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Home Cinema Choice

Home Cinema Choice May 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. 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

in this issue

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It's always exciting when the first new TVs of the year start to arrive – finally – a good few months after their January launches. And Samsung isn't messing about in 2020, kicking off with its Q950TS 8K superscreen. Now, if I had a pound for every time the phrase 'lack of native 8K content' pops up during an 8K TV discussion, I'd probably be able to afford to buy one. But as we report on p24, the 33-megapixel revolution isn't actually all about resolution. Meanwhile Samsung's 75in range-topper (p38) makes a convincing case for upgrading regardless of the availability of pixel-matched content. While I'm here, thanks for getting hold of a copy of HCC in what are unusual circumstances. And, yes, three out of our four columns this issue have a…

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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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aiming high and wide

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS BANG & OLUFSEN Luxury wireless speaker promises balanced sonics BENQ Gaming-focused 1080p PJ adds HDR SONY PlayStation 5 to feature Tempest 3D audio LG 8K megascreens and 48in 4K OLED to hit the UK in May NEWS X10 Hot news stories in bite-sized chunks 1917 Sam Mendes' WWI epic prepped for 4K BD & MORE! Claiming a 5.1.2 soundstage courtesy of twin upfiring and side-firing drivers, Sharp's new Dolby Atmos-capable HT-SBW800 soundbar/subwoofer combi pledges to bring 'the magic of cinema' to your living room for £450. System connectivity is a cut above the norm, with an HDMI ARC output joined by twin HDMI inputs, coaxial and optical digital audio inputs, USB and Bluetooth, while independent bass/treble tweaks are offered alongside Movie, Music and Night listening modes. HCC ONLINE… For breaking AV…

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balancing act

Described by the upmarket AV marque as combining 'beautiful aesthetics, innovation and powerful sound,' Bang & Olufsen's new Beosound Balance uses seven drivers and can be switched between omnidirectional, 360-degree delivery and a focused sound mode for critical listening. Multiroom ready (Chromecast, AirPlay) and voice controllable (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant), this £1,750 desktop speaker incorporates automatic room compensation – via an internal microphone – and a proximity sensoring control panel. Finishes are 'interior-first' black oak and natural oak.…

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ps5 snub for av setups

Sony has taken the lid off its next-generation games console, the PlayStation 5, and amid all the technical revelations about its impressive video capabilities – and an unveiling of its new DualSense controller, pictured below – has provided insights into its approach toward sound. The good news is that the PlayStation 5 will indeed embrace object-based 3D audio, however system architect Mark Cerny confirms games will not support Dolby Atmos, unlike its upcoming Xbox Series X rival (although the PS5 will support Dolby Atmos for films by dint of its integrated 4K BD player). ‘It would have been a simpler strategy if Dolby Atmos peripherals could have achieved our goals, but we wanted 3D audio for all, not just those with a licensed soundbar,’ says Cerny. 'We also wanted many hundreds of…

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Frozen II (BD) Disney's enjoyable sequel arrived just in time for lockdown and has barely left our player since… Killing Eve: Series 3 (BBC iPlayer) Jodie Comer returns as fashionista assassin Villanelle for another run of globe-trotting black comedy/surprising violence. Daniel Isn't Real (BD) Patrick ‘son of Arnie’ Schwarzenegger stars in this creepy horror about a young man tormented by an imaginary friend. Runaway (BD) Michael Crichton’s fun 1984 sci-fi thriller hits Blu with slick visuals and an informative chat-track. Babylon Berlin: Series Three (DVD) Those without Sky Atlantic can now catch the best series yet of this superb Weimar-era German crime drama on DVD.…