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  1. Sony BDP-S1E review

    Sony BDP-S1E review

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    Finally the long wait for Sony's first dedicated Blu-ray player is over and initial appearances suggest that our patience has paid off. Cosmetically, at least, the BDP-S1E is far removed from the Blu-ray-spinning PS3

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    Pioneer BDP-LX70 review

    Pioneer BDP-LX70 review

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    With the PlayStation 3 now allowing Blu-ray playback for £425, you might expect the prices of standalone Blu-ray decks to plummet. Yet the latest entrant into the burgeoning HD disc market, Pioneer's BDP-LX70, costs a cool £1,000.

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    Panasonic DMP-BD10 review

    Panasonic DMP-BD10 review

     

    This Blu-ray player's forerunner, the DMP-BDP10, burst onto the hi-def scene a few months back impressing with its top-end picture quality, and in a less positive way with its £1,200 price tag.

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    Sony BDP-S1E review

    Sony BDP-S1E review

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    The debut standalone Blu-ray disc player from the format's chief protagonist has hit the UK. And despite its slightly brutish appearance and tedious loading time, in terms of pictures the Sony BDP-S1E is a hands-down winner

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    Sony BDP-S1E review

    Sony BDP-S1E review

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    The most vociferous advocate of Blu-ray has finally released a BD player. Sony's BDP-S1E is the company's first foray into the standalone HD deck market and I'd go as far as saying it's a better AV bet than the PS3

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    Pioneer BDP-LX70 review

    Pioneer BDP-LX70 review

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    Picture the scene in The Fifth Element when Zorg (Gary Oldman) opens the case delivered by the Mangalores to discover it is empty: 'I am very disappointed!' That's me that is

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    Pioneer BDP-LX70 review

    Pioneer BDP-LX70 review

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    With a price tag of £1,000, it's just as well that Pioneer's debut Blu-ray player, the BDP-LX70, has some pretty high-end tricks up its sleeve. With 1080/24p pictures foremost among them, this is quite simply the finest Blu-ray performance we've seen

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    LG BH100 review

    LG BH100 review

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    If the format war between Blu-ray and HD DVD is putting you off buyinga high definition disc player, you might want to take a close look atLG's latest piece of home cinema kit.

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    Toshiba HD-XE1 review

    Toshiba HD-XE1 review

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    Toshiba claims that the HD-XE1 offers better features and build quality than its first HD DVD player, the HD-E1 - not to mention the all-important ability to output 1080p. And we're pleased to report it very much lives up to its promise

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    LG BH100 review

    LG BH100 review

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    Korean manufacturer LG hopes to render the high-definition format war irrelevant with its BH100, the world's first combined Blu-ray and HD DVD deck. On paper it's the ideal solution for those who want the best of both worlds

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    Linksys KiSS 1600 review

    Linksys KiSS 1600 review

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    Linksys KiSS 1600 review: When Linksys, the consumer arm of networking giant Cisco, acquired KiSS Technology, it clearly had one thing in mind - taking over the space where consumer electronics, downloaded video content and wireless networking collide

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    Toshiba HD-XE1 review

    Toshiba HD-XE1 review

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    Toshiba's step-up HD DVD player, the HD-XE1 manages to confront some of the niggles that surround the HD-E1, as it offers full 1080p video output (and this is true of upscaled DVDs as well as HD DVD discs)

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    Samsung BD-P1000 review

    Samsung BD-P1000 review

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    Originally priced at £1,000 when it first appeared, you can now pick up the BD-P1000 for approximately £700. Many online retailers have this 1080p-capable Blu-ray player (that can also upscale regular DVDs to 1080p) on sale for under £500.

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    Panasonic DMP-BD10A review

    Panasonic DMP-BD10A review

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    When we tested Panasonic's original Blu-ray player, the DMP-BDP10, we were blown away by its hi-def picture and PCM sound quality. This version is physically identical to its predecessor but has been upgraded

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    LG BH100 review

    LG BH100 review

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    On paper, LG's BH100 is the answer to every high definition lover's prayers. Finally a manufacturer has stepped clear of all the political machinations of the warring HD DVD and Blu-ray factions and put together a player capable of handling both formats

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    LG BH100 review

    LG BH100 review

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    It's the first next-generation player to support both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs, allowing you to nicely sidestep the next-gen format war altogether. So the LG BH100 is obviously a hands-down winner in the hi-def stakes, right? Well, no actually

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    Toshiba HD-XE1 review

    Toshiba HD-XE1 review

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    After the promising but slightly disappointing HD-E1, Toshiba has launched the HD-XE1 - a player that is able to fully exploit the best of hi-def HD DVD at a price that standalone Blu-ray players are currently not able to compete against

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    Toshiba HD-XE1 review

    Toshiba HD-XE1 review

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    The second of Toshiba's HD DVD decks raises the spec of the previously reviewed HD-E1 with a corresponding hike in price. The main difference is that this deck can deliver Full HD 1080p

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    Toshiba HD-XE1 review

    Toshiba HD-XE1 review

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    Earlier this year, we enthused about the HD-E1 - the UK's most affordable high-def player. Now we've got our hands on its bigger brother, the HD-XE1. If you thought the HD-E1 was good, get ready to be blown away

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    Sony RDR-HXD860 review

    Sony RDR-HXD860 review

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    Sony takes Freeview to the next level with a HDD DVD recorder that can automatically records all of the programmes in a series at the push of a button. It's not quite Sky, but it's getting there

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    Toshiba HD-E1K review

    Toshiba HD-E1K review

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    After months of delays, including one final one in December apparently caused by a 'minor reliability issue with an outsourced LSI component', the UK's debut standalone HD DVD player, Toshiba's HD-E1K, is here

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    JVC DR-MH300 review

    JVC DR-MH300 review

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    This JVC's predecessor, the DR-MH200, proved a bit of a disappointment. It wasn't that it was a bad deck - far from it - but it made the fundamental error of eschewing an RGB Scart input.

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    Sony RDR-HXD860 review

    Sony RDR-HXD860 review

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    There has often been a trade off in features for the price when itcomes to recording digital TV. You can opt for subscription-based recorders such as Sky or TV Drive with sophisticated features but ongoing costs

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    Helios X5000 review

    Helios X5000 review

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    The Helios X5000 is a flexible piece of audio-visual hardware, managing to combine a multi-region DVD player with multimedia network streaming client in a box that resembles that of a high-end CD player

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    Samsung BD-P1000 review

    Samsung BD-P1000 review

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    Samsung's BD-P1000, the world's first Blu-ray disc player, has been the focus of attention since it was launched in the US a few short months ago. Blu-ray promises stunning high-definition pictures and sound...

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