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Bargain: Mpow Mini LCD Portable Multimedia Projector (with Discount Code!)

Very few people consider setting up a projector for their house. We’ve had one on the ceiling of the AV Room in the Automated Home since 1999. Back then it was a 50 kilo CRT monster, these days its a much more svelte LCD affair. We’ve toyed with adding projectors in other rooms around the house […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Edision HDMI Modulator Distributes HD Over Coax

A while back we covered this eye-wateringly expensive option to modulate HD signals over your home’s existing coax cables. But now there’s a more affordable choice… The Edision HDMI Modulator distributes full HD over an existing coax network so it can be used as an HDMI modulator to convert the output from say your Sky box, Blu-ray player, Apple TV or […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: HDMI Extender + IR Remote Over Single CAT6

Here’s an interesting unit that will send 1080P plus an IR remote control signal at least 60 metres over a single CAT6 or similar cable. Supports 1080P HD, HD Audio, 3D; 20~60KHz wide Frequency, IR remote control(IR Signal input to connect with IR receiver extension cable. HDMI Single cable transmission:It extends HDMI 1080P AV signal to at least 60M […]

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Sky Q Review: An Installation Story & Real World Impressions

Right from its launch we reckoned the new Sky Q system sounded like just what we needed at the Automated Home so we placed our order the first day it became available. It’s been 10 days since it was installed, so is this the 21st Century TV experience we were hoping for or is it all a bit of a […]

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New Sky Q 4K Ready DVR Brings Wireless Multiroom Plus Tablet Take Away

[UPDATE – Read our full real-world review of Sky Q] No smart home is complete without a DVR but the way we watch TV has changed so much over the last decade that some aspects of our consumption still feel mired in the past. Sky’s Director of New Products, Andrew Olson (previously COO at Comcast), joined Sky as Director of Product […]

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Sonos Sounds Like a Good Idea – Then You Use Their Customer Service

Way back in 2005 I reviewed a new-comer to the home audio market and I loved it. But what happens when you have to use Sonos customer service? A couple of weeks ago one of those original units finally gave up the ghost so I got in touch with Sonos on Twitter to see if […]

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Review: Inateck BH1000 – Value Bluetooth Headphones for an Active Lifestyle

Earlier this year I confessed my headphone fetish as I moved to wireless Bluetooth. There’s no underestimating the freedom from wires that Bluetooth brings so we were delighted to receive a new set to try out from Inateck The BH1000’s come in their own little zip-up pouch and there are two sizes of silicon earbuds included in […]

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New In-Wall Bluetooth Amp Frees Music from Mobile Devices

Keene have launched an updated version of their neat in-wall Bluetooth amplifier. The unit fits into a standard UK two gang wall box and provides 20W RMS per channel. It’s an easy way to add music to a kitchen, bedroom, study, bathroom, workshop, or anywhere else around your home. To use the amp you connect your mobile device […]

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Will Services Like Apple Music Ultimately Fail because of Greedy Artists?

Will music subscription services eventually lose their appeal because of greedy artists? Yes I’m looking at you Adele. Adele decided to maximise the profits from the launch of her third album and boost her net worth (currently north of £50m) by banning it from all discrete streaming services (it is available mixed randomly with other songs on some streaming radio […]

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Wirelessly Link TV or Computer to your HiFI with Marmitek Audio Anywhere 685

Flat screen TV’s are great, but more often than not they sound terrible. Now the Marmitek Audio Anywhere 685 allows you to wirelessly link your TV to your HiFI or Home Cinema system, making all your fav TV shows and movies sound great, as well as all those digital radio stations on your telly. The transmitter connects to […]

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