Mark Craven

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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...
Mark Craven  |  Apr 11, 2017  |  0 comments
British audio brand Orbitsound has a narrow focus – the One (P70) soundbar here is joined by only two other 'bars, plus a wireless Bluetooth speaker, in its hardware stable. But when it comes to sonics, it aims to be anything but narrow. Instead, Orbitsound is on a mission to kill the sweet spot...   
Mark Craven  |  Apr 11, 2017  |  0 comments

Vrooom! This unusual home cinema setup is the result of a car-mad movie fan who wanted to split his double garage in half, thus creating space for a high-spec theatre and a slick residence for his motor. And he wanted to be able to see one side from the other... 

Mark Craven  |  Mar 20, 2017  |  0 comments

Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard jump aboard the history-mystery train yet again for this third adaptation of a Dan Brown page-turner, although it's probably only recommended for franchise addicts.

Mark Craven  |  Mar 12, 2017  |  0 comments

When the residents of mining town Rose Creek are faced with either selling their land to – or dying at the hands of – murderous landowner Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), widower Emma (Haley Bennett) heads out to approach warrant officer Sam Chisholm (Denzel Washington) for help. Swayed by her plight and a big bag of money, Chisholm rounds up six further courageous gunslingers and sets about righting some wrongs, Wild West-style.

Mark Craven  |  Mar 11, 2017  |  0 comments

The three members of US comedy troupe/comic songwriters The Lonely Island star, write and direct this generally sharp and witty satire of the modern music industry. Think This Is Spinal Tap for the YouTube generation.

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