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Richard Stevenson  |  Jun 28, 2023  |  0 comments
hccrefstatusbadgeJapan's Denon has a rich history of wheeling out truly reference-class AV amplifiers and, spoiler alert, it has done it again. 
The AVC-A1H is its latest feature- and performance-heavy flagship multichannel machine that can trace its heritage back to the likes of the 2007 AVC-A1HD, 2004's epic AVC-A1XV and even the DSP AV granddaddy, the 1996 ACP-A1.
Steve May  |  Jun 14, 2023  |  0 comments
Panasonic has taken the wraps off a five-strong line up of OLED screens, and two new LED models, at a showcase event in Berlin.
Steve May  |  Jun 09, 2023  |  0 comments
To quote Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting: 'Ladies and gentlemen, we are in the presence of greatness!' The most beautiful LG Display OLED screen I've seen in over a decade of scrutiny, the 65G3 is everything I want from an OLED TV: perfect black, sublime near shadow detail, rich colour performance and future-proofed connectivity for gaming (or as close to it as you're likely to find in 2023).
Richard Stevenson  |  Jun 06, 2023  |  0 comments
As naming protocols go, a Reference product designation based on the number of years you have been in business has limitations… Yet there is very little else limited about REL's No.31, which hit drawing boards 31 years after founder Richard Lord created his first sub with a high-level input for stereo systems.

Fast-forward through all the boring R&D, testing and development stuff, and the No.31 is a fully-fledged £7,000 beast of a subwoofer...

John Archer  |  Jun 05, 2023  |  0 comments
It turns out last year's launch of Quantum Dot OLED technology was more significant than we thought. Mixing self-emissive OLED panels with a QD colour layer not only gave us an outstanding new flatscreen option to consider, but ushered in a new period of competition that's already yielding remarkable results in just a single year. It feels as if the premium TV market has been turbo-charged...
Steve Withers  |  May 24, 2023  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendSony has dumped inefficient lamps and gone all-in on lasers for its projector lineup, with no fewer than five native 4K models using amplified light photons to generate their images. The top model – the VPL-GTZ380 – is a beast of a beamer that can generate a blinding 10,000 Lumens, but comes with an equally painful price tag of eighty grand. Naturally, the majority of home cinema owners will look at the other four – likely beginning with the entry-level VPL-XW5000ES, which is suggested can deliver 2,000 Lumens and sells for £5,999.
Steve Withers  |  May 02, 2023  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendAnthem's new lineup of power amplifiers has been designed to complement its range of AVM processors, with matching livery and enough onboard grunt to fill an enormo-dome. The MCA Gen 2 catalogue offers the two-channel 225 (£2,295), three-channel 325 (£2,795), and five-channel 525 (£3,895) reviewed here. This Class A/B trio share the same design and build, with the only difference being the number of channels...
Richard Stevenson  |  Apr 28, 2023  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendThe middle model in MartinLogan’s five-strong Dynamo series of active subwoofers, the 800X is a svelte little box of joy. Core specifications are right on the money, with the sealed enclosure featuring a 600W peak-rated Class D amp, a single 10in driver and both line-level and speaker-level analogue connections. There's then Bluetooth connectivity for MartinLogan's Sub Control app (iOS and Android), an input for the company's £200 approx SWT-X wireless module, and ARC EQ calibration...
Steve Withers  |  Apr 27, 2023  |  0 comments
JBL's Stage Series is a superb entry-level proposition. There's an energy to the performance that sounds cinematic, even while the delivery is well focused and deep bass nicely integrated....
John Archer  |  Apr 26, 2023  |  0 comments
The BU8500 is the most premium LCD model in Samsung’s 2022 range that doesn’t use Quantum Dot colour technology. Instead, it features Samsung’s Dynamic Crystal Colour system – a more traditional filter-based approach, but one that still claims (in conjunction with the TV's Crystal 4K processor) to deliver a billion different tones.

Still available even as new 2023 Samsung sets come to market, for around £649 the 55in 55BU8500 is £150 cheaper than Samsung’s entry-level 55in Quantum Dot set. Such a gap makes it look potentially fair value...

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