Pure’s Avalon 300R PVR: Hands On Review

We were excited to learn at this years CES (doesn’t January seem like a long time ago?!) that Pure, one of our favourite audio gadget manufacturers, was branching out into the crowded market of Freeview set top boxes. So when Avalon 300R Cpmmect was released; like all sensible men we started setting up without too … Continue reading Pure’s Avalon 300R PVR: Hands On Review

Get smart with the latest release from Dune – the HDI Smart B1

If you want to enjoy your multimedia in full HD – that’s 1080p – then take a look at the all-singing, all-dancing Dune HD Smart B1 High Definition Network Media Player with Blu-Ray Player. The makers promise you the full cinema 3D experience, from the likes of 3D Toy Story 3 – from the comfort … Continue reading Get smart with the latest release from Dune – the HDI Smart B1

The SMT-S7800 Freesat HD Personal Video Recorder –Redefining the face of TV viewing

My four-year-old son is a devoted ‘Cbeebies’ fan, who, like many children of the modern age, when told to go outside for some fresh air or to help Mummy and Daddy with an activity that does not involve being absorbed in the television, reluctantly and wearily pulls himself away from the screen. Although the days … Continue reading The SMT-S7800 Freesat HD Personal Video Recorder –Redefining the face of TV viewing

Echostar SlingLoaded HDS-600RS: TV anytime, anywhere

Set-top boxes have a really hard time. A lot of people will have Sky or Virgin. Most TVs now come with Freeview included. So why do you need a set-top box? Echostar pioneered the hard drive recording technology which we have come to love and use everyday as used in products like Sky+. Echostar and … Continue reading Echostar SlingLoaded HDS-600RS: TV anytime, anywhere

Prestigio Emporio ION 330 nettop review

You may remember that we went to visit Prestigio a while back (you have been paying attention, haven’t you?) and saw some of their range of brand “lifestyle” goods, targeting men aged 30-50. Although some of this range was simply leather USB keys and mice emblazoned with Ferrari logos (I’m under 30 so am blind … Continue reading Prestigio Emporio ION 330 nettop review

Acer Revo 100: Nettop and multimedia functionality

We seem to spend more time in our house connecting up various gadgets and gizmos than actually enjoying them, so anything that makes multimedia playing easier gets an automatic tick in my book. So on paper, at least, the multimedia nettop, the Acer Revo 100, sounds like a good idea. How does it work? Well, … Continue reading Acer Revo 100: Nettop and multimedia functionality

Marantz Melody Maker: One box to rule them all?

Trying to cram all your audio and TV gadgetry into a suitable space in the living room can be a bit of a headache. With one box for this, another for that, it’s hard to fit everything under the TV, or in a small cabinet, not to mention finding space for all your CDs and … Continue reading Marantz Melody Maker: One box to rule them all?