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THX Page

05/05/2018 15:02

We have added a page dedicated to all of the products that we sell which have THX certified status. While its merits are hotly debated, it gives customers a clear identifier of the quality and suitability of specific products for cinema applications.

Using industry standards and a proprietary testing methodology, THX engineers evaluate and certify the audio and visual fidelity of consumer electronics to ensure they deliver the optimal entertainment experience.

Ultra2
THX's Ultra2 certification is given for home theater components said to be good enough for a large home cinema of 3,000 cubic feet (85 m3) or more

Select2
THX's Select2 certification is given for home theater components said to be good enough for medium-sized rooms, up to 2,000 cubic feet (57 m3) in size, with a 10–12 feet (3.0–3.7 m) viewing distance from the screen.

for more details visit - www.thx.com

Posted By Dan Bland

Onkyo have released the TX-NR686; the newest Onkyo 7.2 channel THX-certified receiver that is rife with glowing reviews so far.
This model is provides the chance to enjoy multi-room and high quality resolution music playback, not to mention support for DTS:X, HDR, 4K and Dolby Atmos.

It is incredibly straightforward to control through the dedicated Controller app with multiroom capability available on smart devices, compatible with all major streaming services such as Tidal and Deezer as well as AirPlay, ChromeCast and Bluetooth. It supports all major file formats including DSD, FLAC and WAV file formats for audiophilic set-ups for 192 kHz/24 bit playback via its high-current drive and high power capacities. With six rear HDCP HDMI inputs, a front HDMI input, a sub out, main out and a built in phonostage and DAC, this receiver seems to do it all and is certainly one to keep an eye out for.

Posted By Dan Bland

Spring News Update

28/04/2018 11:44

As we are now over “crazy season” I thought it would be a good opportunity to have a news roundup of a few things that have happened over the last few months.

AV Amplifiers and Processors.

We have now added Datasat and Storm to our listings on the website. Datasat have advised that there will be some new products in the pipeline which will be very exciting. We have had the new Storm I.ISP 3D.16.12 Integrated amplifier on demonstration for the past few months and we have been really bowled over by it. With DIRAC on board it really is the top of the tree as far as integrated amplifiers go without question.

Denon have also launched their new AVC-X8500H integrated amplifier which has been extraordinarily popular with old owners of the Denon AVR-X7200WA. Redesigned from the ground up with several features internally which make the unit a unique proposition for those who require high end sound with huge channel counts. The addition of the new Audyssey app gives previously unheralded control of the EQ system which was long overdue.  

Marantz being a close stable mate of the Denon have also launched a processor to replace the old AV8802a aptly named the Marantz AV8805. This also includes the ability control the EQ via the Audyssey app. I’ve always been a fan of the Marantz units core sound quality and ran a Marantz integrated for most of last year in my own set-up to great effect.

The all new Emotiva RMC-1 Processor will be with us next month and we should be one of the first to receive one of these units for demonstration. Sonically, the RMC-1 features a full 16 channels of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound (7.3.6 channels), with a decoded audio signal for each channel that is processed by a separate high performance AKM Verita 32-bit DAC, operated in precision balanced mono mode. Support is provided for native audio decoding of single and double rate DSD digital audio signals, accepted from either HDMI or USB sources. Auro 3D will also be supported albeit with an optional license. Analog audio signals are routed by precision circuitry that rivals the most expensive audiophile preamps. The analog signal path features premium audiophile-quality components at all critical locations to ensure the integrity of audio signal is preserved. The RMC-1’s Reference Stereo mode helps to create a two-channel listening experience that is unparalleled at the price point. Dirac Live automatic room correction, running on all 16 channels at a full 192 kHz sample rate, establishes the perfect synergy between the RMC-1, the listening room, and the rest of the system. For those who prefer a more interactive user experience, the RMC-1 includes comprehensive 11-band parametric equalization on every channel, in addition to compatibility with the popular Room EQ Wizard room correction and analysis software. To say we are excited to see this would be the biggest understatement of the year.

We still have no news on the new Anthem products which we expect at some point this year, again as soon as we hear anything we will update the news site.

All of the above-mentioned units are available for home demonstration now, apart from the Emotiva RMC-1 which should be available in late May.

UHD Blu Ray

The biggest shock of recent months was that Oppo will be removing themselves from the physical media market and discontinuing their UHD BD players, Headphones and DAC’s. There have been a few rumors with regards exactly how quickly these units will disappear from the market. Our understanding is that Oppo UK will close, and then an EU distribution center will open in the coming months with stock becoming available again until around late 2018. Oppo have confirmed they will outsource servicing and software updates on these units to not leave customers in the lurch.

The hole in premium high end UHD players will likely be filled by Pioneer who have two new units slated for release later in the year in the similar price bracket as the outgoing Oppo’s. As the Pioneer BD units were arguably better than the Oppo’s in our view, we await more details with bated breath and will update the news page as we get some more details.

Because of this unexpected news we have moved on our demo Oppo 205 which has been residence in the demonstration room since its launch and replaced it with the Sony UBP-X1000es which has a fantastic premium build quality and specification to match.

OLED TV

We expect the imminent arrival of the new Panasonic OLED TV’s;

65" Premium OLED - TX-65FZ952 - £3999

55" Premium OLED - TX-55FZ952 - £2499

65" Entry level OLED - TX-65FZ802 - £3499

55" Entry level OLED - TX-55FZ802 - £2299.

I’ve ordered myself a TX-55FZ802 for the living room so will be writing a detailed review as soon as I can get it on the wall. Given Panasonic’s recent pedigree with OLED, expect a lot. The new Studio Colour HCX² 4K processor represents the pinnacle of Panasonic’s image processing expertise. Built on colour, black level and brightness know-how learned from their reference-quality plasma TVs and professional broadcast equipment, the system has also been tuned by a Hollywood colorist to deliver picture quality true to the filmmakers' vision. They really are the most accurate TV’s out of the box we have ever seen, to emphasize this all this year’s sets carry THX approval and certification.

Speakers

I’m usually drowning in speakers at the shop and this year is no different. We have tied up with ATC to offer their fantastic products to our customers and have already supplied some of their speakers with great effect in two recent jobs.

KEF has an all new range of Q series speakers which are on permanent demonstration in our smaller room at the office. Also, on permanent demonstration are the Goldenear Supersat speakers and Supersub subwoofers. We still haven’t found a small speaker to best these for performance, mainly due to their deployment of a ribbon tweeter which has little roll off up to 20khz in a couple of our rooms which is astonishing for such small speakers.

We will have some further additions to our installation range of speakers in the coming weeks but as the ink isn’t dry on that deal I’m afraid I can’t reveal any details. As soon as I can, it will be on the news page.

 

Posted By Dan Bland

Movie Of The Week

21/04/2018 16:35

Today for Movie Of The Week is 2006 comedy-drama "Little Miss Sunshine". Showcasing some of Steve Carrell and Greg Kinnear's best performances, this charming - sometimes crude - family-drama was one that really resonated with me, showing family dynamics at their worst and best.

The Hoover family -- a man (Greg Kinnear), his wife (Toni Collette), an uncle (Steve Carell), a brother (Paul Dano) and a grandfather (Alan Arkin) -- puts the fun back in dysfunctional by piling into a VW bus and heading to California to support a daughter (Abigail Breslin) in her bid to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest. The sanity of everyone involved is stretched to the limit as the group's quirks cause epic problems as they travel along their interstate route.

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE TRAILER

Posted By Kenny Walker

Movie of the Week

14/04/2018 16:30

Today's Movie of the Week is 2011 espionage hit, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" starring Gary Oldman. Missing the high speed car chases, huge explosions and gory confrontations, this film brings action to the spy genre in a much more subtle way.

In 1970s England the head of MI6, Control (John Hurt), dispatches an agent (Mark Strong) to meet with a Hungarian general who knows the identity of a Soviet spy in the organization's ranks. However, the mission goes wrong, and the general dies before he can reveal the information. Undersecretary Oliver Lacon (Simon McBurney) calls veteran agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman) back from forced retirement to ferret out the mole and stop the flow of vital British secrets to the Russians.

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY TRAILER

Posted By Dan Bland

Movie of the Week

07/04/2018 13:36

Today's Movie of the Week is the brilliant "Sid and Nancy" 1986 cult biopic following the fatally dysfunctional relationship of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. One of Gary Oldman's first hits, his performance as Sid is a must-see for any Pistols fans.

Following their breakout success in England, flagship punk rock band the Sex Pistols venture out on their first U.S. tour. Temperamental bassist Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) takes his troubled girlfriend, Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb), along for the ride. Along the way, the couple's turbulent relationship strains the patience of bandmate Johnny Rotten (Andrew Schofield) and manager Malcolm McLaren (David Hayman), while plunging Sid and Nancy into the depths of drug addiction and co-dependency.

SID AND NANCY TRAILER

Posted By Dan Bland

Movie of the Week

31/03/2018 17:01

Movie of the Week today is Geoff Murphy's "The Quiet Earth", a New Zealander's take on the 'last human on Earth' narrative. While considered a sci-fi movie, it does anything but overload you with special effects - it is more of a character driven insight into the human condition.

When everyone around him vanishes overnight, scientist Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) finds himself seemingly the only person on the planet. The isolation initially drives him to the brink of suicide, but eventually Zac adapts to a day-to-day routine. After meeting two other survivors, Joanne (Alison Routledge) and Api (Pete Smith), a Maori, the trio roams New Zealand trying to understand what caused everyone else to disappear, why they remained behind -- and whether disaster will strike again.

THE QUIET EARTH TRAILER

Posted By Dan Bland

Movie Of The Week

27/03/2018 10:02

The Movie of the Week is 1986 crime drama, "River's Edge". Keanu Reeves' debut film that brought him to light. This is a good choice for a rainy night but be prepared to feel unsettled at the end.

Teenage burnout Samson (Daniel Roebuck) has murdered his girlfriend and left her naked body lying on the bank of a river just outside their small California town. He not only doesn't run away, he brings his friends to gawk at her dead body. Speed freak Layne (Crispin Glover) tries to force the teens' silence to protect their friend, but conscience is gnawing at the others -- particularly Matt (Keanu Reeves) and Clarissa (Ione Skye Leitch), who want to go to the police.

RIVER'S EDGE TRAILER

Posted By Dan Bland

Easter Break

26/03/2018 15:20

Just a quick reminder that we will be closed this weekend for our Easter break. We will be closed Friday through to Monday and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd @ 9am.

Posted By Dan Bland

Movie Of The Week

17/03/2018 15:32

The Movie Of The Week is 'Gregory's Girl', a classic Scottish coming-of-age movie that I've recently come to appreciate, after watching begrudgingly on repeat as a child in school. It's been a while since I've seen any Scottish films featured in the limelight.

Gregory Underwood (Gordon John Sinclair) is a graceless teen soccer player on a hapless team. When a girl named Dorothy (Dee Hepburn) shows up to play, things change quickly; Dorothy becomes a top player, while Gregory and the rest of the team become enamored of her. Gregory works up the courage to invite Dorothy on a date. She accepts, but Gregory finds he's been deceived into taking out another girl. Despite his confusion, Gregory eventually warms to the situation.

GREGORY'S GIRL TRAILER

Posted By Dan Bland
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