Best of Stuff: Blu-ray squares up to HD-DVD

Despite cries of ‘leave it, mate’ and some frantic calming tactics from the staff, Blu-rRay and HD-DVD clashed in What Hi-Fi?'s demo room

Despite cries of ‘leave it, mate’ and some frantic calming tactics from the staff, Blu-rRay and HD-DVD clashed in What Hi-Fi?'s demo room today, just one floor below the Best of Stuff show in Novotel London West, Hammersmith.  Fighting in the Blu corner was Samsung's £1000 BD-P1000 player (available now), which took on Toshiba's US version of the £400 HD-E1 (out later this month). To ensure that the half-hourly demo was of epic proportions, the What Hi Fi? staff rigged-up the players to an absurdly high-end system, which included a huge Screen Research screen, three subwoofers, a 1080p SIM2 projector, six surround channels and some award-winning QED cables.  And then it was time for battle, with lengthy demos of X-Men and Batman Begins showing off each format's audio and visual capabilities. The tussle was too close to call, with perhaps the Toshiba edging it because of the better value, although with additional demos of Uvem's Media Center PC and some Jools Holland footage from the BBC's high-def it's well worth witnessing it in person (see link below).  In related news, LG has also announced its BD100 Blu-ray player (pictured) at the show. The smart unit is slated for a release in Spring 2007, although a price is yet to be confirmed. Best of Stuff Price: £15 On sale: Now Contact: Best of Stuff