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AVForums Weekly Round-up

Feel the burn

by Mark Hodgkinson Jul 23, 2016

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    AVForums Weekly Round-up
    It might be hot outside but that doesn’t stop us from sitting in darkened rooms testing out the latest kit and scouring the interwebs for the juiciest news.


    Undoubtedly the biggest news of the week came from Sony but to say it’s taken them a while to break cover with their new flagship ZD9 HDR TV would be understating things, we – and lots of other people – have known it was coming since April! Still, it promises to be an absolute corker and we can’t wait to get hands on it for a full review.

    Sky are always a steady source of news and this week’s relates again to their new Sky Q platform. This time they announced a new software update that promises to make it easier to binge on your favourite shows and find the best things to watch, along with some ironing out of bugs and behind the scenes improvements.

    There’s a brand new series of Star Trek coming, don’t you know, and if you want to be on the ball in seeing it you will need to be a Netflix subscriber as the streaming service announced the show will premiere there first, outside of North America.

    Virtual Reality is increasingly becoming ‘a thing,’ as is Dolby Atmos and immersive audio, in general, so it’s perhaps a natural evolution for the two to come together. To that end Jaunt, who bill themselves as the leading supplier of cinematic VR, and Dolby announced a deal that will see a series of titles in VR with Dolby Atmos hit the Jaunt VR app. If you like Paul McCartney, this news will be of particular interest.

    Wrapping up the weekly news, Roth Audio announced a woofer-free soundbar and a leading consumer website called out a number of VPN suppliers for claiming to be the ‘fastest.’


    Not so much a review as a preview but Steve got a chance to have a good look at the aforementioned Sony ZD9 during his two encounters with Sony’s new beast and things are shaping up nicely!

    For under £100, you could turn your mobile phone in to a formidable hi-res audio player thanks to a trio of products from Audioquest with their high performance, low cost DragonFly DACs and the anti-jitter, JitterBug.

    Sony again, but this time in the shape of their combined Hi-res audio and Blu-ray player, the UHP-H1. We think it’s definitely very nice, if resoundingly niche, but if you happen to be in the market for a one-box solution, for those particular requirements, it performs its duties in an accomplished way.

    Our Powerline powerhouse, Greg Hook, has been testing the ASUS PL-N12 set and found them to be good performers in the budget end of the market, although there are similarly capable kits priced a bit lower.

    Steve just can’t break his Ultra HD Blu-ray habit and this week he’s reviewed a truly awful movie but a great looking disc in the shape of Gods of Egypt. The 20th anniversary of Independence Day has also received the UHD Blu treatment and it’s never looked better!

    Back in regular Blu-ray land, Cas was impressed by The Witch but not so much by London has Fallen, while High Rise looked and sounded great but the movie is no great shakes. Our star Blu-ray reviews of the week were the long-awaited Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and an Italian TV series called Gomorrah, which is essential viewing for crime drama fans.

    Forum Discussions

    The heat hasn’t stopped our Forum members from engaging in the usual discussions and debate and some highlights were as follows:

    How are people's PCs coping in the heat?
    Best placement for Atmos Speakers
    How to change a single plug socket in to a double
    Recommendations for a 4K capable amp

    And that’s all folks for week commencing 18th July, more of the same next week.

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