Mark Craven

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Mark Craven  |  Dec 28, 2016  |  0 comments
Acoustic Energy's AEGO Sound3ar (so named because it's part of the company's third-generation Aego range) makes a great first impression. This £200 audio booster has the style charm to appear more expensive. The black grilles, aluminium trim and rounded edges on both its subwoofer and soundbar mix together well.
Mark Craven  |  Dec 21, 2016  |  0 comments

GoodFellas, Martin Scorsese's classic 1990 gangster flick, is returning to cinemas across the UK in January, utilising a new 4K restoration reissued as part of the BFI's season focusing on the director. Screenings will take place on Sunday January 22nd and Thursday January 26th at Vue cinemas, including Basingstoke Festival Place, Bristol Cribbs, Camberley, Cheshire Oaks, Croydon Grants, Dublin, Edinburgh Omni, Exeter, Finchley Road, Islington, Leamington Spa, Leeds Light, Manchester Red, Newcastle UL, Norwich, Oxford, Piccadilly, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Reading, Staines, Star City, Swansea, Watford, Westfield, Westfield Stratford and York. Tickets are available to buy now at www.myvue.com. The movie, which cast Ray Liotta as Irish-American hoodlum Henry Hill and followed his 30-year involvement with the mafia, has also recently been released on Ultra HD Blu-ray.  

Mark Craven  |  Dec 12, 2016  |  0 comments

It's getting hard to find many points of difference between AV receivers around the key £500 mark. Pioneer's VSX-1131, originally priced £550 but available now for less if you shop around, offers a specifications sheet with few surprises, beyond the fact that it's very well featured indeed. Whatever you're hoping to find here, you probably will. 

Mark Craven  |  Oct 31, 2016  |  0 comments

Panasonic has tied up a deal with Sony Pictures to offer an Ultra HD Blu-ray copy of the new Ghostbusters movie to buyers of its new DMP-UB700 4K Blu-ray player in advance of the disc's general release. From November 3, those buying the UB700 will receive the spooktastic sequel flick on UHD BD, just under three weeks before the title hits shops on November 21.

Mark Craven  |  Oct 28, 2016  |  0 comments

Bluesound is expanding its multiroom range to include a soundbar model that supports networked hi-res audio streaming with MQA compatability. The Bluesound Pulse Soundbar will sell for £1,000 when it arrives in November, placing it in the high-end 'bar bracket alongside the likes of Samsung's HW-K950, DALI's Kubik One and Yamaha's top-line YSP models. Able to turn a TV setup into another multiroom zone, the Pulse Soundbar uses a six-strong driver array (arranged in a stereo config), with each custom-designed unit supported by a dedicated amplifier channel. There are also two additional passive radiators. While natively two-channel, the onboard Dolby decoding chip that handles downmixing will, HCC has discovered, by enabled by a future firmware to allow the 'bar to decode surround sound signals and output to linked Pulse speakers. 

Mark Craven  |  Sep 28, 2016  |  0 comments

The Ultra HD Blu-ray format, launched during an era when streaming services are eating into physical media sales, has posted impressive retail figures that compare favourably to the first few months of Blu-ray, according to US industry mag Home Media Magazine.

Mark Craven  |  Sep 27, 2016  |  0 comments

James Camerson's action/sci-fi smash Aliens will screen in 70mm as part of the National Media Museum's Widescreen Weekend.

Mark Craven  |  Sep 26, 2016  |  0 comments

Denon's AVR-X2300W is an AV receiver after my cash-conscious heart. Available for £500, it offers buyers at this price everything they will probably expect, all wrapped up in a neat design and delivered with a welcome understanding that those investing in home cinema separates may still be AV novices. 

Mark Craven  |  Sep 22, 2016  |  0 comments

Oppo has joined the Ultra HD Blu-ray player party with a debut model, the UDP-203, that will be available later this year tentatively priced at £599.

Mark Craven  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments

Epson has announced its EH-LS10500 projector, a sequel to its EH-LS10000 laser model that introduces HDR and Ultra HD Blu-ray playback to the spec sheet.

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