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Yamaha unveils the future of MusicCast multiroom wireless audio amid Moto GP bikes

July 14th, 2016 · Comments Off on Yamaha unveils the future of MusicCast multiroom wireless audio amid Moto GP bikes

I recently went to the Yamaha Motor HQ in Milan. Not to look at motorbikes mind,  although there was a lot of Moto GP machinery there, but to get a preview of Yamaha’s AV and hi-fi range for the rest of 2016. It was a flying visit – a 6-am Heathrow check-in, returning the next […]

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Tags: Home cinema · Multiroom · Trade

Yamaha UK creates new AV Division, appoints industry veteran Ian Galloway

March 6th, 2011 · No Comments

Yamaha Music UK has opened the doors of a dedicated Audio Visual Division and has appointed industry veteran (and my good chum) Ian Galloway as Divisional Director. Galloway (pictured above, left) played a pivotal role in the 1981 UK re-launch of Yamaha Hi-Fi, and helped form Yamaha Electronics UK in 1986. He went on to lead […]

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Tags: Corporate · Home cinema · Trade

Panasonic fine-tunes Blu-ray codec for movies on SD card

January 31st, 2011 · Comments Off on Panasonic fine-tunes Blu-ray codec for movies on SD card

An interesting snippet emerged while I was having lunch with Masayuki Kozuka, who heads up R&D for Panasonic’s Media and Content Alliance office. He confided that PHL (aka Panasonic Hollywood Laboratories), the power house behind the development of the Blu-ray 3D specification was currently working on an optimized version of the MPEG4 AVC High Profile […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · Home cinema · Trade

Onkyo TX-NR5008 review reveals a change of character for the best-selling brand

December 16th, 2010 · No Comments

The TX-NR5008 is the latest flagship AV receiver from Onkyo. The brand has been the dominant player in the market since 2009, often being the first to introduce new receiver technology. The fact that it has consistently got its product development timing right in such a fast moving market is a key reason for its […]

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Tags: Hi-fi · Home cinema

Panasonic ties up Avatar 3D Blu-ray until Feb 2012, no retail release planned for 2011

December 13th, 2010 · No Comments

If you were hanging on for the release of Avatar 3D on Blu-ray, then you might be Pandora-less for a little longer than anticipated. Panasonic has confirmed to me that it’s nabbed the exclusive global distribution rights to the blockbuster title until February 2012. Until that point, it will only be available as a retail […]

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Tags: 3D · Home cinema · Plasma

Exclusive hands-on review of Epson EH-R4000 projector at Epson London Film Night

December 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

“We won’t launch a 3D projector until we think the time is right.” That’s the message from Epson UK’s Sue Burgess. Speaking at an exclusive brand takeover of the spectacular 85 Swains Lane property in London’s Highgate, Burgess added that with no appreciable 3D content in the market there was little incentive for the world’s […]

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Tags: Home cinema

Legendary US AV chain Ken Cranes calls it quits

June 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Legendary US AV chain Ken Cranes goes down – Technology Forum | TechRadar UK. I was sad to hear about the demise of Ken Cranes AV stores in the US. The name will be very familiar to long in the tooth AV enthusiasts. Canes was a popular source of laser discs for UK and European […]

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Tags: Home cinema · Trade

The curious case of the upside-down 3D TV glasses

May 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

I recently attended a fascinating briefing session organised by Samsung to provide background to the brand’s first range of 3D TVs and 3D Blu-ray player. R&D chief Simon Lee has been taking his team around Europe, doing similar sessions with various media. The event was notable for a couple of reasons. In an effort to […]

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Tags: 3D · Home cinema