What Hi-fi: New from Denon is the £400 DHT-1312XP home cinema system, a ‘just add Blu-ray player’ package combining the company’s entry-level AVR-1312 receiver with a dedicated SYS-1312 5.1-channel speaker set-up.
On sale next month, the system offers 3D passthrough, 5x110W output, and four-in-one-out HDMI connectivity. (more…)
Primarily designed for home cinema enthusiasts who do not want wires trailing across the room to rear speakers, it is ideal for 5.1 home cinema systems, and a second KEF Universal Wireless System 2.0 set can enable expansion to a 7.1 system.
The system wirelessly transmits music from your Blu-ray, CD player or other source component to your speakers. All you have to do is connect the transmitter to your source, and each of the two receivers to a speaker and power outlet.
To guard against interference from other devices such as wi-fi routers, microwave ovens and cordless phones, the KEF system uses a narrow signal band coupled with KEF’s advanced error correction technology.
It also uses Advanced Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (AAFHSS) technology: a detector constantly searches for potentially conflicting transmissions, and if any are found it ‘hops’ to a different channel. keeping the signal stable.
“The KEF Universal Wireless System 2.0 is ideal for music and movie lovers who wish to eliminate wiring between amplifiers and speakers, allowing them to create an outstanding listening environment without the need for clutter or compromising sound quality,” said Steve Halsall, managing director, KEF’s UK Business Unit.
“It can also transmit sound from devices like computers and MP3 players, with a signal capable of powering speakers in nearby rooms and even outdoors.”
Register Hardware: The DVX-1000 promises to be the last word in 2.1-channel home cinema, delivering a level of surround sound not heard before from a three-speaker system. Or so Yamaha would have us believe. It claims the DVX will deliver a 7.1-channel experience from just three speakers, a technique Yamaha’s marketing droids have dubbed Air Surround Xtreme. Let’s see if it manages it.
The first clue to the genuine power under the DVX’s hood comes when you unpack the sub-woofer, an absolute brute – do not drop it on your foot – with a top vent, large heat sink and 16cm driver. Also housing the 2 x 90W amplification unit, the sub boasts a decent sized transformer, custom-made capacitors, separate analogue/digital sub-systems and shielded digital circuitry, all designed to prevent signal interference.
The rest of the system feels equally solid, with other early signs of quality including decent screw-fit cable grips on both the sub-woofer and the speakers.
Unbeatable: The Onkyo LS-V501 Home Cinema System is in a league of its own with its stunning appearance. This is not a system that you will hide away in your TV cabinet, but you may even install a shelf specifically for its display!For such a reasonable price tag the Onkyo LS-V501 is an impressive piece of kit with some outstanding features starting with support for HDMI which leads to High Definition connectivity set up with your state of the art LCD TV, a 2-channel sound with DVD support and DivX for watching home movies on your HD DVD Player or Blu-ray player. Music options are also of high importance with this system and MP3’s can be played with the optimum quality of DVD Audio and Super Audio CD.
The speakers included are the icing on the sound effect cake, and come in the shape of 2 8cm cone woofers, and a balanced dome tweeter as well as a Bass Reflex Powered Subwoofer, 2x 20cm cone woofers. An iPod dock is also included as it is one of the necessary and popular connections in today’s MP3 player world.