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  • A First-Time-Buyer’s Guide to Home Theatre Systems

     

    Buying your first Home Theatre System can be a tough task. The choice of devices and systems alone can be overwhelming for anyone just starting out in the world of home entertainment. Which is why we’ve put together this handy buyer’s guide. It will cover everything a newbie video/audiophile needs to know before actually parting with their hard earned cash. So if you’re thinking about getting your first Home Theatre System, read this and you’ll be able to make an informed purchase decision.

     

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  • The Top Ten Shows of BBC TV

     

     

    The British Broadcasting Corporation is the world’s oldest broadcasting organisation and over the years it has created some iconic television shows, many of which have become standard favourites in almost every country on the planet. We’ve put together a list of the Top Ten television programmes with no criteria limitations in terms of genre or era--just as long as the show was first aired on the BBC and not ITV or any other channel.

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  • The 10 Most Anticipated Hollywood Blockbusters of 2017

     

     

     

    2016 was a huge year for films. We had Captain America Civil War, Zootopia, The Jungle Book, The Secret Life of Pets, Batman vs Superman, Dawn of Justice, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And we're not even mentioning Suicide Squad and Rogue One. But now it’s time to get even more excited about the future. Here is a list of the Top 10 biggest films coming out of Hollywood in 2017.

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  • HDR10 or Dolby Vision

    What’s the Difference?

    Which is Better?

     

    The world of television has already undergone the transition from Full HD to 4K UHD. The next big event on the home viewing horizon will be the arrival of HDR (High Dynamic Range). And because we’re talking new technology, consumers can fully expect to be confused by the different HDR TV formats they’ll have to choose from. If you can recall the battles between VHS vs Betamax and DVD vs Laserdisc, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. Now the arena has been cleared for two new opponents. Say hello to Dolby Vision and HDR10. Which is which and what does what? We’ll come to that. But first, let’s take a look at the basics:

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  • Top Tips For Buying A TV Stand

    TV stands are ideal for storing your TV off the floor, allowing you a better viewing angle, and providing ample storage space for related items. In this article, we'll give you all the tips you'll need to know before going out and spending your hard-earned cash on the latest AV related furniture.

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  • Do We Really Need Film Censorship?

    Film censorship is when a group of people or an organisation or even a government tell us what we can and can’t watch in films. This all started in America in the 1930’s when a man named William H Chaise put an organisation together called the MPAA. The organisation is still going strong. In the UK we have the BBFC. They tell us pretty much which kind of content is okay to put in a film.

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  • A Super Short History of Super 8 Film

     

     

    In these enlightened times, many A/V enthusiasts might be forgiven for thinking that the home cinema phenomena began first with VHS in the 80’s, then in the 90’s it was DVD. Since 2000 home theatres have been dominated, more or less, by the advent of Blu-Ray. And whereas that chain of command may be true, the practice of owning and operating your very own personal screening room goes back way before VHS.

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  • The 10 Worst Films of 2016

    Yep, it's that time again. Today we're talking about some of the truly awful films that crawled across our cinema screens in 2016. And there were quite a few to choose from — some so bad that we not only questioned why we even bothered to fork out the price of the admission ticket — we began to ponder the very meaning of our paltry existence! But before we get into the nitty gritty of the worst of the howlers, here's a few (dis)honourable mentions: Continue reading

  • Top 10 Pop Songs of All Time

    Even if some of us loathe to admit it, we all like a good pop song. They are the tunes we find ourselves singing in the shower or humming under our breath on the bus to work. And if we think no one is watching, these are the songs that actually make us get up and boogie around the kitchen. Here then are our picks for the Top 10 Pop Songs of All Time. Continue reading

  • Music Piracy: Real Crime or Just an Abstract Idea?

    The practice of music piracy is still widely regarded as the main reason for the global drop in conventional music sales. But not by everyone. It could well be argued that music piracy is more of an abstract idea rather than an actual phenomena. And while it’s true that most recording artists despise the idea of music piracy, a lot of consumers think it’s okay. This difference in opinion could be explained by the fact that the term ‘piracy’ is in itself ambiguous and can be tailored to fit almost any argument. It follows then, that before we even try to understand how music piracy is affecting the industry, we must first find a contextual definition for the phrase.

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