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  1. Panasonic DMP-BD10 review

    Panasonic DMP-BD10 review

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    Blu-ray has arrived in the UK, if not with a vengeance, then at least a reasonably enthusiastic proclamation. Panasonic's DMP-BD10 joins Samsung's BDP-1000 at the forefront of the new format's invasion, and there's a sense that all the posturing and prevarication that has preceded the format is coming to an end.

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    Panasonic DMR-EX77 review

    Panasonic DMR-EX77 review

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    We previously reviewed the DMR-EX87, an HDD/DVD recorder with a mighty 250GB capacity. Clearly, not everyone needs such a large hard disk, and its for these users that Panasonic has come up with this 160GB version, which costs a good £150 less

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    JVC DR-MH300 review

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    A handsome-looking recorder, the DR-MH300 is also reasonably well-built. As with the LG and Toshiba machines reviewed elsewhere, it's multiformat - albeit not quite as flexible; the DVD drive will only record onto DVD-R/RW and DVD-RAM

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    Pioneer BDP-LX70 review

    Pioneer BDP-LX70 review

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    The first flurry of HD players having left a seriously mixed impression, the pressure is on the next batch to really make an impact. And of all the players making their debuts, few have raised higher expectations for us than Pioneer's offering.

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    Toshiba HD-EP35 review

    Toshiba HD-EP35 review

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    This is the flagship model in Toshiba's second generation of HD DVD players, which makes it the de facto leader for the blue laser format. The HD-EP35 is currently the best specified player of its kind and this seems set to stay that way for now

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    Sharp BD-HP20H review

    Sharp BD-HP20H review

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    Sharp is a big name in Blu-ray. Not a lot of people know that. It's not because the company is a prolific maker of BD kit: rather, the company is a mass-producer of the blue-violet laser diodes vital for Blu-ray players

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    Toshiba HD-EP30 review

    Toshiba HD-EP30 review

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    Considering Toshiba's original entry-level HD DVD player, the HD-E1, only launched towards the end of 2006 at a price of £450, it's remarkable that its direct replacement, the HD-EP30, is widely on sale for less than half as much

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    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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