Home Cinema Choice Spring 2021

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. Home Cinema Choice currently publishes 11 issues a year but reserves the right to change the number of issues in an annual term.

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All being well, the UK's cinemas will be reopening in late May, after more than a year – on and off – during which the industry has taken a huge hit. Within that time, movie studios have rethought their distribution models and streaming platforms have gained new custom. It's possible that we've witnessed a paradigm shift in the way Hollywood works. As a home cinema fan, you might think I'm ambivalent about the plight of multiplexes, but our hobby works better when the mothership is flying high. We get better quality films, for a start. Also, I'm partial to a night out of my AV den. The leaps the UK's premium cinemas have made in quality and comfort terms in the last decade or so are staggering. Even the snacks…

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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 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…

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Bass on a budget SVS SB-1000 Pro? www.svsound.com American subwoofer brand SVS has announced a new compact model aimed at bass-fiends shopping on a tight budget. Part of its new 1000 Series Pro lineup, the sealed SB-1000 Pro sells for £550 in black ash guise (pictured), increasing to £640 if you favour a black or white gloss wrap. Upgrades over the previous 1000 Series include a 'reimagined' 12in woofer, increase in rated amplifier power (to 325W RMS), plus control and EQ via smartphone app. For more SVS news, see p16… 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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shiver me timbers!

Intended for premium cinema rooms and stereo setups, Paradigm's new Founder Series sits below its flagship Persona models and ranges in price from £2,400-per-pair for the 40B standmount to £8,600-per-pair for the active/passive 120H hybrid tower (pictured above). Shared across the speakers – including a dedicated centre channel option and flexible LCR design – are proprietary bass, mid and tweeter units, plus faceted enclosures in four finish options. Buyers can expect 'a sonic impact that will send shivers down your spine.' Sonos goes walkabout Connecting via Wi-Fiat home and through Bluetooth when you're on the go, Sonos' new Roam portable speaker is described as its 'most versatile' yet. Waterproof and dustproof (IP67 rated), this £160 compact speaker tucks separate midbass and tweeter units inside its cylindrical chassis. Battery life is rated at…

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game on for pana oled

Panasonic has announced its full OLED TV lineup for 2021, and the headline news is a 48in screen size, the use of its custom Master OLED panel design across two ranges, and the introduction of HDMI 2.1 features including VRR and HFR. Yet there's a wrinkle in the detail when it comes to the latter – Panasonic says these features will be supported by two HDMI inputs on all its OLED sets, but initially 'will only display half the vertical resolution' with 4K HFR and 4K/120Hz VRR. A firmware update will comes to the rescue regards the 4K HFR issue later in the year, and Panasonic says it will make a further announcement 'in due time' regards 4K/120Hz VRR. Other VRR resolutions will be supported out of the box 'without issue.' Whether this…

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Wonder Woman (4K BD) With Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Wonder Woman 1984 arriving this month we couldn’t resist revisiting this 4K stunner. Clapboard Jungle (BD) Warts’n’ all documentary about the challenges of making a low-budget movie that's a must-see for aspiring filmmakers. Gattaca (4K BD) This welcome Ultra HD overhaul brings extra clarity and sharpness to Andrew Niccol’s thoughtful and stylish sci-fi thriller. Bloodlands: Series One (BD) There are enough twists in the BBC’s recent four-part Irish noir to make a fresh spin on Blu-ray worth your time. Titans: S2 (BD) After a messy start, this second season soars with the arrival of Superboy and Krypto the Superdog.…