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Golden Age Of TV
Bang & Olufsen has adopted the latest 48in OLED panel from LG Display for its Beovision Contour, a new glam-looking 4K TV available in Gold Tone (pictured), Silver or Black Anthracite aluminium frame iterations. Promising an 'all in one cinema and mu
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X Marks The Spot
HARDWARE TVs Panasonic, Sony, Philips, Samsung, LG, Hisense AVRs/AMPS NAD, Emotiva, Lyngdorf, Arcam LOUDSPEAKERS PMC, Focal, B&W, Arendal Sound, ATC, Q Acoustics, Klipsch, M&K Sound PROJECTORS Sony, Optoma, BenQ, Viewsonic SOUNDBARS B&O, LG, Sony, Ha
Home Cinema Choice3 min lettiPerforming Arts
Sony KD-75XH9005
WHILE THE PS4 and Xbox One consoles trailed behind TV technology when they debuted, the Xbox Series X and PS5 are running ahead of most flatscreens. Graphics features such as 4K at 120Hz, variable refresh rates and automatic low latency mode switchin
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Sony VPL-VW790ES
NO CONSUMER-FOCUSED HOME cinema projector manufacturer has more experience with both native 4K resolution and laser lighting than Sony. I've known this for a while, but I still wasn't prepared for the performance prowess of its £12,000 VPL-VW790ES. T
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WIN! Great Blu-rays Up For Grabs…
Get ready for a 4K apocalypse as Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings Roland Emmerich’s epic disaster flick 2012 to Ultra HD Blu-ray for the first time on January 18. Boasting an all-star cast and groundbreaking SFX, this catastrophic blockbuster
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La Haine: 25th Anniversary Ltd Ed.
BFI Region B BD £25 Mathieu Kassovitz’s stylish, energetic and affecting drama enjoys a sensational, celebratory double-disc Blu-ray. Sourced from a new 4K restoration supervised by director of photography Pierre Aïm, the black-and-white 1.85:1 1080p
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AV Avenger
IF YOU THINK Warner Bros.'s wheeze of dropping its entire 2021 movie slate online, date and date with theatrical releases, heralds the beginning of the end for cinema as we’ve known it, think again. I reckon normal service will be resumed in 2022, wi
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Virgin Media's 360 vision
Virgin Media has launched TV 360, an all-new premium TV platform with a raft of features currently unmatched by rivals Sky or BT TV. The new service, which landed early December, runs on its V6 set-top box and overhauls the previous TiVo platform, re
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PMC Twenty5i 5.1
PMC IS A brand with professional heritage, something that informs the general styling of its loudspeakers. Cast an eye on its SE series or flagship Fact Fenestria and neither would look out of place in a mixing suite. The Twenty5i range on test here
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Arcam AVR30
ARCAM’S NEW LINEUP of AV models is finally here, adding three seven-channel receivers and a 16-channel processor to its High Definition Audio (HDA) range. HDA, for those who keep an eye on acronyms, replaces the outgoing Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) serie
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BenQ TK850
THIS ADDITION TO BenQ’s compact home entertainment projection line promises HDR-PRO image technology, to tone map (after a fashion) HDR sources, and a bright 3,000 Lumens light engine. If you’re hankering for super-sized UHD sports, it’s a brilliant
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Late Phases
101 Films Region B BD £12 This superior werewolf flick stars Nick Damici as a blind Vietnam War vet who discovers that the new retirement community his son has moved him into harbours a deadly secret. It's a slow-burning supernatural thriller that th
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Playlist…
Bigger and better than before, this second season cements the Disney+ show as the best Star Wars saga since the original trilogy. Yet another stacked Blu-ray boxset outing for the superb Breaking Bad spin-off series. A long overdue UK Blu-ray debut f
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Focal Chora 5.1.2
FOCAL’S CHORA LINE offers plenty of home cinema options, but with the addition of the 826-D floorstander the company has taken its performance to another level. Literally. The reason for this sonic elevation (and the model number’s suffix) is the Dol
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Nad T 778
NAD’S T 778 features a large touchscreen display, mirroring the design of its two-channel M10 and M33 streaming amplifiers. It’s a standout feature, suited to a world dominated by smartphones. But does it actually make this 9.1 AVR any better? The T
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Optoma UHD30
IT WASN'T LONG ago that 4K HDR projectors were expensive enough to only appeal to system builders fitting out dedicated movie rooms. But since the arrival of DLP 4K models, prices have continued to drop. Optoma's new UHD30 came to market in the Summe
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Playback
The New Mutants 20th Century Studios 4K Blu-ray This long-delayed, horror-infused X-Men spin-off movie marks the end of Fox's 20-year franchise, now that the property has taken up residence in the House of Mouse. But does it go out with a bang or a w
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The Phantom: Premium Collection
Paramount All-region BD £15 (HMV exclusive) Dismissed as a silly, old-fashioned-romp by critics when it hit cinemas in 1996, it’s precisely those aspects that make this comic strip adaptation so much fun to rediscover today. Sitting neatly alongside
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MicroLED TV matures
Samsung has announced a 110in MicroLED TV for 2021 that will bring its self-illuminating skills to consumer markets. Previously, the brand has deployed MicroLED, which replaces the LED backlight and colour filter of conventional LED-lit LCD TVs with
Home Cinema Choice3 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
Q Acoustics 3010i 5.1 Plus
Q ACOUSTICS IS getting impressive mileage out of its 3000 series. Launched in 2015, it was updated in 2018 with an 'i' suffix that brought in performance improvements. Now it's left the passive models untouched and debuted an all-new sub, with new 5.
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Emotiva XPA-11 Gen3
US AUDIO BRAND Emotiva set itself the laudable goal of building high-end products 'at prices that more people could afford.' It aims to achieve this by keeping operations lean and focusing on relatively few product lines, and using a modular approach
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Viewsonic M2
A SHORT-THROW 1080P model built around an LED light source, Viewsonic's M2 is the definition of living room friendly. It requires next to no warm up, runs cool and claims a 30,000-hour lamp life – a lot of boxset binging. It also looks cooler than a
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‘Does Your Head Hurt Yet?’
‘What we did with Inception for the heist genre is really what Tenet attempts to bring to the spy movie genre,’ says Christopher Nolan of his latest mind-bending-blockbuster. To wit, Tenet is a globetrotting action thriller in the James Bond mould, a
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'Graboids! That's it, Graboids!'
Star Kevin Bacon admits to making this 1990 homage to the monster movies of the '50s because he was 'running out of money'. Yet it would become one of his best-loved films; swerving a weak box office performance to be a bona fide home video blockbust
Home Cinema Choice1 min lettiTechnology & Engineering
Klipsch 'Bar Goes Large
Klipsch has announced a 5.1.4-channel soundbar system promising 'a bona fide Dolby Atmos cinematic experience.' Priced at a premium £1,450, the Klipsch Cinema 1200 features wireless surrounds, a 12in wireless subwoofer and a soundbar enclosure showca
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Arendal Sound 1961 Series 5.1.2
ARENDAL SOUND IS relatively new – it launched in 2015 – and as such its product range isn't extensive. But in adding the 1961 Series to the existing flagship 1723 fleet, it's introduced two elements that will entice cinema system builders – its first
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Denon AVC-X4700H
DUBBED 'AVC' RATHER than 'AVR', Denon's latest upper/mid tier AV stalwart jettisons the FM tuner that once defined the receiver concept, but offers a multitude of streaming options (via the HEOS platform) by way of compensation. First and foremost, t
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Amazon Fire TV Cube
THE BORG AND Rubik were both right. It’s hip to be square. Impressively specified, with fully integrated Alexa, the Fire TV Cube is easily Amazon’s most versatile and sophisticated media player to date. But if you’ve already got a Fire TV stick, is i
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Skyfire
Patriot Films Region B BD £16 Think Jurassic World with molten lava instead of rampaging dinosaurs and you’ll have a fair idea of what to expect from this ridiculous Chinese disaster movie. However, despite the presence of Con Air helmer Simon West i
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