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Ed Selley  |  Sep 15, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendAt the top of KEF's LS50 collection, you'll find its 'meta-material' Wireless II active system. Ed Selley gives his soundbar a night off and enjoys some premium stereo

KEF's LS50 Wireless II is, as you'd probably guessed, an updated version of its original 2016-era LS50 Wireless. A self-contained active speaker system, it should be viewed more as an alternative to all-in-one devices like Naim's Mu-So 2nd Generation than something you attach to existing electronics. Which is probably for the best, as the £2,250 ticket might not leave you much spare for other kit.

Ed Selley  |  Sep 14, 2021  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedLooking to drive a challenging pair of headphones with a portable player? Ed Selley thinks the chunky KANN Alpha might be what you need

The dedicated portable audio player market is not a massive one, and Korean brand Astell&Kern is the biggest fish in a relatively small pond. Its KANN series of players overlaps the more conventional A&Norma and A&Futura ranges, and is designed to be able to drive even very demanding headphones from a smallscale device.

HCC News Team  |  Sep 14, 2021  |  0 comments
Micro LED range – billed as 'the supercar of home theatre displays' – goes from 81in to 325in and includes UltraStretch 32:9 packages
Steve Withers  |  Sep 13, 2021  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3How has SVS managed to get so much bass out of a sealed cabinet so compact and so affordable? Steve Withers falls in love with the SB-1000 Pro

Since 1999 American company SVS has built a formidable reputation by mainly focusing on one thing – manufacturing powerful home cinema subwoofers that don't cost the earth. It has some beefy models in its lineup, topping out at the 16-Ultra Series (ported and sealed models with 16in woofers), but the SB-1000 Pro is a timely reminder that amongst the pricier, bigger boom boxes, it can still knock up a compact sealed unit with a sub-£700 ticket. And why wouldn't it? Models like this sell like hot cakes.

HCC News Team  |  Sep 13, 2021  |  0 comments
Studiocanal celebrates James Cameron's blockbuster with Zavvi-exclusive Endo Skull edition, plus Steelbook and Vinyl Edition releases – the latter including the original soundtrack on LP
John Archer  |  Sep 10, 2021  |  0 comments
TCL's first mini LED TV to hit the UK leaves John Archer mostly impressed, but ruing some missed opportunities

The big new buzzword in the TV world is mini LED. This premium backlighting technology uses much smaller LEDs than those found on conventional LED-lit LCD screens, allowing more to be deployed behind the glass. The result is a boost to both potential brightness and contrast, particularly if the mini LEDs – which typically number in their thousands – are driven by a healthy amount of separate dimming zones.

HCC News Team  |  Sep 10, 2021  |  0 comments
Denon AVS-3 and Marantz VS3003 provide 3-in, 1-out HDMI connectivity and bring greater setup flexibity to the brands' 8K-ready amps
HCC News Team  |  Sep 02, 2021  |  0 comments
New DLA-NZ9, DLA-NZ8 and DLA-NZ7 beamers also introduce HDR10+ compatibility
John Archer  |  Aug 27, 2021  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Philips' 800 Series OLED TV adds top-drawer gaming to excellent picture quality, discovers John Archer

Philips' ability to harness its potent video processing to the innate precision of OLED display technology has, over the last half-a-decade or so, given the brand a new lease of life, and one that's seen it claim an ever-growing slice of the premium TV market in the face of competition from both established brands and aggressive newcomers. And I can't see it losing its grip if it continues to make TVs like those in its OLED806 range.

Steve May  |  Aug 27, 2021  |  0 comments
Steve May goes zombie-hunting in... Westfield shopping centre.

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