Home Cinema Choice Summer 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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Compiling our retro technology feature this issue (p24) brought back some happy memories (and some nightmares – remember the curved TV craze?). But it did make me wonder if the consumer electronics industry has become …less adventurous. A number of the innovations highlighted arrived around a decade ago. Perhaps there was something in the air in 2010 that caused R&D teams to push the envelope. In 2021, companies haven't stopped developing new technology, but often these advancements are hidden within new processing chips and AI networks. These all make a difference, but much home cinema hardware looks the same from the outside now as it did a few years ago. So maybe it’s time to bring back curved TVs, or to cook up something equally bonkers – if only so we can look…

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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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Homegrown home cinema Mitchell & Brown ➜ www.mitchellandbrown.co.uk UK home entertainment marque Mitchell & Brown has unveiled a 30-strong range of Brit-built TVs for 2021, running from second-room smallscreen HD Ready and Full HD sets to flagship 4K models in 43in, 50in, 55in and 65in guise, all with a seven-year warranty. The latter screens support Dolby Vision HDR playback and Amazon Alexa voice control, and feature a smart portal with Freeview Play catchup, Prime Video and Netflix apps. Pricing peaks at £900 for the 65in 65UHD18114K. 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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aventage assemble!

Yamaha is prepping a new flagship AV receiver due to land in August. The RX-A8A tops its Aventage class of 8K-ready premium models (see p10 for more) and will come with a suitably premium price of £3,300. Amplification is rated at 11 x 150W, enabling out-of-the-box 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X playback, while Yamaha’s proprietary Surround: AI processing – 'the only artificial intelligence found in an AV receiver' – is given a fresh boost by an upgraded 64-bit quad-core processor. The Aventage styling has also been overhauled, but the central fifth foot remains……

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b&o targets tv audio

Bang & Olufsen’s Beolab 28 is not your everyday wireless speaker. Gorgeous to look at, and brimming with advanced acoustic technology, this new active floorstander offers an audiophile take on wireless streaming – and from our early audition provides a dizzying (and expensive…) TV sound upgrade. Designed and crafted in B&O’s Struer, Denmark facility, the speaker is an anodised, aluminium cylinder, and includes a built-in subwoofer with custom 6.5in driver. A new generation of the company’s Active Room Compensation then works to adapt bass response to suit any space. There are also three 3in full-range drivers, located front and side, plus a 1in tweeter developed specifically for the Beolab 28. Pricing is £9,750 a pair. It was acceptable in the '80s The speaker’s distinctive look apes the iconic column shape first seen on B&O’s…

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Loki (Disney+) Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief is roped in to help fix the timeline in this latest MCU streaming series. Mare of Easttown (Sky Atlantic) The best TV drama of the year so far? We think so. Kate Winslet excels as a smalltown cop with a murder mystery to solve in a gripping seven-parter. Jungle Fever (BD) The BFI’s superb new release of this underrated Spike Lee joint is sure to get your temperature rising. Zack Snyder’s Justice League (4K BD) This reconstructed comic book epic delivers heroic 4K HDR visuals and Atmos audio on this double-disc UHD release. Stray (BD) Beautiful ‘dogumentary’ using a trio of feral hounds in Istanbul to explore some very human concerns.…