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Home Cinema Choice

Home Cinema Choice March 2019

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.

United Kingdom
AV Tech Media Ltd
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£4(Incl. tax)
£28(Incl. tax)
13 Issues


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The nuts and bolts of a home cinema are relatively simple. You need a room, a display, speakers, source and something to provide power and processing. Add a pile of movies and you're good to go. What next? Well, you could look at hardware upgrades to boost performance. Or you could begin thinking of some neat finishing touches. How about voice interaction? A feature that five years ago would have still felt like science-fiction is now delivered by Amazon's Echo Input (p61) for a mere £35. Maybe you'd like to fine-tune your system sound? Acoustic treatments will help, but you'll want to 'measure' your room first – see p30 for more. Or, for the ultimate finishing touch, check out one of our custom installs this month (p38), which adds a pool…

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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 Martin Pipe: Technical expert Martin is renown throughout the industry 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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Pushing pixels TCL X10 → www.tcl.eu/uk TCL's 75in X10 TV (pricing TBC) is the brand's debut 8K display, and incorporates Quantum Dot tech for wide colour delivery, Dolby Vision playback and multizone LED dimming. Atmos decoding is integrated, and the soundbar, designed in collaboration with Onkyo, also functions as a standalone speaker when the TV is switched off. TCL says this rich feature count ensures its flatscreen, due for release in the second half of 2019, is 'ahead of the curve…' HCC 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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audio alchemy

Monitor Audio has revised its Gold Series loudspeakers for the first time since 2014, borrowing technology from its Platinum II range to deliver what it claims is a high-end sound that offers 'fulfilment for the senses' – and fulfilling home cinema duties in the new lineup (alongside two floorstanders and one standmount) are the Gold FX dipole/bipole model, Gold C250 centre and Gold W12 subwoofer. Expect to pay up to £9,000 for a 5.1 array (pictured) with Gold 300 towers on front left/right duty… Pana expands 4K BD lineup New for 2019 are two 4K Blu-ray players from Panasonic that will slot in beneath its current DP-UB9000 flagship. Both the DP-UB159 and DP-UB450 offer HDR10+ compatibility (while the latter adds Dolby Vision HDR playback), plus twin HDMI outputs and hi-res music file…

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samsung cues 2019 qled

Given how good Samsung's 2018 Q9FN flagship is, any talk of an image uplift for its 2019 QLED models and ranges might seem quite a claim. But, having been invited for a sneaky peek at some of the new tech that will be used behind the glass, HCC can report Samsung does indeed appear to have squeezed more performance from its pixels. 4K TV buyers can look forward to three key improvements: new AI-based image processing; a dramatically better viewing angle; and improved black level performance. The superior off-axis viewing ('Q Wide Angle with Light Control') has been achieved by reducing light leakage to an absolute minimum. Direct comparisons with last year's model show a distinct improvement. Meanwhile, a new AI-based 4K image processing chip will be able to better upscale non-native UHD…

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The Predator (Ultra HD Blu-ray) Big, dumb, but loads of fun, Shane Black's sci-fi-action sequel delivers as many laughs as it does explosions. It also looks and sounds superb on 4K Blu-ray. A Simple Favour (Ultra HD Blu-ray) This stylish black comedy is sharper than ever in Ultra HD guise, courtesy of Dolby Vision grading and a boost in fine detail. Parents (Region B BD) This smart horror-comedy about the darker side of 1950s suburbia makes its hi-def debut, loaded with bonus goodies. Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (Region B BD) Newly restored 1970 thriller surfaces on Blu-ray with an array of excellent, insightful extras. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (Region B BD) Fans of the iconic horror hostess had their prayers answered by this well-stacked release.…