Sound+Image July-August 2021 out now: home cinema secrets!

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Every issue of Sound+Image brings you the latest news, views, reviews and features on audio and AV equipment, reveals the entertainment they bring to your home, and tells you how to get the best personal musical experience when you're out and about.

Expert reviews tell you what you need to know about the latest gear - will it fit your home, does it have the facilities you need, and is its performance leading the pack?

Music and movie reviews and stories fill out your knowledge and give a fine read, while our Buying Guide is the ultimate way to create a short-list for your next purchase.

This issue in our cover story we detail two top home cinema designs - and their designers let you in on the secrets that lift them into a higher realm of movie magic... 

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Sensational sounds from simplified systems

We are great believers in speakers which have amplification built-in. They can be systems in themselves — stereo loudspeakers with built-in streaming and amplification, inputs for TVs and other sources. They can wildly simplify the traditional hi-fi system into something far more suited to the modern age, modern homes and modern décors. Instead of a stack of hi-fi components, you might reduce your system to a pair of streaming powered speakers with your TV plugged into them. A good pair of powered speakers used in this way will trounce the sound from your average soundbar and will very likely also provide a far neater solution.  

Reviewed this issue:
Ruark MR1 Mk2 
Klipsch The Fives  
DALI Oberon 1 C 
Q Acoustics Q Active 200 
ELAC Navis ARB-51  
KEF LS50 Wireless II 
Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo

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Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A networked AV receiver
As this award-winning series of receivers enters its second decade, we review the first and most affordable release from the range.

BenQ TK700Sti 4K projector
Grab your SMG and prepare for action – BenQ’s TK700Sti is a next-gen 4K DLP projector with dedicated gaming-optimised modes.   

JBL Synthesis HDI 5.1-channel speakers
What happens if we place award-winning floorstanders at the front of a full multichannel speaker package and start kicking out movies?

Hisense 75U80G 8K television
Once you get to 75 inches, is 4K UHD resolution enough to make the most of your screen real estate? We get hands-on with this 8K TV.

Musical Fidelity M3x Vinyl phono stage
Give your turntable a high-quality phono stage which will treat its output with respect.

Naim Uniti Atom Headphone Edition headphone amp/preamp
Naim’s new player focuses on headphones first – but it’s also a brilliant streaming preamplifier.  

Boya BY-HP2 cabled headphones
No BT, no NC, just good old-fashioned cables. Result?

Apple’s high-res move should shake up pricing. 

We ask Wavetrain Cinemas’ David Moseley to explain some of the secrets behind this stunning home cinema with 165-inch screen. 

home cinema 2: THE DIRECTOR’s CHAIR
Signature Cinemas converted this basement bunker into a screening room fit to deliver movies to the standard demanded by the director himself.

From Lentek to Audiolab to Spendor, Philip Swift has always kept focused on the future. But here he looks back on his career a little as well. 

legend: JEAN-LUC GODARD Has any other director ever owned a decade like Godard did the 1960s?

Bargain compilations from the 1960s and 1970s delivered the promise of new music, and fame.

music reviews
From new Alice Cooper and Osibisa to reissues from Johnny Thunders, Lennon and McCartney

classic album: BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAJIK
The story of how the Chili Peppers matured, musically at least, with Rick Rubin at the helm.


Sound+Image #340 July-August 2021 is on sale now in print and digital issues.

Sound+Image is Australia's no.1 mag for audio & AV – sister magazine to Australian Hi-Fi and to the UK's What Hi-Fi?, and bestower of the annual Sound+Image Awards, which since 1989 have recognised the year's best hi-fi and home cinema products and installations. While Sound+Image lives here online as part of our group, our true nature is best revealed in the print magazines and digital issues, which curate unique collections of content each issue under the Editorship of Jez Ford, in a celebration of the joys that real hi-fi and high-quality AV can bring. Enjoy essential reviews of the most exciting new gear, features on Australia's best home cinemas, advice on how to find your sound, and our full Buying Guide based on all our current and past award-winners, all wrapped up with the latest news and editorial ponderings. Click here for more information about Sound+Image, including links to buy individual digital editions and details on how best to subscribe.