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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

Breaking Fad In a move that could have far-reaching implications for home audio, multi-channel goliath DTS has announced an object-based sound system to rival Dolby Atmos (and the largely ignored Auro-3D). Dubbed DTS:X, the technology is somewhat different in that there’s no prescribed number of audio channels or speaker configuration to …
Steve May, 16 Apr 2015
Dolby UK demo listening room with Atmos enabled speakers

Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

Breaking Fad Can Dolby Atmos save the beleaguered home cinema business? With sales of AV receivers tanking, makers of multichannel home theatre receivers are banking on the latest in surround sound technology to rekindle interest. Pioneer LaserDisc advertisement Remember the days when two speakers would keep movie buffs happy in the home …
Steve May, 13 Aug 2014
LG HLX56S Network 3D Blu-ray home cinema system

LG HLX56S net savvy 3D Blu-ray soundbar combo

Review LG’s HLX56S is an audacious all-in-one home cinema system, cast in the guise of a mild-mannered soundbar. With integrated 3D Blu-ray player, copious amplification and IPTV portal, it’s got everything you need for the upmarket man-cave, in a package easily parked beneath a 40in or larger flatscreen. LG HLX56S Network 3D Blu-ray …
Steve May, 2 Feb 2012
Ferguson Hill FH009 home theatre system

Ferguson Hill FH009 home theatre system

Review If you’ve ever considered bolting a hulking great stereo system onto your TV, then make a beeline for Ferguson Hill. Its FH009 could be just thing you're looking for. Ferguson Hill FH009 home theatre system Clearly different: Ferguson Hill's FH009 home theatre system Comprising a pair of the brand’s characteristic …
Steve May, 5 Jan 2012
Jamo S426 HCS 3 home cinema speaker system

Jamo S 426 HCS 3 home cinema speakers

Review There is no shortage of home cinema speaker packages priced at around the £300 mark. It is less common to find one incorporating a large floorstanding pair but that’s exactly what long-established Danish brand Jamo is offering with this bundle. It seems too good to be true, yet somehow it is. Jamo S426 HCS 3 home cinema …
Ian Calcutt, 22 Nov 2011
Panasonic SC-BTT270 5.1 Blu-ray home theatre

Panasonic SC-BTT270 5.1 Blu-ray home theatre

Review For an all inclusive Blu-ray home cinema, this Panasonic system sure comes in a small box. But everything you need for 21st century surround sound is inside, including satellite speakers and subwoofer, Blu-ray receiver and metres of colour coded bell-wire. Thankfully, the SC-BTT270 sounds somewhat larger than it looks. …
Steve May, 18 Nov 2011
Logitech Z906

Logitech Z906 5.1 surround speakers kit

Review Thinking of upgrading your PC’s speakers or just want a low cost surround sound set up for use with a TV and games console? Then Logitech might have what you’re after with the Z906, the follow up to the company’s popular Z-5500 system. Logitech Z906 Making connections: Logitech's Z906 The Z906 is a THX-certified 5.1 set up …
Panasonic SC-HTB520

Panasonic SC-HTB520 soundbar

Review TV manufacturers are keen to push the merits of picture quality on the latest sets, but unfortunately sound quality seems to have been lost somewhere along the way due to the tiny speakers manufacturers cram into their slender frames. It seems as if most expect you to twin their sets with surround sound systems. If you haven’t …
Niall Magennis, 11 May 2011
Harman Kardon SB 16

Harman Kardon SB 16 soundbar

Review It’s a sad fact that as the picture quality of flatscreen TVs have been steadily improving, their audio performance has been dropping off. This is mainly due to the fact that TVs are becoming slimmer and slimmer, leaving less room for decent sized speakers. If your other half won’t hear tell of a surround sound systems and all …
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LG pitches Blu-ray media streamer ahead of CES

In a bid to beat the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) rush, LG has today announced some of the products it will announce at the show in Las Vegas next month. Specifically, a couple of 3D-capable home theatre systems and a 3D Blu-ray Disc player. The 3D BD box is worth a closer look: it has an on-board 250GB hard drive for …
Tony Smith, 23 Dec 2010
Teufel System 8

Teufel System 8 THX Ultra 2 home cinema speakers

Review German speaker folk Teufel are promoting the System 8 as the world's smallest system to have received THX Ultra2 certification. But don't get the idea that this is a discreet system. It's a monolithic stack of boxes that will demand attention in any room that's much smaller than an auditorium, including a subwoofer that looks as …
Dave Oliver, 5 Nov 2010
Teufel System 5

Teufel System 5 home cinema speakers

Review Last year Berlin-based manufacturer Teufel produced what it called "the first surround sound speaker set to be certified to THX's stringent THX Select2 standards" with the clue's-in-the-name moniker of the System 5 THX Select2. The product was able to match its specs to THX's criteria by using two subwoofers and three-way …
Dave Oliver, 16 Jul 2010

Panasonic preps Blu-ray, iPod-friendly home theatre kit

CES Panasonic has combined two the consumer electronics industry's major buzzwords in a single product: a home theatre rig that incorporates not only a Blu-ray Disc player but also an iPod dock. The SC-BT100 comprises a central unit, five satellite speakers – two front, two rear and an under-screen unit – a sub-woofer. Panasonic …
Tony Smith, 6 Jan 2008

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