Best of the Week: Monitor Audio Silver 100, Sky Q 4K Atmos, Amazon Echo Spot and more

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This week it emerged that Virgin Media customers could soon be receiving the V6 set-top free of charge, Devialet partnered with the Royal Albert Hall to showcase the company's Phantom speakers and 4K Dolby Atmos films have started appearing on Sky's Q service.

For reviews, we have Monitor Audio's Silver 100 standmounters, Amazon's Echo Spot smart device and Mission's LX-3 floorstanders.

News

Virgin Media offers TV customers free 4K-ready V6 box upgrade

Virgin Media subscribers could soon be getting a new black box in their front room.

Those who use the company's TV and broadband bundles will soon be able to upgrade their set-top box to the V6 model at no additional cost.

Eligible customers will be contacted in the coming weeks about how to obtain the V6 box.

MORE: Virgin Media offers TV customers free 4K-ready V6 box upgrade

Devialet’s Phantom speaker to "enhance" Royal Albert Hall experience

Devialet has announced a partnership with the Royal Albert Hall that will see multiple Phantom speakers located around the venue.

The Phantoms will be used to broadcast performances in real-time outside the Hall, as well as benefit visitors to its restaurants, cafes and tours.

Devialet says the experience will be different to the Palais Garnier display in Paris, but will bear some similarities. A date for the installation has yet to be confirmed.

MORE: Devialet’s Phantom speaker to "enhance" Royal Albert Hall experience

Dolby Atmos comes to Sky Cinema and Sky Store 4K films

Several UHD movies on Sky's Q platform are now available with Atmos soundtrack.

Sky has previously broadcast Premier League games in Atmos, but now you can watch the likes of Ghost in the Shell, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Star Trek Beyond. However, out of the 103 films available, fewer than a dozen are available in Atmos.

You'll need a Sky Q 2TB box, a Sky Cinema subscription and, of course, a compatible home cinema kit to enjoy them.

MORE: Dolby Atmos comes to Sky Cinema and Sky Store 4K films

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Reviews

" It's the punch and dynamic expression that sets these standmounters apart from most of the pack"

" It's the punch and dynamic expression that sets these standmounters apart from most of the pack"

Monitor Audio Silver 100

It's more of the same from Monitor Audio's Silver range, and that's no bad thing as far as we're concerned.

They are bold, punchy and well-balanced, with an impressive sense of timing and dynamics. They're more expensive than the Q350s, but the Silvers are a formidable opponent and more than hold their own.

We've come to expect excellence from the Silver range and the 100 is no different.

Read the full Monitor Audio Silver 100 review

"The Echo Spot is an impressive piece of kit, and an almost-perfect bedroom clock"

"The Echo Spot is an impressive piece of kit, and an almost-perfect bedroom clock"

Amazon Echo Spot

It looks like a simple alarm clock, but there's more than meets the eye to this smart device from Amazon.

It has built-in voice assistant, features a camera and you can watch Amazon Prime on it. It's one of the more capable smart devices we've come across.

The sound quality could be improved and there needs to be more video content. The camera could be a little intrusive, but this is an impressive piece of kit.

Read the full Amazon Echo Spot review

"There’s no denying that the LX-3s are competent and informative speakers"

"There’s no denying that the LX-3s are competent and informative speakers"

Mission LX-3

Mission's budget floorstanders are solid and capable performers, but they are eclipsed by other performers.

We like the controlled and articulate sound and the good integration between the low-end and midrange. However, the sound lacks a little excitement.

They're rather in the shadow of Tannoy's cheaper Eclipse 3s. While we like the LX-3s, we're left wanting more from them.

Read the full Mission LX-3 review

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