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Home Cinema Choice March 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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United Kingdom
AV Tech Media Ltd
11 Issues

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'There’s really no point in increasing resolution if you don’t increase the frame rate.' So says Hollywood technical supervisor Ben Gervais in our interview this issue (p28). It’s an interesting point. As production and presentation pushes on through 4K to 8K, are the days of 24-frames-per-second numbered? What use is all that extra detail if it’s just going to be blurred away? Gervais envisages a film future of high frame rates (HFR) and high resolutions, with 3D thrown in for good measure, creating an experience that involves the audience 'at an emotional level.' It sounds like an entirely new art form. Having watched Gemini Man in 4K 60fps on Blu-ray, I'm intrigued by the tech, and would love to see it as it was ultimately intended – 4K, 120fps, 3D. If Gervais' vision…

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Aiming for accuracy Panasonic HZ2000 ➜ www.panasonic.co.uk 'The most accurate, cinematic images ever seen on a TV.' That’s the promise of Panasonic’s HZ2000 OLED, which will headline the company’s 2020 TV stable when it arrives this Summer. Dubbed a 'Master HDR Professional Edition' screen, the HZ2000 claims a 20 per cent brightness boost over previous generations, and debuts new Filmmaker Mode and Dolby Vision IQ features – while in-built upfiring speakers deliver immersive Dolby Atmos playback. See p24 for more. 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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high society

A new addition to the Chora lineup, the 826-D is Focal’s first Dolby Atmosenabled floorstander, and aims to have its listeners 'immersed in a highly realistic 3D world.' A 5in Slatefiber midbass driver and dome tweeter are mounted at an angle in the speaker’s top baffle, joined by traditional front-firing drivers in a three-way design. Pricing is still TBC, but Focal says it will 'fit' with the Chora range’s current £600-£1,300 span. KEF expands Reference CI range Claiming to 'answer the call' of cinema builders is KEF’s Ci3160REF-THX, an in-wall speaker that slots into its Reference range below the larger Ci5160. A two-way design (priced at £7,000 each), it sandwiches a 6.5in Uni-Q driver between two 6.5in woofers within its solid aluminium front baffle, and is intended for both LCR and surround/rear…

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lg goes big on soundbars

LG has released details for its incoming 2020 soundbar lineup, announcing a quartet of premium 3D audio models integrating eARC functionality and AI-based auto calibration. Unveiled at this year’s CES, the new models – all Dolby Atmos and DTS:X-enabled – are once again a collaborative effort with UK sonic specialist Meridian Audio, building on a relationship that began in 2017. The range-topper is the SN11RG, which marks a departure from previous LG models by shipping with wireless rear speakers that include upfiring drivers to create a 7.1.4-channel system. The result, says LG, is '360 degrees of auditory bliss.' Joining the SN11RG are the 5.1.2-channel SN10YG and SN9YG, and the 3.1.2-channel SN8YG, which can be optionally expanded with LG’s long-running SPK8 wireless (front-firing) surround speakers. Smart setup One feature trick debuting on the SN range is…

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Zombieland (4K BD) The best thing about Zombieland: Double-Tap? It encouraged Sony Pictures to release the superior original on 4K Blu. Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 10 (Sky) Cold coffee, wobbly tables and private toilets face Larry David’s ire as his prett-ay, prett-ay good sitcom returns. Pain & Glory (BD) A stunning presentation of Pedro Almodóvar’s beautiful semiautobiographical masterpiece. Iron Fury (DVD) Fans of tank-on-tank action should seek out this rollicking Russian blockbuster, which sadly bypassed Blu-ray on these shores. Edge of the Axe (BD) A new Blu-ray restoration will delight fans of this enjoyably off-kilter, late-‘80s slasher from cult filmmaker José Ramón Larraz.…

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dts:x pro hits ise show

DTS:X Pro, invisible speakers and a 4K e-sports projection system were the high-end home cinema stars at this year’s ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) pro AV trade show, held recently at the RAI Amsterdam. Trinnov Audio used the event to roll out a free-of-charge DTS:X Pro firmware upgrade for its Altitude32 and Altitude16 processors, demonstrating this expanded version of the format in a purposebuilt theatre running a 15.3.10 speaker configuration. Unlike regular DTS:X, which is limited to 11 main channels plus LFE, the Trinnov DTS:X Pro upgrade can be used to create a home theatre with 30.2 channels. For ‘smaller’ systems, the Altitude16 will deliver 16 discrete channels. French AV specialist StormAudio similarly used the show to preview its MK2 lineup of processors and amplifiers, which will also offer DTS:X Pro. The incoming range…