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Steve May  |  Dec 03, 2021  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Be you an avid gamer or film fan, this 48in OLED TV has what it takes to impress, says Steve May

Back when HCC was fresh of face, Star Wars was a trilogy and the Marvel Cinematic Universe had peaked at Howard the Duck, the very thought of a 48in TV would have blown my mind. A 36in set was typically as large as you could get back then, and even that would have required a van full of mates just to get it out of the box. An ultra-thin 48-incher would have been the screen of dreams, home cinema nirvana.

Mark Craven  |  Dec 03, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendThanks to its monster 15in driver, Velodyne Acoustics' new sealed subwoofer gives Mark Craven a taste of the low life

Long-term AV fans will remember Velodyne. Once the go-to for superior, face-melting subwoofers, the American company picked up awards left, right and centre for its range of bassmakers, particularly the flagship DD+ series, which peaked with a terrifying 18in model.

Steve May  |  Dec 03, 2021  |  0 comments
Aided by its Android smarts and in-built battery, this brilliantly styled Pico projector has a play anywhere mentality, says Steve May

If you've ever wanted a pop-up home cinema, maybe for a kids' party or al fresco cocktail evening – or perhaps you want one to stow in your luggage and take on a holiday staycation – BenQ's portable GV30 could be the answer.

John Archer  |  Dec 02, 2021  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedLG's new 8K LCD TV turns to Mini LED lighting and the result is typically – but not quite always – breathtaking, says John Archer

Mini LED is perhaps the TV technology story of the year. The implementation of LEDs far smaller than those of conventional backlights has helped put TCL on the TV map and taken Samsung's 2021 Neo QLED TVs to new heights. And now it's back to (hopefully) revolutionise LG's LCD fortunes with the 75QNED99, a 75in 8K model with a price tag far more tempting than the company's 8K OLEDs.

HCC News Team  |  Dec 02, 2021  |  0 comments
Latest cinema adaptation of Frank Herbert's celebrated sci-fi novel will also land on premium VOD platforms on Monday
Ed Selley  |  Dec 01, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendHi-res network playback, app control and multiroom expansion give Elipson's latest Music Centre a modern feel, says Ed Selley – but he appreciates its CD playback too

If you have had contact with French manufacturer Elipson in the UK, it is likely to be on account of its distinctive-looking (read: spherical) Planet loudspeakers, or its Prestige Facet lineup (the latter including Dolby Atmos upfiring modules – see HCC #291). But as well as these offerings, the company makes a small number of smaller electronic goodies. We previously looked at its Chroma 100 turntable in HCC #318, and now it's the turn of the recently updated Music Centre to receive our attention.

Steve May  |  Nov 30, 2021  |  0 comments
The movie awards season may still be months away, but the campaign trail to Oscar and BAFTA glory begins now, and one such hopeful is Edicius, an ambitious short from Uzo Oleh, produced by Idris Elba, that proves to be right up our movie strasse...
Steve Withers  |  Nov 29, 2021  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Steve Withers gives the more 'affordable' models of Paradigm's new speaker range a spin

The Founder Series is the first new range of speakers released by Canadian corp Paradigm since founder Scott Bagby returned in 2019 – which explains the name. Bagby, who launched the brand in 1982, sold his majority stake in 2005 and left in 2009, but has now reacquired full ownership of Paradigm and sister brand Anthem. And he's back with a bang.

Jon Thompson  |  Nov 19, 2021  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedJon Thompson once wondered if he'd ever see a new universal disc-spinner – Reavon's UBR-X200 therefore feels like a breath of fresh air, despite one or two missed tricks

2021 hasn't been a good year for many things but it's been a cracker for 4K Blu-ray. A wealth of titles has already been released, and the run up to Christmas promises a bumper crop, including those from fan-fave label Criterion, which is entering the 4K disc space with some real gems. So, you're going to need something to spin all these new titles on. And what are the options if you don't yet have a UHD disc player?

Anton van Beek & Mark Craven  |  Nov 19, 2021  |  0 comments
We raise a simple carpenter's cup to the man who's brought sharks, dinosaurs, aliens and killer trucks to our home cinemas...

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