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03.Home entertainment

Televisions

01-LG-47LE7500-TABuying a TV in the 21st century is no mean feat. Even some lower-end models come with a confusing variety of features. Then there are all the different screen types to negotiate – not to mention getting your head around new technologies like 3D. CHOICE has taken the guesswork out of the whole process. If you're choosing between a Sony Bravia, a Toshiba, or a Panasonic Viera, our rigorous testing will reveal which TVs have the best picture and sound quality, are the easiest to use, and use the least energy. For more information take a look at our reviews, which have been sorted by size:

Click here for the latest on the digital TV switchover, and for the pros and cons of different screen types, have a look at our LCD vs plasma buying guide.

Mini stereo systems

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Choosing a mini hi-fi system involves a compromise between price and performance. One thing our CHOICE testers can comfortably say after testing many cheap mini/micro stereo systems is that while you may get lots of features, good quality sound isn't cheap. We put a range of CD, DVD and Blu-ray stereo systems through their paces. For more information, take a look at our Mini stereo systems review.

Wireless headphones

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Headphones are an ideal way to listen to music or TV without disturbing others in the room. Wireless headphones allow you to move around the room or throughout your home while you listen. CHOICE tested 12 headphones that use wireless technology to transmit audio from a televisionmusic system or radio to the listener. We've reviewed Sennheiser, Sony, and TDK models, so take a look at our Wireless headphones review for more information.

HD set-top boxes

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Set-top boxes are a small part of the big change to digital TV. They're a cheap and relatively easy way to get more channels, increased picture quality and often better reception. They're designed to replace your existing television’s tuner - If you have an older analogue TV, the box will give you the option of watching digital programming, and if you have an LCD or plasma TV with a standard definition digital tuner (or none at all) it will allow you to watch the HD channels. Take a look at the CHOICE HD set-top boxes review to find out which models scored the best.

 

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