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Steve May, Mark Craven  |  Oct 14, 2021  |  0 comments
From curved TVs to golf ball-sized speakers, 11in OLEDs and glasses-free 3D, these AV inventions are worth celebrating – even if they often didn't take off.
Team HCC  |  Oct 12, 2021  |  0 comments
You know the famous George Lucas quote: when it comes to movie-watching, ‘sound is half the experience.’ And in your home cinema setup, it’s quite likely you’ve spent more than half your budget on everything that goes towards creating that experience – speakers, subwoofer(s), an AV receiver or processor/amplifier combo.

Of course, buying the equipment is only one part of the journey. To get the best from your multichannel setup, consideration of speaker placement is key, before you get into system EQ and the effects of your room environment. Spend time getting it right (or as right as you can), and you'll be on the path toward a sound performance that perhaps Mr Lucas would be proud of...

Martin Dew  |  Mar 09, 2021  |  0 comments
If you thought immersive audio at home topped out at 11, 13 or 15 channels, try 30 for size. Martin Dew gets enveloped by Trinnov’s DTS:X Pro-equipped Altitude32 processor
Steve May  |  Jun 19, 2020  |  0 comments
We chat to Dan Durran from RED Digital about being ahead of the pixel curve, the benefits of downsampling, and I Love Lucy...
Team HCC  |  Jan 24, 2020  |  0 comments
Our annual awards celebrate the very best home cinema and hi-fi hardware you can buy, from 4K TVs and projectors to Dolby Atmos speaker systems, AV receivers, soundbars and subwoofers, to stereo amplifiers, turntables, DACs, headphones and more...
Daniel Sait  |  Oct 01, 2019  |  0 comments
Known as 'Jupiter', this cavernous space is used to fine-tune Dynaudio's in-house speaker designs – and is a bit like something out of a sci-fi movie
Jon Thompson  |  Dec 21, 2018  |  0 comments
Armed with an Arcam AV860 processor and platoon of disc players, we sample the first IMAX Enhanced disc release, Journey to The South Pacific.
Martin Dew  |  Oct 06, 2018  |  First Published: Oct 05, 2018  |  0 comments
Having spread its wings into home cinema and VR, and astonished moviegoers with last Summer's Dunkirk, IMAX is on a roll. We quiz IMAX CTO Brian Bonnick about the development of its laser projection system, 12-channel audio and the IMAX 'DNA'...
Martin Pipe  |  Aug 17, 2017  |  0 comments

One of the tell-tale signs you're a 'home cinema hero' – according to my colleague Steve May – is that you 'still have a LaserDisc player, somewhere...' And, indeed, to AV geeks of a certain vintage, the mere word conjures up cherished memories of that unmistakable whooshing sound as the big and beautiful medium – think CD, enlarged to LP size – was brought up to speed within the sizeable slab of a player.

Mark Craven  |  Apr 24, 2017  |  0 comments

In an issue of HCC five years ago, we tasked Steve May with imagining what technology and concepts would be making a name for themselves in home AV in 2017. Ultra HD and OLED were naturally tipped to develop. That Dolby Atmos wasn’t even mentioned, though, is testament to just how quickly the object-based audio format has found favour in our living rooms and picture palaces. At the beginning of 2012, Dolby Atmos didn’t exist.

Ed Selley  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  0 comments

For historical reasons, Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire has an extraordinary number of audio manufacturers in close company to one another. One of the leading lights of this cluster is Meridian Audio. Founded in 1977, it has gone about the business of product development in a fashion that's paid little heed to the trends and traditions that might be doing the rounds elsewhere.

Barry Fox  |  Apr 19, 2016  |  0 comments

We’ve all been there. Grovelled around the back of an AV system looking for the plug that needs jiggling in its socket to restore a mysteriously lost connection. We’ve trodden on a plug, and broken it, and so made an expensive cable useless; or broken the little plastic lock leaf on the RJ45 plug at the end of a carefully-laid Ethernet network cable. Worse still, we’ve tripped over a lead, wrenched the plug and broken the socket in a pricey piece of gear. And how many smartphones and tablets have been wrecked by someone pushing the USB connector home the wrong way round? What a wonderful world it would be if connections no long relied on plugs.

Martin Dew  |  Feb 22, 2016  |  0 comments

Once again, film fans find themselves in the midst of an audio format war. Long-time rivals Dolby and DTS are slugging it out in both commercial theatres and home cinemas with new object-based sound systems. Dolby's Atmos format matured first, launching at multiplexes in 2012 and in home setups two years later. Now, though, DTS:X is hoping to steal its thunder.

John Archer  |  Dec 04, 2015  |  0 comments

Can it really be five years since a TV and movie industry desperate to find the next big tech temptation set out to entice us and our traditionally 2D AV brains into the third dimension? 'Fraid so.In fact, it’s a bit longer than that if you take the 2009 launch of Avatar as your 3D starting gun. At HCC, however, it was the Summer of 2010 when the format became a going concern, marked by the arrival in the UK of the first 3D TV sets.

Steve May  |  Sep 11, 2015  |  0 comments
Revealed: The golden rules of home cinema - and when it's okay to break them

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