SIGHT & SOUND

Soundbar solution for flat TVs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In tune with retro radios

Sounds supreme: A Bush Heritage radio has all the features a music lover could hope for.

Rod Easdown   A big radio can deliver better sound because it's got room for a big speaker, and having AM along with FM and DAB is also a plus.

Basic systems for good sound

Focal Chorus speakers

Rod Easdown   The music delivery medium may have changed but a good basic hi-fi set-up still revolves around a good amp and speakers.

Digital to analog converters boost sound quality

If you want higher quality or more flexibility, take a look at Denon's DA300USB.

Rod Easdown   People have been storing music on iPods, computers and phones for years but it’s only in recent times that DACs have taken off as we go looking for better sound.

Retailers hope a little curve will point shoppers straight to new TVs

Sales pitch: The LG curved-screen OLED will offer an 'immersive' experience, or so we are told.

Rod Easdown   We replace our TV sets more quickly than ever, if only to stay up with the latest marketing ploys.

Sight and sound

Flush-mount speakers look good, sound OK

Spot the speaker: Flush-mount speakers disappear into the wall.

Rod Easdown   Correct installation is a vital factor when considering speakers built into walls and ceilings.

Sight and sound

Relief from the sound of silence

Sound advice: The Phillips wireless headphones are a good basic unit.

Rod Easdown   Deafness is more than just a matter of not hearing, it’s also about losing detail.

Sight and sound

Wall brackets put TVs in their place

The Vogel cable column allows you to hide messy wires and move the TV against the wall when it's not in use.

Rod Easdown   The solution to finding the right place to put the TV might be to hang it on a wall using one of many clever brackets available.

Home Tech

Weighty demand on TV soundbars

Sony's HTXT1.

Rod Easdown   Soundbars sit unobtrusively below the screen and and pump out a quality sound.

Home Tech

How digital turntables revolutionised the DJ's art

Solid grounding: The Philips M1X-DJ in action.

Rod Easdown   Digital turntables - CD players with special features - changed the DJ business in more ways than one.

Home tech

Home theatres to benefit from new Dolby sound

Surrounded: Dolby says Atmos makes you feel like you’re in the movie, rather than just looking.

Rod Easdown   Originally developed for commercial cinemas, Atmos is centred on having speakers encircling you and they’re also above your head.

Before you buy, pump up the volume

Feel the noise: When testing one of these entry-level systems, turn up the volume to see how they perform.

Rod Easdown   Getting good sound from an integrated music player for less than $100 is a challenge but far from impossible.