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HCC News Team  |  Oct 13, 2021  |  0 comments
New seven-channel Class A/B receiver delivers the brand's 'legendary sound quality' at a new £2,000 price point – but makes Dirac Live EQ an optional extra.
HCC News Team  |  Oct 13, 2021  |  0 comments
New 2021 Zeppelin supports Alexa voice control plus aptX Adaptive Bluetooth and app streaming/control – and will add multiroom functionality early next year.
HCC News Team  |  Oct 12, 2021  |  0 comments
Prize bundle worth £820 is all you need to bring brilliant bass to your home cinema – and it could be yours!
Team HCC  |  Oct 12, 2021  |  0 comments
You know the famous George Lucas quote: when it comes to movie-watching, ‘sound is half the experience.’ And in your home cinema setup, it’s quite likely you’ve spent more than half your budget on everything that goes towards creating that experience – speakers, subwoofer(s), an AV receiver or processor/amplifier combo.

Of course, buying the equipment is only one part of the journey. To get the best from your multichannel setup, consideration of speaker placement is key, before you get into system EQ and the effects of your room environment. Spend time getting it right (or as right as you can), and you'll be on the path toward a sound performance that perhaps Mr Lucas would be proud of...

HCC News Team  |  Oct 08, 2021  |  0 comments
Comprising new additions to the speaker company's flagship Concept range, this £4,225 system promises 'a truly high-end home audio performance without the high-end price tag'.
Steve May, Mark Craven  |  Oct 07, 2021  |  0 comments
'For the first time in the UK, you can now get Sky TV over WiFi, with no satellite dish, no box and no fuss,' says Sky of its new 43in, 55in and 65in sets – and owners will pay a monthly subscription fee and be able to upgrade in the future...
Anton van Beek  |  Oct 06, 2021  |  0 comments
It's now six years since Neill Blomkamp’s last movie, Chappie, was released in cinemas. During the intervening period he has kept himself busy setting up a production company, Oats Studios, and shooting a series of experimental short movies that are freely available to watch on YouTube. And, while many of us spent the last year locked down at home binge-watching films and telly shows, Blomkamp decided to go out and make a brand-new movie, Demonic.
John Archer  |  Oct 05, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendSony's new high-end projector almost manages to persuade John Archer to part with £25,000

Thanks mainly to the 4K HDR experiences unlocked by its new X1 for Projector processing silicon, Sony has already wowed us with two of its current home cinema beamers, the mid-range VPL-VW590ES (see HCC #318) and step-up VPL-VW790ES (HCC #316). Can it complete the hat-trick with the high-end VPL-VW890ES? Or, put another way, is this £25,000 laser-powered behemoth really £12,000 'better' than the VW790ES?

Daniel Sait  |  Oct 05, 2021  |  0 comments
A mid-room partition in this lengthy loft-based cinema enables an optimal throw distance for its 4K projector and creates space behind for discs and hardware...
Mark Craven  |  Sep 24, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendThe handsome, compact Sound Bar 550 is compatible with HEOS speakers and a wireless subwoofer for optional 5.1 playback, but Mark Craven discovers it cuts the mustard on its own

The soundbar market is saturated, but amongst the myriad models it's possible to see trends, as brands coalesce around specific price points and feature sets. A disadvantage for Denon's Home Sound Bar 550 (beyond the somewhat clumsy name) is that its basic specification – a compact 'bar with no subwoofer, Atmos/DTS:X decoding with no upfirers – is mirrored by models around the £300 price point. And it sells for £550.

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