Monthly Archives: December 2014

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Sony aims high to restore TV profits – but it’s facing smartphone competition close to home

Loss-making TV division moving into the black thanks to upmarket sets, but spun-off Vaio company is set to launch a smartphone challenge To say the least, it’s an interesting time to be Sony: while all the furore about The Interview (above) and the embarrassing series of hacks at its US movie division has been raging, […]

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Two-channel audio alive and well in Japan’s megastores

So hi-fi as we know it is on its last legs, is it? The huge selection on sale in a couple of Japan’s consumer electronics superstores suggests otherwise… Some will have you believe that hi-fi as we know it is on its way out, replaced by small speakers, Bluetooth whatnots and streaming services, but having […]

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A merry non-specific winter festival to all my readers

So, that’s it. Another year of honest slog behind me, and I hope 2014 has proved as eventful and rewarding for you as it has for me. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed at least some of what I’ve had to say, been annoyed by other bits and possibly been infinitely baffled by the odd piece – more […]

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Why Classé is ignoring the AV features arms-race

New Classé Sigma SSP processor, launched with two matching power amps, plays it simple in the quest for ultimate sound quality Interesting afternoon at the London Bowers & Wilkins office yesterday, hearing about – and hearing – the new Classé Sigma series with company CEO Dave Nauber. The range is designed to slot in below […]

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Linn offers 24 days of free high-resolution downloads

Starting today, Studio Master tracks for free until Christmas Eve – what’s not to like? As in previous years, Linn is offering free Studio Master quality high-resolution music downloads in the run-up to the festive season, in its 24-bits of Christmas promotion. From December 1st, it’s running what it describes as an ‘online advent calendar’, […]