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Mark Craven  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments

After appearing at the recent IFA show in prototype form, Sony's debut 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player has now been confirmed during the CEDIA Expo taking place in the US. The deck, dubbed the UBP-X1000ES, adds Super Audio CD and DVD Audio playback to the usual UHD BD and HDR mix, and will be available in Spring 2017.

Mark Craven  |  Aug 31, 2016  |  0 comments

Panasonic has announced a new DMP-UB700 Ultra HD Blu-ray player that will slot into to its lineup alongside the existing DMP-UB900, giving 4K home cinema fans a greater choice when it comes to a new deck.

Mark Craven  |  Aug 11, 2016  |  0 comments

JVC has released a video (below) as a teaser for a new D-ILA projector that will launch at this year's IFA technology show. Described by the brand as a 'High-end 4K D-ILA BLUEscent projector', we're told it will be a native (rather than e-Shift) 4K/Ultra HD model using a laser light source. No word yet on pricing, specifications or eventual availability, but consider us excited...

Mark Craven  |  Aug 02, 2016  |  0 comments

Home cinema used to be oh-so simple. Partner a bigscreen TV with a home theatre in a box (HTIB) and you were sorted for whatever DVD or Blu-ray you wanted to play. You could go the separates route, splitting your speakers, AV amp and disc-player purchases in pursuit of greater quality, but an all-in-one system couldn't be criticised when it came to covering the basics. It was wonderfully democratic.

Mark Craven  |  Jul 28, 2016  |  0 comments

Luxury TV company Loewe is widening the choice for those seeking an OLED TV with the launch of its Bild 7, a 4K/Ultra HD OLED screen with support for both HDR 10 and Dolby Vision content.

Mark Craven  |  Jul 14, 2016  |  0 comments

Sky has finally announced details of the first wave of 4K programming that will be supported by its new Sky Q Silver hardware, with an August 13 launch date – the same day as the start of the new Premier League football season.

Mark Craven  |  Jul 06, 2016  |  0 comments

Anyone drawing up a mid-range/premium soundbar shortlist will no doubt be intrigued by Yamaha's YSP-1600. Selling for £500, it shares some of the DNA of the brand's higher-end models (the YSP-2500 and YSP-5600) but leaves more cash in the bank for Blu-rays. There are plenty of other prospect at this price, however, so can the soundbar do enough to make it an essential audition?

Mark Craven  |  Jul 06, 2016  |  0 comments

LCD projector specialist Epson has announced three new models to launch this September that will support playback of HDR and Ultra HD Blu-ray movies. 

Mark Craven  |  Jul 05, 2016  |  0 comments

I'm a big believer in giving your AV setup a Spring clean. Untangling cables, repositioning speakers that have been shunted about and putting Blu-ray discs back in their correct cases can help bring a sense of calm to a fraught AV mind. 

Mark Craven  |  Apr 21, 2016  |  0 comments

Discs outsold digital in the UK last year, according to the latest figures released by BASE (the British Association for Screen Entertainment). However, the margin is small enough (52 per cent versus 48 per cent) to suggest the tipping point could be reached in 2016.