Blue Lola Headphones Review

The Blue Sadie headphones I reviewed last week set the new standard for headphones that I have reviewed, their sound quality was superb and the built-in amplifier was surprisingly useful. Priced at around £389.99 they were not something that is going to appeal to the masses, regardless of how good they are. Today I have … Read more

Blue Sadie Over-Ear Headphones Review

Blue is not a brand that I would normally associate with premium headphones, but they do have strong credentials with audio in the form of their universally praised microphones. Their entry into the headphone market is an interesting one, as they are jumping straight into the upper mid and high-end market. Their flagship product called … Read more

Edifier M1380 2.1 speaker system review

Priced at just £49.99 the Edifier M1380 are well into the budget category for speakers, but they still offer proper 2.1 speakers with a wire remote controller. The subwoofer is quite large with a decent weight to it. Made of medium density fibreboard it is a downward firing subwoofer with a 5-inch driver. The sub … Read more

Onkyo TX-SR606 AV Receiver Coming Soon

OnkyoTXSR606Remote Onkyo have recently released some of their new AV Amps including the TX-SR506E and the TX-SR576E. Both these units include 7.1 Surround Sound,1080P video switching with 3 HDMI inputs, Dolby Digital Plus encoded audio and a long list of other features to keep any Home Cinema fan happy.

However they are also releasing the new TX-SR606 shortly with some online retailers already taking pre-orders. The 606 is a revamp of the award winning TX-SR605 but rather than just a little tweak here and there they seem to of made it the best AV amp ever when looking at the price and functionality.

The TX-SR606 specs include:

  • 7.1 receiver
  • 1.3a HDMI Switching (4 IN, 1 OUT)
  • Up-conversion of all video inputs to HDMI
  • Up-scaling of all video inputs to 1080i
  • 3 component inputs, 1 component output
  • Bi-Amping Capability for Enhanced Musicality and Power
  • 140 watts at 6 ohms
  • Powered Zone 2 audio output
  • Audyssey 2EQ room calibration
  • Auto Setup, via plug- in mic
  • 5 digital inputs (3 optical, 2 coaxial)
  • Music optimizer for compressed music
  • DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby digital plus and Dolby TrueHD decoders
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital and DTS decoders
  • Dolby Digital EX and complete DTS-ES
  • 24-bit/192 kHz DACs for all channels

Onkyo have managed to pack in all the above functionality at a price of £399! Previously if you wanted upscaling on an Onkyo you had to go with their TX-SR875 model or higher with the 875 costing £999. Granted the 875 upscaled to 1080p however at a price difference of £600 I will live without it. Another big improvement over the 605 is that they have increased the HDMI inputs from 2 to 4 which should handle all your HDs sources and some.

If you need any other inputs/outputs the unit also has:

  • 4 S-Video Inputs and 2 Outputs
  • 5 A/V Inputs and 1 Output
  • 2 Audio Inputs and 1 Output

Overall it seems almost too good to be true. From what I have read on Onkyo I have heard they run very hot and they are also very large (the 606 is WHD: 435 x 174.3 x 374.7 mm and 11.6 kg) but if you are looking for a midrange AV system I doubt this will be beaten easily.

Some pictures after the jump.

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Zune 2 and Flash Zune Official also Zune 1 gets updated.

The next generation of the Microsoft Zune has been officially announced. This time there are 3 versions, the first a $249 80GB Hard Drive model, Second a 8Bb flash based model, and lastly a 4Gb flash model.

The new features include, wireless syncing with your computer automatically when within Wi-Fi range, a new touch sensitive pad (ipod esque) and videos in Zune Market place.

There are also reports that the Zunes sharing feature will be expanded to allow the sharing of other media, media will be viewable in the h.264 and MPEG4 file formates.

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