Home Cinema Choice August 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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Our AV-Holic this issue (p82) has very much the hybrid system – largescreen projection and immersive 3D audio rub shoulders with a two-channel setup featuring a turntable that costs more than my car. To say I'm envious would be an understatement. One of our dream theatres (p38) also brings a hi-fitwist to a home cinema, and I'm not surprised. I know many of us like to make the most of the money we've spent on an AV system by feeding it a diet of both movies and music, and it's only a short step from there to reading up about DACs and tonearms… But if music is the food of love, then movies are my bread and butter, and that's why the arrival of Godzilla vs. Kong on 4K Blu-ray (p92) has…

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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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tcl will roku

→ NEWS HIGHLIGHTS DYNAUDIO Emit speakers relaunched with trickle-down tech SAMSUNG Micro LED 8K 'Wall' display range gets even bigger DEFINITIVE TECHNOLOGY New Descend subwoofers AT THE PLEX This month's cinema releases NEWS X10 Hot news stories in bite-sized chunks STAR TREK First batch of original movies prepped for 4K BD & MORE! The Roku smart platform has long been a part of TCL's TV arsenal in the US – now the telly giant has brought it to the UK. Featuring four 4K models (43in, 50in, 55in and 65in) and HD (32in) and Full HD (40in) options, the Freeview Play-toting R series could be a savvy choice for budget buyers. All the sets are powered by TCL's IPQ 2.0 processor and support HDR10 and HLG, while the UHD models add Dolby…

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let it rip!

Media player honcho Zappiti has elevated its NAS 4K HDR to Special Edition status. The revamped model once again offers in-built ripping of CDs, BDs and 4K discs to an eight-bay storage platform supporting 16TB drives and RAID 5 protection. Upgrades include a new multi-core processor, monoblock aluminium heatsink and revised power supply unit promising improved stability and energy efficiency. Audiophiles, meanwhile, can make use of Roon Core integration. The NAS SE 4K HDR is available now, priced £2,700. Gen2 for DALI's Katch DALI has revisited its compact – and oh-so-stylish – Katch portable speaker for a second generation. Chief among the upgrades are Bluetooth 5.0, supporting aptX HD and AAC; a 25 per cent claimed boost to battery life (to around 30 hours); and a True Wireless Stereo mode allowing two of…

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lg's qned rollout begins

LG has confirmed its UK mini LED TV range, dubbed QNED, will feature both 4K and 8K options, the latter including an 86in set that just happens to be one inch bigger than rival Samsung's top-flight mini LED model. Described by Park Hyoung-sei, president of LG's Home Entertainment Company, as an 'evolutionary leap forward', the brand's QNED models combine a locally dimmed mini LED backlight with a Quantum Dot NanoCell panel. Pushing the LCD envelope If LG seems more eager than usual to promote its LCD TV lineup – these sets traditionally play second fiddle to its OLEDs – it's because of the introduction of mini LED technology, which its says has enabled deeper blacks, higher brightness, and a more faithful colour reproduction than on its conventional LCD TVs. In the flagship 8K-resolution 86QNED99UPA,…

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Backdraft (4K BD) Scorching HDR and explosive DTS:X audio combine to incendiary effect on this 4K upgrade of the firefighting blockbuster. The Swordsman (BD) South Korea’s answer to Zatoichi does nothing new story-wise, but the fight choreography is a cut above the rest. Smokey and the Bandit (4K BD) Being a fast-drivin’, alcohol smugglin’, bride-stealin’ good ol’ boy never looked this good before. Escape to Victory: Premium Col. (BD) HMV's exclusive release of the classic prisoner of war/footy flick is just the answer to those post-Euro 2020 blues. Forbidden City Cop (BD) A side-splitting send-up of wuxia cinema and James Bond movies from Shaolin Soccer’s Stephen Chow.…