Home Cinema Choice [UK] (February 2014)
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Home Cinema Choice is the UKs best-selling home cinema enthusiasts magazine. Every issue features news and reviews of the latest home cinema equipment, from amplifiers, receivers, processors and power amps, to DVD recorders, speakers, projectors and flat panel TVs
tactics to next-gen consoles with this latest open-world sneak 'em up from Hideo Kojima. ETA: April 2014 Mad Max Vehicular mayhem in a postapocalyptic world is the order of the day in this open-world action game based on the cult ﬁlm series. ETA: October 2014 HOME CINEMA CHOICE FEBRUARY 2014 Titanfall Fight either on foot or in heavily armoured mechs in this onlineonly multiplayer shooter that is being touted as the Xbox One's killer app. ETA: March 2014 Watch Dogs Ubisoft hopes to kickstart
the TV guide, that will upset it. With very warmsounding speakers it is possible that the SC-LX87 might come across as a little dull, but with anything that is remotely neutral, you should ﬁnd this an AVR that you can kick back with for long periods without it ever sounding fatiguing. Of course, if you do get bored, you can spend some time tinkering with EQ settings on the ﬂy with the app – although while fun I struggled to really improve things. There is a great deal to like about the SC-LX87 as
is handy given that such issues can be exacerbated by 4K’s clarity. Processing haters, though, should note that Philips has provided the tools to adjust almost every aspect of its processing engine (if you can be bothered...). HOME CINEMA CHOICE FEBRUARY 2014 Inevitably, there's a Smart TV system on the 65PFL9708, yet unfortunately this is left looking pretty threadbare by some of the rival platforms. Unless you’re a fan of adult material, that is. Native 4K pictures look predictably excellent.
is admirably slim, the overall build quality feels a touch cheap. Connections are solid with four HDMIs, two USBs, SD card, Wi-Fi and DLNA options – although, again, the HDMIs are not built to the 2.0 standard, and so in their current form can only take 4K at 30Hz or less. Toshiba assures us, though, that a ﬁrmware update will enable 4K at 50/60Hz via HDMI, albeit with reduced colour resolution. The network jacks support the usual DLNA streaming and online services, the latter of which are
proﬁt illicitly, it forces you to watch a warning about piracy every time you load a disc, assuming you will have forgotten the laws of the land between viewings. At least with the advent of UltraViolet and digital downloads the studios’ stance seems to be softening, and they seem to recognise that such a heavy-handed approach is antediluvian. It may change. For now, though, the process of overcoming the current restrictions on the copying of one’s library of Blu-rays involves one of two options.