Mark Craven

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Mark Craven  |  Sep 27, 2017  |  0 comments

Humax has announced its FVP-5000T, the first Freeview Play recorder with three integrated tuners, allowing up to four programmes to be recorded while watching a fifth.

Mark Craven  |  Aug 11, 2017  |  0 comments

While for some a living room can easily double up as a home cinema, others crave a private space where they can get away from it all and settle into the serious business of watching movies. And, in this case, blasting aliens, thrashing cars and pretending to be Lionel Messi. 

Mark Craven  |  Jun 22, 2017  |  0 comments

We're not privy to the reasoning behind Universal's decision to release two Fast & Furious movies on 4K Blu-ray, and not the other five – collectors will be hoping the rest screech around the corner in due course.

Mark Craven  |  Jun 15, 2017  |  0 comments

Bass is a vital part of the home cinema package. Hefty, heaving, humongous low-frequencies are guaranteed to add scale and impact to a surround sound experience, in a way that crystalline high frequencies or robust dialogue just don't. For some AV enthusiasts, their subwoofer is their favourite toy.

Mark Craven  |  Jun 15, 2017  |  0 comments

Director David Yates earned praise for his handling of the final four films in the Harry Potter franchise, so was surely a shoo-in to helm this spin-off flick, adapted for the screen by original author J.K. Rowling.

Mark Craven  |  Apr 24, 2017  |  0 comments

In an issue of HCC five years ago, we tasked Steve May with imagining what technology and concepts would be making a name for themselves in home AV in 2017. Ultra HD and OLED were naturally tipped to develop. That Dolby Atmos wasn’t even mentioned, though, is testament to just how quickly the object-based audio format has found favour in our living rooms and picture palaces. At the beginning of 2012, Dolby Atmos didn’t exist.

Mark Craven  |  Apr 21, 2017  |  0 comments

Cambridge Audio could have gone back to the drawing board for its latest soundbase speaker, but has instead opted to take its previous TV5 model and refresh its audio chops and connective options while retaining the muted styling and driver technology. It's retained the naming system too, so be aware that this is known as the TV5 (v2), and the more affordable new TV2 is the TV2 (v2).

Mark Craven  |  Apr 20, 2017  |  0 comments

Samsung and Amazon Video have announced a new HDR format, called HDR10+ (also HDR10 Plus, seemingly), which updates the open standard to introduce dynamic metadata to improve image quality.

Mark Craven  |  Apr 16, 2017  |  0 comments

...where even the poor Easter Bunny snuffs it.

Mark Craven  |  Apr 13, 2017  |  0 comments
It’s been a while since Oppo had a new disc-player – its previous hardware, the BDP-103D, launched in 2013. The arrival of the UDP-203 is therefore exciting for fans of the brand, not least because it supports Ultra HD Blu-ray...

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