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Home Cinema Choice February 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.

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AV Tech Media Ltd
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13 Issues


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CES 2019, p18 'I didn’t know so many “blockbuster” movies could be released in one year,' says an HCC reader on our Facebook page, about films coming to cinema in 2019. And they have a point – there are plenty of appetising titles on the horizon (see p22), and the traditional notion of the 'Blockbuster Summer' has gone out the window. Big-budget movies now launch almost all year round, as Hollywood fights back against smallscreen binge-watching. More so than ever, the industry is banking on films that demand to be seen in the biggest and best theatres. This is all great news for home cinema owners, as it ensures a steady feed of audio-visual heavyweights arriving on 4K Blu-ray. And if you're on the hunt for new display hardware to see you…

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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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Roll up, roll up! LG Signature OLED TV R → www.lg.com/uk As statement products go LG's new TV R is quite a stunner, implementing the brand's rollable OLED display technology into a premium consumer proposition. The 65in 4K resolution panel rises from its industrial-styled chassis unit at the touch of a button – for movie/TV watching, select LG's Full View option. Zero View hides the screen, turning the TV R into a standalone speaker via the cabinet's 4.2-channel Dolby Atmos array. Line View, meanwhile, partially unrolls the display, allowing for app-based fun from the UI dashboard. Pricing of the set is unannounced, but we know we want one. 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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aiming higher

→ www.acoustic-energy.co.uk Acoustic Energy celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017 by relaunching its AE109 floorstanding speaker, and ushering in a new 100 Series range with centre and subwoofer options. Now it's gone further with the AE120, which retains the slender dimensions of the AE109 but ups the driver count, adding dedicated bass units to become a true three-way model. Pricing is £800-per-pair for the pictured walnut finish, while satin black is £850 – step up to 5.1, with AE100s on surround duty, for around £1,500. Invisible home theatre Boasting that 'invisible speakers are no longer an audio compromise,' Stealth Acoustics will launch its LRx85 in-wall speaker, with paintable front panel for a seamless installation, at ISE in February. A two-part design, the speaker adds a 2 x 8in woofer bass panel below its…

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hi-fi focus for bristol show

The Bristol Marriot Hotel City Centre is the place to be in February if you want to audition some new audio hardware, as the 32nd edition of the Bristol Hi-Fi Show touches down. As usual, attendees can expect sonic demonstrations from a plethora of UK and global brands, with speaker marques Bowers & Wilkins, DALI, Focal, Jamo, KEF and Monitor Audio – and component purveyors Arcam, Mark Levinson, Primare and Naim – among the monster list of exhibiting companies. New products will also break cover – for instance, Dynaudio has confirmed that the show will mark the 'first listen' of its Evoke loudspeaker range [see p17]. For AV-hedz, however, there looks like being an absence of cinematic visuals to savour. JVC, Epson and Optoma have all previously showcased home cinema projectors at Bristol,…

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout (UHD Blu-ray) Two months on and 2018's most spectacular action sequel is still on near constant rotation in our movie den – and will probably remain so until M:I 7 is released. Final Score (All-region BD) This enjoyable 'Die Hard in a football stadium' action flick is now on Blu-ray, joined by a look at how the filmmakers pulled it off. A Midwinter's Tale (Netflix) The streaming service gave fans of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina a creepy Xmas gift with this festive special. Roll on Season Two. Opera (Region BD) Dario Argento's slick 1987 shocker looks absolutely sensational on this newly restored UK Blu-ray. The Blob (Region B BD) This vintage Steve McQueen creature-feature is a welcome addition to Criterion's UK line-up.…