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Home Cinema Choice

Home Cinema Choice October 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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English
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AV Tech Media Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome

I'm old enough to remember when boxsets were shelf-bothering receptacles for chunky VHS tapes; I knew someone who had an entire wall of their lounge devoted to storing every episode of Friends. Then Netflix happened, and the word 'boxsets' became oddly linked to just streaming multiple episodes of a TV show. Still, boxsets live on in the Blu-ray world, and boy are we getting some good ones. Universal's Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection (see p92) corrals four of the director's most-loved movies, scrubs them up with 4K HDR, applies a sprinkling of 3D audio, lays on a plethora of extras features, and completely nails the packaging too. I'm not normally one to get excited by cardboard and cover art, but there's a level of attention to detail here that helps sell the…

1 min.
contributors

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…

1 min.
bulletin

RX marks the spot Yamaha RX-V6A and RX-V4A → uk.yamaha.com Yamaha has launched two RX Series AV receivers primed for next-generation setups. Both the five-channel £450 RX-V4A and seven-channel £650 RX-V6A (pictured) offer HDMI 2.1 connectivity, and firmware scheduled for December will introduce 8K/60 and 4K/120 video playback, HDR10+ support, and VRR, ALLM, QMS and QFT gaming features. Other tricks are MusicCast multiroom audio, YPAO calibration and Dolby Atmos/DTS:X decoding. The AVRs also debut a new 'simplified, modern design.' 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…

3 min.
sound pushed to the max

Philips has announced two new soundbar systems under its relaunched Fidelio range. Both the B95 and B97 support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X – and are also the first in the world to be IMAX Enhanced certified. Philips says research has shown 80 per cent of soundbar buyers opt for the same brand as their TV, and with the company enjoying an 8 per cent growth in flatscreen sales in the last year, the time is obviously right to freshen up its soundbar selection. The B97 and B95 are the flagship models in a new nine-strong series that also features affordable stereo options and 3.1 Dolby Atmos packages. Priced £1,000 and available from November, the B97 is a 7.1.2 system with wireless sub and detachable Surround-on-Demand rear speakers. In total it uses 17…

1 min.
playlist…

Flash Gordon (4K BD) Flash! Ah-ah… He’s a miracle. Well, this new restoration certainly is, ensuring the stylish sci-filooks better than ever. Avenging Force (BD) Fun Cannon action flick sees Michael ‘American Ninja’ Dudikoff playing The Most Dangerous Game with terrorists in New Orleans. The Goonies (4K BD) A shiny new 4K HDR10 transfer blows the dust and cobwebs off this family favourite 1980s adventure film. Criss Cross (BD) Film noir doesn’t get much darker or more cynical than this superb (and newly restored) 1949 Burt Lancaster crime thriller. Shaft Trilogy (BD) Forget the wannabes, the original and best Shaft, starring Richard Rowntree, hits UK Blu-ray with its two action-packed sequels.…

2 min.
denon marks 110 with flagship amp

Denon has been in the audio business longer than most – this year it's celebrating 110 years since its founding. To mark the occasion, the Japanese AV stalwart is launching a quartet of Anniversary Edition products, including a new flagship home cinema amplifier. Priced £5,000, the AVC-A110 offers a state-of-the-art specification and is described as 'one of the most special AV amplifiers Denon has ever produced.' It's joined in the Anniversary Edition lineup by the PMA-A110 integrated stereo amp, DCD-A110 Super Audio CD player, and DL-A110 moving coil pickup. All have been 'designed and manufactured to the highest standard,' says the company. Meet the new boss… A 13.2-channel design akin to Denon's previous AVC-X8500H range-topper, the AVC-A110 supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X playback, plus IMAX Enhanced and DTS:X Pro. A key specification difference…