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  1. Whilst most projectors are limited to 1080p, the ViewSonic PX747-4K tops the market with its’ stunning high-resolution 4K features. This projector packs a punch and offers great value at this spectrum of the market. The ViewSonic boast 3500 lumens claimed output, 3840x2160 pixels and HDR10. It is a great chance to step up your home entertainment system whilst saving a buck or two.

    Everyone will love the ViewSonic PX747-4K which has compatibility with HR10 format found on UHD Blu-ray discs and streamed content. Impress your guests with this amazing viewing experience. Perfect for any home theatre enthusiast, the ViewSonic PX747-4K is perfect for entertaining and personal use.

    ViewSonic PX747-4K UHD Projector with HDR and Dual HDMI-1
    ViewSonic PX747-4K UHD Projector with HDR and Dual HDMI-2
    ViewSonic PX747-4K UHD Projector with HDR and Dual HDMI-3

    Not only are the features impressive, but users will be pleased to find that the design is also very compact, simple and highly accessible. You won’t see any screen door effect from a projector like this, even when you’re right next to the screen. The design uses true pixel shift rather than a refractor, allowing maximum light possible for a low-powered lamp. Even in eco model, the bulbs are rated up to 15,000.

    No matter what type of video you choose to play, the ViewSonic PX747-4K is guaranteed to impress viewers. The pixel-shift is incredibly effective and creates an image that is sharp, clear and bright. Compared to more expensive projectors, the images are just as sharp or even sharper than anything else, at any cost. At this price point, you cannot lose with the jam packed features of the ViewSonic PX747-4K.

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  2. The Beauty of Projectors

    16/10/2018 3:54 PM

    Forget about widescreen TV’s and discover the beauty of projectors! Projectors canre-invent any living space into a luxe cinematic experience. At the forefront of homeentertainment, projects are highly versatile and flexible, a unit that never stopsgiving. Projectors offer many of the features that TVs do with added benefits andperks that you may not be aware of.Here are some myths about home cinema projectors.
    1. Projectors are way too expensive – nope, Projectors are very good value for moneyProjectors can reach up to 300 inches allowing incredibly large displays at a fractionof the cost of a similarly sized TV.What’s even better is that projects can disappear with the touch of a button, whereasTVs are largely permanent and hard to hide when not in use. Projects are so muchmore flexible and versatile, especially for those with smaller living spaces.Maintenance costs are also low as most projectors have lamps and laser lightsources which are built to last. For those that are strapped for cash, projectors aredefinitely a great alternative for a cinematic experience in your living area.
    2. You should only use projectors for big events; nope, you can use it to watch anythingEnhance your home entertainment system with up to 300 inches of action for moviesand sports. Then watch your everyday programmes at 70 inches, perfect for a touchof luxury every day.With projectors you have the flexibility to adjust the screen size to suit theprogramme. Most home cinema projectors work in daylight and use long-lastingcomponents, so there are no limitations to using projectors.
    3. Way too hard to setup a projector; just as easy as TVMany people believe that projectors need to be installed on a ceiling but this isn’t thecase. Many projectors can be mounted on simply a stable surface. There’s no needto call builders in!Have all your devices connected at once! Projects come with up to 3 HDMI ports,allowing many consoles to be connected at once. You can plug and play with gameconsoles, DVD and Blu-ray players!
    4. You need dark spaces for projectorsMany people believe that projects can only be viewed in a dark room fromexperience at school or cinemas. New technology has meant that projects can bedisplayed in daylight as well in full colour and brightness. Home cinema projectorscan deliver bright and colourful images, even in normal daylight. This means you canuse a projector just like a TV for everyday news and soaps – not just movie nights.
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  3. Pioneering Sound

    4/10/2018 1:28 PM

    Whether you are an avid home theatre enthusiast or not-so technologically savvy, almost anybody would appreciate the new Pioneer SC-LX901. It is the first model in Pioneer’s Elite receiver line. For many home theatre enthusiasts, the receiver is at the upper end of the market. Whilst it is a little pricey at $3999, it is well worth the coin. The best feature I have found is definitely the 11 amplifier channels (in Direct Energy HD technology). One can really appreciate the high-quality of sound and the extraordinary level of depth the music which has the ability to transform a living room into a cinema. The unit creates such a luxe home cinematic experience. It also has a solid 5-year manufacturer warranty which I cannot complain about but doubt that I will have to use, as the unit has been made so seamlessly and to a very high standard. Using the unit to view movies has been effortlessly amazing with the 3D ready features (Blu-ray Disc™, Broadcast, and Games). The receiver provides excellent channel integration of the numerous sound effects, creating a seamless effect with great height and width. The pioneer makes listening to music and watching movies more fun, enjoyable and a truly holistic experience. It isn’t every day that you find a unit with such immense power, comparable to a cinematic experience itself. While there are many options at this price point, the pioneer is definitely my favorite unit with excellent features and ergonomics.

    Pioneer SC-LX901 11 Channel Audio-Video Receiver-1
    Pioneer SC-LX901 11 Channel Audio-Video Receiver-2

    The SC-LX901 also works with Sonos Connect. This has been very handy by allowing music to be streamed in the home theatre itself very easily. I found the set up and installation quite simple with the application. The best feature would have to be playing around with the volume function through the Sonos app. It is very easy for the less technologically skilled to use. What many love about the Pioneer unit is the design. You can really appreciate the time the designers have put into the shape and feel of the unit. The aesthetics are simple, minimalist and clean. Even the remote control is easy to use and not cluttered with a million buttons like other brands. The remote control has a large input selector and master volume dials flank the central LCD. There is a standby/ on button and a drop- down door that hides additional controls. Behind the drop-down door, you'll find several control buttons, a headphone jack, a USB input, an HDMI input, and a setup microphone input for Pioneer's proprietary MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration) Pro room correction software. Again, with the simple designs, it makes the unit much easier for less tech-savvy family members to use. The only downfall is that the Pioneer can be a bit slow with the remote control. However, the mobile application does solve the speed problem and I would recommend others to use the app rather than the remote itself. Honestly, the LX901 is the best sounding receiver from Pioneer. It is powerful, high quality and seamless. The unit truly elevates the user experience with music and videos. The simple and minimalist remote control and Sonos app enhances accessibility and user control.

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  4. The Mythical $2000 Hi-Fi AVR

    19/02/2018 9:18 AM

    Call me a nerd if you must, but when I get home from work each day, the first thing I do, even before getting changed or having a drink, is to warm up the stereo (which consisted of some sources, a DAC, a nice integrated amp, a pair of medium sized bookshelf speakers, and a compact, sealed subwoofer). The room is almost square and has thinly rendered double brick walls - pretty much the worst environment for sound reproduction but not really that far off the mark from your average untreated living area (plaster walls are a little less reflective but many people now have hard floors which evens things out - a least I have the luxury of carpet). Ideally one would make the walls non-parallel to each other by renovating (shock horror) and/or attach layers of consistently unfashionable acoustic treatment products to all the spots you want to keep clean and tidy. It may be true that the environment you put the speakers in can affect the final result just as much as the quality of the speakers themselves, but it’s definitely true that modifying the room is out of the question for the vast majority of us mere mortals. I have tried many brands of speakers in this room, and every one of them exhibits a ringing resonance at certain midrange and bass frequencies, producing a bloating distortion effect whenever music or movies hit the offending notes. Quite annoying really - and I don't think even a pair of flagship book shelves (e.g. Wharfedale Jades, B&W 700 series) will really solve the problem.

    At this point, you’re probably wondering why I am ranting on about my own personal Hi-Fi issues and what it has to do with you. Well I believe I have hit somewhat of a revelation: AV Receivers with high resolution room correction, digital active crossovers and bi-amp capability are ideal for music listening in acoustically mediocre living areas. In the next three sections, I will spell out my rationale for this “blatant heresy” (as Hi-Fi purists would put it).

    Bi-Amplification

    In the land of elite Hi-Fi amplifiers, 200W per channel seems to be the mythical number for “enough power to satisfy almost anyone”. If you took a survey of ultra high-end amps (e.g. Arcam A49, NAD Masters, Audiolab MB series, etc), you will find they are all rated around this figure. So the question is - why? In sound reproduction, one of most important aspects is dynamic range - the difference between the quietest and loudest details a system can produce with low distortion and noise (i.e. that you can hear clearly). This is akin to contrast ratio on smartphones screens, TVs, and projectors. The higher the dynamic range, the more lifelike the sound will be. A really good system will faithfully render pin drops and string plucks with natural delicacy, while creating real emotional impact when simulating the vibrations of a cello or the weight of drum. But what does this have to do with the need for 200W you say? It all comes down to the power needed to produce soft passages in the track versus the thunderous emotional parts. It is widely accepted that dynamic peaks in music are often 10 times louder than the average volume. So if you normally listen at around the 20W mark (this is about the power TV speakers put out at ~70% on the dial - in other words not that much), then you need 200W to reproduce the most intense moments of a track in its full glory. Now this is normally the part where one puts up both arms and complains that they don’t have $6000 to put down for a ultra high-end amp, but fear no more! I bring you salvation in the form of Bi-Amping. A mid-range (~$2000) AVR has many channels of amplification - at least 7 these days, and they all have a feature that lets you power each speaker with 2 amp channels - for double the peak power. It also happens that these AVRs are all rated 100W (RMS, <0.3% THD) or above per channel - so it’s a match made in heaven really.

    Digital Active Crossovers

    The most difficult part of loudspeaker design is the crossover network, a bundle of circuits that splits the frequency ranges between different sized cones (drivers). Its there because small (~1”) drivers are very good for the shimmering parts of the sound, like glass breaking or a bird call, but very tinny for speech. Conversely a medium sized driver (3 to 6”) make vocals come alive, but muffle the shimmers and don’t vibrate with much impact for bass. Finally we have large drivers (7”+ in subwoofers and large floorstanders) that are only good at rumbling. Typically what people end up with are bookshelf or slim floorstanding speakers that have the small and medium sized drivers, and a subwoofer with large drivers. What you don’t want to do - is send the low bass to these slim floorstanders/bookshelves as all they are going to do is distort in a vain struggle to emit a faint shadow of what was recorded (this is what a normal stereo amp does - wasting a lot of power in the process). What you do want - is split up the low bass and send it straight to the sub where it belongs - and this is exactly what an AVR’s builtin digital active crossover does.

    High Resolution Room Correction EQ

    Getting back to solving those bloated ringing noises, let's examine the problem a but more closely. What is happening is that the room’s walls are amplifying certain frequencies by bouncing them around the room repeatedly (this building up effect is called resonance). So what we need to do is simply reduce the level of those frequencies so that the end result is correct. Because this reduction can negatively affect sound quality if you take away too much of the signal you want be as precise as possible, targeting only the specific problem frequencies, down to single Hz bands. As our hearing stretches from 20Hz-20kHz, that means you need a EQ system with tens of thousands of bands. Such systems do actually exist in the form of Audyssey XT32 and Dirac Live, and are available on many mid-high level AVRs, like the Denon X4/5/6/7xxx and Marantz SR6/7xxx.

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  5. Complementary to 4K and HDR bringing more stunning and realistic visuals to the screen, Dolby Atmos delivers captivating sound that disperses and moves audio anywhere and everywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment to life, all in the comfort of your own home.

    Why do you Want it?

    Dolby Atmos ® speakers are here to revolutionise the way we hear sound for films and television in general. Atmos has an object-based attitude to sound design, rather than just channels, enabling filmmakers the creative freedom they’ve always desired in terms of surrounding the audience.  Over 80% of cinemas support Dolby Atmos ®, and now your home theatre and television can too. Typical surround sound devices deliver captivating sound with speakers which are placed all around your room. Here enters Dolby Atmos ® to take it to another level, quite literally. The Atmos creates a ‘height’ layer of sound above the audience, for the ultimate acoustic experience your ears are going to love.

    What do the Numbers Actually Stand for?

    When you’re shopping for Dolby Atmos® speakers, you will see numbers alongside the name. These numbers are simply describing the speakers’ configuration. Let’s take the 7.2.4 version for example. The first number (7), refers to the number of traditional speakers, such as the front, centre and surround. The middle number (2), tells you how many powered subwoofers can be connected to the receiver. The last number (4), refers to how many ‘upward-firing’ or ‘in-ceiling’ speakers you can connect in the Dolby Atmos setup. The last number considers the extra ‘height’ layer of sound we highlighted earlier.

    What do I need before purchasing?

    How to Set up Dolby Atmos® speakers in your home

    Once you have your Atmos capable receiver, such as the Pioneer VSX-LX302, and your special Atmos speakers, what do you do next? The first step is to decide on which Atmos configuration is the one for you. The space you have and the number of channels of amplification that your receiver has, are obvious factors to consider, and could even make the decision for you.

    Here's a run-down of some options available to you. If you happen to have the 9 channels of amplification, you could choose between either the 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 speaker configurations optimising Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers.  The 5.1.4 option is based around the traditional 5.1 layout however adds the sound upgrade of four overhead Dolby Atmos speakers. The 7.1.2 configuration becomes quite self-explanatory now as a traditional 7.1 speaker with 2 overhead Atmos speakers.


    5.1.4

    dolby atmos 7.1.2
    7.1.2

    11 Channels of amplification gives you the ultimate experience of what the Dolby Atmos speakers can truly do. You have the choice of going as high as a 9.1.2 configuration, consisting of two overhead Dolby Atmos speakers along with two width speakers, or the more modest but powerful configuration of 7.1.4. Of course there is the full 32-channel configuration with speakers, if money is no object, that is.


    9.1.2

    dolby 7.1.4
    7.1.4

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