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Home Cinema Choice January (Yearbook) 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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The end credits have rolled on 2018 and it was quite a ride – Ultra HD Blu-ray gained strength despite saying goodbye to Oppo players, OLED TVs and direct-lit displays fought a battle over black level and brightness, and 8K began the year as a concept and finished it as a consumer proposition. What does 2019 have in store? We look into our crystal ball on p20. Also in this special yearbook issue you'll find us revisiting our favourite home cinema hardware from the last 12 months, ranging from AVRs, processors and speaker systems, to TVs, projectors, soundbars and more. It's the place to look if you're seeking a system upgrade. And continuing the celebratory mood, our annual Movie Awards rounds up the very best Blu-ray and 4K releases of 2018,…

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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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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS WILSON AUDIO Sasha DAW speaker pays homage to company creator BT Telco promises the end of Wi-Fi woes DISNEY We chat to the studio's restoration expert Theo Gluck AT THE PLEX This month's cinema releases NEWS X10 News stories in bite-sized chunks HALLOWEEN Horror smash slices its way onto 4K Blu-ray & MORE! Electric dreams Optoma DE-9120ETT & DE-9106ETT → www.optoma.co.uk As Optoma's projector lineup is increasingly 4K-focused, it's no surprise to find it debuting screens certified for 4K use by the ISF. The new range comes in 16:9 ratio 120in (£1,450) and 106in (£1,100) designs, and uses a 'unique tension adjustment system' that keeps the screen fabric taut. The drop-down mechanism is activated by IR remote (an external IR eye is included for hidden installations), while a 12V input allows…

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mind the daw

Wilson Audio pays homage to company founder David Andrew Wilson with its new Sasha DAW floorstander, a high-end three-way design that replaces the previous Sasha Series 2. A modular construction (adjustable for bespoke time alignment) keeps the speaker's upper (mid/high) and lower (bass) enclosures separated – the latter incorporating two 8in woofers, resulting in a claimed frequency response down to 20Hz. Pricing starts at £40,000 per pair… HD Ready for gaming fun Another new launch from Optoma, and while the native WXGA (1,280 x 800) resolution of its H116ST projector doesn't scream cutting-edge, the short-throw lens (claiming a 100in image from around a metre), 3,600 Lumens claimed brightness and £500 asking price will make up for it. Aimed at gamers and telly addicts seeking a living room friendly upgrade over their flatscreen,…

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bt's new hub streams on

BT has launched a mesh Wi-Fi solution which it says will put an end to Wi-Fi dead spots around your home, and unlock the speed potential of the BT broadband network. The prime benefit, it told HCC, is more reliable, stable streaming and improved gaming performance. 'In rooms where users may have struggled to receive a signal, our Complete Wi-Fi solution will enable them to reliably stream 4K,' insists Marc Allera, CEO of BT's consumer business. Available to BT broadband customers taking its BT+ package, for an additional £5 per month, Complete Wi-Fi is built around Wi-Fi Discs which pair to BT's new Smart Hub 2. The latter is touted as the company's most advanced router yet, and employs seven antennas with smart channel selection, allowing devices to auto connect to the…

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Ant-Man and the Wasp 3D (All-region BD) 3D fans will find plenty to enjoy in the size-changing shenanigans of Marvel's latest superhero sequel thanks to this platter's immersive stereoscopic encode. Mission: Impossible - Fallout (UHD Blu-ray) Stylistic choices may take a bit of a shine off the 4K visuals, but this blockbuster is still loaded with hair-rising action scenes. Red White and Zero (Region B BD) The BFI continues to dig through the Woodfall catalogue with a stacked Blu-ray release for this intriguing portmanteau film. Swimming with Men (Region B BD) Rob Brydon dons his Speedos for this amiable aquatic comic drama about synchronised swimming. The Children Act (R2 DVD) A superb central turn from Emma Thompson anchors this moving adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel.…