Logitech Ultimate Hub turns your smartphone into a universal remote for AV kit

One smartphone app to rule them all – that's the idea behind Logitech's new Ultimate Hub AV control unit. Taking its cues from the company's long line of universal remote controls (and a direct relation to the recent Harmony Ultimate…

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Gerald LynchLogitech Ultimate Hub turns your smartphone into a universal remote for AV kit

REVIEW: Datacolor Spyder4TV HD calibration tool

You've forked out more money than you care to share on a new HDTV set, and now you want the thing looking the best it possibly can. Enter the Datacolor Spyder4TV HD calibration tool. Through a combination of hardware and software, it promises to make your display match industry standards. But is it really much better than just using your own tweaking judgement? Read on to find out!

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Gerald LynchREVIEW: Datacolor Spyder4TV HD calibration tool

REVIEW: Roku 2 XS streaming player (UK)

Already holding the title of the most popular TV streaming box in the US, Roku are now setting their sights on the UK market. The Roku 2 XS, with its Bluetooth motion controlled gaming capabilities and access to Netflix movie streaming, is their top of the line streaming box. Read on for our verdict.

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Gerald LynchREVIEW: Roku 2 XS streaming player (UK)

CES 2009: Pioneer unveils new Blu-ray and upconverting DVD players, new AV receivers

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Pioneer has been showing off its latest range of Blu-ray players, upconverting DVD player, and AV receivers.

First up is a new collection of advanced Blu-ray players, all capable of handling BD Live for advanced disc features.

The BDP-120 and BDP-320 are aimed at consumers who want a simple high definition disc player right out of the box and come with 1GB of memory (either via a flash drive or internal memory), full BD-Live functionality, USB and Ethernet ports, True24FPS feature for realistic reproduction of discs recorded at 24fps, full support of all high resolution audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD bitstream output, and up to 7.1-channel analogue output…

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Andy MerrettCES 2009: Pioneer unveils new Blu-ray and upconverting DVD players, new AV receivers

Arcam FMJ AVR600… Sounds pretty good.

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The beast you see above is the FMJ AVR600, a powerful new mobile phone AV receiver for your home cinema. I mean, if “you” happen to have a large disposable income and a desire to experience films and the like the highest possible quality. I imagine if you were to watch the Blu-ray version of the 2004 film Downfall through this, it’d feel almost as if you were there in Hitler’s bunker with him, perhaps as a minor General or the work experience kid who everyone ignores…

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James O'MalleyArcam FMJ AVR600… Sounds pretty good.

Denon impresses yet again with their AVP-A1HD and POA-A1HD AV systems

Many will balk at the £10,000 price-tag on this system, but for those who know Denon, they’ll realise that it’s well deserved for the high audio quality you’ll receive.

Seen in the picture above are two systems, the AVP-A1HD and POA-A1HD, both retailing for £4,999 each, bringing the ideal home cinema system to just a shade under £10k.

Here’s both boxes, in a nutshell: The AVP-A1HD is their first AV component system for a decade reportedly, hand-built in Japan. It’s a THX Ultra2 reference class pre-processor, with a pre-amp and balanced XLR out,…

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Katherine HannafordDenon impresses yet again with their AVP-A1HD and POA-A1HD AV systems

Cambridge Audio's HDMI DVD player and AV receiver combo

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Meet the Azur 540D V2 and 540R V3. These boring old model numbers mask AV devices of great excitement – an upscaling DVD player with HDMI support, with an accompanying HDMI-capable AV receiver for making The Matrix sound as good as when you watched it for the 20th time.

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Gary CutlackCambridge Audio's HDMI DVD player and AV receiver combo