Tag: amp

  • Sound & Vision: The most important headphone feature is not what you think

    OPINION: Another week, another launch; this time it was Philips’ bi-annual look at products on their way in the next few months, with the focus being on its OLED+908 and its new Fidelio L4 and T2 headphones. I got up close (if not necessarily personal) with each product, and the headphones were a particular area…

  • How to delete iMessage apps on iPhone & iPad

    iMessage apps were supposed to be the next big thing for Apple’s iMessage platform, allowing users to play games, share songs and more with other iMessage users from within the Messages app.  However, uptake hasn’t been as widespread as Apple would’ve liked. When was the last time you used an iMessage app? Were you even…

  • Sound & Vision: I think we've hit the apex of true wireless performance

    OPINION: As you’ve probably gleaned by now, the Sony WF-1000XM5 true wireless earbuds are out, and on the whole, they’ve gleaned positive notices from reviewers. In my review I gave the WF-1000XM5 five stars – though I did point out that these new earphones were more evolution than revolution. It is fascinating to see how…

  • What to expect from Samsung in 2024: Flagships, foldables & more

    Samsung has had a strong 2023 with phenomenal tech including the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy Z Flip 5, Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra and the Galaxy Watch 6 – but there’s much more to come in 2024. With 2023 now largely in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward at what to expect from…

  • Sound & Vision: OLED TV's new nemesis is Mini LED

    OPINION: The last few years have seen OLED TVs grow in stature (quite literally to bigger sizes), but 2024 will see them face tough competition. 2024 could mark a change in philosophy from TV brands. We already know that Sony is delving deeper into Mini-LED, 2023 saw Panasonic launch its first Mini-LED TV, while the…

  • The incredible, 5-star Spark Go guitar amp is £30 off

    The Positive Grid Spark Go guitar amp offers a world of great sounding tones in a package no larger than a soda can. You can save £30 now and get it before Christmas. Amazon UK is selling the five-star rated Spark Go amp for just £119. That’s a £30 saving on the original £149 asking…

  • Bang & Olufsen Beolab 8

    Verdict A delightful object, sure, and a very accomplished speaker in many respects too. If the price doesn’t make you swallow hard, though, then many congratulations on your lottery win… Pros Energetic, detailed and uncomplicatedly hefty sound The best control app around Premium materials, impeccable build quality and alluring looks Cons Can sound a little…

  • Sound & Vision: TV's biggest issue is reflective screens

    OPINION: One concern that has dominated the conversation more than anything else about TVs is brightness. And I’ll admit, I’ve contributed many words to the discussion, whether it’s “this cheap TV lacks brightness” to “this premium TV is incredibly bright”, or “this OLED could be brighter”. It’s always at the centre of the conversation. Well,…

  • Loewe's multi.room amp is the bridge between old and new hi-fi

    Loewe has announced its first ever multi-room amplifier, and it has a name that you’ll easily remember: multi.room amp. Yes that’s right, multi-room with a full stop in the middle. We won’t try to understand it, but it follows on from the announcement of the radio.frequency in October 2023. We’d seen both products at IFA…

  • Sound & Vision: Sony looks to Mini LED for brighter, smarter HDR in 2024

    OPINION: I travelled to Sony HQ in Japan for an insight into its 2024 TV plans, and hands-on with the brightest professional mastering monitor yet. Sony wants to make TV picture presets smarter, able to offer bespoke image adjustments on a movie-by-movie basis and make HDR much brighter. If you thought 4K TVs couldn’t look…