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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.

Posted By Dan Bland

Movie of the Month

09/06/2018 13:43

You may have noticed we are now moving the Movie of the Week to Movie of the Month; mainly because we are so busy with sales, demonstrations and home installs.


I don't usually post movies that are so new, but this film has definitely caught my attention as a modern-day masterpiece. With incredible reviews and reception, 95% on Rotten Tomatoes (high praise indeed!) and 10 major awards under its belt including Best Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best LGBTQ film of the year, I couldn't resist seeing what the hype was about. Simultaneously heartwarming and heart wrenching, this coming-of-age drama set in Lombardy in the 80's is definitely one to add to the watch list this summer. Plus, it has an impressive soundtrack with the talents of Sufjan Stevens and The Psychedelic Furs...

It's the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working as an intern for Elio's father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME TRAILER


Posted By Kenny Walker

One of the newer additions to the brands we stock, Procella, have been added to the web shop.

These are some, if not the, best cinema speakers I have ever heard. A couple of years back, I had the honour of visiting David Crozier's cinema in London to hear them and discuss dialogue sound reproduction.
They completely blew my socks off. Since that experience, I've had a bit of an affinity with Procella, similar to the first time I ever heard Harbeth speakers on a two-channel Hi-Fi system. You can have a read about the kind of thing I experienced here.
It's with this that we're delighted to announce that we can now supply these cinema speakers. If your interest has been peaked, feel free to get in touch to discuss them.

Posted By Dan Bland

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
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