Author Archive | Gunner Thompson


Panasonic DMP-UB700

With millions of discs sold and a catalog of hundreds of titles, the UHD Blu-ray format has defied critics and appears to be finding an audience amongst keen 4Kphiles with an eye for quality. But if you want to jump on board, what UHD deck should you buy? We finally have a definitive answer: the […]

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Samsung The Frame TV (2018)

The essence of every picture is the frame, as the saying goes. That’s something Samsung have truly taken to heart for The Frame: a fashion-forward slab of sleek metal that doesn’t try to hide its frame so much as place it center-stage. We saw the first version back in 2017, and this year’s new iteration […]

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Rowkin Bit Charge Touch

Rowkin’s claim to fame is having “The world’s smallest true wireless Bluetooth headphones” and the company’s Micro Touch and Bit Charge Touch are indeed very small and compact. Unfortunately, however, that's not the only thing they have in common: both pairs of headphones suffer from the same frustrating fit, overwhelming bass, and finicky touch controls.  […]

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Plantronics BackBeat Go 410

In the past, active noise-cancellation (ANC) was an expensive feature that was only found on higher-end headphones – and very rarely on in-ear headphones.  While that's still somewhat true, today it's very possible to get an excellent pair of ANC headphones at a reasonable price – like, for example, the Plantronics BackBeat Go 410, which […]

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Q Acoustics M4 Sound Bar

You know what your grandparents used to tell you about not judging a book by its cover? Well, we're asking you to apply some of that same wisdom and not judge this soundbar by it's quite ugly-looking exterior.  Sure the Q Acoustics M4 soundbar doesn’t look like the stuff of home entertainment dreams. For starters, […]

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Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

The Amazon Echo Dot just got a refresh from Amazon, with cuter looks and extra fabric, but here are our thoughts on the original Echo Dot that's already established itself in many a smart home. When Amazon launched the first Amazon Echo way back in 2014, it seemed a ground-breaking move for smart home tech […]

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Amazon Echo Show review

This definitely isn’t Amazon’s first rodeo – the company has two smart screen products currently on the market – the original Echo Show and the smaller Echo Spot. While the Spot is an incredibly cute, quirky little guy with charm in spades, the 1st gen Echo Show was a harder sell at launch, shipping with […]

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LG SK8 Soundbar

LG has been one of the most innovative soundbar brands in recent times, and that spirit continues in some ways with the SK8 – at least in terms of what it offers for its money: Despite costing less than $400/£400, it supports Chromecast Built-in connectivity, Google Assistant control, and – even though it only boasts […]

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Samsung Q900R 8K QLED TV

With most people – *cough* content providers – only just getting to grips with 4K resolution, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Samsung had gone nuts by introducing the world’s first true 8K TV. With hardly any native 8K content available out there, what's the point of spending big to get your hands on so […]

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Now TV Smart Box with 4K HD and voice search

Although smart TVs are becoming increasingly popular among consumers, not everyone has jumped on the bandwagon. But, if you haven't upgraded your dumb TV, why not try a streaming box, like the Now TV Smart Box with 4K HD and voice search? The great thing about streaming boxes is that you can get your hands […]

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Philips OLED+ 903 (65OLED+903)

When Philips announced its OLED 803 television back in February, it marked a notable turn away from the company's high-end LCD range to the promise of OLED’s superior displays. It was surprising, sure, but the 803 wouldn't be the only OLED from the European arm of Philips – we'd also be treated to the spectacular […]

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Creative Sound BlasterX G6

Getting a sound boost on a PC used to be invasive – requiring you to buy and install a sound card to get the best audio from your PC. Portable DACs and amplifiers have made it easier to veer away from built-in tinny sound, but console gamers haven't always been so lucky.  But that's a […]

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Soul Electronics Emotion True Wireless Earbuds

Apple wasn’t first to market with true wireless earbuds when launching the AirPods, but it has become the product to beat in the category. This is where Soul Electronics thinks its new Emotion earbuds fit in. Finding a pair of true wireless earbuds is really easy these days – even if you're on a budget. […]

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Plantronics BackBeat Go 810

The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 are one of our favorite wireless headphones as they offer excellent sound, build quality and features for the price.  That said, if you don’t want to spend $200 (£230, AU$250) on a set of wireless headphones but still want active noise cancellation (ANC), the all-new Plantronics BackBeat Go 810 are […]

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Yamaha MusicCast 20

Wireless speakers are on the rise. With the growing popularity of smart speakers, like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, and tons of great-sounding wireless speakers like the Sonos One, the future of home audio is clearly wireless.  Yamaha may not be the first company you think of when you think of wireless audio,  but […]

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Yamaha RX-V485

The A/V receiver is nothing new, but what is new is the fact that A/V receivers are now getting smart features, better connectivity, and more features for the money.  That’s great news for consumers, who might want receivers with support for surround sound and wireless standards like AirPlay, without having to shell out the cash […]

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Philips 55PUS6753/12 4K TV

Brand-owner TP Vision’s attempts to re-establish Philips as a major player on the European TV scene are progressing very nicely indeed, with some truly outstanding Philips OLED TV sets at the high end of the market.  That said, the Philips 55PUS6753 4K TV, reviewed here, is trying to make a quality mark on the lower […]

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Samsung HW-N850 Soundbar

The Samsung HW-N850 comes hot on the heels of the manufacturer’s flagship HW-N950 ‘Cinematic’ soundbar, and is essentially the same but without the wireless rear speakers. That means you still get upward and side-firing speakers at the front, a wireless subwoofer and support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Since the soundbar itself is identical to […]

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Roku Premiere (2018)

In 2016, Roku made a dramatic announcement: It planned on refreshing its entire lineup of players from a hardware perspective, giving them a set of new monikers that included the Roku Express, Roku Premiere and Roku Ultra.  In 2017, Roku again refreshed the HD-ready Express and 4K HDR-powered Ultra – but the Premiere, the middle-child, […]

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