Blu-ray and DVD http://www.stuff.tv/blu-ray-and-dvd/all en-GB Fully Charged: 1TB Blu-ray format revealed, Audi A3 gets a 4G connection and Hitchhiker’s Guide game re-released http://www.stuff.tv/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="/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/">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/">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">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">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">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> Apps and Games Audi Blu-ray and DVD Cars Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:38:05 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1433533 at http://www.stuff.tv Christmas Gift Guide 2013: Best TV and Film Blu-ray box sets http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-gift-guide-2013-best-tv-and-film-box-sets/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Whether you&#039;re looking for a present, or just something to play on the snazzy Blu-ray player that&#039;s wrapped up under the tree, we&#039;ve got you covered </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="The Dark Knight Trilogy" alt="The Dark Knight Trilogy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/the-dark-knight-trilogy-blu-ray.jpg?1386617013" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the season of Yule hoves into view, Hollywood gathers up its cinematic output and stuffs it into bulging Blu-ray box sets, to be wrapped up and crammed beneath your Christmas tree.</p> <p>Whether&nbsp;you&#39;re looking for restored classics, bang-up-to-date new releases or special editions crammed with extras, we&#39;ve got you covered.</p> <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"> Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (£20) </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>Geek heroes Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright reunited this year for The World&#39;s End, the finale to their &quot;Three Flavours Cornetto&quot; trilogy. This time around, Pegg and Frost&#39;s everyman heroes take on alien robots while attempting to complete a pub crawl they started twenty years earlier.</p> <p>Now, with metronome inevitability, you can pick up a box set of the three films &ndash; though let&#39;s be honest, if you&#39;re buying for a Stuff reader they&#39;ll probably have Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz already.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flavours-Cornetto-Trilogy-Blu-ray-Region/dp/B00ET6K40C/" target="_blank">Amazon.co.uk</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuff-meets-nick-frost-star-worlds-end-it-was-important-us-change-it/feature" target="_blank">Read our interview with Nick Frost</a></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="Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy" alt="Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/three-flavours-cornetto.jpg?1386617013" /> </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"> Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Deluxe Barrel Edition (£250) </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 Best TV Series Ever&trade; reached the end of its fifth and final season this year, and it&#39;s been sent off in style with this spectacular box set. You get Blu-rays of all five seasons packaged in a replica money barrel, a two-hour documentary on the making of the final series, a Los Pollos Hermanos apron, a 16-page booklet written by series creator Vince Gilligan and a &quot;challenge coin,&quot; whatever that is.</p> <p>Sadly the deluxe edition is officially sold out, so you&#39;ll have to take your chances with resellers &ndash; or pick up the less-ostentatious complete series boxset for &pound;76 from <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breaking-Bad-Complete-Series-Blu-ray/dp/B00E3R32YC" target="_blank">Amazon</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Breaking-Bad-Complete-Edition-Blu-ray/dp/B00EEDNA4M" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</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="900" title="Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Deluxe Barrel Edition" alt="Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Deluxe Barrel Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/breaking-bad_1.jpg?1386617013" /> </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"> Doctor Who: The Complete Box Set (£145) </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>With Matt Smith&#39;s Eleventh Doctor bowing out in this year&#39;s Christmas Special, it&#39;s the perfect time to get up to speed with the show. This box set, collects the entire run of episodes from the new series (less the recent Day of the Doctor 50th anniversary special).</p> <p>Among its many extras, the box set features the first four series on Blu-ray, &quot;remastered at full 1080p high definition.&quot; That&#39;s a bit of a stretch, considering that they were shot in standard-def &ndash; but marketing fluff aside, it&#39;s a nicely-packaged way of catching up with the Doctor&#39;s adventures.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00EZ6VZGS/" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</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="900" title="Doctor Who: The Complete Box Set" alt="Doctor Who: The Complete Box Set" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/doctor-who_0.jpg?1386617013" /> </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"> The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector&#039;s Edition (£59) </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 Batman box set charts Christopher Nolan&#39;s reimagining of the Caped Crusader as Christian Bale&#39;s brooding Dark Knight, over the course of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.</p> <p>As well as the films, you get 90 minutes of new special features plus a photo book, villain prints by film art gurus Mondo, and reproductions of Batman&#39;s vehicles from the films. &quot;Where does he get those wonderful toys?&quot; indeed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sainsburysentertainment.co.uk/en/Films-TV/Blu-ray/Christian-Bale/The-Dark-Knight-Trilogy-Ultimate-Collector-s-Edition/product.html?product=E11259409" target="_blank">sainsburysentertainment.co.uk</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="900" title="The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector&#039;s Edition" alt="The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector&#039;s Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-dark-knight.jpg?1386617013" /> </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"> 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"> Disney/Pixar The Complete Collection (£90) </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 the last 18 years, Pixar has consistently delivered brilliant films using CG animation, packed with original plots and realised with the help of technological innovations. So, perfectly suited to Stuff readers, then.</p> <p>To mark the animation studio&#39;s coming of age, it&#39;s released this massive, comprehensive box set &ndash; containing every single theatrical film and short film, plus tons of extras and design commentaries. No, you don&#39;t get any fancy extras like polystone statues or hardback books &ndash; but when the product&#39;s this good, do you really need them?</p> <p><a href="http://www.zavvi.com/blu-ray/disney-pixar-the-complete-collection/10851217.html?vwo_ppr=a" target="_blank">zaavi.com</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="900" title="Disney/Pixar The Complete Collection" alt="Disney/Pixar The Complete Collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/disney-pixar.jpg?1386617013" /> </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"> Martin Scorsese Presents: World Cinema Foundation: Volume One (£30) </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 the ardent cinephile, this collection gathers three neglected classics of world cinema from Turkey, Morocco and Kazakhstan &ndash; Dry Summer, Trances and Revenge.</p> <p>All three are restored by the World Cinema Foundation, a film preservation organisation founded by Martin Scorsese &ndash; who also contributes introductions to each restored film.</p> <p><a href="http://www.sainsburysentertainment.co.uk/en/Films-TV/Blu-ray/Martin-Scorsese/Martin-Scorsese-Presents-World-Cinema-Foundation-Volume-One-Blu-rayPlusDVD/product.html?product=E11279230" target="_blank">sainsburysentertainment.co.uk</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadgets-and-presents-film-buffs/feature" target="_blank">Check out our Christmas Gift Guide for film buffs</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="900" title="Martin Scorsese Presents: World Cinema Foundation: Volume One" alt="Martin Scorsese Presents: World Cinema Foundation: Volume One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/scorsese.jpg?1386617013" /> </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"> X-Men Adamantium Collection (£90) </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>What home would be complete without a disembodied Wolverine claw? This collection gathers all the X-Men and Wolverine movies in glorious Blu-ray &ndash; including the benighted X-Men 3 and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but let&#39;s not dwell on that.</p> <p>With the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past set to gather almost every mutant featured in the series together, there&#39;s never been a better time to reacquaint yourself with Charles Xavier&#39;s School for the Gifted.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zavvi.com/blu-ray/x-men-the-adamantium-collection-exclusive-includes-wolverine-claw/10835438.html" target="_blank">zaavi.com</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="900" title="X-Men Adamantium Collection" alt="X-Men Adamantium Collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/x-men.jpg?1386617013" /> </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-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Anna Karenina/Atonement/Pride &amp; Prejudice (£14) </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>Director Joe Wright&#39;s three collaborations with Keira Knightley are gathered together in this Blu-ray collection.</p> <p>Pride &amp; Prejudice banishes all memories of Colin Firth with a more down-to-earth adaptation. We hesitate to refer to a Jane Austen story as &quot;gritty,&quot; but it does strike a realistic note; Wright&#39;s Bennet sisters have muddy skirts and live in a relatively pokey house, not a massive country pile.</p> <p>At the opposite end of the scale is Anna Karenina, which does away with realism to depict Imperial Russia on a single theatrical stage. Atonement, meanwhile, is guaranteed to tug on the heartstrings &ndash; maybe don&#39;t watch that one on Christmas Day.</p> <p><a href="http://www.zavvi.com/blu-ray/anna-karenina/-pride-and-prejudice/-atonement/10661483.html" target="_blank">zaavi.com</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="900" title="Anna Karenina/Atonement/Pride &amp; Prejudice" alt="Anna Karenina/Atonement/Pride &amp; Prejudice" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/joe-wright-box-set.jpg?1386617013" /> </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-8"><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"> 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"> Boardwalk Empire Seasons 1-3 (£38) </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>HBO may have lost ground to Netflix and AMC in recent years, but it still has some killer TV shows up its sleeve. One of the finest is this Prohibition-era gangster series, which mixes the crime drama of The Sopranos with the period detail found in the likes of Mad Men and Deadwood.</p> <p>Steve Buscemi stars as Nucky Thompson, a political mover and shaker who swaps the ballot box for bootleg booze &ndash; and latterly bombs and bullets &ndash; when the Volstead Act comes into force. Sky-high production values and a starry cast (including Man of Steel&#39;s Michael Shannon and No Country For Old Men&#39;s Kelly Macdonald) make this one to savour like a fine bourbon.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Boardwalk-Empire-Season-Blu-ray-Region/dp/B008HE9NU4" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</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="900" title="Boardwalk Empire Seasons 1-3" alt="Boardwalk Empire Seasons 1-3" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/boardwalk-empire.jpg?1386617013" /> </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-9"><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"> Iron Man 3 Movie Collection (£33) </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>Since all Stuff readers basically aspire to be Tony Stark, this box set collecting the Iron Man films is the ideal gift for their gadget-obsessed selves. It&#39;s cheaper than an Acura NSX, and just as much fun. And the latest movie, Iron Man 3, is even set at Christmas. How perfectly festive.</p> <p><a href="http://www.thehut.com/blu-ray/iron-man-1-3/10856969.html" target="_blank">thehut.com</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="900" title="Iron Man 3 Movie Collection" alt="Iron Man 3 Movie Collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Iron-Man-1-3-Complete-Collection.jpg?1386617013" /> </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-10"><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"> Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection (£24) </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>From the 1930s to the 1950s, Universal Studios created a host of iconic movie monsters &ndash; conjuring up the defining versions of Dracula, Frankenstein&#39;s Monster and the Wolf Man, among others.</p> <p>This box set gathers together all the classics: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon, plus oodles of extras. Draw the curtains and prepare to be chilled to the marrow.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Universal-Classic-Monsters-Essential-Collection/dp/B008H45YSO" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</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="900" title="Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection" alt="Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/universal-monsters.jpg?1386617013" /> </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-11"><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 World at War: The Ultimate Restored 40th Anniversary Edition (£30) </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 classic documentary series charting the course of the Second World War has been given a high-definition spit and polish to mark its 40th anniversary &ndash; with the aged footage restored and regraded, and an optional 5.1 surround sound audio mix. Perfect for armchair generals.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-World-At-War-Anniversary/dp/B003IN7YPU" target="_blank">amazon.co.uk</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="900" title="The World at War: The Ultimate Restored 40th Anniversary Edition" alt="The World at War: The Ultimate Restored 40th Anniversary Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/the-world-at-war.jpg?1386617013" /> </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/christmas-gift-guide-2013-best-tv-and-film-box-sets/feature#comments Blu-ray and DVD Christmas 2013 Gift Guides Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:11:03 +0000 Stephen Graves 1429924 at http://www.stuff.tv Panasonic DMP-BDT330 http://www.stuff.tv/dmp-bdt330/panasonic-dmp-bdt330/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Panasonic crams 4K-upscaling and other goodies into its Blu-ray player. But is the DMP-BDT330 worth a tidy price? Why yes, yes it 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="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" alt="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_4941.JPG?1383242848" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/ced-yuen" title="View user profile.">Ced Yuen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The DMP-BDT330 is the top Blu-ray player in Panasonic’s 2013 range. It has one objective: to take down the Sony perching on the highest branch of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blu-ray-and-dvd/top-ten" target="_blank">Top 10 list of the best Blu-ray players</a>.</p> <p>These two firms are always battling for Blu-ray supremacy, but while Panasonic slaved away on a new machine for this year, Sony has confidently (or arrogantly) carried over its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-bdp-s790/review" target="_blank">BDP-S790</a> from last year.</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"> £190.00 </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"> Excellent picture and sound </div> <div class="field-item even"> Nice design </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Plenty of connections </div> <div class="field-item even"> 4K upscaling </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"> Could do with more smart content </div> <div class="field-item even"> Menu system could be simpler </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"> Fixed up, looks sharp </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>Out of the box, this Panasonic makes a good impression. It’s an eye-catching design with sloping sides, a glossy brushed-metal top panel and a mirrored front unadorned by buttons. It’s nothing radical, but we like the elegant, executive vibe. It’s light and very thin, but build quality is excellent.</p> <p>The mirrored front opens to reveal the disc tray, next to an array of slots and buttons. These look a little messy, and could easily have been tucked away at the back of the machine. Then again, it’s easy to ignore once the flap springs shut.</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="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" alt="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4950.JPG?1383242848" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" alt="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4947.JPG?1383242848" /> </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"> Fun with plugs </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 Blu-ray player is generous when it comes to connectivity. At the front there’s an SD card slot and two USB ports for playing your own photos and videos. Around the back you’ll find two 3D-capable HDMI outputs.</p> <p>This is great for twin displays (a projector and a TV, perhaps) or for separating picture and audio signals if your AV receiver doesn’t support 3D pass-through. Analogue connectors haven’t made the cut, so you’ll have to make do with a digital optical output. There’s also a LAN socket, but you can go wireless with built-in wifi.</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="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" alt="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4948.JPG?1383242848" /> </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"> Smart cookie </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 doesn’t want you to play discs. At least it seems that way, because there’s a lot of focus on smart features and internet-based goodies.</p> <p>DLNA certification means you can stream content from a networked computer or storage device. Support for Miracast means you can replicate the picture of a compatible Android phone, which is great for sharing cat videos on your telly.</p> <p>There’s also a decent choice of apps, with big hitters such as YouTube, BBC iPlayer and Netflix. Sadly there’s no sign of ITV Player, 4OD or Demand 5, all of which can be found on Samsung’s latest players. Elsewhere, Sony offers extra video and music content from the Sony Entertainment Network. Panasonic loses this round.</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="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" alt="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4715.JPG?1383242848" /> </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"> Interfacelift </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 has put some work into its menu system, but results are mixed. You can register up to four users, with each of whom getting their own profile picture and wallpaper, but while it’s more visually interesting than the average menu, it's also unnecessarily flashy.</p> <p>The same can be said of the crossroad-shaped menus, where you turn right and take the second left before getting lost and ending up somewhere you’ve never been before. It’s more interesting than Sony’s single bar of icons, but we don’t generally turn to system menus for adventure.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Panasonic has retained the Viera Connect app market from last year. This works well enough, except now there are sponsored ads. Some of these have their own music, which can’t be switched off. What a fabulous development.</p> <p>Thankfully, the remote control is lovely to use. Buttons feel a little spongy, but they’re nicely laid out and very responsive. Those with a Netflix subscription rejoice: there’s a direct line to the app.</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="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" alt="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC01422.JPG?1383242848" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" alt="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC01453.JPG?1383242848" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" alt="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4715_0.JPG?1383242848" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" alt="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4953.JPG?1383242848" /> </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"> Look/hear </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>When it comes to good old disc-spinning, this Panasonic is wonderful. It sounds fantastic: details and textures are well defined without ever seeming harsh. Explosions are powerful and weighty. It’s easily more muscular than the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-bdp-s790/review" target="_blank">Sony BDP-S790</a>, which has a punchier, more agile sound instead.</p> <p>The picture is seriously impressive in 2D or 3D. Its sharpness, edge definition and motion handling is exemplary. Colours are rich but nicely balanced. It’s a little more vibrant than our favourite Sony, which counters with punchier whites.</p> <p>Woo, 4K-upscaling! At this stage it’s more about one-upmanship because there are so few compatible displays about, but if future-proofing is important you, consider this box ticked.</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="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" alt="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4942.JPG?1383242848" /> </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 Blu-ray player market is pretty crowded these days. It’s hard to stand out, let alone justify a near-£200 price tag. Luckily for Panasonic, the DMP-BDT330 is rather special.</p> <p>Its picture and sound performance is among best in its class, we’re impressed by the connections on offer, and 4K-upscaling skills means it has an eye on the future. Sony’s veteran BDP-S790 maintains its spot at the top of our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blu-ray-and-dvd/top-ten" target="_blank">list of the best Blu-ray players in the world</a> thanks to more smart content and a neater interface, but for simple disc viewing the Panasonic DMP-BDT330 is a fantastic Blu-ray player.</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="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" alt="Panasonic DMP-BDT330 review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_4945.JPG?1383242848" /> </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"> 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"> 8 </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"> 6 </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>Interface and smart content could do with a bit of work, but for picture and sound this is a cracking Blu-ray disc-spinner</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dmp-bdt330/panasonic-dmp-bdt330/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/dmp-bdt330/panasonic-dmp-bdt330/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD DMP-BDT330 Panasonic Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:06:06 +0000 Tom Parsons 1428617 at http://www.stuff.tv How to rip your Blu-ray collection for Apple TV http://www.stuff.tv/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="/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, 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. 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 (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/how-rip-your-blu-ray-collection-apple-tv/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/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 Sam Kieldsen 1424963 at http://www.stuff.tv Cambridge Audio Azur 752BD http://www.stuff.tv/cambridge-audio/cambridge-audio-azur-752bd/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cambridge Audio&#039;s Azur 752BD might have a ridiculous price tag but don&#039;t let that put you off </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/cambridge-audio-azur-752bd-review.jpg?1370443219" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At first glance that price-tag seems ridiculous, but your scepticism will last only as long as the time it takes to plug it in. In fact, its superb picture and sound quality, vast connectivity options and accomplished networking render it entirely reasonable.&nbsp;</p> <p>Read the full <a href="http://www.whathifi.com/review/cambridge-audio-azur-752bd">Cambridge Audio Azur 752BD 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"> £800.00 </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/cambridge-audio-azur-752bd </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For the (admittedly high) price you get superb picture, huge connectivity options and no-nonsense networking with the 752BD</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/cambridge-audio/cambridge-audio-azur-752bd/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD Cambridge Audio Thu, 07 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Sophie Charara 1423841 at http://www.stuff.tv Marantz UD7007 http://www.stuff.tv/marantz/marantz-ud7007/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes, £1000 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"> £1,000.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <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-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/marantz/marantz-ud7007/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD Marantz Sun, 31 Mar 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Sophie Charara 1423840 at http://www.stuff.tv Samsung BD-D8500 http://www.stuff.tv/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"> £450.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <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-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/samsung/samsung-bd-d8500/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD Samsung Sat, 16 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Sophie Charara 1423839 at http://www.stuff.tv Pioneer BDP-LX55 http://www.stuff.tv/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"> £350.00 </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-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/pioneer/pioneer-bdp-lx55/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD Pioneer Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Sophie Charara 1423838 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony BDP-S390 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/sony-bdp-s390/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> At £90 this Sony Blu-ray player sure has a tidy price but does it have the picture and sound quality to compete with more expensive rivals? Fingers crossed </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-BDP-S390-review.jpg?1370435229" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A basic, non-3D-capable Blu-ray player isn't that exciting, granted, but the BDP-S390's breathtaking picture, very decent sound and fine streaming give it plenty of appeal, as does its price. If you don't already own a Blu-ray player, you should now.&nbsp;</p> <p>Read the full<a href="http://www.whathifi.com/review/sony-bdp-s390"> Sony BDP-S390 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"> £90.00 </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/sony-bdp-s390 </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Bags of talent at a very low price, this is the best Blu-ray player you can buy for under £100&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/sony/sony-bdp-s390/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD Sony Sat, 02 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Sophie Charara 1423837 at http://www.stuff.tv Pioneer BDP-450 http://www.stuff.tv/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 £200. 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"> £225.00 </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-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> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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. And while the Pioneer doesn’t have the range of smart TV apps that some of its rivals boast, Netflix is on board to deliver unlimited on-demand movies and TV shows for just £5.99 a month.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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> <p> <h2>Pioneer BDP-450 review – verdict</h2> </p> <p>£225 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> <p>&nbsp;</p> </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-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/bdp-450/pioneer-bdp-450/review#comments BDP-450 Blu-ray and DVD Pioneer Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Tom Parsons 424665 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony BDP-S790 http://www.stuff.tv/sony/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"> £200.00 </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>2012-series Sony kit has added Netflix support to the mix, bolstering the&nbsp;company’s long-established love for, er, LoveFilm. This joins Sony’s own&nbsp;Entertainment Network content (both movies and music) plus iPlayer and&nbsp;Demand 5 apps and a bunch of other platforms such as EuroSport and&nbsp;YouTube. 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 – <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/blu-ray-and-dvd/top-ten">No.1 in our Top Ten list of best Blu-ray players</a> it is then.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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/sony/sony-bdp-s790/review#comments BDP-S790 Blu-ray and DVD Sony Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:13:36 +0000 Sophie Charara 423065 at http://www.stuff.tv Panasonic DMP-BDT220 http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/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="/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"> £130.00 </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-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-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-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-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 iPlayer, Acetrax, Aupeo! and Netflix streaming, 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-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-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-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/panasonic/panasonic-dmp-bdt220/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD DMP-BDT220 Panasonic Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:23:27 +0000 Sophie Charara 423056 at http://www.stuff.tv Panasonic DMP-BDT500 http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/panasonic-dmp-bdt500/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The BDT500 is Blu-ray luxury but is it worth spending the best part of £300 on? We watched film after film after film 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/pansonic-DMP-BDT500-review-main-2.jpg?1365598634" /> </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-BDT500-review-press-2_4.jpg?1365598634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sophie-charara" title="View user profile.">Sophie Charara</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Flagship Blu-ray kit used to cost a fortune: five years ago, Panasonic’s top-spec&nbsp;DMP-BD10 cost a formidable £1300. 2012’s premium Panny is a teensy bit more&nbsp;affordable, yet its £275 tag is still steep when a perfectly acceptable Blu-ray player can now be yours for £100 or less. So is the DMP-BDT500 really worth the cash, or is it a luxury you can afford to do&nbsp;without?</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"> £275.00 </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"> Fantastic picture in both 2D and 3D </div> <div class="field-item even"> Commanding sound </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"> It&#039;s far from sleek </div> <div class="field-item even"> Unwieldy, frustrating remote control </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bulky design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The DMP-BDT500 is a large, heavy player by 2012 standards, though in&nbsp;fairness its deep chassis means there's plenty of space for an extensive socket fit. For&nbsp;example, the BDT550 is one of the few Blu-ray players that's still suitable for&nbsp;use with older generations of AV amplifier, by virtue of its fitted 7.1channel&nbsp;analogue outputs. Its brushed metal trim and substantial fold-down front-panel&nbsp;flap do seem a little old-fashioned, though.</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="372" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-DMP-BDT500-review-press-4.jpg?1365598634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sounds different </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 has worked hard to optimise the DMP-BDT500’s sonic abilities.&nbsp;The player includes four 32-bit/192kHz DACs for its 7.1-channel outputs&nbsp;plus, unusually, the ability to fine-tune its tonal balance by selecting from one&nbsp;of six ‘Digital Tube Sound’ audio presets. In theory, these allow the player to&nbsp;mimic valve amplifiers, by introducing a warm, full-bodied balance to the sound.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pixel perfect </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-BDT500’s video outputs are almost as well catered for. It provides twin&nbsp;3D-capable HDMI sockets, one of which can be selected as a dedicated audio&nbsp;output for use with older AV receivers (and, in theory, for better performance).&nbsp;And Panny has also thrown in the option of selecting sharpness-boosting Detail Clarity and Super&nbsp;Resolution technologies from the menu.&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="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-DMP-BDT500-review-hands-on_2-resized.jpg?1365598634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Control needs some thought </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-BDT500’s remote handset is a bit weird. For one thing, it’s&nbsp;huge: we’ve got big hands (well, some of us have) and even so, this thing looks&nbsp;oversized. But more that, it’s unusual because it’s neither a conventional button-&nbsp;based handset or a touchpad, but a hybrid of the two.</p> <p>Given that the touchpad&nbsp;is approximate to the point of frustration, it’s a good thing that traditional hard&nbsp;keys are fitted too – but all the same, we’d use Panasonic’s free control app&nbsp;instead. It’s miles better.</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-BDT500-review-controller_2-resized.jpg?1365598634" /> </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-DMP-BDT500-review-app-control_2-resized.jpg?1365598634" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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>So does the DMP-BDT500 live up to the hype? Hells yes: its picture is terrific in&nbsp;both 3D and 2D, and with both Blu-ray and DVD. Motion looks slick, colours&nbsp;and contrasts pop off the screen and even with web-fed content (it&nbsp;supports iPlayer and Netflix, among others) the lack of&nbsp;video noise on show is impressive. As to sound… well, we’re not especially taken with the&nbsp;Digital Tube Sound options, but in raw, unadulterated form, the DMP-BDT500’s&nbsp;presentation is excellent – full of power and authority.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 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-BDT500 is a niche Blu-ray player in some senses. If you don’t own&nbsp;home cinema kit and simply want to connect to a TV set, its extensive audio&nbsp;adjustment options aren’t necessary: save your money and buy a cheaper&nbsp;Panasonic. The same’s true if you’re not into music, or prefer to use a separate&nbsp;component for music replay. But if you want one deck to do the lot, it’s a must-try.</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="335" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/panasonic-DMP-BDT500-review-press-5.jpg?1365598634" /> </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"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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>Brilliant in almost every way, the DMP-BDT500 is one of the finest Blu-ray&nbsp;players ever</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </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-bdt500 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic/panasonic-dmp-bdt500/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD DMP-BDT500 Panasonic Wed, 04 Jul 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Sophie Charara 423061 at http://www.stuff.tv Libratone Beat http://www.stuff.tv/libratone-beat/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Libratone&#039;s Beat certainly looks like no other iPod speaker we&#039;ve seen, but does it perform like no other? </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="450" height="1149" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Libratone-Beat-SlateGrey_0.jpg?1364298849" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="1000" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Libratone-Beat-SlateGrey.jpg?1364298849" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="800" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LibratoneBeatall.jpg?1364298849" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Libratone might sound like the name of a group of astrological fitness freaks, but it’s actually the company behind the rather fabulous Beat wireless iPod speaker.</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"> £560.00 </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-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> </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>Wireless, great sounding and furry! What’s not to like?</p> </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/libratone-beat </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/libratone-beat/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/libratone-beat/review#comments Beat Blu-ray and DVD Libratone Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 admin 15534 at http://www.stuff.tv Zotac Zbox ID34 http://www.stuff.tv/zotac/zotac-zbox-id34/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A stylish Blu-ray based player that won’t look out of place amongst your media appliances, the Zotac includes the latest twin core Atom CPU at an astounding price. </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="1000" height="593" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zotaczboxID34.jpg?1364298849" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="431" height="350" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Zotac-ZBox-HD-ID34-Nettop.jpg?1364298849" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="600" height="535" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zbox-id34_top-600x535.jpg?1364298849" /> </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"> £399.00 </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-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> </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>Perfectly hits the sweet spot of features, aesthetics, price and performance</p> </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/zotac-zbox-id34 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/zotac/zotac-zbox-id34/review#comments Blu-ray and DVD Zbox ID34 Zotac Wed, 29 Dec 2010 00:00:00 +0000 admin 15436 at http://www.stuff.tv