JBL Authentics 500 wireless speaker review
Home Cinema Choice Magazine
by Steve May
3w ago
Retro design and Dolby Atmos support help this 3.1 sound system stand out from the crowd, says Steve May The top dog in JBL's retro-themed Authentics wireless speaker range, the 500 is a hefty, high-powered music system that plays loud with impressive bass extension. If you want delicate hi-fi, look elsewhere. This big boy is bad to the bone. Launched at IFA 2023, JBL's Authentics 200, 300 and 500 models unashamedly embrace the company's heritage, most obviously channelling the L100 loudspeaker popular in the early 1970s. But there's nothing vintage about the feature spread. All three are Blue ..read more
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TCL 85C805K 4K Mini LED TV review
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by John Archer
1M ago
Huge screen, big ambitions, puny price. TCL's 85C805K Mini LED model is everything John Archer likes to see in a TV, basically It might have taken longer than we'd hoped, but king-sized TVs are starting to hit prices us regular Joes can actually afford. No brand is leading this 'massive screens for less cash' charge more aggressively than TCL – and no other giant TCL TV proves this point more than the 85in 85C805K, which can be yours for £1,575. The first thing that will strike you once you (and a pal) have freed it from its box is just how big an 85in screen looks. Stepping up to even a 75in ..read more
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Magnat Monitor Reference 5A powered speaker review
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by Martin Dew
1M ago
Fancy powered towers around your TV instead of a soundbar? Martin Dew finds out if these German speakers can stand and deliver... The Monitor Reference 5As from Magnat are powered stereo speakers with HDMI ARC, making them ready for both music and movie/TV duties. They're floorstanders, suggesting a beefy, full-range performance, and keenly priced at £759. Should you be looking here instead of at a soundbar? Magnat might be an unfamiliar name, although it has been producing loudspeakers in its native Germany since 1973. More recently it's become part of the Premium Audio Company, whose other b ..read more
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Looking back at the birth of Blu-ray
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by Martin Pipe
1M ago
Now every cinephile's favourite disc format, Blu-ray's evolution began over twenty years ago and was marked by an infamous format war, changing 'profiles' and premium priced hardware. Martin Pipe tells the story... By 2000, DVD was established as one of the great success stories of consumer electronics. A mere two years after its UK launch, it had revolutionised how many viewed movies at home and, unlike its enthusiast-only analogue LaserDisc predecessor, had pushed the idea of home cinema into the mainstream. DVD offered practical benefits – durability, compactness and ease-of-use – alongside ..read more
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Pioneer VSA-LX805 AV receiver review
Home Cinema Choice Magazine
by Jamie Biesemans
2M ago
After a period of absence, Pioneer wants to return to its former position as one of the main AV receiver brands. And what's the best way to go about this? By launching an all-singing, all-dancing 11-channel model to compete with the similarly specified amps of its rivals. Enter the VSA-LX805. This Pioneer flagship ticks all the boxes, with support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced and – if you've updated the firmware – Auro-3D (including the excellent Auro upmixer). There are streaming options galore too, with the sometimes clunky DTS Play-Fi joined by Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast. It's ..read more
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Samsun QE65S95D 4K OLED TV review
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2M ago
The first TV from Samsung's 2024 range is a QD OLED flagship on an HDR mission. John Archer investigates While it took Samsung much longer than, well, just about everyone else to fully board the OLED TV train, the South Korean company seems eager to make up for lost time. In 2024 it is significantly expanding its OLED offering, even dipping down to 48in on a new, entry-level lineup, and with its flagship S95D series, tested here at 65in, it's also seeking to rewrite the OLED performance rule book. Priced at a premium £3,499, the QE65S95D runs an upgraded Neo Quantum 4K processor to drive the l ..read more
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Hisense 43A6KTUK 4K TV review
Home Cinema Choice Magazine
by John Archer
2M ago
While Hisense might have ambitions towards the high-end TV market these days with its Mini LED sets, it certainly hasn't abandoned the budget sector where it first made its mark. The 43in 43A6KTUK tested here sells for just £229, despite carrying a full smart TV system, Dolby Vision HDR playback and a potentially contrast-friendly direct-lit VA-type LCD panel. But do its promising specs flatter to deceive? The 43A6KTUK's design strikes a more premium pose than its price would suggest. Three sides of its screen boast a strikingly slim frame, while the slightly chunkier bottom edge makes a state ..read more
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SVS launches new Ultra Evolution loudspeaker range
Home Cinema Choice Magazine
by HCC News Team
2M ago
Comprising three floorstander models, two bookshelf units, a centre enclosure and a dedicated Elevation height/on-wall speaker, SVS's new Ultra Evolution series has home cinema builders in its sights – and replaces the US manufacturer's previous Ultra range as its top-flight proposition. Gone are the trapezoidal cabinets of the original Ultra, although SVS still hasn't opted for a conventional look. The Ultra Evolution Pinnacle, Titan and Tower floorstanders all feature curved front baffles to enable physical time alignment of their tweeter/mid/woofer driver arrays. Timbre-matching to the manu ..read more
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Perlisten R212s subwoofer review
Home Cinema Choice Magazine
by Steve Withers
2M ago
With one woofer hidden away, there's more to the R212s than meets the eye. Steve Withers (per)listens in A relative newcomer to the home cinema scene, having only arrived in 2021, Perlisten hails from Wisconsin in the US, a big country where some people would consider a subwoofer with a 50in driver to be a 'viable option'. But assuming your movie room isn't the size of Wembley Stadium, can you mine the sonic depths without going to these extremes? The answer, thankfully, is yes. That brings us to Perlisten's range of subwoofers, most of which employ dual drivers mounted in a sealed push-pull c ..read more
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Bowers & Wilkins 700 S3 5.1 speaker system review
Home Cinema Choice Magazine
by Mark Craven
3M ago
Mark Craven discovers that B&W's new 700 Series offers more than just a gentle upgrade Once again, Bowers & Wilkins has followed the refresh of its top-spec 800 Series – in 'D4' guise since 2021 – with a subsequent overhaul of its more affordable 700 range. The idea being that it can filter some of the new design and engineering tricks of the 800s down to these more mass-market speakers. Okay, 'mass market' might be stretching it a bit. Although B&W's 700 S3 lineup is the brand's mid-range proposition, with the 600 Series and MT-50 sub/sat system below it, price points reach as hig ..read more
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