Soundbar solution for flat TVs

Soundbase: The larger Solo 15 will take screens up to 127cm and 34 kilograms.

Rod Easdown   Generally even premium televisions have dreadful sound.

Music lovers ditch buds for headphones

Top brands include the McIntosh MHP1000.

Rod Easdown   Along with sounding far better, a good set of headphones are a lot more comfortable than buds.

Smart Blu-ray players open up world of entertainment

LG's smart BluRay player.

Adam Turner   Smart Blu-ray players offer many of the features of internet-enabled smart TVs.

Cycling computers keep riders on track

App: Strava is free but you might want to buy a kit to attach your phone to the bike.

Jayne D'Arcy   We get on a bike with two digital training aids: the Garmin Edge 1000 and the Strava app for iPhone 4S.

Dirty records come clean

Dust-busters: Spin Clean units are powerful cleaners.

Rod Easdown   A good record cleaner is essential for anyone who buys second-hand vinyl at garage sales.


Functional: Samsung's Gear S.

Adam Turner   Strapping a smartwatch to your wrist reduces the need to reach for the smartphone in your pocket.

Take your music for a spin in a new machine

SACD capability: Yamaha CDS1000.

Rod Easdown   There's still life in the compact disc as a medium for music, especially if you have the right player.

Techknow: Electric bikes

Flying Dutchman: The Gazelle Orange C7 is a classy hybrid.

Jayne D'Arcy   Upgrade to an electric bike to put in more miles and give you more smiles.

Film buffs grapple with the big picture

Sharper: LG's 213-centimetre 84UB980T ultra high definition TV is $12,999, but is sharper than a projector in a bright environment.

Rod Easdown   Like a big screen? TV is easier, but a projection system is like going to the movies.

Techknow: Millions of tracks at your fingertips

Rdio is likely to have most of your favourites among its 20 million tracks.

Adam Turner   Music subscription services Spotify and Rdio each offer millions of tracks for a small monthly fee, Adam Turner writes.

Techknow: dirty truth unearthed

Top of the range: Electrolux Ultraflex Animal Allergy Pro.

Jayne D'Arcy   Powerful vacuum cleaners can reveal just how much is lurking in your carpet, Jayne D'Arcy writes.


How HBO and streaming TV could spell new hope for an Apple-made television

Will HBO turning its back on cable in the US be the catalyst for the long-awaited Apple television?

Hayley Tsukayama   With cracks showing in American TV's all-powerful cable bundle paradigm, is the time right for a television that does for TV what the iPod did for music?

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Premium hi-fi system music to the ears

Good start: A Musical Fidelity M3si amplifier.

Rod Easdown   That old stereo set-up may sound fine, but technology has changed and today's top systems not only sound good but look good too.

Sonos and Jongo wireless speakers take your music to all corners of the house

Sonos offering: Along with  wireless speakers in three sizes, there is a subwoofer, soundbar and  wireless adaptor for hooking up your stereo system.

Adam Turner   Want to hear your music throughout the house? Here are two systems that both sound superb.

Unwired for sound

Better: Part of a Sonos Play1 whole-of-home system.

Rod Easdown   Wireless technology has made whole-of-home audio systems easy, and now there are even more options to choose from.

Slow juicer squeezes out the competition

Labour intensive: The Oscar Neo requires you to cut up the fruit and vegetables, so they will fit in the narrow chute.

Jayne D'Arcy   Compared with centrifugal juicers, cold press juicers provide a better-quality juice and a quieter juicing experience.

Tips for evaluating monster TVs

A growing obsession: Sharp's  LC70LE650X should fit the bill if you're into television and movies on disc, and not internet, 3D and Skype.

Rod Easdown   There is a continuing shift towards premium televisions, and super large screens are experiencing strong sales, according to industry analysts.

Bureau's MetEye service revolutionising the way we understand the weather

MetEye allows you to pinpoint within a six-square-kilometre area what the forecast is for your suburb or rural area over the next week.

Eryk Bagshaw   The Bureau of Meteorology's interactive service, MetEye, allows you to pinpoint within a six-square-kilometre area what the forecast is for your suburb or rural area for the next week.

Music: Unlock your library

No longer missing: The D-Link

Adam Turner   Streaming music adaptors make it easy to send your favourite tunes from any devices to practically any speaker in your home, writes Adam Turner