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Sound + Image December 2019 - January 2020

SOUND + IMAGE magazine offers a comprehensive package focused on lifestyle home electronic entertainment. It provides easy-to-read information about audio and video equipment and how ordinary consumers can assemble extraordinary systems that look and sound fantastic.

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Australia
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Future Publishing Ltd
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tcl x7

In this category we’re looking for both quality and value in a television, and we certainly found it in this 4K Quantum Dot TV which has an Android TV smart interface and so Google Assistant too, plus a useful Onkyo-branded soundbar built-in — all at the perfect price. Should the name of TCL still be new to you, it’s most definitely time you became acquainted with the brand. It has ranked third or fourth in size for TV manufacturers worldwide for a number of years (above the likes of Panasonic and Sony), and recently beat out Samsung to become the biggest-selling brand in the US. Nor is it new, having been around nearly 40 years, with 20 manufacturing units and 35 R&D centres through which it is one of China’s biggest…

2 min.
hisense laser tv

Perhaps controversially, this Premium TV Solution goes not to a TV but to a projector — however, it is one of the new breed of ultra-short-throw projectors which sit close to your wall and throw the picture up onto, in this case, a 100-inch screen, which comes supplied. While conventional projectors can struggle in conditions of ambient light, Hisense’s screen is designed to reject ambient light while making the most of the projector’s long-life laser light source. And it further delivers a ‘TV’-style solution in having built-in audio plus a wireless subwoofer, and you can easily connect a larger sound system if you desire. It also has a smart interface, just like a TV using Hisense’s own VIDAA U Smart TV platform, so that Netflix and FreeviewPlus are easily to hand,…

2 min.
pioneer udp-lx500

This $1999 disc player takes over where Oppo left off, delivering what is termed a ‘universal’ player which we might have said delivers the highest possible quality were it not for Pioneer itself having an even higher $3999 model! But for us, the UDP-LX500 is a delight. The ‘universal’ tag indicates its ability to spin pretty much every 12cm silver disc ever available — Ultra-HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD Audio/Video, Super Audio CD, audio CDs, writeable and re-writeable versions of CDs, DVDs and BDs (apart from DVD-RAM); it even played Video CDs, which aren’t listed in its manual as compatible. There’s also fairly universal digital media file support from disc, from USB plugged into one of the two USB sockets (one each on the front and back panels), or from the network.…

2 min.
samsung hw-q90r

Samsung’s soundbars went through a transformation a few years back after the company’s investment in a Californian ‘audio lab’ set up by Allan Devantier, formerly of Harman, and a team including other former colleagues from Harman — ironically only a few years before Samsung decided to buy the whole of Harman for $8bn cash. By using these new world-class measuring facilities combined with some neat new tech, notably a form of software amplifier-distortion cancellation developed by the team’s Pascal Brunet, Samsung has delivered a series of remarkable soundbars, with the Q90R being the latest iteration of the top-level system of soundbar, subwoofer and wireless rear speakers. In one way, this expanded system is a contradiction. Soundbars became popular because they deliver TV audio without the multiple speakers of a 5.1 speaker…

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sennheiser ambeo sb01

We’re not sure which surprised us more — a soundbar priced at $3999, or a soundbar coming from Sennheiser, which has never before released a consumer loudspeaker of any kind. It took a while to perfect (it was being demoed a year before its launch) but we must say that ‘perfect’ is pretty much the word — there has never been a soundbar that delivers close to this level of immersion and space. And the second miracle is that the AMBEO soundbar is just a bar — there is no separate subwoofer, no rear speakers. It finds walls to bounce sound off, and is big enough to deliver bass on its own. So it is quite large — 126.5cm wide and 13.5cm high. But it delivers the true promise of soundbars…

2 min.
benq w2700

Projectors weren’t as fast out of the gate with 4K UHD resolution as were televisions, but with the release of BenQ’s W2700 they’ve well and truly caught up. This is a remarkable performer given its attractive $2599 price (it recently went up $100) for pixel-accurate UHD resolution, delivered here using Texas Instruments’ 0.47-inch DLP micromirror device which delivers four flashes of 1080 resolution per frame to create the full pixel count. But that’s just the start: the lens assembly is a ‘Precision 10-Element 8-Group All Glass 4K-optimised Lens Array’ — no cheap plastic there — while there are two rear-firing speakers at the back so for casual use you don’t need to connect a larger sound system. There are two HDMI inputs, both are rated at full UltraHD, supporting 2160p/60…