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Cross the deep Blu-ray sea

Laser BD1000.

Sight and Sound If you want to play American Blu-rays, you'll need to exercise dogged persistence.

Break down Blu-ray borders

Blu-Ray player.

Multiregion capability no longer has to mean big bucks, writes Anthony Clarke.


The Blu-ray compromise

Oppo BDP-105.

Sight and Sound Buying a Blu-ray player is not an easy business, and it's likely to become more difficult as ultra-high definition comes on stream.

Toss up: Smart TV on Blu-ray players

Samsung BD-E5500.

Adam Turner Despite all the talk of smart TVs, you don't need to buy a new television to tap into the world of online entertainment.


New audio format has purists singing praises

Olivier Robert-Murphy of Universal Music says Pure Audio's sound quality is unrivalled.

Anthony Clarke A new high-fidelity audio medium has been launched that will revolutionise high-quality audio.

Home tech

Why movie downloads suck

This film publicity image released by Disney-Marvel Studios shows Robert Downey Jr., left, as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in a scene from

Adam Turner The next Hollywood blockbuster you buy on disc will probably come with a free digital download, but you never quite know what you'll get.

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Musical theatre mix

Yamaha YHT299B.

Sight and Sound It's hardly surprising that salesmen try to get you to spend a bit more than you'd planned.

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Home media servers: Plex v XBMC

Adam Turner A home media server gathers your digital library and shares it with all your gadgets.


Toss-up: Soundbars

Adam Turner If you're underwhelmed by your TV's speakers, a soundbar can add punch to your loungeroom audio.

Online video

Links lag in supply chain

Big hit: Get <i>Packed to the Rafters</i> with an app.

Adam Turner Australia is four years behind overseas online video services, according to Samsung Australia.


Toss-up: DVD rental services

Adam Turner If you're not ready to stream movies, there are alternatives to visiting your local video rental store.


Toss-up: Android streaming apps

Adam Turner Rather than leave your movies and TV shows locked away, you can stream them from your Android gadgets to screens around your home.

Three-way shootout: home-theatre soundbars

Yamaha soundbar.

Road test These sleek bearers of sound are no longer the gimmick they seemed only years ago.

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Toss up: mobile entertainment

BBC iPlayer

Adam Turner With a video library in your pocket, you'll never be bored again.

'Wi-Fi Ready' ruse snuffed out by ACCC


Asher Moses Sony, LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sharp, under pressure from the competition regulator, will stop marketing TVs and Blu-ray players that cannot connect to Wi-Fi networks as "Wi-Fi Ready".

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Three-way shootout: Super Audio Compact Disc players

Krell Cipher Super Audio CD player.

Sight and Sound SACDs sound super but are mostly ignored.

Sony unveils ultra-HD '4K' TV set


PETER SVENSSON High-definition TVs roughly quadrupled the resolution of the sets that came before them. Now, the industry is poised to do it again.

Five-way shootout: catch-up TV

Fairfax Art and Design. For Live Wire 19-04-2012.A family watching a laptop computer screen instead of a TV set.

Nick Galvin Nick Galvin casts an eye over the internet options offered by the free-to-air networks.

Getting the most from your system

<i>Gladiator</i>'s fight scenes are rich and detailed.

Rod Easdown Here are some movies that not only work your system hard, but are also great entertainment.

Is 3D a gimmick or a proposition?

What's wrong with 3D TV?

Rod Easdown Most Australians buying a television consider 3D a fad, survey finds.