Home Cinema Choice February 2021

Home Cinema Choice is the UK's best-selling home cinema enthusiasts magazine. Every issue features news and reviews of the latest home cinema equipment, from amplifiers, receivers, processors and power amps, to DVD recorders, speakers, projectors and flat panel TVs. Home Cinema Choice currently publishes 11 issues a year but reserves the right to change the number of issues in an annual term.

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Until recently I still thought of Ultra HD Blu-ray as a 'new' format. Then I discovered that this month marks the fifth anniversary of its arrival. As the saying goes, time flies when you're having fun, and these souped-up silver discs have certainly delivered fun by the bucketload – see p26 for more… In 2021, though, we know you're just as likely to get your cinematic kicks from streamed content, particularly when would-be blockbusters such as Wonder Woman 1984 (p98) are making an early internet-delivered dash to your living room, and SVOD platforms like Netflix (p114) are going out of their way to bring you content from around the world. But whether you're a Blu-ray believer or digital download diva, you still want a jaw-dropping AV experience. Judging from the new technology…

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John Archer: The experienced TV tester cut his teeth as an early HCC staffer Jon Thompson: Film producer and post-production expert delves into Hollywood and AV Steve May: HCC’s former Ed. is one of the UK’s most respected AV journos Anton van Beek: Our avid movie watcher and disc collector cut his teeth on Total DVD Richard Stevenson: Former Editor of the UK CE trade journal ERT Ed Selley: Audiophile Ed mixes his home cinema passion with a love of vinyl Steve Withers: Movie fan, display calibrator and object-based audio obsessive…

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home cinema heavyweights

JBL Synthesis SCL series→ www.jblsynthesis.com The first models from JBL Synthesis's new Product Council, which has collaborated with the custom install community to develop 'largescale' system solutions, are the SCL-1 LCR speaker (right) and SSW-1 subwoofer. The former, priced $15,000 a piece, features dual 12in bass drivers and a 3in compression driver outputted via the brand's HDI horn-loading tech; the latter ($7,500) wraps a 1inthick MDF/steel chassis cabinet around two front-ported 15in woofers and weighs in at around 150kg! ONLINE… For breaking AV news, blogs, features and reviews visit www.homecinemachoice.com Follow us on Twitter @hccmag Like us on Facebook facebook.com/homecinemachoice…

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home sweet home?

Denon has bolstered its Home multiroom range with the Sound Bar 550, a single-box model incorporating HEOS streaming/control and built-in mic for Alexa voice interaction. Priced £600, the soundbar can be partnered with Denon's Home wireless speakers and DSW-1H subwoofer for a full 5.1-channel experience. Features include HDMI in/out connectivity and hi-res music playback, while bespoke DSP works in conjunction with Dolby Atmos/DTS:X decoding for a 'wonderfully immersive' performance. Focal in-walls hit new high Taking over the top spot in Focal's in-wall/in-ceiling speaker catalogue is its new 1000 Series, which the French brand bills as 'game-changing.' The headline 1000 IWLCR Utopia (which features four 6.5in woofers, two 3in midbass units and a Beryllium tweeter) carries an eye-opening £7,000 price tag, but the series also includes an in-wall sealed subwoofer, trio of in-ceiling…

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kef rethinks sub design

KEF has announced a new subwoofer due to hit shops this month that the audio specialist says has 'changed our expectations of subwoofer design forever.' The KC62, priced £1,400, is a dual-driver model in a compact cabinet, and introduces a trio of new proprietary technologies. The most striking of these is something the brand calls Uni-Core, which has been designed to allow two woofers to operate within a smaller-than-usual enclosure, while still promising 'unprecedented' bass depth. In KEF's Uni-Core system, both the KC62's 6.5in bass drivers are mounted on a single motor, using concentrically arranged, overlapping voice coils. Due to the size difference between the coils, when the driver cones move backwards (in a force-cancelling config), the coils 'can occupy the same space within the cabinet,' and the drivers can have a…

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Soul (Disney+) This jaw-droppingly beautiful animated gem sees the return of the ambitious, inventive and emotive Pixar of old. District 9 (4K Blu-ray) New Dolby Atmos sonics and exclusive extras make this superior sci-fiallegory worth the UHD disc upgrade. Link (Blu-ray) Richard (Psycho II) Franklin’s quirky 1986 killer ape flick goes bananas on Blu-ray with some fascinating bonus bits. Charade (Blu-ray) Not the definitive release this classic comic thriller deserves, but it’s good to finally see this Criterion disc hit the UK. The Serpent (iPlayer) This eight-part 1970s-set thriller, based on a true story, is lovingly shot, extraordinarily tense and brilliantly acted. Roll on the awards.…