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HCC News Team  |  Feb 24, 2022  |  0 comments
£7,500 model eschews laser and 8K e-Shift to become brand's 'entry-level' 4K HDR beamer
John Archer  |  Feb 17, 2022  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendDenon's entry-level X Series AV receiver is also its most advanced in terms of HDMI connectivity. Go figure, says John Archer

Thanks to problems with first-generation HDMI 2.1 ports, the last year was unusually tumultuous for the AV receiver and amplifier world. The late arrival of Denon's AVR-X1700H (sold in the UK exclusively through retailer Peter Tyson) therefore turns out to be quite handy.

Mark Craven  |  Feb 09, 2022  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedPiega's slender, sweet-sounding loudspeakers want to sneak into Mark Craven's movie room

The AV industry once happily threw around the term Wife Acceptance Factor (or WAF for short). This was applied to any bit of gear that looked as if it had been styled for the home, not a pro-grade studio – in other words, it looked nice, and wasn't huge. I was reminded of this by Piega's Ace 50 floorstander.

John Archer  |  Feb 05, 2022  |  0 comments
BenQ's new projector treats gamers pretty well, but John Archer isn't convinced it's for movie lovers too

Video gaming is currently enjoying the sort of explosion in popularity that home cinema did in the 1980s. Sales of the latest Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles are truly mind-boggling (despite ongoing supply issues). It's no surprise, then, to see makers of traditionally AV gear suddenly falling over themselves to cater for the gaming market.

HCC News Team  |  Feb 04, 2022  |  0 comments
Promotion runs until April as the Korean brand prepares to introduce 2022 TV lineup this spring, includes a £750 saving on the flagship SP11RA
John Archer  |  Jan 28, 2022  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendIf you're looking for high-performance home cinema and music sound from a single box, John Archer thinks the HT-A7000 could be just the job

Some soundbars prioritise convenience and price, while others prioritise sound quality, features and versatility. Sony's new HT-A7000 is very much one of the latter.

HCC News Team  |  Jan 28, 2022  |  0 comments
Incoming Ambilight flatscreen also gains a new sixth-gen processor, IMAX Enhanced compatibility, onscreen 'Game Bar' and 77in screen size
Steve Withers  |  Jan 21, 2022  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Steve Withers installs a lot of speakers to assess this AV processor's promise of full sonic immersion

First announced in October 2020, the arrival of Anthem's new home cinema range in the UK has been delayed by you-know-what, but finally its AVM 70 processor is here and ready to rumble. It joins three AV receivers – the flagship MRX 1140, the MRX 740 (reviewed in HCC #321), and the entry-level MRX 540 – and will be followed in due course by another processor, the AVM 90. And it's dripping in tech and setup potential.

Steve Withers  |  Jan 21, 2022  |  0 comments
1993 thriller reuniting Brian De Palma and Al Pacino as partners in crime snatches an impressive 4K debut
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

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