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4/5 for JBL’s New 5.1 Soundbar

The most innovative of JBL’s new Bar series of soundbars has been highly rated by Trusted Reviews. The range, which has just gone on sale in Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi stores, comprises 2.1, 3.1 and 5.1 options with wireless subwoofers. What distinguishes the Bar 5.1 ($1199) are its detachable, battery-powered rear speakers that can be […]

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The New 4K TV Season: Introduction

If you’re ready to upgrade to a premium 4K TV, this year’s range is the best and ‘cheapest’ yet. Okay, so $8K for a 65-inch 4K OLED or QLED flagship may not be everyone’s idea of a great buy but they’ve never been more competitively priced while offering unprecedented features and picture quality. And with […]

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High Art But is Samsung’s The Frame Ultra High Tech?

Samsung today launched in Auckland an award-winning TV that couldn’t be more living room-friendly. The Frame is so-called because it’s designed to look more like a painting hanging on the wall rather than just another 4K TV — complete with an “art mode” that’s essentially a digital gallery of 100 works that Samsung has commissioned from […]

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“Ole!” For Sony A1 OLED TV

Sony’s long awaited A1 OLED TV at last goes on sale today. Kiwis have had to wait a couple of months longer than the rest of the world to see this groundbreaking display with audio built into the screen surface. The sound emits from wherever the dialogue is being spoken or action taking place on […]

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Sony’s Stellar OLED TV to Launch This Month

Sony’s out-of-this-world 2017 flagship TV, the A1 OLED, goes on sale this month for just shy of $11,000. The company has yet to announce this but expect the groundbreaking 65-inch 4K model with a unique acoustic screen instead of conventional speakers to be in shops by mid-July. However, any hopes of the A1 being as […]

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Sony Expands 4K Range But Delays First OLED TV

Sony will start to roll out its 2017 range of 4K HDR TVs this month but not its first big-screen OLED sensation, the A1E. The display that’s been rapturously reviewed abroad won’t launch here until August — presumably because consumer demand in US and Europe has pushed back shipments to smaller markets like NZ and Australia. That will give LG […]

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Low Blow for Kiwi TiVo Owners

  Today’s announcement that the TiVo’s Australasian service would end in October was inevitable but Kiwis are getting a raw deal compared to Australians. Whereas Aussie customers at least are being offered $100 “swap out” with a Fetch TV PVR, no such exit strategy is available for New Zealanders. It’s ironic that such an iconic brand should fail […]

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Samsung Unmasks Must-See TVs

Samsung will unveil its 2016 range of TVs to media tonight in Auckland but despite UHD or 4K displays dominating, the company’s still holding back on releasing its UHD/4K Blu-ray player here. It’s also opted not to offer the groundbreaking Atmos soundbar in this market (although its new soundbar range includes 5.1 and 7.1 options with wireless speakers that […]

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LG’s First Flat OLED TV Here at Last

LG’s first flat-screen 4K OLED TV for sale in NZ hits shelves this week for $12,499. The initial shipment of the 65-inch EF950T has pre-sold to the Harvey Norman chain, which will have them on display from Wednesday. While available in only one size, it marks a welcome departure from previous OLED TVs by being not only […]

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Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs Shine at CES

Samsung NZ has revealed more about its new SUHD TV range that will go on sale between April and June, including how it’s optimised for viewing in brightly lit living rooms. “This year, all of the Samsung SUHD TVs will feature the ability to provide a premium high dynamic range (HDR) experience, with 1,000 nit […]

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