TV and Hifi accessories http://www.stuff.tv/tv-and-hifi-accessories/all en-GB Bargain alert: retailers are pretty much giving the Google Chromecast away http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/bargain-alert-retailers-are-pretty-much-giving-google-chromecast-away/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> At just £18, you now have no excuse not to buy Google’s brilliant streaming stick </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="604" height="453" title="Bargain alert: retailers are pretty much giving the Google Chromecast away" alt="Bargain alert: retailers are pretty much giving the Google Chromecast away" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/chromecast-stones_1.jpg?1408710265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Google Chromecast is absolutely brilliant. If you want an in-depth look at why, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">read our review</a> (and keep in mind that, thanks to firmware updates, it&#39;s actually got much better since then) &ndash; but suffice to say it was a fantastic buy at its &ldquo;normal&rdquo; &pound;30 price. And now it&rsquo;s available at a trio of UK retailers for just &pound;18.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Basically, the Chromecast is a USB stick-sized streamer that&rsquo;ll put video from Netflix, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, BlinkBox, BT Sport, Google Play and lots more on your TV screen. And it&rsquo;ll also mirror web pages from your computer&rsquo;s Chrome browser or the screen from your Android device.</p> <p>Now, you can buy it online at <a href="http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/audio/digital-media-players/digital-media-players/google-chromecast-22021414-pdt.html" target="_blank">Currys</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Google-Chromecast-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B00I4WQ618/" target="_blank">Amazon</a> and <a href="http://www.tesco.com/direct/google-chromecast-hdmi-streaming-media-player/286-1656.prd" target="_blank">Tesco</a> for a paltry &pound;18. Tesco will even chuck in &pound;5 worth of BlinkBox credit for free. Alternatively, if you can&rsquo;t wait you can pop into your local Currys brick-and-mortar store and pick up a Chromecast for &pound;20 (there&rsquo;s your bank holiday weekend sorted). You can&rsquo;t expect it to drop much beyond that, especially with <a href="https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=chromecast&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play</a> still pricing it at &pound;30.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chromecast/google-chromecast-vs-roku-streaming-stick/feature">Google Chromecast vs Roku Streaming Stick</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-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> Chromecast Streaming TV and Hifi accessories Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:19:27 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445621 at http://www.stuff.tv Opinion: Every Apple fan should own an Apple TV http://www.stuff.tv/apple/opinion-every-apple-fan-should-own-apple-tv/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craig Grannell explains why Apple’s little black box is a misunderstood and under-appreciated product – seemingly even by the company that made it </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="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-tv-06.jpg?1393921463" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you nip over to Apple&rsquo;s online store, you&rsquo;ll see all manner of shiny things immediately available for purchase.</p> <p>iPhones, iPads, Macs and iPods take up pride of place. Underneath, at the time of writing, Apple proudly and prominently displayed a Nike FuelBand, an iOS-compatible telescope, and hideously expensive Philips Hue bulbs, which quite possibly arrive in a box labelled &lsquo;more money than sense.&rsquo;</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/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</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"> Hidden away </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You&rsquo;d be forgiven for thinking that the Apple TV something of a dirty little secret as far as Apple&rsquo;s concerned. It&rsquo;s barely noticeable on the store home page, and the company rarely mentions it during events.</p> <p>Now and again, a few new channels appear without warning, assuming a half-arsed Apple software update doesn&rsquo;t turn your Apple TV into a shiny black brick, and there&rsquo;s still no hint of an SDK or App Store for third-party apps.</p> <p>That means, out of the box, you&rsquo;re stuck with whatever channels Apple deigns to provide (which isn&rsquo;t much &mdash; and even less for anyone outside of the USA), along, naturally, with the means to buy and rent movies, TV shows and music from the iTunes Store.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-01.jpg?1393921463" /> </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"> An under-appreciated gem </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It all seems so limited and limiting, which is why people are often surprised how highly I rate the Apple TV; in fact, I consider it among the best Apple kit I own, and it&rsquo;s certainly one of the most under-appreciated devices in the company&rsquo;s line-up.</p> <p>Frankly, I was just as surprised myself when I realised how good the Apple TV was, but to be fair it did happen all of a sudden, once AirPlay arrived in fully-formed fashion. AirPlay is Apple&rsquo;s take on wireless media streaming, and it was initially audio-only. As of iOS 4.3, video entered the equation, enabling you to fling pretty much whatever&rsquo;s on your iOS device at your telly, by way of the Apple TV.</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="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-04.jpg?1393921463" /> </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"> Losing the game </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 system remains imperfect for gaming &mdash; there&rsquo;s sometimes a perceptible (if only very slight) lag that throws off timing &mdash; but it&rsquo;s excellent for everything else. If your TV outputs to a decent amp, an Apple TV makes a perfect conduit for music and radio apps; when companies don&rsquo;t bafflingly block AirPlay video (I&rsquo;m looking at you, Channel 4), the Apple TV again provides a link between your device and TV.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve a PC or Mac knocking about, various servers (Air Video, StreamToMe, Plex) enable media in all kinds of formats not supported by iOS to be re-encoded, fired across your network to an iPhone or iPad, and then get beamed to the Apple TV, which happily squirts the resulting footage to your telly.</p> <p>It&#39;s even possible to stream audio and video from non-Apple devices. Use an app such as <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bianor.amspremium&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Flipps HD</a> on your Android smartblower and you get to join in the fun, too.</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="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-02.jpg?1393921463" /> </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"> Why you need an Apple TV </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Apple TV isn&rsquo;t alone in its niche, and all manner of broadly similar units exist, some boasting features that enable owners to truly geek out, from NAS support to built-in BitTorrent clients. But there&rsquo;s something about the Apple TV&rsquo;s simplicity and elegance combined with the scope evident when it&rsquo;s used in conjunction with iOS devices that makes it truly delightful.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not a halo product, the sort of thing that will convert Android advocates or Windows fans to Apple, but any music or telly fan with an iPhone or iPad to hand would be mad to pass one up; and Apple too should give its little black box more TLC, rather than considering it second best to some flashy, expensive Wi-Fi lightbulbs.</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="Apple TV" alt="Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/apple-tv-05.jpg?1393921463" /> </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/apple/opinion-every-apple-fan-should-own-apple-tv/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/opinion-every-apple-fan-should-own-apple-tv/feature#comments Apple TV TV and Hifi accessories Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:45:29 +0000 Stephen Graves 1429845 at http://www.stuff.tv Sonos Play:1 speaker accidentally revealed by US store Target http://www.stuff.tv/sonos/sonos-play1-speaker-accidentally-revealed-us-store/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smallest Sonos will be available to buy on Monday 14th </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="3264" height="2448" title="The Sonos:1 on shelves in San Francisco" alt="The Sonos:1 on shelves in San Francisco" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/IMG_1957.JPG?1381473039" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to Sonos, it does not exist - but Stuff can confirm the Sonos Play:1 speaker is on sale in San Francisco. The $199 speaker is the smallest member of the Sonos family, and comes in black and white versions.</p> <p>However, Target staff were unable to tell us anything about the speaker's specs, claiming it was not due to go on sale until October 14th - and pulled all of the units off the shelves when we tried to buy one.</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/mark-prigg" title="View user profile.">Mark Prigg</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"> Target spoils Sonos Play:1 surprise </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 dir="ltr">Like it’s older brothers the Play:3 and Play:5, it has minimal controls - just the volume buttons and a small LED light.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sonos has yet to confirm the speaker’s existence, and staff at the Target store we visited in downtown SF knew nothing about it - although both a black and white unit were on sale.</p> <p dir="ltr">It is believed the Play:1 will become a new entry level product for Sonos, and could also act as surround sound speakers for the firm’s TV sound system, the Playbar.</p> <p dir="ltr">Annoying there are few clues to the speakers specs on the box, there’s an ethernet port on the back, along with a mounting port for affixing it to a wall. There’s also a power cable, so no battery option, sadly.</p> <p>Staff told us the Play:1 isn’t officially on sale until the 14th, so expect an announcement from Sonos then - and come back for a full review.</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="2448" height="3264" title="The Play:1 is the smallest of the Sonos speakers - perfect for surround sound" alt="The Play:1 is the smallest of the Sonos speakers - perfect for surround sound" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_1958.jpg?1381473039" /> </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="2448" height="3264" title="The white version of the speaker up close" alt="The white version of the speaker up close" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/IMG_1959.jpg?1381473039" /> </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/sonos/sonos-play1-speaker-accidentally-revealed-us-store/news#comments Docks and Speakers Sonos TV and Hifi accessories Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:40:49 +0000 Mark Prigg 1427760 at http://www.stuff.tv Now this is smart TV: Sky+HD brings intelligent search to the idiot box http://www.stuff.tv/sky/search-sky-just-got-lot-smarter/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hungry for The Hunger Games? Soon, typing &#039;Jennifer Lawrence&#039; will give you that, Silver Linings and everything else she&#039;s in across Sky&#039;s repertoire </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="Search on Sky+ just got a lot smarter" alt="Search on Sky+ just got a lot smarter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-search.jpg?1380707988" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky has updated the Search feature on its Sky+HD box, and it makes the old version look just a little bit dim.</p> <p>Typing searches on an alphanumerical remote is tedious at the best of times and the new Search feature hopes to alleviate that by showing automatic suggestions as you type in real-time. Sky reckons that its new tech will provide the right suggestion within typing just three characters, 70 percent of the time. We think it'd be cooler still if you could use your smartphone as a remote keyboard, but this is a useful step.</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/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</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"> You want The Rock? You get The Rock </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>Even if you can't remember the exact title or full name of a programme, you can still search for the part of the title you remember, or even who was in it. Typing Dwayne Johnson will, for example, give you a list of all the films available on Sky that the big man has starred in.</p> <p>All results include On Demand as well as live broadcasts so you can choose to watch stuff instantly or record them to watch back later.</p> <p>To get in on the all-new Search action you'll need to make sure you've hooked up your Sky+HD box to the internet to update it (it's rolling out "over the coming months"), and then search away.</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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sky/search-sky-just-got-lot-smarter/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sky/search-sky-just-got-lot-smarter/news#comments Film and TV Sky TV and Hifi accessories Wed, 02 Oct 2013 09:17:24 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1427363 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Sony Smart Stick takes on Chromecast, WSJ opens London tech cafe and Nokia 1520 phablet launch delayed http://www.stuff.tv/nokia/fully-charged-sony-smart-stick-takes-chromecast-wsj-opens-london-tech-cafe-and-nokia-phablet-l <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the day the right way: by blasting your brain with these short tech stories </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 Bravia Smart Stick" alt="Sony Bravia Smart Stick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-smart-stick.jpg?1379486159" /> </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"> Sony Bravia Smart Stick to take on Google Chromecast </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony has revealed some details on the Bravia Smart Stick, an upcoming dongle that will add Google TV functionality to any compatible Sony TV. The device looks a little like the Google <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google-chromecast/review">Chromecast</a>, but will differ in a number of ways: it comes with its own remote, for starters, but more significantly it’ll be able to run any apps available for Google TV. While the Chromecast is currently restricted to Netflix and YouTube playback, the Smart Stick will also support Amazon Instant Video (the US answer to Lovefilm), Vudu, Redbox and Crackle, and any others that appear on Google Play. You’ll also be able to open a web browser on your screen while TV plays in another window.</p> <p>The device will reportedly cost around US$150 (£95) and only work with Sony TV released in 2013 onwards, however – all of which make it quite a bit more restrictive than the US$35, brand-agnostic Chromecast. [Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/13/sony-bravia-smart-stick-mhl-google-tv/">Engadget</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-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"> Wall Street Journal opens tech cafe in London </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you find yourself in the vicinity of East London’s Silicon Roundabout over the next month and fancy a latte and the chance of spotting, say, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason holding court on the issue of music copyright, you’re in luck. American broadsheet the Wall Street Journal is opening a pop-up tech cafe on 25th and 26th September and various speakers will be there to talk technology and startups. The cafe will be located inside Shoreditch’s Rotary Bar &amp; Diner, and you can register for the talks <a href="http://dowjones.com/wsjtechcafe/?mod=djcm_wsj_hsad2_print_techcafelondon_5sept13&amp;mg=reno64-wsj">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="900" title="Wall Street Journal opens tech cafe in London" alt="Wall Street Journal opens tech cafe in London" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/WSJTechCafe_04.jpg?1379486159" /> </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"> Nokia’s 6in Lumia 1520 launch delayed until October </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>Nokia was reportedly gearing up to launch the Lumia 1520, a 6in Windows Phone 8 phablet, later this month – but it seems the acquisition of the company’s phone business by Microsoft has delayed the event. According to rumours, it’s now tentatively scheduled for mid-October. The device is tipped to offer a 1920 x 1080 AMOLED resolution, powerful Snapdragon 800 chip and Windows Phone 8.1 on board. [Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/16/4738632/nokia-september-lumia-event-delayed">The Verge</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="Lumia 1520" alt="Lumia 1520" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-1520.jpg?1379486159" /> </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> Nokia Smartphones Sony TV and Hifi accessories Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:44:12 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1426786 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony backs hi-res audio with F886 Walkman and HAP-S1, the world's first 24-bit micro system http://www.stuff.tv/mp3-player/ifa-2013/sony-gets-serious-about-high-quality-sound-raft-new-gear/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Is this the beginning of the end for compressed MP3? That&#039;s jumping the gun a bit... </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 gets serious about high quality sound with raft of new gear" alt="Sony gets serious about high quality sound with raft of new gear" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-f886.jpg?1378449678" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having co-created the SACD, Sony's been an advocate of hi-resolution audio since before you were in long trousers – but this <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ifa-2013">IFA</a> it's putting in a special effort.</p> <p>It’s releasing a portable and an all-in-one system tailored to listening to files of up to 24-bit/192kHz (a CD is 16-bit/44kHz), and has created a <a href="http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/high-resolution-audio">high-res audio hub on its UK website</a> to support them. Let's take a gander.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-findlater" title="View user profile.">Will Findlater</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Portable audio perfection (allegedly) </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>First up is the smallest member of the HD audio clan, the F886. It's an Android 4.1-powered micro-tablet with a 4in, 854x480 screen that won't be giving the iPod Touch any sleepless nights.</p> <p>But the screen's not the point: it can play back 24-bit/192kHz hi-res audio, and packs an S-Master amp apparently specifically tuned to the task.&nbsp;This is becoming a trend: both the new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/galaxy-note-3/samsung-galaxy-note-3/review">Samsung Galaxy Note 3</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/g2/lg-g2-hands-review/news">LG G2</a> are also eager to please your ears with true better-than-CD music.</p> <p>The F886 features NFC and Bluetooth aptX for simple pairing with a wireless speaker. And, as it's running Android, it'll do much more than just play music. Its non-expandable 32GB of storage won't hold too many space-hungry high-res files, mind you, and at £250, it's not cheap. It's out in October.</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="Sony F886" alt="Sony F886" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/f886_back.jpg?1378449678" /> </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"> Hi-res at home </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 £800&nbsp;HAP-S1 is a classic micro system with a difference - it has a 40W stereo amp, optical and coaxial inputs, 500GB storage (expandable via USB) and DLNA for streaming of files on your computer, plus vTuner for digital radio. There's a 4.3in screen for control (you’ll also be able to use a smartphone app as a remote) and not a CD slot in sight.</p> <p>It'll play back&nbsp;files of all kinds including AAC, ALAC, AIFF, DSD, FLAC, MP3, WAV and WMA.&nbsp;It goes on sale in two to three weeks, according to Sony’s UK site, priced at £800.</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 HAP-S1" alt="Sony HAP-S1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-hap-s1.jpg?1378449678" /> </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"> DAC-Tastic </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 also a bonus for anyone who wants to boost the audio quality of their computer or smartphone in the form of the UDA-1 DAC. Hook this up to your source via USB and it’ll take over the job of converting digital audio to analogue from your soundcard or phone’s DAC – and chances are it’ll be far superior to either. A nice way to improve performance from digital audio sources like Spotify or iTunes. Out, again, in two to three weeks, priced at £500.</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 UDA-1" alt="Sony UDA-1" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sony-uda-1.jpg?1378449678" /> </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> IFA 2013 MP3 player Sony TV and Hifi accessories Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:34:55 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1426255 at http://www.stuff.tv Sky Now TV Box – hands-on review http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv-box-powered-sky/now-tv-box-hands-review/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smart TV for a tenner? Sounds too good to be true – but it&#039;s here, it works, and it&#039;s really rather good </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="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sky-now-tv-box-09.jpg?1385555906" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sky has thrown the proverbial cat among the pigeons with its Now TV Box, which &ndash; for a mere &pound;10 &ndash; will turn any HDMI-equipped tellybox into a smart TV with BBC iPlayer, Sky Movies, Sky Sports and Spotify.</p> <p>But is it too good to be true?&nbsp;While much of the enticing content costs extra, the cheap up-front price and addition of free services such as iPlayer are sure to tempt plenty of people to take the plunge.</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/joe-cox" title="View user profile.">Joe Cox</a> </div> </div> </div> <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/blog/hands-on-now-tv-box-review </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"> Design and 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>First things first, Sky has confirmed that the Now TV Box is a &quot;white labelled Roku box with customised Now TV interface&quot;, so it&#39;ll look familiar to anyone who&#39;s seen the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/roku/new-video-roku-lt-budget-apple-tv/news">Roku LT</a>.</p> <p>The box itself is very dinky (84 x 84 x 24mm are the dimensions, and it weighs just 85g). Sky reckons it&#39;s the size of a beer mat &ndash; that&#39;s a little generous, but it&#39;s certainly palm-sized and easy to accommodate into any system set-up. It feels light and fairly insignificant but ultimately once it&#39;s connected build isn&#39;t much of an issue.</p> <p>Round the back you&#39;ll find an HDMI ouput, minijack AV out for analogue audio and video and a power connection. It&#39;s Wi-Fi only so there&#39;s no Ethernet input &ndash; a bit of a shame &ndash; while in the box you get an HDMI cable and a smart white remote control.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Now TV Box outputs at a maximum resolution of 720p via HDMI and also promises to deliver &quot;5.1 surround sound where available&quot;, though there&#39;s no mention of Dolby Digital anywhere.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-box-07.jpg?1385555906" /> </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="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-box-08.jpg?1385555906" /> </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"> Apps </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 what do you get? A simple row of app tiles yields up BBC iPlayer, BBC News, Sky News, Demand 5, Spotify, Tunein, Vimeo, Facebook, TED, Flixster and IGN, among others. What you won&#39;t find, we&#39;re fairly confident, is Lovefilm or Netflix &ndash; you&#39;ll need to turn to Sky Movies for that.</p> <p>iPlayer and Spotify performed well from a quick look, with a familiar iPlayer Smart TV design and access to &#39;HD&#39; content, while Spotify allows you to login (you need to be a premium subscriber) and access playlists, see album artwork, search for tracks and more very neatly.&nbsp;</p> <p>The remote control is fine, but a smartphone app would make text entry a lot easier &ndash; sadly neither Roku&#39;s own app nor the excellent Sky apps are compatible with the Now TV Box.&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="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-apps-01.jpg?1385555906" /> </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="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-box-05.jpg?1385555906" /> </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"> Now TV, powered by Sky </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now TV is the next tile on the home screen after the Roku Store, and is where you find the juicy stuff: Sky Movies and Sky Sports. The &#39;catch&#39; is of course that this is premium content. The main draw is pay-as-you-go Sky Sports, yours in 24-hour bundles for &pound;9.99.</p> <p>Expensive? It seems up for debate. If you&#39;re dipping in and out, once a month at most, and/or getting mates round who might share the cost, then for a day of potentially quite a lot of content, it&#39;s not too bad. It&#39;s certainly cheaper and easier than having a Sky dish and a monthly subscription.</p> <p>Sky Movies, meanwhile, is accessed on a pay-monthly basis. It&#39;s &pound;8.99 for your first 3 months, then &pound;15. You can get a 30 day free trial for now, which offers access to over 700 movies, the same as those offered on Sky Movies&#39; on-demand service on Sky boxes. You can cancel these subscriptions at any time, according to the Now TV T&amp;Cs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-apps-02.jpg?1385555906" /> </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="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-box-06.jpg?1385555906" /> </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"> Performance </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>After a few hours of playing around with the Now TV Box, we like what we see. It&#39;s easy to use and has shown little sign of flakiness (there was the odd long pause but no crashes or need to reset). The custom interface is very smart, fast and slick to move around and intuitive in terms of finding relevant apps and content.</p> <p>And the selection of content is good: &pound;10 for a box that adds iPlayer, Demand 5 and internet radio apps is a bit of a bargain on its own &ndash; pay for premium content such as Spotify and of course Sky&#39;s Sports and Movies, and it could offer a lot. Full HD would be nice but pictures seem decent at first glance, with only occasional syncing/buffering issues &ndash; which show the importance of a good wireless network connection.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-box-02.jpg?1385555906" /> </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"> 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>First impressions are definitely good for this compact, incredibly affordable Now TV streaming box. For free catch-up TV services it seems a no brainer; for premium Sky Sports and Movies &ndash; which is what Sky is really after &ndash; it will ultimately depend a great deal on how much you&#39;re prepared to pay for premium programming.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sky Now TV Box" alt="Sky Now TV Box" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-box-01.jpg?1385555906" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The £10 TV smartener </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky Now TV box lets you stream for next to nothing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sky-now-tv-box-07_0.jpg?1385555906" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/now-tv-box-powered-sky/now-tv-box-hands-review/feature#comments Now TV Box (powered by Sky) Sky TV and Hifi accessories Mon, 29 Jul 2013 17:20:15 +0000 1425152 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 Sonneteer Bard USB http://www.stuff.tv/sonneteer-bard-usb/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It may look like something Patrick McGoohan might have run from but the BardUSB is one of the most fuss-free wireless music gizmos around </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="640" height="480" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/BardOnetable400%5B2%5D_0.jpg?1364300076" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The egg-shaped Bard USB from Sonneteer is one of the simplest wireless solutions going. It consists of just a USB transmitter and a receiver unit with a pair of phono leads. </p> <p>Simply plug the Bard USB into your PC or Mac, hook up the receiver to your amp of powered speakers, and you’re ready to go – there’s nothing to plug it into the mains, which is pleasing, and there’s no software to install. </p> <p><strong>No compression required</strong></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"> £240.00 </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">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-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"> An all-round good egg, the Bard is a beautifully simple solution that will stay true to your tunes </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/sonneteer-bard-usb </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonneteer-bard-usb/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sonneteer-bard-usb/review#comments Bard USB Sonneteer TV and Hifi accessories Mon, 12 Nov 2007 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 8619 at http://www.stuff.tv Pioneer CDJ-1000MK3 http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-cdj-1000mk3/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s the CD deck favoured by the world’s best DJs, but can the CDJ-1000MK3 really out perform its gadget-laden rivals? </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="1469" height="1312" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/pioneer_cdj1000_groot_0.jpg?1364300115" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the CDJ-1000, Pioneer has pulled off quite a feat. It’s managed to rise to the top of a mountain of rival CD DJ decks to become the preferred player in clubs worldwide. It’s virtually an industry standard.</p> <p>Best of the best?</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"> £780.00 </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"> The professional DJ’s CD/MP3 deck of choice bypasses the gimmicks of rivals to offer a sturdy, streamlined mixing experience </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-cdj-1000mk3 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-cdj-1000mk3/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/pioneer/pioneer-cdj-1000mk3/review#comments CDJ-1000MK3 Pioneer TV and Hifi accessories Mon, 05 Nov 2007 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 8364 at http://www.stuff.tv Technics SL-1210 Mk2 http://www.stuff.tv/technics-sl-1210-mk2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The benchmark DJ turntable against which all others will be judged, the classic SL-1210 Mk2 is still going strong </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="600" height="389" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sl1210_0.jpg?1364300115" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you turn up to DJ at a gig and there are no Technics, you get the feeling it’s going to be one of those nights where the sound system breaks down and the cops raid the club just as you drop your best tune. </p> <p>Other decks may have more features, even higher specs in a few cases, but can you rely on them like a Technics SL-1210 Mk2? Probably not.</p> <p>Solid as a rock</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"> £340.00 </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"> Some decks do more, many decks cost less, but no other deck really does it quite like the 1210 Mk2 </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/technics-sl-1210-mk2 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/technics-sl-1210-mk2/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/technics-sl-1210-mk2/review#comments SL-1210 Mk2 Technics TV and Hifi accessories Mon, 05 Nov 2007 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 8361 at http://www.stuff.tv Ableton Live 6 LE http://www.stuff.tv/ableton-live-6-le/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ableton’s music production, mixing, looping and DJ software is now available as a lighter, more affordable package </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="399" height="336" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/L6LE_pack_big_L-b1105d76bf7e62bcb84d7950b4521f16_0_0.jpg?1364300115" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even today, many of the most popular music-making packages have their roots in the late 80s, some first appearing on the Atari ST. Fortunately, Ableton stepped in and developed Live, which works with audio, loops and MIDI in a way that’s far more relevant to the 21st Century electronic musician, mixer and DJ. </p> <p>Live lite</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"> £110.00 </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"> Whether you’re producing, recording, remixing or DJing, Live 6 LE is a fantastic tool for turning ideas into music – and now it’s more affordable than ever </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/ableton-live-6-le </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ableton-live-6-le/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ableton-live-6-le/review#comments Ableton Live 6 LE TV and Hifi accessories Fri, 02 Nov 2007 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 8388 at http://www.stuff.tv Toshiba HD-E1 http://www.stuff.tv/toshiba/toshiba-hd-e1/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The first HD-DVD player we tested, this high-definition disc spinner is now showing its age… </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="2011" height="439" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hd-ep10_34r_a5i_c_0.jpg?1364300664" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Toshiba’s HD-DVD range has recently been given a revamp, with two new budget decks, the HD-EP30 and EP35, coming in to bolster the ranks. That means the HD-E1, the oldest model in the current range, is increasingly outdated – and indeed, Toshiba plans to allow it a natural death in due course.</p> <p>Still, in most ways, the HD-E1 is worth a look. It’s not flawless, as we’ll cover in a moment, but this is still a decent HD-DVD player (and a very good DVD player, it shouldn’t be forgotten) that costs under half the suggested selling price of its cheapest Blu-ray rival. </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> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-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"> Often brilliant, occasionally frustrating, this is an intriguing early stab at the high-definition-disc future. It’s by no means complete, but if you fancy dipping a toe in the HD water without blowing a fortune, it could still be worth a go </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/toshiba-hd-e1 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/toshiba/toshiba-hd-e1/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/toshiba/toshiba-hd-e1/review#comments HD-E1 Toshiba TV and Hifi accessories Thu, 18 Jan 2007 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 4658 at http://www.stuff.tv Simaudio Moon i-7 http://www.stuff.tv/simaudio-moon-i-7/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> One for the big boys. It’s expensive, loud and looks like it means business. Does it close the deal? </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="600" height="450" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sim-audio-i-7_0.jpg?1364300695" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Legend has it there’s a dusty tome called ‘How To Build Really, Really High-End Amps’ floating around. We’re betting that Simaudio has a copy, so great an example of the breed is the i-7. It’s built superbly, imposingly styled, costs a lot, and – most importantly – sounds like a slice of heaven.</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"> £4,750.00 </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"> Provided the rest of your system is up to scratch, you won’t be disappointed with this stellar amp. </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/simaudio-moon-i-7 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/simaudio-moon-i-7/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/simaudio-moon-i-7/review#comments Moon i-7 Simaudio TV and Hifi accessories Wed, 15 Nov 2006 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 3483 at http://www.stuff.tv Onkyo TX-NR5000E http://www.stuff.tv/onkyo/onkyo-tx-nr5000e/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Does the daddy of all AV receivers warrant its mighty price tag? </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="415" height="210" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/onkyo_txnr_5000_si_0.jpg?1364300695" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you’re used to a bit of customisation of your PC – we’re not talking liquid cooling and more fans than a 1960s cross-channel hovercraft, but just the odd memory upgrade or drive-change, you might wonder why all consumer electronics aren’t built for simple upgrading. </p> <p>The mother of all boards</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"> £4,000.00 </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"> A true gem of a performer, whether you want it for music, movies or even as a new home network treat </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/onkyo-tx-nr5000e </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/onkyo/onkyo-tx-nr5000e/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/onkyo/onkyo-tx-nr5000e/review#comments Onkyo TV and Hifi accessories TX-NR5000E Wed, 01 Nov 2006 06:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 3341 at http://www.stuff.tv