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01 SONY B DP-S790

$379, SONY.COM.AU, TESTED FE­BRU­ARY 2013

LOVE 4K up­scal­ing means amaz­ing HD vi­su­als at an af­ford­able price. Built in Wi-Fi leads to a stack of web con­tent

HATE Full in­ter­net browser is nice, but awk­ward to nav­i­gate T3 SAYS A fea­ture-packed, 4K-ready, fu­ture-proof Blu-ray deck at a rea­son­able price SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

CON­NEC­TIONS Wi-Fi, 2x HDMI, 2x USB, coax­ial dig­i­tal audio out, line out, eth­er­net SIZE 430x193x42mm

02 ONKYO TX-NR515

$649, AVAUSTRALIA.COM.AU, TESTED APRIL 2013

LOVE Bom­bas­tic, 130W-per-chan­nel oomph. Slick in­ter­face. Eight HDMI in­puts. Can up­scale images to 4K res­o­lu­tion

HATE No Air­Play, un­like some ri­val re­ceivers T3 SAYS A pol­ished mul­ti­chan­nel AV re­ceiver with all the mod­ern trim­mings, at an af­ford­able price SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS POWER 130W per chan­nel CON­NEC­TIONS 8x HDMI, 2x USB, 5x com­pos­ite, 4x dig­i­tal audio, 5x ana­logue audio. Wi-Fi via don­gle

03 FO­CAL BIRD

$1,259, VISIONLIVING.COM.AU, TESTED DE­CEM­BER 2012

LOVE Pow­er­ful stereo sound that’s crisp, no mat­ter what it’s play­ing, 80W sub­woofer and a high-end fin­ish

HATE No sur­round sound, and “a bit” pricey T3 SAYS A good-look­ing, high-end 2.1 sys­tem with stun­ningly pure sound qual­ity. Worth the en­try fee… SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

POWER 2x 35W + 80W CHAN­NELS 2.1 CON­NEC­TIONS Ana­logue, dig­i­tal, wire­less Kleer con­nec­tiv­ity

04 LG B P420

$149, LG.COM/AU, TESTED FE­BRU­ARY 2013

LOVE Neatly de­signed, fast-load­ing deck of­fers great HD and 3D vi­su­als plus handy web apps at a bud­get price

HATE No built-in Wi-Fi T3 SAYS A great value Blu-ray deck, es­pe­cially if you’re not both­ered about Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

CON­NEC­TIONS HDMI, USB, com­pos­ite, audio out, op­ti­cal out, eth­er­net SIZE 430x188x41mm

05 PANA­SONIC DMP-BDT330

$299, PANA­SONIC.COM.AU, TESTED MAY 2014 LOVE Vi­brant colours, strik­ing de­tail. 4K up­scal­ing on hand for proper en­cour­age­ment to buy 4K telly HATE Rather con­vo­luted in­ter­face T3 SAYS Fu­ture-proof Blu-ray player with cracking im­age qual­ity, 4K scal­ing and de­cent smart TV trim­mings SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS CON­NEC­TIONS Wi-Fi, eth­er­net, 2x HDMI, op­ti­cal dig­i­tal out, 2x USB, SD card, eth­er­net SIZE 430x183x41mm

06 SONOS PLAY­BAR

$999, SONOS.COM, TESTED MAY 2013

LOVE Sim­ple de­sign looks stylish parked un­der your telly. De­liv­ers a real boost to TV son­ics

HATE Pricey. Vir­tual sur­round ef­fect could be bet­ter T3 SAYS An ex­cel­lent soundbar with added stream­ing skills. A de­cent all-rounder SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

CON­NEC­TIONS Wi-Fi, eth­er­net, op­ti­cal audio in SIZE 85x900x140mm

07 SONY B DP-S5100

$169, SONY.COM.AU, TESTED APRIL 2014

LOVE Ap­peal­ing and com­pact de­sign. Vivid Blu-ray images and smooth up­scal­ing from DVD. Use­ful apps and fea­tures

HATE Just one HDMI. Iffy 2D-to-3D con­ver­sion T3 SAYS “Dis­tinc­tive” de­sign houses high-class Blu-ray­ness. Strik­ing 3D vi­su­als and cin­e­matic sound guar­an­teed SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

CON­NEC­TIONS Wi-Fi, eth­er­net, HDMI, 2x USB, coax­ial dig­i­tal audio out SIZE 360x199x43mm

08 KEF E305

$1,869, DIGITALCINEMA.COM.AU TESTED DE­CEM­BER 2013

LOVE Ou­s­tand­ingly clear di­a­logue and se­ri­ous boom for block­busters. De­signer style and 5.1 setup HATE Re­quires an AV re­ceiver T3 SAYS De­signer look and price tag, but Kef’s speak­ers de­liver fan­tas­ti­cally on sound SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS POWER 5x 100W + 250W sub CHAN­NELS 5.1 CON­NEC­TIONS RCA

09 AP­PLE TV

$109, AP­PLE.COM/AU, TESTED JUNE 2012

LOVE Bril­liantly smooth 1080p video stream­ing. Sim­ple iTunes in­ter­face, with on-de­mand movie rentals and it’s dinky small HATE Lack of free con­tent T3 SAYS Now streams in full-HD with char­ac­ter­is­tic ease and simplicity. Still no free con­tent, though SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS TYPE Web TV CON­NEC­TIONS HDMI, op­ti­cal audio out,

eth­er­net, N Wi-Fi, Air­Play SIZE 23x98x98mm

10 LG N B4530A

$549, LG.COM/AU, TESTED OC­TO­BER 2013

LOVE Clear, dy­namic sound from a mere slip of a soundbar. In­cred­i­bly well con­nected HATE Sur­round sound could be more con­vinc­ing T3 SAYS Max­i­mum sound qual­ity from min­i­mum square footage. A sleek up­grade to your TV’s sound SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS CON­NEC­TIONS Wi-Fi, HDMI, Blue­tooth 3.0, USB 2.0, audio SIZE 1038x35.4x75mm

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