Things have been a bit quiet on the news page of the site lately and I’m aware we have missed one or more Movies for the Weekend. Apologies for the lack of updates, we have been moving into our new office space and it has taken longer than we first anticipated. Well, as of today we are finally there and it is a really nice workspace. It is an identical space to our smaller demonstration area we already have, and adds to our complex of rooms available for customers to visit and experience top notch audio and video.

We have had a lot of new products pop their heads above the parapet, notably some new projectors in the form of JVC’s DLA-X5000, DLA-X7000, DLA-X9000. No native 4K this year from the masters of black but this would appear to be one of the only lacking areas with these new beamers. Sony have also launched slightly revised versions of their native 4K projectors in the form on the VPL-VW320es & VPL-VW520es. Talk among the industry and on the forums is of a revised version of the VPL-VW1100es coming our way soon as well. We are excited to see if the rumours of 8K E-shift and LED technology are true, I guess time will tell. All of the above projectors are on order and will be available to demonstrate as soon as they are available.

We have had some good success with the new Trinnov Altitude 32 with a couple of units already sold and waiting to be installed, we have a demonstration unit which will be with us in the next couple of weeks which will sit alongside the Datasat RS20i unit in our new demonstration facility and warehouse on the other side of Edinburgh. As I’m aware we will be the only place in the UK currently where you can compare the Datasat RS20i and the Trinnov Altitude 32 back to back, some of the finest residential cinema processors on the market. Towards the end of the month I will also be visiting Datasat to have a factory tour and experience two or three outstanding cinemas of theirs which I’m pretty excited about.

Denon, Marantz, Pioneer and Yamaha all revealed their current ranges for AV amplifiers but the most intriguing product is Yamaha’s new YSP-5600 Dolby Atmos & DTS-X Soundbar. I jokingly said 6 months ago someone would do an Atmos soundbar, and who better than Yamaha the kings of soundbar technology to produce it. I can’t wait to hear one now.

While most of our time is spent in the higher echelons of home cinema, it always excites me to get people who hadn’t considered home cinema or hadn’t heard it before. We recently hosted a show at a modeller’s convention in Edinburgh and rather than take the most expensive kit we had, I took some budget equipment along with not one piece being over £600. It was great to see people’s reaction to a relatively inexpensive system and talk to some people who had maybe not considered home cinema for one reason or another. Well worth doing.

Dan