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Mark Craven  |  Feb 25, 2022  |  0 comments
Loudspeakers are the trusty stalwarts of your AV system. Your flatscreen TV may suffer from screenburn, your PJ lamp might blow, your disc-spinner might just decide it doesn't want to actually spin discs. Yet, says Marck Cravem loudspeakers keep on rocking...
Steve May  |  Jan 21, 2022  |  0 comments
Steve May ventures into the weird world of lost movies, spots a possessed nun in a kids' cartoon, and solves the riddle of ONJ’s movie debut
Steve May  |  Jul 13, 2021  |  0 comments
Some studio execs think the over-50s have been forgotten amid superhero franchise mania. Steve May wonders if the BBFC could help out...
Mark Craven  |  Jun 21, 2021  |  0 comments
Mark Craven wonders if it's time to rethink the way we talk about tech...
Steve May  |  Mar 19, 2021  |  0 comments
It's all about creator's intent, says Steve May, not technical details...
Steve May  |  Mar 05, 2021  |  0 comments
The streaming giant has unlocked world TV in a way that traditional broadcasters have never attempted, says Steve May
Jon Thompson  |  Jan 11, 2021  |  0 comments
Jon Thompson argues that pursuit of short-term gain will lead to long-term pain – and the death of the blockbuster...
Richard Stevenson  |  Jan 07, 2021  |  0 comments
Richard Stevenson explains why an initial plan to upgrade his 1080p projector to a mega-size 4K TV has instead resulted in a larger projector screen...
Mark Craven  |  Feb 12, 2020  |  0 comments
Recommendations engines and thumbnail VOD menus tease ease of use, but this is why linear TV still has appeal...
Anton van Beek  |  Nov 20, 2019  |  0 comments
While Anton van Beek was prepared to have his brain battered by some Michael Bay mayhem, he didn't expect Channel 4 to adhere to the director's intent when it came to ratio shifts
Anton van Beek  |  Nov 01, 2018  |  0 comments
Oo-er! Things are getting a little steamy around here as Anton van Beek reminisces about the heyday of the big-budget erotic thriller and wonders why Hollywood studios seem so scared of sex these days...
Mark Craven  |  Oct 09, 2018  |  0 comments
Those with an interest in film criticism, and movie history in general, will find a lot to enjoy in new book The Times On Cinema. Edited by Brian Pendreigh, it collects nearly 100 years of cinema writing from both The Times and Sunday Times newspapers, and I've found it utterly fascinating.
Anton van Beek  |  Oct 05, 2018  |  0 comments
When he's not watching movies, Anton van Beek loves to kick back with a good book – especially when they offer alternate versions of some classic films...
Mark Craven  |  Sep 24, 2018  |  0 comments
Going from a Steinway Lyngdorf/Sony 4K home cinema system to an IMAX Laser screening finds Mark Craven singing the praises of both. But...
Anton van Beek  |  May 02, 2018  |  0 comments

When it comes to movie soundtracks, it's often assumed that home cinema fans like them as loud and brash as they can be. After all, unlike friends and family members who are content listening to films through the piddly drivers crammed into their flatscreen TVs, we've actually gone to the effort of filling our living room or movie den with honking great speakers. So it only stands to reason that we'll be cranking them to the max. Doesn't it?

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