12 PAGE TVSPECIAL! 2012’s hottest tellies enter our test rooms. But which is best? There’s only one way to find out…
A 21:9 widescreen from Philips p10
Panasonic’s 42 inch TX-P42GT50
p14 A stunning Samsung big-screen
More first tests! Including the Arcam rPAC portable DAC, the T567 Blu-ray player by NAD, and the amazing HTC One X smartphone.
The Arcam rPAC
Cambridge Audio’s Minx p21
Sansui makes a welcome return p27
A monumental amplifier from Heed
One-make systems p38
Supertest One-make hi-fi systems p38
One-make systems offer convenience and unity of sound (plus they look nice, too). This Supertest sees us put mid-priced integrated amplifier and CD player combinations from four big names through their paces.
Budget Blu-ray players p54
The first Blu-ray players of 2012 have arrived in our testing rooms – and they’re more featurepacked than ever. We’ve taken three new models, all priced under £200, to see which gives the best hi-def bang for your buck.
Video streamers p64
Video streamers offer access to thousands of hours of great on-demand music and video content both online and on your network. We hooked up five to our network and dived in…
Temptations Six pages of high-end kit p74 This month we have a £17,000 phono stage – yep, you read that right – and an amp that uses analogue and digital circuitry simultaneously. Not your usual product lineup, then…
Blu-ray players p54
Video streamers p64
Yamaha’s YHT-5401 soundbar
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First Test p6 Toshiba is to be applauded for laying down such an amazing gauntlet at the feet of its rivals
Temptations p74 The Digital approach means this amp is highly flexible, and the wireless sound is excellent
Playlist p84 The songs are built around scruﬀy, grimy guitar and swampy percussion
A-Z of kit tested Televisions LG 55LM960V £3300 p12 Panasonic TX-L32ET5 £750 p18 Panasonic TX-P42GT50 £1200 p10 Philips 21:9 Gold £2000 p16 Samsung PS51E8000 £1700 p14 Toshiba 55ZL2 £7000 p6
Home cinema Blu-ray players LG BP420 £160 p56 NAD T567 £600 p24 Panasonic DMP-BDT220 £180 p57 Samsung BD-E6100 £150 p58
Projectors Epson EH-TW9000 £3200 p26
Soundbars Yamaha YHT-S401 £500 p28
Style speaker packages Cambridge Audio Minx S215 £500 p21
Hi-Fi iPod docks Logitech UE Air Speaker £300 p27
Amplifiers Arcam FMJ A18 £500 p40 Cyrus 6a £700 p42 Devialet D-Premier £11,450 p74 Heed Obelisk Si £1290 p27 Rega Brio-R £480 p44 Roksan Kandy K2 £750 p46
CD players Arcam FMJ CD17 £500 p40 Cyrus CD6 SE2 £700 p42 Rega Apollo-R £550 p44 Roksan Kandy K2 £750 p46
DACs Arcam rPAC £150 p20 Cambridge Audio DacMagic 100 £200 p24
Stereo speakers Dali Zensor 7 £650 p20
Wireless speakers Canton your_Duo £600 p28
Digital media devices Video streamers Apple TV £100 p66 D-Link Boxee Box £150 p67 Roku 2 XS £100 p68 Sony SMP-N200 £100 p69 Western Digital WD TV Live £100 p70
All in one systems Micro and style systems Sansui WMH-700L £500 p21
Portables Mobile phones HTC One X £480 p22
Tablets Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition £330 p29
Accessories Phono stage Aesthetix Io Eclipse £16,790 p78
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Let us do the work for you p62 Pioneer’s N50 hi-fi streamer is our current favourite – and an amazingly flexible and well-built piece of kit. We show you how it can work with three easy-to-build systems, and recommend the accessories you’ll need to complete your set-up.
Insider: The future of 3D p30 We look at the format ahead of this summer’s sport bonanza and see how stances have changed on active vs passive tech.
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Best Buys p36
What to buy and what to partner it with. We’ve assembled our favourite products into some fantastic complete systems.
The latest music and media to hit the shelves, including War Horse, Kinekt Star Wars and the latest albumbs from Dr John and Spiritualized
Sound Advice p86
Our team of experts dive onto the forums and into the postbag to answer your queries
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