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Steve May  |  Sep 28, 2016  |  0 comments

It's perhaps surprising that the concept of ultra short throw projectors for the home hasn't taken off more readily. Unlike traditional home cinema beamers, which cast images across 3m to 5m, UST models like this £1,000 Optoma GT5000 throw up a 100in image from just 30cm. 

Steve May  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments

If you thought 4K was cool, wait till you get a load of HDR (High Dynamic Range). So goes this year’s TV sales patter. HDR brings hitherto unseen levels of dynamism to television, taking home viewing closer than ever (and even beyond) the modern cinematic experience. But, of course, not all HDR is created equal.

Steve May  |  Sep 06, 2016  |  0 comments

Critics may baulk at the prospect of even more BvS, but there's no doubt that pouring 30 minutes of extra footage back into the mix for this 'Ultimate Edition' helps flesh out the narrative of Zack Snyder's Justice League prequel. Clark Kent is the biggest beneficiary, as we see him flex his investigative reporting skills, and uncover the twisted depth of Lex Luthor's machinations.

Steve May  |  Aug 22, 2016  |  0 comments

Sony's newly-minted 55XD9305 TV is a flatscreen style icon with some cool new technology, introducing a novel Slim Backlight Drive which effectively divides the panel backlight in two, and sporting a waif-like frame that makes it perfect for wall-hanging. The set reviewed here is a 55-incher, but it’s also available in 65-inch guise. 

Steve May  |  Aug 05, 2016  |  0 comments

Yamaha has unveiled two new ultra-compact additions to its MusicCast audio range which it believes could transform the way you listen to TV.

Steve May  |  Jul 25, 2016  |  0 comments

To be honest, I was both excited and anxious about using Sky Q. From its distinctive handset to Planner grid, classic Sky has been a home comfort for the best part of a decade. The idea of junking it all in favour of some new-fangled product seemed a tad reckless. But the lure of a hybrid system mixing satellite delivery with streaming is too tempting to ignore – as is the prospect of 4K channels launching this Summer.

Steve May  |  Jul 11, 2016  |  0 comments

After what seems like an age of speculation, 4K Ultra HD BD is finally here, and the Panasonic DMP-UB900 stands as its early champion. Positioned above Samsung’s rival UBD-K8500 in both price and spec, this a player designed to serve the AV enthusiast – it’s the first source component we’ve seen to get THX 4K Source certification, which implies some rigorous performance testing – without entirely pricing itself beyond the 4K curious.

Steve May  |  Apr 19, 2016  |  0 comments

It's a tempting time to upgrade your AVR. With a rising tide of 4K content requiring HDCP 2.2 copy protection, UHD 2,160p displays and object-based audio formats, the stars are aligning for those eager for a movie theatre makeover. And if you’re prepared to shop at a higher level, there’re precious few compromises that need be made. 

Steve May  |  Apr 18, 2016  |  0 comments

Generally speaking, our modern connected world is a good thing, particularly when it comes to electronic doodads. Back in the day, before the 'net, we would buy a gadget, happy to know that what it did when first unboxed would be what it would do forever (wear and tear not withstanding) – play DVDs, amplify music, time an egg.

Steve May  |  Apr 17, 2016  |  0 comments

The science of home cinema design is complex at the best of times. Calculating the relationship between room acoustics, speaker dispersion, screen gain and projection is notoriously difficult to master and usually left to high-end installers to work out. But now an entire room can be automatically designed, specified and rendered thanks to an ingenious new software package called The Cinema Designer. 

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