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New game monitors and home cinema

Home cinema devices from Sony support NFC
Sony has announced a range of new home cinema devices. The Soundbar HT-CT660 and a variety of new AV receivers support Bluetooth and the NFC (near field communications) standard. NFC means a compatible smartphone can transfer music to the system wirelessly just by being placed close by.

The sound quality should be noticeably better than over Bluetooth, Sony says. The devices also have a special football mode whereby fans can fade out the voice of the commentator during live matches. The AV receivers BDV-E2100, 4100, 7100 and 9100 will be available in April along with matching speakers. The Soundbar is to hit shops in May. Sony hasn’t yet announced prices.

Super-fast games monitor from Asus
The new VG248QE monitor from Asus will react very quickly to games and display high quality fluid images, the manufacturer says. The 24-inch Full HD display supports a frame rate of 144 frames per second and the monitor’s response time is said to be one millisecond.

However, to achieve this the monitor will have to be connected to a computer that can play games at that speed. The VG248QE can also reproduce 3D images and can be connected via HDMI port to Blu-ray players and games consoles. Available now, the monitor sells for 329 euros (449 dollars). (dpa)