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Home Cinema Choice

Home Cinema Choice

August 2020

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
AV Tech Media Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome

If decades of cinema have taught us anything, it's that the development of Artificial Intelligence will one day lead to humanity's downfall at the hands of murderous machines. That may still happen, but in the meantime it's being used to spruce up our AV enjoyment. Philips' OLED805 TV (p38) is the latest upper-tier flatscreen to boast AI processing. It's a term widely adopted by the world's TV giants, and no doubt a marketeer's dream. But for all the technological talk of deep learning and neural networks, it's hard to deny the evidence in front of your eyes. Image processing on modern flatscreens has come on leaps and bounds. It makes me wonder where the TV industry will head next, and whether what I've always thought of as important–pixel resolution, panel design–are increasingly…

1 min.
contributors

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…

1 min.
multi hdr maestro

Hisense UQ8F ➜ www.hisense.co.uk With its full array local dimming LED panel (with over 100 zones), Quantum Dot colour delivery and Dolby Vision and HDR10+ compatibility, Hisense's 2020 flagship 4K TV claims to be 'another step forward' for the insurgent brand. Available in 55in and 65in models (priced £1,100 and £1,700 respectively), the Freeview Play-enabled U8QF also introduces a revised smart platform–Vidaa U4–and integrates a speaker system from sound specialist JBL. 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…

2 min.
danes get active in the uk

Monitor Audio is in the zone Monitor Audio's new IMS-4 network music streamer is designed for multizone installations, supporting independent four-zone playback out of the box and the option of combining multiple units to deliver up to 64. Wireless streaming is handled by the BluOS platform (and includes hi-res and MQA support), while analogue phono, digital optical/coaxial and USB inputs cater to physical source gear. Apple AirPlay 2 integration provides Siri voice interaction. Pricing is £1,300. www.monitoraudio.com Taking bass out and about Sony has refreshed its Extra Bass wireless speaker range. Portable models (charged via USB-C connection), and boasting a water/rust/dustproof IP67 rating, the SRS-XB43 (£200, pictured), SRS-XB33 (£150) and SRS-XB23 (£100) feature proprietary X-Balance driver arrays and side-mounted passive radiators. The two costlier units also feature a Live Sound DSP mode and built-in…

1 min.
playlist…

1917 (4K BD) The Ultra HD version of Sam Mendes’ audacious ‘one-take’ war film takes its dazzling visual impact to a new level. The Rhythm Section (BD) Overlooked at cinemas, this intriguing revenge thriller deserves to find a more receptive audience. The Boys: S1 (BD) If you missed it on Amazon Prime, the dark and violent superhero series is now flying high on disc. Days of Thunder (4K BD) Enjoyably silly racing flick reuniting Tom Cruise and Tony Scott takes the chequered flag on 4K. Star Wars: The Clone Wars–S7 (Disney+) The long-awaited final season of this animated show is so good it justifies the existence of the prequel trilogy.…

2 min.
arendal sound loves the 1960s…

Arendal Sound, the Norwegian loudspeaker brand established in 2015, has begun taking orders for its latest range. Dubbed 1961, in honour of the year the Tromøy to Arendal bridge was built, it borrows technology from the company's THX-certified 1723 models, and introduces Arendal Sound's first height speaker. 'The 1961 Series builds on our award-winning 1723 Series,' says the company. 'We have trickled down as much of our 1723 technology as possible and applied all the know-how and tricks we have acquired, leading to a series that offers astounding performance for the money.' The flagship model in the 1961 Series is the 1961 Tower (€1,500 per pair), a floorstander packing a quartet of 5.5in bass/mid-range drivers, and a 1in tweeter based upon those in the 1723 Series. This is mounted in a customised…