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HCC News Team  |  Dec 02, 2020  |  0 comments
Cinema 1200 joined by step-down models in new four-strong range
Steve May  |  Nov 25, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Panasonic's Professional Edition OLED panel gets an IQ upgrade and the result is dazzling, says Steve May

There's never been a better time to invest in premium home theatre, now that multiplex screens have lost their silvery allure and cinema concessions now come with a side order of anxiety. Stepping up your AV game is the only sensible solution, and Panasonic's flagship HZ2000 is perhaps the ultimate flatscreen upgrade. Okay, it's not 8K, but for the movie sources of the here and now, it's unbeatable.

HCC News Team  |  Nov 20, 2020  |  0 comments
Six-model series offers on-wall, centre, standmount and floorstanding options with the promise of 'magical sound'
John Archer  |  Nov 19, 2020  |  0 comments
Optoma's HZ40 home entertainment projector offers laser lighting – unusual for a model at its £1,300 price. But John Archer finds this a mixed blessing

It's easy to see why some people think lasers are the future of projection. They can go exceptionally bright and can support an extended colour gamut. You don't have to replace them as you do normal projection lamps, and they're energy efficient. And they lose relatively little performance over their colossal lifetime.

Steve May  |  Nov 19, 2020  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendImpressively specified, with fully integrated Alexa, the Amazon Fire TV Cube is easily the company's most versatile and sophisticated media player to date. But if you’ve already got a Fire TV stick, is it worth upgrading?
HCC News Team  |  Nov 19, 2020  |  0 comments
Improved voice search, HDR branding and improved functionality without a satellite signal all rolling out now
Mark Craven  |  Nov 16, 2020  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendMark Craven assembles a 5.1.2 package from the Norwegian brand's multi-talented new speaker series

Norwegian brand Arendal Sound is relatively new – it launched in 2015 – and as such its product range isn't extensive. But in adding the new 1961 Series to the existing flagship 1723 fleet (which comes in full-size and S-for-small variants), it's adding two elements that will appeal to cinema system builders – its first height model, and lower price points. The full 1961 Series (named in honour of the year the Tromøy Bridge was completed in Arendal, Norway, we're told) is nothing if not comprehensive, comprising floorstander, monitor and bookshelf models, plus a centre channel, 'TriAxial' surround speaker, and the aforementioned height option.

Mark Craven  |  Nov 12, 2020  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedJBL enters the Dolby Atmos soundbar market with a flexible 5.1.4 model. Mark Craven listens up

When is a soundbar not a soundbar? When it's JBL's Bar 9.1. On the face of it, this is a premium soundbar/subwoofer system with Dolby Atmos capability, but with its front left/right enclosures able to be removed and used as discrete surrounds/Atmos units, you get a 5.1.4 setup with minimal fuss. Which is how we like it.

Mark Craven & Anton van Beek  |  Nov 11, 2020  |  0 comments
Blending dark black comedy, stomach-churning gore effects and nail-biting tension – not to mention some slick satire – George A. Romero's 1978 zombie sequel Dawn of the Dead is regarded by many as the pinnacle of the decades-spanning franchise and the genre. And now it's resurrected on 4K Blu-ray...
Steve May  |  Nov 10, 2020  |  0 comments
The new service, which runs on its V6 set-top box, is a completely fresh platform. All vestiges of the old TiVo interface have gone, replaced by a slick new interface driven by a new voice-enabled remote control.

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