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David Vivian  |  Dec 10, 2019  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3David Vivian is smitten by the looks, build quality and sonic delivery of this premium 5.1 combo

Monitor Audio isn't a speaker maker catering chiefly to music lovers that does pretty well with home cinema all things considered. Nor is it a company packing multichannel cred that nevertheless makes a decent enough fist of hi-fi. If you can detect the slightest hint of compromise in either direction, MA reckons it hasn't done its job.

Ed Selley  |  Oct 31, 2019  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3KEF’s revamped R Series is just the ticket for a serious AV system. Ed Selley gets stuck in

Many speaker brands are in the habit of releasing new model ranges as an entirely new entity – new name, new driver configurations, even new price points – in the pursuit of 'going with the market.' At the other end of the scale, you have companies like KEF, which has had a Q Series, R Series and Reference Series for a very long time.

Steve Withers  |  Oct 30, 2019  |  0 comments
hcc_recommended150Arendal Sound, a Norwegian company established in 2016, reckons it can lure more customers by offering a slimmed down version of its debut 1723 range. Those cabinets were seriously big. And, in truth, this 'S for small' update is hardly a compact setup either. But it'd be churlish to complain...
David Vivian  |  Sep 19, 2019  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Does this 5.1 system have the muscle to back up its good looks? asks David Vivian

Focal's speaker lineup goes all the way from bijou to blimey, affordable to 'if you have to ask'. Which is useful when it comes to putting together a 5.1 package that's a few steps above entry-level but, at the same time, isn't going to break the bank, looks fabulous and has the size and wherewithal to fill a big room with movie mayhem – and possess the lightness of touch to play music with grace and finesse, too.

Steve Withers  |  Sep 02, 2019  |  0 comments
We go to outer space – and then to war – with Klipsch's cinematic six-pack...
Richard Stevenson  |  Jun 12, 2019  |  0 comments
hcc_recommended150I was extremely impressed with Focal's 300 Series ICW 8 in-ceiling speakers back in HCC #286. They were an obvious audition for Atmos and DTS:X overhead duties, so what could Focal offer if you wanted the same performance and seamless installation all round the room? Enter the 300IWLCR6 full-range in-wall speaker.
Mark Craven  |  Apr 12, 2019  |  0 comments
When floorstanders are a no-go in your cinema room (most likely because it's actually also your living room) a bookshelf package can save the day. In this market, Brit audio brand Q Acoustics has something of a pedigree, and the 3010i 5.1 Cinema Pack is its latest consumer-friendly offering.
Ed Selley  |  Apr 08, 2019  |  0 comments
Klipsch's Reference series offers Atmos sonics and the company's traditional horn-loaded tweeter approach...
Steve Withers  |  Mar 13, 2019  |  0 comments
We wire up 13 separate cabinets and settle in for a movie or two with Elipson's enveloping Dolby Atmos debut
Steve Withers  |  Mar 08, 2019  |  0 comments
Minimalist styling and improved driver technology makes this revamped loudspeaker system hard to resist
Ed Selley  |  Dec 21, 2018  |  0 comments
Jamo's cost-effective floorstanding Dolby Atmos speaker package proves you don't have to spend big to get cinematic sonics...
David Vivian  |  Nov 28, 2018  |  0 comments
If you’re going to drop the best part of £7,500 on a 5.1 speaker system, you’ve every right to expect – as Doc Brown put it in 
the expletive over-dubbed print of Back to The Future – some serious ‘stuff’. And few speaker makers do stuff more seriously than Bowers & Wilkins. With its new 700 Series lineup, it appears the UK company didn't think holding back was an option...
David Vivian  |  Nov 23, 2018  |  0 comments
As if guided by some mystic force, Q Acoustics, founded a mere decade ago, seems incapable of putting a foot wrong. Be it in its M series soundbars and soundbases or traditional speakers, when it comes to close but no cigar – heroically missing the mark by just a hair – the company is utterly useless. Does this new 5.1 system continue that trend?
Richard Stevenson  |  Nov 06, 2018  |  0 comments
For the ultimate home cinema install, an in-ceiling speaker is appealing. And if you thought such models were all about convenience and looking pretty rather than performance, you should hunt down Focal's 300 ICW 8 and have a listen...
Ed Selley  |  Oct 09, 2018  |  0 comments
Having arrived in the affordable speaker market and issued a swift kicking to the established order, things have calmed down a little at Q Acoustics. Its ranges of speakers are now seeing upgrades rather than wholesale changes – a reflection that they ain’t broke and don’t really need fixing. The latest member of the family to receive some attention is the curvaceous 7000i Series, here released in a new bundle referred to as the ‘Slim.’

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