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Home Cinema Choice January (Yearbook) 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.

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United Kingdom
AV Tech Media Ltd
13 Issues

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In this special yearbook issue of Home Cinema Choice, we revisit our favourite AV hardware from the last 12 months, ranging from 4K HDR TVs and projectors, AV receivers and processors, to subwoofers, speaker systems, soundbars and accessories. If you're hoping to give your kit rack an early upgrade as we head into 2020, it's the place to look. On the software side, in addition to our usual roundup of new 4K discs and Blu-rays, our annual Movie Awards (p21) celebrates the very best releases of 2019, including big-budget blockbusters, TV series and classic restorations. And if you're planning an update of your own cinema room, then check out this issue's selection of readers' systems (p104), and our Dream Theatre of the Year (p30). You might be inspired to get started immediately! Editor…

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roku roll out

Hisense Roku TV → www.hisense.co.uk Hisense's Roku TVs, announced at the IFA tech show in September, have now hit the UK. Available in 43in, 50in, 55in and 65in models (with pricing ranging from £330 to £700), the sets integrate the customisable Roku OS, which off ers access to over 5,000 smart apps – including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV – plus voice control and private headphone listening via a smartphone/tablet. Other features include Freeview Play, 4K HDR support and DTS Studio Sound audio technology. 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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cyrus adopts wi-fi, hdmi

Cyrus has expanded its One range of high-end stereo amplifiers with a new Wi-Fi edition – the One Cast – designed for streaming and multiroom use. The Cambridge-based hi-fi specialist says the model acknowledges the shift in listening habits, and represents a change in direction for the manufacturer, away from two-channel evangelists to more mainstream buyers. The One Cast may not look overly different from its forebears, adopting the familiar truncated form factor of previous Cyrus amps, but it marks a departure in terms of features and functionality. The model is the first from the brand to feature HDMI ARC, allowing it to be the front-end in a TV setup. It's also the first high-end stereo amp to work with all three voice assistants (Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Google Assistant),…

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at the 'plex…

The Gentlemen Jan 1: Guy Ritchie returns to London and the crime genre for The Gentlemen, an ensemble comedy starring (amongst others) Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Charlie Hunnam and Hugh Grant. 1917 Jan 10: This World War II drama about two young soldiers delivering a message behind enemy lines has been designed by director Sam Mendes to resemble a single continuous take. Sounds intriguing… Bad Boys For Life January 17: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back for a third slice of Miami-based cop capers, following over a decade of on/off rumours. Previous series director Michael Bay gives way to up-and-coming Belgian duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.…

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laughing all the way…

Joker has become the first 'R' rated movie to earn more than $1bn at the global box office, rewarding studio Warner Bros. for its decision to vary its approach to its DC Comics titles. The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Todd Phillips, had taken over $300m in the US, and more than $700m internationally, by the end of November. The success of Joker gives Warner Bros. reason to cheer an otherwise forgettable 2019 that's seen rival Walt Disney dominate at the multiplex. Five of the top six highest grossing films worldwide originated from the House of Mouse (Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King, Captain Marvel, Toy Story 4 and Aladdin), with the other being Spider-Man: Far From Home, a co-production with Sony's Columbia Pictures. Walt Disney also has Star Wars: The…

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atc focuses on better bass

British audio specialist ATC has announced a MK 2 iteration of its sealed C1 subwoofer, which it claims offers a performance that belies its £1,650 price tag. Designed to partner the company's Entry Series speakers, HTS Series on-wall models and CxC centre channels, the new woofer features a hand-built 12in driver and discrete 200W Class A/B MOSFET power amplifier. Low-end reach is claimed at 25Hz (-6dB). ATC says under-the-bonnet improvements to power supplies, low-pass filter, amp module, and overload protection circuitry enable 'greater control at full output' and 'the best possible integration' with partnering speakers. Connectivity includes a summed L/R output for daisy-chaining to another sub, plus speaker-level and line-level inputs. ATC describes the C1 SUB MK 2 as 'compact' (it measures 450(h) x 360(w) x 400(d)mm), and sells it in a choice of…