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Home Cinema Choice

Autumn 2021

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
AV Tech Media Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
R 66,33
R 580,86
11 Issues

in this issue

1 min
welcome

Once upon a time, I had a near-death experience courtesy of Velodyne. Fumbling around with the brand's reference-grade DD18+ subwoofer in a darkened room – a process which involved me putting my noggin right next to its 18in driver – I managed to coax it into action during a particularly explosive moment in the movie. I could feel my ear drums try to flee. With that in mind, it's good to see the brand back in business after some (ironically) very quiet years. And its new DB-15 subwoofer (see p62) is a bit of a beast. Also back in the spotlight are projector specialists JVC and Epson. Both have announced new models that appear wellequipped to do cinematic justice to 4K HDR sources, something that's also true of rival Sony's VPL-VW290ES (p48).…

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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
backs against the wall

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS LG Direct View LED 'extreme home cinema' screens announced MISSION QX series speakers upgraded DENON & MARANTZ HDMI switcher expands connections on 8K AVRs AT THE PLEX This month's cinema releases NEWS X10 The hottest news stories in bite-sized chunks THE SUICIDE SQUAD We're dying to see this flick on 4K Blu-ray & MORE! Having launched its 300 series in 2018 with in-wall/in-ceiling models, Focal has now added to the lineup with speakers designed to be mounted on-wall. The On Wall 302 (£1,500, pictured above) and On Wall 301 (£1,000, right) feature slim, reflex-loaded cabinets that can also be place on dedicated optional stands, and driver configurations (with Focal's flax material used for the bass/mid units) that support both horizontal and vertical installation. Finishes are white gloss or satin…

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1 min
mission's qx appeal

Speaker maker Mission has redesigned its QX series for a MkII generation. Once again positioned as a step-up from its entry-level LX, the range features two standmount and three floorstander models, plus a centre speaker and 12in active subwoofer, all available in matt white, matt black, or walnut veneer. The passive speakers feature upgraded Ring Dome tweeters and DiaDrive bass/mid units, in rearported cabinets reinforced by aluminium plates top and bottom. Pair pricing begins at £299 for the compact QX-1 MkII bookshelf and tops out at £1,099 for the QX-5 MkII tower.…

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1 min
technics deck is back in black

Technics has given its range-topping turntable a new 'minimalist' black finish. The SL1210G follows last year’s sold-out limited edition SL1210GAE. Says European product manager Frank Balzuweit: 'We realised there was high demand for a "regular" black version of this flagship.' The deck is available this month priced £3,500, and features a direct drive motor, cold-drawn magnesium tonearm and a vibrationdamped triple-layer platter – each model is balance adjusted before leaving the factory. www.technics.com…

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1 min
hdmi switcher for d&m

In a move that will appeal to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X owners, both Denon and Marantz have launched HDMI switchers that will allow users of the company's 8K and 4K/120-capable AV receivers to connect more than one next-gen source at a time. Although the Sound United brands were quick out of the gate with 8K-ready AV receivers, the models launched last year were somewhat hampered by only offering one HDMI input with support for 8K and – more importantly – 4K/120Hz passthrough. At the time, we were told this was a limitation of the HDMI boards available. Skip ahead 18 months and things have changed. The new Denon AVS-3 and Marantz VS3003 are compact, slim-line boxes featuring a trio of HDMI inputs that support 8K and 4K/120Hz source devices. A…

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