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Home Cinema Choice February 2020

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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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11 Issues

in this issue

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It’s the dawn of a new decade, and while that naturally leads to thoughts about what the future may hold (in Samsung’s case: super-advanced AI processing, modular MicroLED TVs and rotating screens for smartphone video junkies – see p20), we're also looking back at the last ten years from a software perspective, picking our 50 favourite disc releases of the 2010s. My view: the previous decade was a brilliant one for Blu-ray buyers. It began with the format on solid ground after fighting off its HD DVD rival, then saw the birth of 3D discs, Dolby Atmos audio, 4K HDR technology and new independent labels with a clear focus on giving collectors what they want. Yes, studios' devotion to extra features took a bit of a hit, but I suppose you…

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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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oled for the masses

Sony A9 48inwww.sony.co.uk OLED technology will continue to push into the mainstream TV market in 2020 with a smaller 48in panel, and Sony is an initial adopter with its new A9 model. Pricing for the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos-enabled set, announced at CES, is still to be revealed, but confirmed specifications include a new OLED-specific version of Sony’s X-Motion Clarity processing, Ambient Optimization tool for automatic image/audio adjustment depending on room environment, and X1 Ultimate picture engine. 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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2000: a bass odyssey

SVS’s new 2000 Pro Series of subwoofers replaces the previous 2000 Series and comes in sealed, ported and cylinder versions (pictured), all under the £1,000 price mark. A proprietary 12in high-excursion woofer has been designed specifically for the range, driven by a 550W Sledge amplifier, and the lineup becomes the new entry-point for SVS’s app-based control/EQ system, which offers access to preset sound modes, crossover adjustment, room gain compensation and three-band parametric EQ. Meet NAD’s flagship BluOS amp The latest addition to NAD’s Masters Series of high-end components is the M33, a BluOS-equipped streaming amplifier the brand says will act as 'the heart of a reference whole-home system.' Priced £4,000 and on sale from March, the 2 x 200W HybridDigital amp utilises Dirac Live room correction, and packs dual independent subwoofer outputs…

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denon retools heos line

It’s over five years since Denon debuted its HEOS range of multiroom products, beginning with the HEOS 1, 3, 5 and 7 standalone speakers. But now, with the eco-system expanded to include soundbars, AV receivers and more, it’s returned to its wireless speakers and given them a comprehensive refresh. Denon Home is the brand’s new range of HEOS-integrated speakers, and replaces the previous series. At launch, it comprises three models – the Home 150 (£220), Home 250 (£450) and Home 350 (£600). The company says it has introduced a new 'design language', which equates to a wholesale aesthetic makeover and some new features. The angular cabinets of earlier HEOS boxes are replaced by a cleaner, less fussy approach with soft corners and wraparound grilles. The speakers' buttonless panels have proximity sensors to…

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Sky Cinema) Superior Star Wars spin-off proves the franchise can still deliver outside of the Skywalker saga. Die Hard (4K BD) A re-watch on the impressive 4K platter of, arguably, the greatest Christmas movie ever made. RoboCop: Limited Edition (BD) We're still working our way through the plethora of extra features (and three different cuts of the movie) on Arrow’s new BD. The Miracle Worker (Blu-ray) A terrific-looking UK HD debut for the ferocious, yet inspirational, Oscar-winning Helen Keller biopic. Being There (Blu-ray) Hal Ashby’s brilliant political satire finally gets the Blu-ray release it deserves courtesy of The Criterion Collection.…