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Home Entertainment was one of the first and in my somewhat biased opinion one of the best magazines devoted to home cinema. HE began way back in 1994 and I was fortunate enough to have written for almost every issue until its untimely demise in 2003.

The features reviews and articles in this archive span what I consider to be the most interesting and  important decade in the history of home entertainment technology, encompassing the first serious big screen and widescreen TVs, affordable video projectors, the slow demise of the VCR, the birth of digital video recording and the exciting early days of digital camcorders, still cameras, satellite television, DVD and high definition TV. The articles appear as-is, without any additional editing so prices, phone numbers and web addresses may no longer work. Iíll leave you to make up your own mind about the occasional rash prediction, and how much things have changed!


1994

Buying home cinema equipment

Citizen 30PC video projector

Ferguson FV88 NICAM VCR

Five set top TV aerials

Five camcorders

Five satellite dishes

Five NICAM VCRs

Green TV and Video

The case foir camcorders

IRTE Multisat satelite receiver

Nokia HCS1000 Home Cinema System

VCR Hints & Tips

Televideos -- TV/VCR combis

Video Piracy

Reader's Problems 1

Introducing digital video recording

Guide to home taping

 

Universal remote controls

Buying a home cinema system 1

Buying a home cinema system 2

Dolby Pro Logic system Group Test

TV Interference, causes and cures

JVC HR-715 NICAM VCR

Sub £500 NICAM VCRS Group Test

Satellite TV receiver Group Test

Installing satellite TV

Secret Shopper

Sony KV-G2515 Satellite TV

Sony SA-VA3 Active Speaker System

TV and Video systems & standards

Buying Super VHS VCRs

Buying a VCR

TV Aerials -- Hints & Tips

VCR -- Smart Features

 

 

1995

Mid-range satellite receiver Group Test

Budget NICAM VCR Group Test

Five gadgets on test

Review -- AV Furniture

Absolute beginners guide to home cinema

Camcorders -- A credibility crisis?

Home cinema Interconnects & cables

21-inch NICAM TV Group Test

NICAM VCR Group Test

Top end NICAM VCR Group Test

 

The last VCR you will ever buy?

Home Cinema -- the easy way

Satellite TV FAQ

Home Cinema source components

Home Entertainment on holiday

Surround Sound STV system Group Test

High end STV system Group Test

Mid-range Satellite systems Group Test

Home Cinema Glossary

Beginners guide to Home Cinema

 

 

1996

Beginners guide to satellite TV

NICAM VCR Group Test

Home CCTV camera Group Test

Mid-range NICAM VCR Group Test

Toshiba Dolby Pro Logic TV review

Bluffers Guide to Cordless Headphones

Bluffers Guide to MiniDisc

Bluffers Guide to Digital Satellite TV

Bluffers Guide to DVD

How to buy AV Seperates

How to buy Surround Sound TVs

How to buy Satellite TV

Retuning for Channel 5

Getting Started -- Cable TV

Video on Vacation

Design for life

Digital Still Cameras

Home cinema upgrade

First Look 31 -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 32  -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 33 -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 34  -- home cinema new arrivals

Roadside Assistance 1

Widescreen TV Glossary

Satellite TV upgrade

Summer Sport best buys

VHS Buyer's GUide

 

 

First Look 35 -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 36 -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 37 -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 38 -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 39 -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 40 -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 42 -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 43 -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 44 -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 45 -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 46 -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 47 -- home cinema new arrivals

First Look 48 -- home cinema new arrivals

Hints & Tips March

Hints & Tips May

Hints & Tips December

Buying home cinema equipment abroad

Review -- cordless IR headphones

Review -- JVC HRJ935 NICAM VCR

Review -- Kodak APS camera

Mini home cinema system Group Test

Nicam VCR Mega Group Test

How to buy a multimedia PC

Programmable Remote Control Group Test

Review -- Philips cordless headphones

Pace satellite TV receiver

1997

MinDisc player Group Test

14-inch TV Group Test

NICAM VCR Group Test

25-inch TV Group Test

Personal CD Player Group Test

High-end NICAM VCR Group Test

Budget AV Receivers Group Test

Astra Satellite receiver Group Test

Motorised STV System Group Test

Universal Remote Controls Group Test

Blank Tape Group Test

Buying a camcorder

Home cinema best buys

How to buy home cinema kit

Whatever happened to -- Betamax?

Whatever happened to -- DMX?

Whatever happened to BSB Squarial?

Whatever happened to -- CDi?

VCR Best Buys

DVD Update

Censorship and the V-Chip

Meet you maker -- Jamo

Meet your maker -- Pioneer

Meet Your Maker -- Sony

Review -- Mitsubishi widescreen TV

Review Philips widescreen TV

Introducing Dolby Digital

All about MiniDisc

The History of VHS

 

 

 

First Look January -- new arrivals

First Look April -- new arrivals

First Look May -- new arrivals

First Look June -- new arrivals

First Look July -- new arrivals

First Look August -- new arrivals

First Look Septemeber -- new arrivals

First Look October -- new arrivals

First Look November -- new arrivals

First Look December -- new arrivals

First Look miscellaneous -- new arrivals

First Look miscellaneous -- new arrivals

Hints & Tips January

Hints & Tips March

Hints & Tips May

Hints & Tips June

Hints & Tips August

Hints & Tips September

Hints & Tips October

Hints & Tips Novemeber

Hints & Tips December

News February

News March

News April

News May

News July/August

Widescreen TV roundup

Supersize TV roundup

Getting Started -- Digital Still Cameras

1998

DVD Player Group Test

Widescreen TV Group Test

NICAM VCR Group Test

High-end VCR Group Test

Mid-market VCR Group Test

Blank Tape Group Test

Dolby Pro Logic system Group Test

SCART Cables Group Test

First Look January -- new arrivals

First Look February -- new arrivals

First Look March -- new arrivals

First Look April -- new arrivals

First Look May -- new arrivals

First Look June -- new arrivals

First Look July -- new arrivals

First Look August -- new arrivals

First Look December -- new arrivals

Whatever happened to -- 3DO?

Whatever happened to -- Video Walkman

Whatever happened to -- MAC?

Whatever happened to -- D2B?

Whatever happened to -- V2000?

Whatever happened to -- VHD Video Disc?

 

Review -- Fellini 100 video projector

Review Kenwood DVD player

Introduction to D-VHS

Hints & Tips January

Hints & Tips February

Hints & Tips March

Hints & Tips April

Hints & Tips May

Hints & Tips June

Hints & Tips August

Hints & Tips September

Hints and Tips October

Hints & Tips November

Hints & Tips December

Meet your Maker -- Sharp

Meet Your Maker -- Denon

Meet your Maker -- KEF Audio

Meet Your Maker - -Nokia

Meet your Maker -- Philips

Buyers Guide to TVs

Getting the best picture

Home Cinema -- Getting Started

1999

£250 - £300 DVD player Group Test

£350- £1600 DVD player Group Test

DolbyPro Logic mini system Group Test

Small screen & Combi TV Group Test

Budget NICAM VCR Group Test

Learning remote control Group Test

High-end NICAM VCR Group Test

Mini Hi-Fi System Group Test

Hints & Tips January

Hints & TIps February

Hints & Tips March

Hints & Tips April

Hints & Tips May

Hints & Tips June

Hints & Tips July

 

 

 

Hints & Tips August

Hints & Tips Septemeber

Hints & Tips October

Hints & Tips November

First Look January -- new arrivals

First Look March -- new arrivals

First Look April -- new arrivals

First Look May -- new arrivals

First Look June -- new arrivals

First Look July -- new arrivals

First Look August -- new arrivals

First Look September -- new arrivals

First Look October -- new arrivals

First Look November -- new arrivals

2000

Budget DVD player Group Test

Sub £200 DVD player Group Test

AV Cables Group Test

Budget NICAM VCRs Group Test

More Budget NICAM VCRs Group Test

NICAM VCR Group Test

Budget DVD Players Group Test 2

Sub £450 DVD player Group Test

DVD Mega Test Group Test

Mid-range DVD Group Test

Reviews DVD players

Hints & Tips December

Hints & Tips January

Hints & Tips February

Hints & Tips March

Hints & Tips May

Hints & Tips June

Hints & Tips July

Hints & Tips August

Hints & Tips September

 

First Look December -- new arrivals

First Look January -- new arrivals

First Look March -- new arrivals

First Look April -- new arrivals

First Look April pt 2 -- new arrivals

First Look May -- new arrivals

First Look May pt 2 -- new arrivals

First Look June -- new arrivals

First Look June pt 2 -- new arrivals

First Look June pt 3 -- new arrivals

First Look July -- new arrivals

First Look August -- new arrivals

First Look August pt 2 -- new arrivals

First Look August pt 3 -- new arrivals

First Look September -- new arrivals

First Look October -- new arrivals

First Look November -- new arrivals

First Look December -- new arrivals

Nakamichi Soundspace 10

Mico DVD-A980  Player

2001

First Look -- Playstation, Toshiba SD500

On Test -- Panasonic E20 DVD Recorder

On Test -- Nakamichi, Rotel Bush

On Test -- Zenith & Pioneer DVD

On Test -- Hitachi DVD cam, Tiny DVD

On Test -- Sony SLV-SE700

On Test -- JVC VCR, Sony DVD

On Test -- Hitachi & Toshiba DVDs

On Test -- Teac DV-H550

On Test -- KCL Video Disc recorder

On Test -- INTEGA RDV-1 DVD-A

On Test --  Denon DVD-2800 DVD player

On Test -- Philips DVDR-1000 recorder

On Test -- JVC HM-HDS1 HDD/SVHS VCR

On Test -- CEC & JVC DVD players

On Test -- BeoCentre 1

On Test -- Sony & Philips DVD players

On Test Kenwood NC701 AV system

Repairing faulty DVDs

Getting Started -- Viewing Distances

Getting Started -- 100Hz, AVLink

 

High-end DVD player Group Test

Budget DVD players April Group Test

DVD players September Group Test

DVD players October Group Test

NICAM VCR Group Test

Budget NICAM VCR Group Test

Beginners Guide to Region Coding

Hints & Tips February

Hints & Tips March

Hints & Tips April

Hints & Tips May

Hints & Tips June

Hints & Tips July

Hints & Tips August

Hints & Tips September

Hints & Tips October

Hints & Tips December

Hints & Tips December pt 2

How To.. Systems, Standard & Projectors

How To... Regional coding & Digital TV

How To ...Multiregion DVD

2002

DVD/VCR Combi Group Test

DVD Mega Group Test

Budget/mid-range DVD Group Test

Multi-region DVD player Group Test

Budget DVD player Group Test

Mid-Range VCR Group Test

On Test -- Toshiba, Alba, Reoc DVD players

On Test -- Samsung DVD recorder

On Test -- JVC combi VCR, Sony DVD

On Test -- JVC twin deck, Toshiba DVD

On Test -- Philips 32-inch TV, Reoc DVD

On Test -- Denon DVD, PC TV Tuner

On Test -- Bush & LG DVD/TV combis

On Test -- Hitachi & Bush DVD players

On Test -- Mustek & Cyberhome DVD

 

Hints & Tips January

Hints & Tips January pt 2

Hints & Tips February

Hints & Tips March

Hints & Tips April

Hints & Tips May

Hints & Tips June

Hints & Tips July

Hints & Tips August

Hints & Tips September

Hints & Tips October

Hints & Tips November

Hints & Tips December pt 2

How to improve your DVD player

2003

On Test -- Wharfdale M3 DVD player

On Test -- Wharfdale DV3500 DVD

On Test -- Sony DVP-NS430 DVD player

On Test -- Philips DVD-728 DVD player

On Test -- Kiss DP-500 DVD player

On Test -- Harmon Kardon DVD21

Hints & Tips March

Hints & Tips April

 

Hints & Tips May

Hints & Tips June

Hints & Tips July

Hints & Tips August

Hints & Tips September

Hints & Tips October

Hints & Tips November

 

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