt you to step-up from budget Blu-ray - and tempt you it will </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="650" height="249" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bdp-450-k-f.jpg?1372644074" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>These days you can pick up a Blu-ray player along with the weekly grocery shop, so a model’s got to be pretty special if it’s going to command even as much as $400. Thankfully the Pioneer BDP-450 really is quite special.&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"> S$399.00 </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> <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"> Pioneer BDP-450 review – 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>This is a far bigger and more sturdy alternative to the slimline plastic models offered by the likes of Sony and Panasonic, and it seems more grown up and luxurious as a result.</p> <p>Unlike most budget models the BDP-450 is classed as a universal disc player, which means it will play niche formats such as DVD-Audio and SACD as well as the usual CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays. 3D is also featured, and there are even two HDMI outputs on the back so that if your home cinema system doesn’t support 3D video it can receive HD audio via one of the HDMIs while the other carries the 3D video directly to your telly.</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pioneer BDP-450 review – media 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>Discs aren’t the only way to get your entertainment fix. Your own video and music files can be accessed via the USB connection or streamed across your network from a NAS or computer. The Pioneer doesn’t have the range of smart TV apps that some of its rivals boast.</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-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"> Pioneer BDP-450 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>This is where the BDP-450 really shines. With Blu-ray you get a stunningly detailed image with awesome sharpness and a real sense of depth. Still watching those old DVDs? The Pioneer does a great job of upscaling those, too. You’re not going to mistake the standard-def content for HD, but there’s more detail and less noise to the picture when compared to other Blu-ray players at this money.</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-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"> Pioneer BDP-450 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>$399 might seem like a lot for a Blu-ray player these days, but the Pioneer BDP-450 has the kind of build quality and brilliant pictures to more than justify it.</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-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>You can buy cheaper, but the Pioneer is more than worth its asking price&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/pioneer-bdp-450 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/bdp-450/pioneer-bdp-450/review#comments BDP-450 Blu-ray and DVD Pioneer Fri, 30 Nov 2012 16:00:00 +0000 vincent-chang 1424547 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony BDP-S790 http://www.stuff.tv/sg/bdp-s790/sony-bdp-s790/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony&#039;s new flagship Blu-ray player packs 4K-capable video upscaling and a tidy price. We test out just how future-proof the S790 is </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="Sony BDP-S790" alt="Sony BDP-S790" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-BDP-S790-review-press-1_4_0.jpg?1376671203" /> </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"> S$499.00 </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"> Packs some serious image quality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Sounds great, too </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Comes with a number of useful apps </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"> Stylish but not radical </div> <div class="field-item even"> Jury&#039;s out on the 4k upscaling </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"> 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>The BDP-S790 is Sony’s new flagship Blu-ray player, the latest weapon in the&nbsp;Japanese giant’s fight to regain the home entertainment high ground. Its powerful 4K-capable video upscaling is a unique feature at this price: even if you’re unlikely to use it just yet, it still invests the little Sony with a reassuringly future-proof demeanour. But is there more to this great value player than its headline-grabbing specs?</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-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sleek appearance </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 nothing radical about the BDP-S790’s styling but it’s&nbsp;still a good-looking and slick little player. Both touchpanel controls and disc-loading times are impressively responsive, its remote handset is prosaic but effective (unlike the jazzier touchpanel designs supplied with top-spec Panasonic players) and Sony’s XrossMediaBar on-screen&nbsp;menu system is nice and familiar.&nbsp;</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 BDP-S790" alt="Sony BDP-S790" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-BDP-S790-review_3.jpg?1376671203" /> </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"> twice the 3D fun </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 many premium Blu-ray players, the BDP-S790 includes twin 3D-capable&nbsp;HDMI outputs, which can be linked either to twin displays (say, a projector and&nbsp;a TV) or to a combination of an older, non-3D-capable AV amplifier and your 3D&nbsp;display. The pay-off for this apparent extravagance is a dearth of older, analogue&nbsp;connectors. You won’t find multichannel analogue outputs on a BDP-S790: if you&nbsp;want to upgrade a much older AV amp, <a href="/review/panasonic-dmp-bdt500">Panasonic’s DMP-BDT500</a> is a better bet.</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-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"> superb 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>Sony’s own&nbsp;Entertainment Network content (both movies and music) and a bunch of other platforms such as EuroSport and&nbsp;YouTube are available for those who prefer to stream their content. Integrated Wi-Fi simplifies getting online, Skype is supported via an&nbsp;optional camera, and DLNA support means streaming from your computer or&nbsp;NAS is straightforward.</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-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"> MediaRemote 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>Anyone with an Android or iOS smartphone or tab can chuck out the BDP-S790’s remote&nbsp;and use Sony’s free MediaRemote app instead. It works brilliantly, pulling in&nbsp;Gracenote-enabled metadata on the content you’re playing, complete with sleeve&nbsp;art, cast and crew info plus links to additional online material&nbsp;designed to enhance what you’re watching. You can choose between a touch-type ‘simple’ cursor control or a more in-depth ‘full’ remote with a button-based&nbsp;interface, too – we'd go for the simple remote.&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-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"> 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>Is the Sony’s 4K-capable upscaling any good? That's hard to say at this stage: there are&nbsp;so few compatible displays around. But as a regular Blu-ray player, the BDP-S790 is simply wonderful. Its colour balance, edge definition, motion handling&nbsp;and overall insight bettering that of any class rival with both 2D and 3D video.&nbsp;Its sound quality is well up to snuff too, being a shade leaner than the muscular&nbsp;approach favoured by Panasonic players, but no less impressive, especially with&nbsp;music.</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-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"> 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>Sony’s put the lot into the BDP-790, and it shows. Its picture performance is&nbsp;simply outstanding, as good as that of any player available, and it’s an enjoyable&nbsp;listen too. It’s also great to use, either with its simple, effective remote handset&nbsp;(take note, Panasonic) or via its excellent control app. Add in the promise of its&nbsp;future-proof upscaling and you’ve got a simply brilliant buy.</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"> 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>Fabulous performance, impressive specs, superb usability: meet the new&nbsp;leader of the budget Blu-ray player pack.</p> <p>&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-bdp-s790 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/bdp-s790/sony-bdp-s790/review#comments BDP-S790 Blu-ray and DVD Sony Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:00:00 +0000 vincent-chang 1424546 at http://www.stuff.tv