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Staring at the ceiling, counting sheep, watching TV til you can no longer keep your eyes open. This is a nightly ritual for many. How about staring at a blue light instead? That is what Dodow suggests. Personally, I am in the very privileged position of being able to sleep anywhere, at any time. Perhaps […]

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dodow deviceStaring at the ceiling, counting sheep, watching TV til you can no longer keep your eyes open. This is a nightly ritual for many. How about staring at a blue light instead? That is what Dodow suggests.

Personally, I am in the very privileged position of being able to sleep anywhere, at any time. Perhaps that’s the silver lining of having 5 jobs and getting 6 hours max sleep per night. However, plenty of people I know suffer from not being able to drop off, or stay asleep.

A handy gadget called Dodow promises to lull you to sleep via a blue light beamed on to your ceiling.

Dodow

DodowThe small, plastic disc doesn’t look much. But, just pop it by your bedside table and let it project a blue ring that gently expands to cast a large, circular glow on the ceiling. This, then, contracts back to a pinprick of light.

This rhythmic expansion and contraction is what you use to synchronise your breathing with.

Additionally, it has a timer so you can set it to run for eight or 20 minutes. This all depends how long you wish to use it before falling asleep.

The people behind the device says that slow, ‘yogic’ breathing (six full inhalations and exhalations per minute) can dampen the body’s response to stress. Furthermore, it reduces the release of hormones such as cortisol and taking the body out of ‘fight or flight’ mode into a relaxed state where sleep can take over.

It sounds like this should work. Breathing exercises/meditation is a well known and practised by many.

The Dodow might be worth trying out if you’re unable to switch off at night.

Price and availability

You can buy the Dodow now for £45.99 from Menkind and Amazon.

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Honor launched their latest flagship, the Honor 10, a month ago. Since then it has been with me night and day. It’s about time for a review then, I guess. Has it really been a month? Well, May 15th saw the UK unveiling of Honor’s well-priced top-of-the-line phone. At under £400 SIM free it finds […]

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honor 10 reviewHonor launched their latest flagship, the Honor 10, a month ago. Since then it has been with me night and day. It’s about time for a review then, I guess.

Has it really been a month? Well, May 15th saw the UK unveiling of Honor’s well-priced top-of-the-line phone. At under £400 SIM free it finds itself half the price of other flagship phones, including the amazingly adept Huawei P20 Pro from its parent company. The question is, is it half as good or is it “Good? Not half!”

There has to be some concessions though, surely?

Well, a quick glance over the spec sheets and, it’s quicker and easier to say what you don’t get. The Honor 10 lacks optical image stabilisation.

That’s it if you are comparing it with the standard Huawei P20; and that’s still another couple-hundred pounds more expensive.

However, looking at other brands, such as Samsung, they offer OLED displays, super slow mo at 960fps, waterproofing, and wireless charging.

This is the point where you have to ask yourself, are those extras actually worth an extra £300 to you?

Honor 10

honor 10 eventDesign

Honor once again made a great song and dance (literally) about their flagships’s super-polished, ridiculously blue finish. This was achieved by them cleverly stacking more than 15 layers of glass over each other. It does look gorgeous though.

However, if you look past the shiny, you still get a metal and glass design similar to every other handset released this year. Basically, you have metal sides and a shiny 2.5D glass back.

But, oh so shiny!

honor 10 screenThe 10’s 5.8-inch IPS HD+ (2280 x 1080) display takes up 78% of the front surface. Additionally, it also has the now ubiquitous ‘notch’ that’s become increasingly common since the launch of the Essential PH-1 (not, as fruity fans will state, the £1,000 Apple iPhone X). This is a consequence of the phone’s near-bezel-free 19:9 design.

In that notch you will find a 24 megapixel selfie snapper.

honor 10 backOn the right side are the volume rocker and power button.

Whilst, over on the left side, you’ll find the dual SIM tray.

honor 10 topThe audio gods be praised for the Honor 10 retains a 3.5mm headphone socket. There’s also a USB-C port for charging.

In a nifty bit of cleverness, Honor have slipped the fingerprint scanner into the home button just under the screen. It’s ultrasonic, you know. Admittedly, I would have been much more impressed had they put the fingerprint sensor under the viewable display area. Maybe next time, huh?

Still, having the scanner/home button under the screen certainly gives the 10 a seamless look.

honor 10 cameraThe only branding on the rear of the phone is the Honor logo and “AI Camera” legend. Thankfully, there’s also the dual lens set up featuring a 24-megapixel and 16-megapixel sensor to distract you from the AI tramp-stamp.

The design is solid and ticks all the right boxes when it comes to functionality. Also, and quite importantly, it gives the phone a much more premium feel than your average £400 handset.

It isn’t overly heavy at 153g but there is enough about it to feel sturdy.

In short, build quality is excellent.

Honor 10 performance

Kirin 970The Honor 10 is loaded with a HiSilicon Kirin 970 octocore chip mated with 4GB RAM. This is the same chip as found on the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, by the way. The Honor 10 must be the most affordable phone loaded with this tech.

We’ve lost the microSD card slot but are compensated with 128GB of built-in memory.

The whole thing runs on Android 8.1 Oreo, skinned with EMUI 8.1.

Display

Honor 10 NotchI dare say that the Honor 10’s 5.8-inch IPS display is one of the best you’ll find at this price. Granted, you don’t get the inky, leathery blacks of AMOLED screens, but colours are nicely calibrated and whites are super clean.

Naturally, you can tweak the colour temperature and contrast in the phone’s settings. However, I have had it running in the out-of-the-box Vivid mode.

Honor 10 vividThe screen’s maximum brightness level is more than bright enough. On a sunny day traipsing through London the screen remains legible in everything but direct, very bright sunlight. Let’s face it, we don’t get in those situations that often in the UK.

The HD+ 2280 x 1080 resolution isn’t noticeably higher than regular FHD. That said, it is mainly there to accommodate the phone’s longer 19:9 aspect ratio. In daily use, both text and icons look sharp and are readable. I have not noticed any blurring or haziness at any point.

Extra points to Honor for supplying the phone fitted with a screen protector all ready to go!

Android P is set to support notched screens, but as it stands Honor’s set it to display incoming notifications as well as battery life and network availability. If this is not to your liking, you can nudge the notch in the settings and leave a plain black bar.

Software

Honor 10 home pageJust like its high-end sibling, the Huawei P20 Pro, the Honor 10 runs Android 8.1 wrapped in Emotion UI (EMUI) 8.1 skin. I have to add here that I also downloaded one of the new themes announced at the launch event.

The EMUI software is considerably better than it was when I first met it. It does have some additions, but I’m still not convinced that it’s better than stock Android or on a par yet with other skins. Huawei/Honor still doubles up on apps that already feature in Android too which is more a niggle than a deal breaker.

Face unlock is quick and, until we got a software update, the fingerprint sensor was slow and would take me at least a couple of tries to to unlock the device. However, I am pleased to say that, along with Party Mode, all that’s sorted. It even works with wet fingers.

Honor 10 swiftkeyThe bundled SwiftKey keyboard is familiar to me but might take some getting used to if you’re coming from a stock Google board. It does work well and swipe-typing is generally quick. Although some of the words presented can be a tad odd.

Honor gives you four options for navigation. You can opt to have the traditional soft navigation bar, draw a virtual home button which takes multiple navigation gestures, use the under-glass sensor (with multiple navigation gestures), or an onscreen blob. Option 3 retains more screen real estate and has been my choice.

Camera

Honor 10 cameraYou get dual-sensor imaging, with a decent stab at the fun effects of this year’s iPhone and Galaxy S-class: portrait photos that isolate and enhance the subject, and the wacky real-time AR stickers that kids love for about a day and never use again.

Honor 10 portraitAlong with the 24 MP secondary monochrome sensor and 16 MP primary colour sensor, you get an LED flash unit. Both the sensors have f/1.8 lenses and support PDAF.

On the front, the phone has a 24 MP sensor which has a large, 1.8 micron pixel size. The front camera also supports 3D portrait lighting as seen in the gorgeous shot of yours truly 😉

Beauty in AI

Honor 10 Bicycle ModeHonor is touting the AI chops of the cameras on the Honor 10. These features enable the cameras to intelligently optimise their settings to capture “500+ scenarios in 22 categories” in real time. Those categories include a ‘Panda’ mode and, as I discovered, one specifically for bicycles; note the bike icon just above where it says Photo.

These features aren’t at all unique to Honor or Huawei. Qualcomm’s been making a similar move via its latest line of Snapdragon CPUs and you’ll struggle to find a mid-to-top-tier handset that’s not boasting something similar. The only difference being the addition of Huawei’s “Semantic Image Segmentation technology”, which apparently lets Kirin 970 phones recognise more than one object in photos.

Images

The AI processing is turned off by default, and can be turned on by a big AI button on the default camera app’s main screen.

Honor 10 NottinghamDuring my testing, the AI, although good, does tend to slightly over-saturate things when snapping in good light. It does make the images pop, but also can look unnatural.

The software tends to brighten dark areas a lot. Additionally, it also ramps up saturation and contrast. These are great if you’re uploading eye-catching snaps to social media. However, I’d rather start with something more natural and then, if I want to, boost the settings in post. This is where I have to remember Honor’s target market – the young and the brave.

Honor 10 meadowTaking snaps of green fields or trees does produce *very* green things, almost to the point of bleeding the colour. Focusing is quick though. In fact, I have very few complaints during daylight photography. Monochrome mode is also pretty great.

The AI mode also adds a little bit of processing time. That said, it does a decent job fixing blemishes and adding minor bokeh effects to photos. Also, if the result is not to your taste the camera does automatically save a non-optimised version you can check just by tapping the top AI icon on the top right of the camera app UI.

The dedicated aperture mode is a nice touch, especially as it’s separate to the Pro mode. Portrait mode was good most of the time. I do like the 3D lighting but not sure how often I would actually use it. Beautification mode doesn’t take much before the images look unreal.

Bad light

In low-light and mixed-lighting, the Honor 10 still seemed to bump up the saturation too much. This can cause skin tones to look unnatural.

Honor 10 Night Mode no tripodI was hoping that the P20 Pro might donate a version of its Night mode, but no dice. Above is the Honor 10’s night mode without a tripod.

Honor 10 Night ShotNoise is noticeable when the sun goes down. Also, as there’s no image stabilisation, things can get a little blurry at times. That said, the AI does manage to eliminate some of the noise.

Video

In terms of video, the phone will shoot 4K (3,840 x 2,160) at 24fps, FHD+ (2,160 x 1,064) 18:9 at 30fps, and Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) at 60fps. Conveniently, it can also record using the H.265 (or HEVC) codec, which produces much smaller files than H.264.

Video footage is OK. Daylight footage is good so long as you are not panning vigorously, and the microphones capture sound well.

Camera thoughts

Overall, the camera is excellent considering the Honor 10’s price tag. It was never going to be on a par with the Huawei P20 Pro but then they are both at different price brackets too.

In every sense of the word, it is the successor to the Honor 8 Pro, which impressed with its camera performance.

Other stuff

Call quality and radio reception are, of course, first rate. Both SIM slots support LTE and the Honor offers to keep your internet data going on one SIM while you talk on the other. The free case is also a welcomed addition.

Honor 10 review conclusion

Honor continues to impress me with each new handset. The company has rolled out a series of great phones thus far and the Honor 10 is its strongest showing yet.
 
The phone certainly nails the basics. Furthermore, I can’t readily think of a device that offers quite as much value at this price point.
 
Granted, the phone may not have the same camera capabilities as the P20 Pro, and while OIS would have made it a superb all-rounder, it still offers one of the better shooters in this bracket.
 

Price and availability

You can buy the Honor 10 right now for £399 outright. There are also a multitude of contract options through Three.

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Marantz adds AirPlay 2 and KI Ruby to offerings http://gadgetynews.com/marantz-adds-airplay-2-and-ki-ruby-to-offerings/ http://gadgetynews.com/marantz-adds-airplay-2-and-ki-ruby-to-offerings/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:32:42 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=67367 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Marantz has announced a slew if new Heos multiroom-packing AV receivers. Additionally, they took the wraps off the KI Ruby separates. Marantz certainly is offering something for everyone. From their AirPlay 2 compatible receivers right up to the limited edition stereo amplifier and CD player. Marantz AirPlay 2 Along with stablemates, Denon, Marantz has given […]

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marantz KI Ruby signatureMarantz has announced a slew if new Heos multiroom-packing AV receivers. Additionally, they took the wraps off the KI Ruby separates.

Marantz certainly is offering something for everyone. From their AirPlay 2 compatible receivers right up to the limited edition stereo amplifier and CD player.

Marantz AirPlay 2

marantzAlong with stablemates, Denon, Marantz has given their latest networked receivers the ability to use Apple’s latest audio casting technology. As well as the update coming to brand new receivers, 2017 and 2018’s existing line of networked receivers will also make the jump to AirPlay 2 thanks to an over the air update.

AirPlay 2 lets Apple fans cast music from their iOS and Mac devices to wireless connected speakers. Also, they are able to control them with Siri voice commands as well as grouping selections of devices together for multi-room audio.

Following the announcement of their latest slimline NR AV receiver line, the 5.1 NR1509 and Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 NR1609, the audio outfit confirmed additional models.

There is the seven channel SR5013 as well as two nine channel receivers. The nine channel versions, the SR6013 and SR7013, both boast Dolby Atmos, DTS X and Auro 3D support.

The SR5013 has a 7x 180W power plant using HDAM topology, and seven HDMI inputs with twin outputs.

Due October, both the SR6013 and SR7013 add Auro 3D compatibility to the codec mix. The former is rated at 9x 185W per channel, and the SR7013, at 200W per channel.

Both have seven rear mounted HDMI inputs (compatible with HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision), with the SR7013 boasting three outputs.

Marantz will round off the year with the eleven channel SR8012 and AV7705 multi-channel pre-amp.

KI Ruby

Marantz KI RubyMarantz brand ambassador, Ken Ishiwata, has been on a quest that’s stretched for almost 40 years. He has searched for the way to make his CDs sound the best that they possibly can when played though his system.

The world-famous audio specialist worked on Marantz’s first ever CD player in 1982, the CD-63. So, to mark his 40th anniversary with the company, Ishiwata has been working on something very special indeed. The result is the KI Ruby set.

The KI Ruby system consists of a Super Audio CD (SACD) player with DAC (Digital Analogue Converter) called the SA-KI Ruby, and an integrated amplifier dubbed the PM-KI Ruby.

The amp is a discrete 2-stage job powering a pre-amp and power amp separately. Utilising Marantz HDAM circuit tech, the circuit line is as short as possible in order to reduce signal noise through the amp. The amp will push 100W per channel for 8ohm speakers, or 200W per channel if you’re pairing the PM-KI Ruby with 4ohm speakers.

The SA-KI Ruby uses the DNA from the Marantz flagship SA-10. To this they employ a disc mechanism built from the ground up with audio in mind.

Called the SACDM-3, it’s just as happy with compiled Super Audio CD, CD-ROM and DVD audio discs as it is with your regular CDs. It will even play back music from a USB input.

Handling file formats including PCM / DXD 384KHz / 32bit and DSD11.2MHz, it upscales (upconverts?) all file formats to DSD, with a 1-bit conversion method returning the feed to the analogue outputs.

It all must sound very tasty.

The limited edition (500 units per territory) KI Ruby audiophile line are engraved with Ken Ishiwata’s signature. Early system pre-orders will also ship with matching serial numbers.

Price and availability

Both the PM-KI Ruby and the SA-KI Ruby will cost £3,500 a piece, with the rarity of the KI-Ruby set to make it a highly sought after bit of kit.

Prices for the A/V receivers:

  • SR5013 – £850
  • SR6013 – £1,249
  • SR7013 – £1,749
  • SR8012 – £2699
  • AV7705 – £1899

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LG unleashes speaker ranges with Meridian Audio skills http://gadgetynews.com/lg-unleashes-speaker-ranges-with-meridian-audio-skills/ http://gadgetynews.com/lg-unleashes-speaker-ranges-with-meridian-audio-skills/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:40:14 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=67348 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

LG Electronics has launched its 2018 SK series sound bars and PK series portable speakers designed to give you an immersive listening experience. Furthermore, LG have called on Meridian Audio for assistance. Following recent news that Bowers & Wilkins have joined forces with Philips for their next reference TVs, LG Electronics have teamed up with […]

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LG Meridian Audio SK sound barLG Electronics has launched its 2018 SK series sound bars and PK series portable speakers designed to give you an immersive listening experience. Furthermore, LG have called on Meridian Audio for assistance.

Following recent news that Bowers & Wilkins have joined forces with Philips for their next reference TVs, LG Electronics have teamed up with Meridian Audio.

New for 2018, key LG audio products incorporate Meridian Audio’s high-fidelity audio and Digital Signal Processing (DSP). Moreover, Meridian’s Bass and Space technology, as well as their Height Elevation technology, brings added clarity to both speech and music.

LG PK portable speakers

LG Meridian Audio SK sound barFor listeners on the go, the PK7 Bluetooth speaker boasts powerful sound performance in a compact, portable design. LG tells us to expect rich audio thanks to Meridian’s advanced technology. Additionally, the multicoloured lighting modes adds to a unique music experience no matter where you are.

These speakers are compatible with the APT-X HD Bluetooth standard for hi-speed streaming over Bluetooth. Combined with IPX5 compliance for splash-proof water resistance and a convenient handle, the LG PK speakers are ready for premium on-the-go listening both indoors and outdoors.

LG SK sound bars

LG Meridian Audio SK sound barLed by the LG SK10Y, LG’s next generation of sound bars are said to deliver an unmatched audio visual experience.

The 550W, 5.1.2 channel LG SK10Y sound bar features support for multi-dimensional sound powered by Dolby Atmos. Additionally, it will play nice with all the major High Resolution Audio formats.

You can also send music to the sound bar directly through Bluetooth or ChromeCast or from an LG ThinQ speaker or any other Google Assistant product.

The SK10Y sound bar is made to match the width of a 65–inch class TV. This means that it will sit pretty under your large screen-television.

The SK10Y joins the LG SK9Y, SK8Y, SK6Y and SK5Y sound bars in the 2018 lineup.

Words

Tim Alessi, head of product marketing at LG Electronics USA, tells us:

LG has long been an innovator in the audio industry, and the addition of Meridian Audio technology in 2018 sound bars and portable speakers reflects LG’s commitment to leading the industry in acoustic performance. LG’s next generation of audio products is the perfect solution for the in-home and on-the-go listening experience.”

Price and availability

LG’s new SK series sound bars and PK series portable speakers are available from John Lewis, Currys and others.

The sound bars range from £349 for the SK5 to £1,199 for the range-topping SK10Y. The PK portable speakers are priced at £149.99 for the PK5 and £199.99 for the PK7.

For more information, please visit lg.com

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Optoma HZ40UST ultra-short throw laser projector http://gadgetynews.com/optoma-hz40ust-ultra-short-throw-laser-projector/ http://gadgetynews.com/optoma-hz40ust-ultra-short-throw-laser-projector/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:38:21 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=67335 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Just in time for the World Cup (England are still in!) the new Optoma HZ40UST can project a 100-inch diagonal image from just 30cm away. Thanks to ground-breaking laser technology and a super-bright 4000 lumens, this Full HD 1080p projector is ideal for use any time of day. Additionally, with low its latency, gamers will […]

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HZ40UST angleJust in time for the World Cup (England are still in!) the new Optoma HZ40UST can project a 100-inch diagonal image from just 30cm away.

Thanks to ground-breaking laser technology and a super-bright 4000 lumens, this Full HD 1080p projector is ideal for use any time of day. Additionally, with low its latency, gamers will enjoy quick response times.

Optoma HZ40UST

HZ40UST frontSimple to set up and no need for loads of space, the HZ40UST can project imagery without any shadows or cables running across the room.

The HZ40UST’s sleek design and small chassis enables it to fit into any interior. It comes equipped with a built-in 10W speaker as well as an audio output connector for external speakers.

Connectivity

HZ40UST connectionsConnectivity is covered by two HDMI and two VGA inputs. So, games consoles, Blu-ray players or digital television set top boxes can stay connected.

Furthermore, make it a smart projector just by connecting an HDMI dongle like the Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire or Apple TV. This allows you to play games, stream videos and share photos on the big screen at home.

3D

HZ40UST topThe HZ40UST displays true 3D content from almost any 3D source. These include 3D Blu-ray players, 3D broadcasting and the latest generation games consoles.

For maximum contrast and brightness, it can be used with Optoma’s 100-inch ambient light rejecting ALR100 screen.

Kishan Mistry, Senior Product Manager at Optoma EMEA, told us

High Definition coupled with laser technology delivers a truly spectacular big screen experience. With the unrivalled set-up convenience, the HZ40UST creates an exceptional 100-inch Full HD display that can be installed, tidied away after use or easily taken around to friends for a film night.”

A full specification sheet for the HZ40UST is available from www.optoma.co.uk

 

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Fender Strat: Sound of the Underground http://gadgetynews.com/fender-strat-sound-of-the-underground/ http://gadgetynews.com/fender-strat-sound-of-the-underground/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:57:28 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=67327 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

The London Tube map has been immortalised on a new special edition Stratocaster guitar through a partnership between Fender and London Underground. The Tube map is an iconic symbol London. Designed by Harry Beck in the 1930’s, as well helping people navigate the capital, it has become an emblem of British culture. Furthermore, it was […]

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tfl fender guitarThe London Tube map has been immortalised on a new special edition Stratocaster guitar through a partnership between Fender and London Underground.

The Tube map is an iconic symbol London. Designed by Harry Beck in the 1930’s, as well helping people navigate the capital, it has become an emblem of British culture. Furthermore, it was recently voted one of the top transport ‘Design Icons’ of all time. This makes it a perfect partner for another design classic – the Fender Stratocaster.

Signal to noise – TfL Strat

london tube strat guitarMany guitarists will swear that a tube amp gives them the perfect tone. So, why not add a tube guitar into the mix?

The new partnership between Fender and London Underground has produced a limited edition Strat.

Limited to 100 pieces, the special edition guitar is available exclusively from the London Transport Museum shop. Each instrument features a serial number denoting it as one of a hundred. Additionally they all display the TfL logo on the back of the headstock.

Finally, they come in the classic Strat configuration of three single coil pickups and that comfortable maple neck.

Price and availability

You can buy the limited edition Tube Map Strat right now from the London Transport Museum shop.

Also, it is available online priced at £699.99

 

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The Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2019 – renamed, more focused http://gadgetynews.com/the-bristol-hi-fi-show-2019-renamed-more-focused/ http://gadgetynews.com/the-bristol-hi-fi-show-2019-renamed-more-focused/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:25:00 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=67344 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

For more than 30 years The Bristol Sound & Vision Show has simply been known as The Bristol Show. Next year sees it officially renamed The Bristol Hi-Fi Show. The slight name tweak is indication that the Bristol Show it returning to its audio roots. The Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2019 The organisers of the show […]

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bristol hi-fi show 2019For more than 30 years The Bristol Sound & Vision Show has simply been known as The Bristol Show. Next year sees it officially renamed The Bristol Hi-Fi Show.

The slight name tweak is indication that the Bristol Show it returning to its audio roots.

The Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2019

The organisers of the show have told us that, in previous years, manufacturers have used the show to display home-cinema and vision products. Moreover, they have noticed that, more recently, the event had seen a return to two-channel hi-fi. This perhaps underlines the sometimes circular nature of the industry. Also, it sees the show return to its roots when it started out as a two-channel event called Hi-Fi ’87.

However, you will still get the opportunity to visit well-known AV brands. It is just that they will make up a smaller percentage of the whole show.

Bristol Show 2018

Bristol Show 2018

Touted as the largest and longest-running consumer hi-fi show in the UK, the event is held every February, at the Marriott City Centre Hotel in Bristol.

Next year’s show – the 32nd – will take place from Friday, February 22nd to Sunday, February 24th.

For more information, please visit www.bristolshow.co.uk/

 

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Bowers and Wilkins sound in Philips reference TVs http://gadgetynews.com/bowers-and-wilkins-sound-in-philips-reference-tvs/ http://gadgetynews.com/bowers-and-wilkins-sound-in-philips-reference-tvs/#respond Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:42:08 +0000 http://gadgetynews.com/?p=67337 GadgetyNews - Low Jargon: High Tech

Legendary British audio engineering company Bowers and Wilkins and Philips TV have buddied up in a new multi-year exclusive partnership to create outstanding products that truly set new reference visual and audio performance standards in the TV market. This exciting development will see them combine the world-renowned expertise that has seen both develop ground-breaking products. […]

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Philips and Bowers and WilkinsLegendary British audio engineering company Bowers and Wilkins and Philips TV have buddied up in a new multi-year exclusive partnership to create outstanding products that truly set new reference visual and audio performance standards in the TV market.

This exciting development will see them combine the world-renowned expertise that has seen both develop ground-breaking products. Furthermore, sound quality could be the major selling point in the next generation of OLED, 4K televisions.

B&W and Philips TV

Philips and Bowers and WilkinsThe partnership has also been enhanced by both companies long-lasting tradition for developing all of their own in-house bespoke technologies. For instance, TP Vision has worked tirelessly to ensure that its Philips TV line consistently leads the market in terms of picture quality including its award-winning P5 processing chip, and its Ambilight technology. Additionally, Bowers & Wilkins has a proven long term commitment to in-house research and development, in order to achieve the truly best sound quality possible, whatever the format.

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Martijn Smelt, Chief Marketing Officer for TP Vision told us:

For far too long, as an industry, we have allowed sound quality to be the poor relation when considering TV performance. A challenge that has been further exaggerated by the outstanding quality of our OLED sets. So, I’m delighted that we have been able to partner with the World’s best audio company Bowers & Wilkins to ensure that in future our Philips High End TV sound will offer a uniquely premium experience”.

Richard Campbell, Chief Revenue Officer for Bowers and Wilkins adds:

Our new partnership with TP Vision presents a fantastic opportunity to help redefine the parameters of sound quality and performance on a TV. The superb new line of Philips TVs will introduce our well-known audio performance to a new consumer audience who will be able to enjoy first-hand, the incredible experience only we can provide, ‘Sound by Bowers and Wilkins’.

Coming soon

The partnership has been made easier now that both have engineering facilities in Europe. TP Vision maintains an Innovation Centre in Ghent Belgium while Bowers and Wilkins recently made a significant investment to expand and relocate its UK based research and development centre.

We look forward to seeing the first fruits of this relationship at the IFA Show in Berlin later this year.

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Denon has just been in touch to let us know about a pair of exceptional entry-level AV receivers, the AVR-X550BT and AVR-X250BT. More importantly, they are released at an incredibly competitive price point. Denon is a well-known audio brand to most. So, when they tell us that they have a couple of new home cinema […]

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denon AVR-X550BTDenon has just been in touch to let us know about a pair of exceptional entry-level AV receivers, the AVR-X550BT and AVR-X250BT. More importantly, they are released at an incredibly competitive price point.

Denon is a well-known audio brand to most. So, when they tell us that they have a couple of new home cinema amplifiers under the £300 mark, we needed to know more.

Promising the company’s revered, class-leading audio capability alongside a whole host of advanced features, the AVR-X550BT and AVR-X250BT look to be the perfect first step for home cinema starters.

Denon AVR-X550BT

Denon avr x550btThe AVR-X550BT’s spec list includes full 4K compatibility, Dolby Vision, HDR (High Dynamic Range), HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), ARC (Audio Return Channel) and Bluetooth wireless audio streaming. Furthermore, it pumps all this techno wizardry down a single HDMI cable to your TV.

It might be packing an intimidating list of acronyms but it is impressively simple to install, set up and operate. This comes via Denon’s class-leading guided Setup Assistant and Graphical User Interface. Additionally, the AVR-X550BT comes with a microphone that allows the user to calibrate the model to individual rooms for the best audio performance. Moreover, the dedicated 500 Series app lets you control the AVR-X550BT from your phone.

The design’s 130W output, driven by high current discrete power amplifiers on each of its five channels, means the model has more than enough power to deliver all your home cinema thrills and spills. Meanwhile, its on-board Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding offers blockbusting sound from high resolution audio formats. As a 5.2 design it can also handle two subwoofers, for those that require even more low frequency power.

Naturally, if streaming from your phone is your thing, the AVR’s baked-in Bluetooth capability will prove handy. Also, this can remember up to eight devices. Completing the package are five HDMI inputs, so you can hook up every device imaginable.

Denon AVR-X250BT

Denon avr x550btThe AVR-X250BT comes with a slightly reduced feature set but an even more attractive price.

You still get 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, HDR, HLG, ARC and HDMI CEC. Also, there’s 5 HDMI inputs with full HDCP 2.2 support (on 3 inputs).
The X250BT is a 5.1 channel AV Receiver with 130W per channel with Bluetooth connectivity. Furthermore, you get Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Price and availability

The AVR-X550BT (£299) and AVR-X250BT (£229) will be available in June 2018 through Richer Sounds.

For more information please visit www.denon.com.

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Oupio M is the first product from the Oupio brand. It is both an intelligent lamp and a high fidelity speaker. Convergence isn’t a new thing, just look at your smartphone. However, as many of us have limited space at home, it makes sense that merging compatible functionality within a device will reduce clutter. Oupio […]

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Oupio M animatedOupio M is the first product from the Oupio brand. It is both an intelligent lamp and a high fidelity speaker.

Convergence isn’t a new thing, just look at your smartphone. However, as many of us have limited space at home, it makes sense that merging compatible functionality within a device will reduce clutter.

Oupio says that sound and light are the two most important factors in defining the ambiance of a space. This was their starting point in merging the two into a single product.

This makes it ideal not only for bedrooms, conservatories, reading nooks, and the like, but also your main living room or dining room.

Oupio M

Light

Oupio MLighting is very important for our health and wellbeing. However, we tend spend most of our lives indoors in spaces artificially lit. This removes us from our connection with the daylight cycle and thus negatively influences our circadian rhythm.

Oupio MWith Oupio M it offers the full spectrum of Human Centric Lighting, from the late sunset yellow (2700K) all the way to white light similar to the midday sun (6000K). This way, lighting respects and moulds to our native behaviour rather than the other way around.

Oupio M uses 20 high power LEDs that offer a peak intensity of 2000 lumen.

This enables you to dial in the lighting you require.

Sound

Oupio MNo ambience is complete without music. Instead of just making due with a single small noise generator, Oupio have equipped the M with a Woofer and full range driver with a peak power output of 50 Watts.

The drivers are Balance Mode Radiators developed by Tectonic Elements Ltd. We are told that these achieve a good balance between power and fidelity while offering an even distribution of the sound.

Due to this configuration, Oupio M can reach frequencies ranging from 65Hz to 20KHz at 90dB. This ensures that it can fill a medium to large room with warm, high fidelity tunes.

Design

Oupio MThis is what struck me first. Constructed from glass, wood and metal, it certainly looks like a premium object.

The simple minimalist shape ensures it doesn’t compete for attention. Furthermore, it will fit well within any interior design.

Oupio can be used as a table or pendant lamp thus offering flexibility in terms of positioning in a indoor space.

Connectivity

Naturally, Oupio M can be controlled remotely via the Oupio App.

Through the app or the on-device touch interface, you can control the light intensity/colour and the sound.

Streaming is done via Bluetooth connection while grouping of multiple units is possible in low latency groups of up to 5.

Price and availability

Oupio MThe Oupio M is available in Oak, Ash and Cork finishes. Each one is currently $399 direct from the company’s website.

This introductory offer is for a limited time. Full RRP for the Oupio M is $499.

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