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  • Here's How to Get the Absolute Best from Your Home Theatre

    We A/V fans know that a home theatre is so much more than just a collection of our favourite electronic components; it's the entertainment hub of our home. But with such a large selection available, how are we supposed to choose home theatre furniture that is best for both our electronic equipment and our style? The good news is that whether we're looking for a solution for a stand-alone TV or a complete home theatre system, the primary considerations are the same.

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  • 8 Most Anticipated Films of 2018

    For film fans, 2017 was a year of triumphs, disappointments and mediocre sequels. Which when you think about it, generally sums up most years on the big screen. But with this year already beginning to turn cold, it's high time to start looking forward to next years big Hollywood blockbusters. Here are the eight most anticipated films for 2018.

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  • Our 7 Favourite Science Fiction Films of All Time

    This week we decided to take a look at another genre of film: science fiction. We thought that by picking out our fav sci-fi films, we might get a clue as to what exactly it is that we're looking for when we look up at the stars. Of course, science fiction isn't all about lasers, snakes and rocket juice. At its best, sci-fi is a genre of ideas, of speculation, and of dreaming of what comes next. So, in no particular order of preference, here's a list of our seven favourite science fiction films of all time.

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  • Half a Dozen Hitchcock

    Alfred Hitchcock was one of the first film directors to become universally recognised. Before Hitchcock, most cinema audiences didn't talk about directors as much as they did about actors, probably because it was the actors who the audience really wanted to see. But that changed when Hitchcock began to appear in the trailers of his movies. The director would actually speak directly to the audience, and he often played cameos in his films. Plus, he self-hosted his long-running TV show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

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  • 7 Tips to Keep Your Vinyl Records Sounding Great

    Vinyl records are cool again. But just because you've dragged your parent's old turntable up from the cellar or down from the attic, it doesn't mean that you're getting very good sound. Older folk who grew up with records may remember them as the awful sounding poppy, static-laden experience that they gladly ditched when the CD came along. Now, whoever you are and whatever your age, you can get really good sound from your vinyl, without clicks, pops or hissing, and at a relatively inexpensive price, just by sticking to these 7 common practices of cleaning, caring for and of course, playing your records.

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  • Dedicated TV Headphone or Bluetooth. Which is Better?

    Do you remember the days

    when people thought Bluetooth was something you got when you failed to go for regular dental check-ups? Well, maybe not. But it does show that tech developers sometimes can have a weird sense of humour. Bluetooth is actually named after Harald Bluetooth, the King who united Denmark back in the 10th century.

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  • All You Need to Know About Connecting Home Theatre Audio

    You've probably noticed that TV's have become thinner over the past few years. But the sound that comes from their speakers has actually gotten worse. This has lead to more and more people going out to buy a sound bar or a home theatre receiver and speakers for better sound.

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  • Why Music Moves Us

    Ask a scientist what music is and they'll tell you that music is sound and that technically speaking,  sound is just waves of pressure being transmitted through air, water, or some kind of solid material. And that basically, music is just more of those same vibrations but arranged in very specific patterns. The sound of an electric drill, a barking dog, and an orchestra are all really just vibrations. But you've probably never been overcome by emotion when listening to an electric drill. So, why does music make us experience so many emotions?

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  • Seeing by Wireless. The Life of John Logie Baird

    John Logie Baird gave the world its first real television pictures. And when he was born in a small town on the Firth of Clyde at a time when science and technology were in their infancy, who could have foretold what his future was to be? The son of a Church of Scotland Minister, Baird was born in the year 1888, the youngest of four children. The family lived in a medium sized stone-built house in Helensborough, and in a household dominated by the church, Baird's scientific aspirations often caused lively debate.

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  • 8 of the Worst Films Ever Made

    It may seem strange, but there are film fans who have a kind of soft spot for really bad films. And we mean, REALLY BAD. We've all groaned at movies that have laid on the drama too thick, have pretended to be something they're not or have tried so hard to be taken seriously they wind up being unintentionally funny. Here's our list of what we think are the 8 worst films ever made, and in our honest opinion, these howlers have no redeeming qualities at all. So, brace yourselves. This isn't going to be pretty. Continue reading

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