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Home Cinema Choice

Home Cinema Choice June 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

In this issue

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home cinema choice

www.homecinemachoice.com EDITORIAL TEAM Editor Mark Craven mark.craven@homecinemachoice.com Deputy Editor Anton van Beek anton.vanbeek@homecinemachoice.com Art Editor John Rook CONTRIBUTORS Steve May, John Archer, Tekura Maeva, Richard Stevenson, Rik Henderson, Steve Withers, Ed Selley, David Vivian Photography Mike Prior ADVERTISING Advertising Sales Executive Richard Morris Mob: 07834 346461 E-mail: richard.morris@homecinemachoice.com MARKETING AND SUBSCRIPTIONS UK: New, Renewals and Enquiries Tel: 0344 243 9023 E-mail: help@hcc.secureorder.co.uk USA & CANADA: Toll Free: 001 866 647 9191 REST OF WORLD: New, Renewals and Enquiries Tel: +44 (0) 1604 828 748 BACK ISSUES www.mags-uk.com MANAGEMENT TEAM Group Editor Paul Miller, paul.miller@avtechmedia.co.uk Group Sales Manager Sonia Smart Subscriptions Manager Kate Hall Chief Executive Owen Davies Published by AVTech Media Ltd Suite 25, Eden House, Enterprise Way Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 6HF Tel: 0844 412 2262 From outside the UK: +44 (0) 1689 869 840 Distributed in the UK by Marketforce UK Ltd BACKGROUND WALL IMAGES: ©STOCK.ADOBE.COM ©SHUTTERSTOCK.COM ©iSTOCKPHOTO.COM…

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As I write, Avengers: Endgame still ranks behind the other three Avengers movies in box office takings. By the time you read this, however, it will surely have raced past them on its way to challenging Avatar as the biggest movie of all time. Cinema is very much alive and kicking. Hollywood, facing competition from streaming TV platforms, has tweaked its model, jettisoning mid-budget flicks in favour of projects that either cost little, or cost a lot. And commercial cinemas have regrouped, realising that if effort is made on viewer comfort and the AV experience, audiences don't mind paying more for a ticket. Home cinema hardware is evolving too. This issue we look at LG's C9 OLED, which introduces HDMI 2.1 connectivity; sample the first of a new breed of DLP projectors…

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John Archer: The experienced TV tester cut his teeth as an early HCC staff er 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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➜News highlights PIEGA Swiss brand debuts 'Premium Wireless' speaker range KLIPSCH C-Series subwoofers bring smart control to movie bass DISNEY+ House of Mouse confirms streaming service details NEWS X10 The hottest news stories in bite-sized chunks AT THE PLEX This month's cinema releases COLD PURSUIT Neeson's back on 4K BD & MORE! Taking it to the MAX Pioneer VSX-LX504/VSX-LX304 www.pioneer-audiovisual.eu Pioneer has announced it will introduce IMAX Enhanced support, via a future firmware update, to a pair of AV receivers hitting shops this month – the £1,200 VSX-LX504 (pictured) and the less powerful £900 VSX-LX304. Both models are nine-channel designs with Dolby Atmos/DTS:X decoding; MCACC auto calibration; seven-in/two-out HDMI stages (with 4K passthrough); and wireless skills including Chromecast Built-in, Apple Airplay 2, Bluetooth and streaming service integration. HCC ONLINE… For breaking AV news, blogs, features…

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piega goes on active duty

Premium Wireless, Piega's first wireless active speaker range, is a trio of models – the 501 and 701 floorstanders, and 301 standmount – and the wireless Piega Connect hub, which incorporates digital and analogue inputs, plus Bluetooth, for source connection. Taking design cues from the brand's passive Premium lineup, the three speakers all feature aluminium cabinets (in black, silver or white guise) and use ribbon tweeters. Pricing begins at £2,000 for a pair of 301s plus a Piega Connect. Sony sets pricing on new OLEDs The first wave of Sony's 2019 Bravia OLED TV range has arrived at UK retailers stores in the shape of the 55in and 65in AG8 models, with prices announced as £2,200 and £3,200 respectively. The Android-powered smart sets use Sony's X1 Extreme processor silicon and support Dolby…

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taking the pain out of av

Panasonic UK MD Simon Grantham feels your pain. 'If you go into a store to buy a new TV, and you haven't been in the market for seven years, it's a bit of a nightmare,' he concedes. 'We're probably not explaining enough what new tech, like HDR, does.' One reason, then, why he's pleased to offer buyers a modicum of security. This year, both Panasonic's mid-range LED LCD and premium OLED models support Dolby Vision and HDR10+. Something, he points out, key TV rivals have yet to do. For 2019, Panasonic has also expanded its OLED range, from the entry-level GZ950 to flagship GZ2000. 'I think it's going to be a good year for top-end TV, even without a World Cup. A lot of manufacturers are broadening their OLED options.' 8K delay makes…