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AVForums Weekly Round-up

Just a regular news week...

by Mark Hodgkinson Jun 25, 2016


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    AVForums Weekly Round-up
    You'll have noticed that this week's news has been quiet, well, except for 'that thing' we voted on that will get no further mention here but we've been as busy as ever.

    News

    Arguably the most interesting news of the week came from the other side of the pond, where Epson announced they are to release two new projectors, replete with HDR and Ultra HD support. On the face of things, these sound like real rivals to the e-Shift JVC projectors, with their pseudo 4K output and ability to accept HDR signals, but only time will tell if they're anything like them in terms of performance. One thing seems guaranteed, however, the Epsons will significantly beat the JVC's on price.

    The other news grabbing the headlines was that Dolby seem set to increase their advantage in the immersive audio 'format war.' The Company announced they've reached the 600 screen milestone in the EMEA region, for Dolby Atmos, and Cineworld confirmed they were to commission 50 Atmos screens as well. We'll have to wait and see how many of the UKs 43 Cineworlds will receive the upgrade.

    As ever, you can keep up with the happenings in AVForums land via the Podcast, where have a review of the flagship Samsung KS9500 FALD UHD HDR TV, along with a full report from the Denon and Marantz product launch event in Malta. Plus we have news of new UHD content from Sky and the new XBox One with 4K and HDR support announced at E3.

    Reviews

    On the hardware side of things, we also look at the new Android Media streamer from Himedia, whose Q10 Pro makes itself a real contender with its wide ranging file type support. The HiFi department, aka Ed Selley, has been looking at the impressive Revo (super) all-in-one system and spinning some vinyl on the very affordable, yet very well performing, Elipson Omega 100 turntable.

    This week's Blockbuster release at the cinema is Independence Day: Resurgence, can it rediscover the magic of twenty years ago? Blu-rays covered in the week just gone, include The Expendables 3 on Ultra HD BD, which really lives up to the name; and we also had the pleasure of viewing the Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt vehicle, By the Sea; being so would probably be a better use of your time than watching it.

    Forum discussions

    There's always a lot of going on in the Forums; highlights of this week's discussions include (in no particular order):

    Does 2016 have the worst line up of summer blockbusters ever?


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