Sony MDR-HW700DS: World’s first 9.1ch headphones

Like the amplifier in Spinal Tap that goes up to 11, when it comes to anything to do with sound bigger numbers are usually better. So, forget about your puny 5.1 or 7.1 sound systems, these latest wireless headphones from Sony offer a 9.1 audio experience – but without actually having all the speakers. They … Continue reading Sony MDR-HW700DS: World’s first 9.1ch headphones

Chord Electronics’ Hugo – A nifty portable DAC device with little CES coverage

When we think of a product named Hugo, the luxury German fashion brand Hugo Boss springs to mind. Chord Electronics, British manufacturers of high-performance hi-fi products, has introduced a new Hugo onto the consumer market. Playfully named because you can take it anywhere ‘you go’, the Hugo takes claim as being “the world’s most advanced … Continue reading Chord Electronics’ Hugo – A nifty portable DAC device with little CES coverage

Sky’s Now TV Box review round-up

When it comes to the latest in audiovisual technology it wouldn’t be unfair to say Sky TV’s ageing satellite system is years behind the competition when it comes to streaming and catchup TV. And with the likes of LoveFilm and Netflix changing the landscape of TV consumption, Sky has finally realised that its current crop … Continue reading Sky’s Now TV Box review round-up

Bose’s SoundTouch Wifi music system: what the critics said

Trying to dethrone Sonos from the number one spot for wireless audio systems was always going to be tall order for Bose, but with the company’s SoundTouch Wi-Fi range they’ve focused on what they do best: sound quality. The most impressive part of Bose’s SoundTouch range is the quality of the sound. Having built a … Continue reading Bose’s SoundTouch Wifi music system: what the critics said

LG’s LAP340 SoundPlate – sound without the fury

The main problem with today’s flat screen TVs is that, because they lack the cabinet of the old CRT models, you tend to get pretty weedy sound from their built-in speakers. This accounts for the popularity of multi-speaker home cinema systems but they have their own problems with a mass of ugly cables which you … Continue reading LG’s LAP340 SoundPlate – sound without the fury

Name that BluTune: Roberts launch Bluetooth radio range

Hundreds of stations and not a thing worth listening to: Even the shift from FM to DAB couldn’t help us avoid the nasal, cheesy, over-enthusiastic, often-egotistical tones of presenters playing the same 10 soulless songs every hour. Sound familiar? Well let’s say goodbye to the fake cheery chat and start taking over the airwaves ourselves! … Continue reading Name that BluTune: Roberts launch Bluetooth radio range

Samsung’s S9C (Curved OLED TV) Gets UK Launch

Looks like a 55” Pringle, actually a telly. Say hello to the Samsung S9C. The brand’s first ever curved OLED TV – and the world’s second ever curved OLED set, following LG’s 55EA980V – the S9C is already available in Korea, parts of Europe and the US. From September 5th, it will be available in … Continue reading Samsung’s S9C (Curved OLED TV) Gets UK Launch

Review Roundup: Beats Studio by Dr. Dre

You can trace the resurgence in the popularity of over-ear headphones back to the release of Dr Dre’s Beats Headphones in 2008. Due to some expert marketing the bulky headphones suddenly became the must-have fashion accessory for footballers, celebrities and the world’s most successful hip hop producer, Dr Dre. Four years later, Beats has finally … Continue reading Review Roundup: Beats Studio by Dr. Dre