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AVForums Weekly Round-up

Yay! It's the weekend and the start of a new month!

by Mark Hodgkinson Jul 2, 2016


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    AVForums Weekly Round-up
    Well, it's been another very quiet week in the 'regular' news with almost nothing noteworthy happening in the UK but at least we've been filling the column inches with some content.

    News

    NOW TV is getting so confident they are now distancing themselves from the Sky brand, although their new TV, broadband and phone bundles are essentially Sky-lite, only without the contractual burden. There’s also new hardware from them too.

    Dolby might be having a hard time in convincing TV manufacturers to equip their sets with Dolby Vision chips but they’re having more success with streaming services and have now added Amazon to the growing list of providers.

    Hot Toys aren’t exactly hot from the blocks with these but the new Han and Chewie collectible figures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens look as though lots of time has been taken to get them looking incredibly detailed.

    Sick of ‘hoovering’ after the kids? Yeah, me too, so the release of the new, robotic Dyson 360 Eye has piqued my interest – if only it would do the tidying as well!

    Not exactly news but Ed Selley’s article might just tell you something you don’t know as he explores the topic of Source equipment and using what you have for a HiFi setup.

    Reviews

    We have two high-end television reviews for you this week. First up, Steve cast his critical eye over the first LG OLED of the season with the curved C6 and proclaimed it a Best Buy. While I got some quality time with 65-inch Samsung KS9000 and gave it Highly Recommended status. We also put the Panasonic PWT655 Blu-ray player/Freeview Play Personal Video Recorder through its paces to see if it could kill two – or even three – birds with one stone.

    This week’s big cinema release is Central Intelligence; you can read Sharuna’s review to see if it’s worth the bother of a trip out. We also had four Blu-ray reviews, for those that don’t want to leave the house with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (yes really), perhaps being better than it might sound; we also reviewed the classic Noir title, Gilda, where Rita Hayworth sizzled in the titular role; Triple 9 with its all-star cast should have been better, while the low budget Kill Command proved you don’t need a massive budget to make good sci-fi, it just helps.

    Forum discussions

    Interesting reads from the forum this week include:

    What makes a film uncomfortable watching for you?
    The AVForums June 2016 Photo Competition is in full swing
    You gave us your opinions on Independence Day: Resurgence
    While one of our members fell in love with a pair of speakers


    Don’t forget you can also keep up with events via our weekly podcast, which is published every Monday.

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