Steve May  |  Feb 23, 2023  |  0 comments
Soundbars don't come any more premium than this 18kg whopper from Danish design honcho Bang & Olufsen. Rather than shoot for the mainstream, the brand has gone seriously upmarket with a component that's as uncompromising as it is exhilarating...
Ed Selley  |  Feb 22, 2023  |  0 comments
As I write this, I am listening to a digital file, streamed from my NAS, via the Roon music management platform, into a DAC and from there 
to an amplifier driving a pair of speakers. There are any number of EQ and DSP options open to me in Roon but every single one of them is bypassed or switched off...
Anton van Beek & Mark Craven  |  Feb 21, 2023  |  0 comments
With Hollywood hoping for a post-pandemic bounce-back at the box office, this year's movie slate features returns for the Mission: Impossible crew, John Wick and Adonis Creed, plus a certain professor of archaeology...
Steve May  |  Feb 07, 2023  |  0 comments
Philips has revealed its latest OLED flagship TV, the OLED+908, at a huge 2023 range reveal in Amsterdam. The new model looks likely to be a top-of-the-line choice for home cinema enthusiasts, not least because it’s the first from the brand to use the latest LG Display Micro Lens Array (MLA) panel, coupled to a proprietary META brightness Boosting algorithm.
John Archer  |  Jan 26, 2023  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedJohn Archer rates Panasonic's step-down OLED TV as an unmissable bargain for anyone who already has an immersive sound system

Rival OLED manufacturers are really getting started with new types of high-brightness panel designs, but Panasonic has been at it for years – with consistently great results. A catch has been that the brand's hardware-enhanced OLED TVs have tended to pile on the (Great British) pounds.

Mark Craven  |  Jan 24, 2023  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Mark Craven wrestles this beefy multichannel amplifier into place, and then gets drunk on power

Here's something I wasn't expecting. Musical Fidelity, the audio brand known for its high-end hi-fi products, and association with turntable maker Pro-Ject, which acquired the company in 2018, has launched a seven-channel power amplifier. And it's a big old beast of an amp too.

John Archer  |  Jan 23, 2023  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedThe projector marque is once again targeting bigscreen gamers, this time with a Full HD model with handy short-throw lens and 120Hz playback. John Archer plugs in

BenQ describes its TH690ST as the 'world's first short-throw 4LED console gaming projector'. While this description sums up its core appeal well, it only scrapes the surface of everything the unit has going for it.

Steve Withers  |  Jan 20, 2023  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedREL has upgraded its HT range of home cinema-focused subwoofers, but do they live up to their catchy nicknames? Steve Withers finds out

REL has long touted its ability to make subwoofers that work equally well with music and movies – but if you're only interested in home cinema, the HT Series is for you. This range is specifically designed to slot into a multichannel speaker system, dropping the high-level Neutrik Speakon connectors to concentrate on LFE signals from an AV processor or receiver.

Steve May  |  Jan 19, 2023  |  0 comments
The TV manufacturer makes an impressive splash with this well-featured 4K HDR screen, says Steve May. But it's not for picture quality purists…

Some OLED TVs are designed for The Batman, predisposed for darkness and shadow. The Hisense A85H is more of a Strictly Come Dancing kinda screen. Pictures pop like candy, and dynamics have all the subtlety of a sledgehammer blow. If you want wow, you'll find it here.

HCC News Team  |  Jan 13, 2023  |  0 comments
We've teamed up with SVS and its UK distributor Karma AV to give away an SVS 3000 Micro, the audio brand's ultra-compact and ultra-impressive award-winning subwoofer!