Best of the Week: World Cup 2018. Cricket in 4K. Philips Ambilight 4K TV, Jamo Atmos speaker package and more

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This week, it's the beginning of the 2018 World Cup in Russia!

But, if you're not a football fan, you'll be glad to hear that Dolby and Odeon Cinemas have teamed up to launch seven Dolby Cinema sites.

Sky will broadcast the England cricket team's matches in 4K and TEAC has added MQA support to a couple of its network players.

Elsewhere, our reviews section includes Philips' Ambilight 50PUS6703 4K TV, Epson's Full HD EH-LS100 projector, Fiio's Q5 DAC/headphone amp, Acoustic Energy's AE100 standmount speaker and Jamo's S 807 HCS Atmos speaker package.

MORE: What Hi-Fi? Podcast – Sonos Beam, Denon and Marantz receivers, and the World Cup

News

Dolby and Odeon to launch Dolby Cinemas in the UK

Dolby and the Odeon Cinemas Group are to open seven Dolby Cinema sites across the UK.

These cinemas are set to launch over the next few years, and will showcase Dolby's Vision HDR and Atmos technologies.

There's no word on where they'll be located or how much a ticket will cost, but it looks as though Dolby is about to expand its reach.

MORE: Dolby and Odeon to launch Dolby Cinemas in the UK

Sky to broadcast summer of cricket in 4K Ultra HD

Sky is boosting its range of 4K content with coverage of England's One Day Internationals and Twenty20 matches in the format.

Matches will be broadcast exclusively in Ultra HD, starting with England vs Australia at the KIA Oval in June and finishing with England against India at Headingley in July.

You will of course need a 4K TV and Sky Q 2TB box to enjoy the cricket in 4K.

MORE: Sky to broadcast summer of cricket in 4K Ultra HD

TEAC adds MQA support to network components

TEAC has added MQA support to its NT-505 network player and NR-7CD network player/CD player/integrated amp.

The NR-7CD requires a network connection to automatically receive its firmware update.

However, the process for the NT-505 is a little more complicated. Its System firmware needs updating to v1.10, and its Network firmware to the V10.3c version by the owner.

MORE: TEAC adds MQA support to network components

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Features

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How to set up your TV for the World Cup

How to watch the World Cup – TV, 4K, online, mobile, VR

Smart speakers - everything you need to know

How to improve your TV's sound

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Reviews

"A great choice at a relatively low price"

"A great choice at a relatively low price"

Philips 50PUS6703

Philips 4K TVs have been impressive, and the 50PUS6703 is another confident effort.

It delivers a dynamic, insightful and nuanced image for a reasonable TV. It's a set that's great with detail and offers a good suite of apps.

However, the user interface is dull and it's a tricky unit to set-up. Add an Amazon Prime Video app without HDR and there are a few missed opportunities.

But don't let that take anything away from what it does well. Despite a few small flaws, it's a great set for the money.

Read the full Philips 50PUS6703 review

"For the right buyer, it’s a winner."

"For the right buyer, it’s a winner."

Epson EH-LS100

We've been testing 4K projectors of late, but this Epson marks a welcome return to the Full HD market.

It's a short throw projector, meaning it can be placed extremely close to the screen (or wall) when projecting images.

And it's a fine effort, serving up a crisp image with punchy, bright colours and good fine detail.

For the price, you may be able to find a better image, but probably not a projector as convenient as this.

Read the full Epson EH-LS100 review

"It looks the part, is specified perfectly and is built to last"

"It looks the part, is specified perfectly and is built to last"

Fiio Q5

The Q5 differs from Fiio's most recent offerings in that it's a DAC/headphone amp effort.

It boasts a fine build, with a 3800mAh battery good for 10 to 20 hours, and a pair of AKM AK4490EN DACs that are good for 32-bit/384kHz and DSD256.

The Q5's sound is posed and balanced, but it lacks a little in terms of dynamics.

Nevertheless, it's a good effort in a market where you're spoiled for choice.

Read the full Fiio Q5 review

"The performance of the AE100s has left us looking forward to seeing what the brand has to offer"

"The performance of the AE100s has left us looking forward to seeing what the brand has to offer"

Acoustic Energy AE100

Acoustic Energy's AE100 belts out an enthusiastic sound that belies its ordinary aesthetic.

The performance is balanced and agile, it's good with timing and delivers a clear, solid and driving sound.

These aren't the most refined or transparent of performers, but they deliver a fun time nonetheless.

Read the full Acoustic Energy AE100 review

"It is a really decent home cinema system"

"It is a really decent home cinema system"

Jamo S 807 HCS

We've seen a few expensive Dolby Atmos speaker packages, but Jamo's latest offers decent value.

It's an energetic, dynamic and detailed performer. Both attractive and convenient in terms of design, it's happy to be used in stereo formation.

There are a few flaws. There's a slight coarseness to the treble, the bass is a little soft and centre and the surrounds aren't the best match for the S 805's talents.

Overall, it's a relatively inexpensive and very decent Atmos speaker package.

Read the full Jamo S 807 HCS review