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New UHD 4K Players

10/09/2018 12:24

With the recent demise of Oppo’s playback devices our field was looking a little fallow for premium replacements, until recently. In the next few weeks we will see two models from Pioneer, and a further unit form Panasonic.

Over the past 3-4 years Pioneer have produced some of the best built electronics in the market bar none. Of note were last year’s BDP-LX58 and BDP-LX88 players which to be fair in the realms of Blu Ray playback and build quality had no peers. We should see the first of the new 4K units in the next two weeks and the first model through the door will be the Pioneer UDP-LX500, it will be priced at £999. In October this will also be joined by the Pioneer UDP-LX800 priced at £2,199. Details are a little scant on the higher end unit, but we will add these to the product page as soon as we have them. We are aware that one of the attractive features of the outgoing Oppo models is that they were relatively easy to make Multi Region for DVD & Multi Zone for Blu Ray. This is something we hope to address with the Pioneer players over time, again this will be added to the product pages and the news section of the website should we have success.

Around this time the new premium Panasonic DP-UB9000 will arrive priced at £899, slightly under the RRP of the Pioneer units. This promises all the usual features along with a clever tone mapping facility for HDR, this will be very useful for projector based HDR systems which have lower lumens than LCD & OLED displays. It should equate to a significant upgrade in picture quality for most if not all UHD/HDR projection systems, particularly with those early release 4K UHD disks with static HDR10 metadata.

Links to the new players are below and we are accepting Pre-Orders for the new units on a first come first served basis.

PIONEER UDP-LX500

PIONEER UDP-LX800

PANASONIC DP-UB9000

Posted By Dan Bland

Movie Of The Month

04/09/2018 11:54

This month a bit of the old Chop, Chop!

America had Al Capone; England, the Kray brothers and Australia - proving once and for all its antipodean sense of humour - has Mark "Chopper" Read. "Chopper" is inspired by the books of Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read, arguably Australia's most infamous former criminal. "Chopper" draws on police records, court transcripts, news coverage and interviews with people who knew Chopper Read.

CHOPPER TRAILER

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New JVC 4K UHD Projectors

04/09/2018 10:59

JVC’s new range is finally here, consisting of three D-ILA projectors adopting the newest Native 4K D-ILA resolution. The top of the range DLA-NX9 will be the world’s first 8K e-shift home theater projector, along with two Native 4K UHD models.

The DLA-N7 & DLA-N5 along with the DLA-NX9 are all planned for release from late October 2018.

The DLA-NX9 with its 8K e-shift technology together with its 100mm diameter high resolution glass lens will offer UHD e-shifted 8K images with a much higher resolution than 4K that rival reality even on the largest screens. In addition, the DLA-N7 & DLA-N5 incorporates JVC’s latest 4K D-ILA device and 65mm diameter glass lens to reproduce smooth, detailed 4K imagery significantly improving on past years performance

VIEW OUR FULL JVC RANGE HERE

Posted By Dan Bland

If you own an Arcam, Lexicon, Audio Control or NAD unit compatible with Dirac, this one is for you.

Dirac have recently announced they are releasing a beta version of Dirac Live that is available for customers to apply to become a beta tester. Main upgrades include an advancement in Uphase control over pairs of speakers which should bring a significant audable benefit.

More information is available here.

Posted By Dan Bland

An incredibly achievement for SVS as their legendary SB-4000 has recently been acclaimed as the best home cinema subwoofer in the world in 2018 on price vs performance.

Voted on yearly by EISA, this is a very prestigious award with the performance to back it up.

The full review is available here.

Posted By Dan Bland

Movie of the Month

04/08/2018 14:26

Today's Movie of the Month is 1987 classic, Raising Arizona. One of the better movies of Nicholas Cage, this comedy-crime eccentric film is maybe the Coen Brothers' least disciplined, but one of their most solely entertaining to watch movies. Certainly a charming, light hearted one to watch.

Fast-paced farce about an unlikely pair who go to extreme lengths to have a child. When an incompetent robber marries a policewoman, they discover that they are infertile. In order to appease his wife's longings for a child, the man steals one of a set of quintuplets, but mayhem ensues when the child's rich father sends a rabbit-shooting bounty hunter after the kidnapper.

RAISING ARIZONA TRAILER

Posted By Dan Bland

Movie of the Month

07/07/2018 15:32

It's not nearly time for Halloween, but it's never too early for a good horror.

This cinematic classic is regarded as one of the best in the genre from the 2000's, and for good reason. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, Mary Harron's adaptation centres around Patrick Bateman, a self-absorbed hyper-capitalist obsessed with his own image and is wrapped up in his own delusional, sociopathic tendencies. Like the book, it is unclear what to make of the ending, nor do we reach any closure as to why he has these tendencies in the first place. Is it a critique of the postmodern world viewing everything (and everyone) as a commodity, or just a collection of ramblings from a disturbed individual? Either way, Christian Bale puts on an eerily convincing act.

In New York City in 1987, a handsome, young urban professional, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), lives a second life as a gruesome serial killer by night. The cast is filled by the detective (Willem Dafoe), the fiance (Reese Witherspoon), the mistress (Samantha Mathis), the coworker (Jared Leto), and the secretary (Chloë Sevigny). This is a biting, wry comedy examining the elements that make a man a monster.

Watch the trailer HERE.

Posted By Dan Bland

Lexicon Updates

07/07/2018 15:02

Lexicon bring us two AV amplifiers and an AV processor; the RV-9, RV-6 and MC-10.


The RV-9 and RV-6 are compatible with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Dirac setup, as well as an impressive audio processor that uses the Logic7 up mixer to take full advantage of any speaker with a natural soundstage encompassing three dimensional audio playback. Both units also have streaming capabilities and come with Spotify built in.
Lexicon's MC-10 boasts similar specifications, but without the streamer capabilities, making it a great unit to include in any AV or hi-fi set up.

More information is available in this video.

Posted By Dan Bland

Trinnov Altitude 16 Review

28/06/2018 14:58

One of our top picks for a cinema processor, Trinnov's Altitude 16, has received another glowing review, described as "one of the most sophisticated home cinema processors on the planet" by the Home Cinema Choice.

Read the full review HERE.

Posted By Dan Bland

Oppo Distribution Updates

11/06/2018 12:14

As you might have heard, Oppo Digital announced a short while back that they will be stopping production gradually and should be out of all stock by the end of the year. Following this, they will continue to provide technical support and occasional firmware updates.

Oppo's EU distribution centre is due to open shortly and we have placed further orders for the 203 & 205 Blu-Ray players. We should have a limited flow of stock until the end of the year, but of course this is subject to change due to demand.

If you'd like to get your hands on a Blu-Ray player from one of the most highly regarded brands in the industry, I'd recommend you put an order in sooner than later. We are running a first come first served waiting list as these come in to stock.

More information is available on their site.

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