The nights are getting dark, and the days are getting rainy, so it’s time to hide indoors and work your way through half of Netflix. Of course, this presents you with an excellent excuse to upgrade your living room setup to make the most of the latest and great AV tech.
Now that 4K is firmly entrenched, the next big upgrade that makes a genuine difference to your viewing experience is Dolby Atmos. If you get a setup that adds height as well as surround sound, movies really do become a cinematic event, even when you’re at home on your tatty old couch. Our feature on p34 is designed to make it easy for you to choose the home cinema upgrades that best suit you.
Elsewhere, I think smartwatches are going to be a hugely popular present this Christmas. The Apple Watch Series 4 made a big splash with its new health features, and even if others don’t have identical tools, a lot of people are coming round to the advantage of heart tracking and health monitoring. We’ve put six of the latest-generation watches to the test (p75), all which have their own advantages.
This issue, we were also delighted to go behind the scenes to see how Devialet created its luxury new speaker (p49). The mix of tech know-how and craftsmanship in this kind of thing fascinates me, and I hope you enjoy it too!
Matt Bolton, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org Tweet me @matthewbbolton