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LG OLED65E8 4K HDR Dolby Vision TV Review

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“A WebOS user interface is once again employed, LG having first debuted it in 2014. As expected, this continues to impress with its attractive graphics, ease of navigation and customisation of the onscreen interface. It also supports a strong array of video streaming apps: Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube (all in 4K and HDR iterations), Now TV, and the new Rakuten TV platform that’s become the first in Europe to provide both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos streams. Catchup apps for UK broadcasters are provided within a Freeview Play container.”
 

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LG OLED65C8PLA Review

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The first of these is One Touch Sound Tuning. Using the mic on your Magic Remote and a number of different test tones fired out from the telly, the C8 will alter its audio balance to suit your room conditions.

Compared to the TV’s out of the box sound, we find it gives a slight all-round boost – a small, but notable injection of solidity that helps shore up the sound. Dialogue is clear and expressive and the TV does a fair job of trying to add some weight and substance to more explosive scenes

 

 

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Onkyo TX-NR686 Review

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“Compared with this market’s class leaders – the aforementioned Sony and Denon’s most recent five-star amp (the AVR-X2500H) – it lags noticeably behind both for punch, and trails the Sony in particular for that dynamic variance and musical detail.

If you do go for the Onkyo, take care with system matching. You won’t be able to inject any of what it lacks, but you could double down on it with an equally safe-sounding speaker package. Best to let this amp feed a livelier package, such as the Dali Zensor 1 5.1, and make the most of what enthusiasm it has.”

 

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Vizio P-Series (2018) review

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Two things separate the specifications of the P series from step-down Vizios with FALD, including the M-Series and the E-Series, as well as from the step-up P-Series Quantum (only available in a 65-inch size). Those things are its number of dimmable zones and light output. Zone number is an important spec because it controls how precise the dimming can be. More zones doesn’t necessarily mean better picture quality, but it usually helps.

Here’s how the 2018 Vizios compare to one another, as well as to TCL’s 6 series (Sony and Samsung don’t disclose the number of dimming zones on their FALD sets). As you can see, the TCL 6 series has more zones than the Vizio P-Series at 55 and 65 inches — and more than any Vizio aside from the Quantum — but the Vizios are available in larger sizes.

 

 

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Denon AVC-X8500H Review

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“On the streaming side, the Denon amplifier supports everything from Bluetooth and AirPlay (AirPlay 2 is support coming shortly) to Spotify Connect, Tidal and Deezer, while its HEOS multi-room technology also sports Alexa voice control. You can stream audio in hi-res quality up to 24-bit/192kHz, as well as single and double speed DSD files.

Wondering why the X8500H is titled an “AVC” rather than the more usual “AVR”? The AVC-X8500 is called an AV amplifier rather than an AV receiver, for the simple reason that it doesn’t have an FM tuner built in (like the US model), so you can’t call it a ‘receiver’. It does have a tuner input in case you want radio reception, though.”

 

 

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Epson LS100 Laser 3LCD Projector Review

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The LS100 does not support 3D playback, for those who want that feature, and the inclusion of Bluetooth would be nice to wirelessly stream the sound to a more robust speaker.

The 16:10 aspect ratio and lack of physical zoom and lens shifting can make the setup process a challenge. Trying to incorporate the LS100 into an existing, inflexible setup where you already have your screen and table picked out could be an exercise in frustration. Your best bet is to find the exact table height, projector placement, and screen size that you want (just casting the image on the wall) and then go get yourself an ALR screen to match.”

 

 

 

 

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JBL Bar Studio review

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Multichannel may be off the menu, but the Bar Studio can still create a sense of immersion from a source. A dream/vision sequence in Chapter 3 of The Dark Tower, where Idris Elba and Dennis Haysbert turn and twist in a mist-shrouded forest, teases the playful sound design of its Atmos/TrueHD origins. And when Matthew McConaughey suddenly commands ‘Stop breathing!’, all close-mic’d and menacing, the effect remains spooky.  ”

 

 

 

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