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Home Cinema Choice - May 2016

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4 ISSUE 259/MAY 2016 07 25 CONTRIBUTORS John Archer: The UK’s most experienced TV tester cut his teeth as an early HCC staffer Jon Thompson: Film producer and post-production expert delves deep into Hollywood and AV Steve May: HCC’s former Editor-in-Chief is one of the UK’s most respected AV journos 20 36 Martin Pipe: Technical expert Martin is renown throughout the home cinema industry Adam Rayner: The UK's foremost expert in extreme audio writes about bass, hi-fi and, er, cartoons Adrian Justins: Made his name as the editor of What Video & TV and What Home Cinema FEATURES In-depth interviews and special reports. Starts... p20 COVER STORY 20 HDR: What you need to know Our guide to the new video format COVER STORY 25 Demo screen The best discs to show off your system 32 Ahead of the Curzon VOD service targets 'regional' film fans 36 Dream theatres Two more movie dens for your delectation 88 Certified: AV-Holic Another HCC reader shares their AV setup SELECT The place to look if you're planning to buy some new AV gear. Starts... p111 111 Gear guide HCC's comprehensive Top 10s list only the very best home cinema kit money can buy BULLETIN The place for hot products, trends and technology. Starts... p7 07 It's a family affair British debut for Elac's new speaker range 08 Dressed to impress Panasonic's designer TV hits the 4K catwalk 09 Sky to free up live sports New channel for basic subscribers coming this Summer; VR studio opens doors 10 Physical clings on in 2015 DVD still outpacing digital sales in the UK 12 Virtual surround reborn Tech start-up rethinks home cinema audio 14 Bear necessities Fox brings The Revenant to Ultra HD Blu-ray 16 Back of the 'net Trailers and tech to check out on the web 17 For your reference… SIM2 unveils AR-1 premium projector REGULARS Whether you want our opinions or your own, here's where to look. Starts... p75 75 Digital copy Is the 3D audio war over before it started? 76 Film fanatic Anton van Beek's Criterion Blu-ray wishlist 78 In the mix Napster co-founder takes on cinema chains 80 How to… Pimp a Humax PVR Give your old Freeview HD box an upgrade 84 Feedback Share your thoughts with other AV addicts 122 AV Avenger Does it matter if a UHD BD is a 2K upscale? COMPETITIONS 86 Great Blu-rays to be won! Daddy's Home, Mr. Robot: Season 1 and Banshee: The Complete Third Season HOME CINEMA CHOICE MAY 2016

SUBSCRIBE! Sign up to the world’s best AV magazine to save money and never miss an issue p18 44 'The DX902B is blowyour-socks-off brilliant' 48 56 52 66 REVIEWS With a focus on performance, these are in-depth tests you can trust... p43 COVER STORY 44 Panasonic TX-65DX902B Dazzling 65in Ultra HD Premium and THXcertified flagship flatscreen heralds a new era in TV technology 48 XTZ Cinema Series 5.1.4 speaker array offering multitalented surrounds, quad-tweeter front speakers and upfiring add-on modules 52 Yamaha RX-V679 Sweet-sounding seven-channel AV receiver boasts a tantalising price tag 56 JVC DLA-X7000 D-ILA projector with e-Shift 4K tech and HDR support breathes new life into Blu-rays COVER STORY 60 Panasonic DMP-UB900 Brand's debut 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray deck is an essential upgrade for home cinema-hedz 62 Finlux 49UT3E310B-T Affordable 49in UHD TV wants to impress with its design and smart skills 64 Denon AVR-X1200W With a feature-list that includes Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, this wallet-friendly AVR is full of surprises 66 One For All SV1760 Cut out the cables with this plug-and-play wireless HDMI transmission system 67 Audio Technica ATH-A2000Z Flagship ART Monitor headphones deliver a spacious and detailed soundstage 67 Revolution Acoustics SSP6 Transform any wall in your home into a into an audio 'radiator' with these unique surface-hugging speakers COVER STORY 70 Grouptest: Wi-Fi routers With internet services playing a growing role in our enjoyment of movies and music, we round up a quartet of high-performance routers from Asus, D-Link, Linksys and Netgear to see which is best for speed, range, stability and ease-of-use PLAYBACK The latest Blu-rays, DVDs and videogames reviewed and rated. Starts... p95 96 Bad Boys I & II: 20th Anniversary Edition 97 Krampus The Night Before The Danish Girl Sisters 98 Bridge of Spies 100 Tom Clancy's The Division; Miss Hokusai; Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo; Community: The Complete Sixth Season 101 Doctor Who: The Complete Ninth Season 102 Bride of Re-Animator: Limited Edition; Madame X; Michael Collins: 20th Anniversary Edition; Eureka; The City of Lost Children 104 The Tragedy of Macbeth 105 Tootsie; It Happened One Night; Speedy; Bande à part; Compulsion 106 Death Walks Twice: Two Films by Luciano Ercoli Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Emelie Deathgasm 108 COLLECTING… Cold War movies Hankering for some East vs West thrills? MAY 2016 HOME CINEMA CHOICE

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