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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Oct 06, 2015 0 comments
Everyone is familiar with virus attacks on PCs and Macs. We take precautions to minimize the risk - making sure the firewall is up, keeping our antivirus software up to date, and not clicking on scary attachments. We are perhaps less vigilant with virus attacks on our phones. Of course, the danger is just as scary. Adding even more anxiety is a new virus called Stagefright that can be embedded in MP3 and MP4 files.

Bob Ankosko Posted: Oct 06, 2015 0 comments
Monoprice the online retailer known for its cheap AV cables, accessories, and assorted electronics is attempting to step up its audio game (and capitalize on the vinyl revival) with a hybrid tube will sell for $150 when it becomes available later this month.
SV Staff Posted: Oct 06, 2015 0 comments
Epson unveiled the $360 PowerLite Home Cinema 640 budget projector at last week’s Holiday Spectacular press event in New York City.
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 05, 2015 0 comments
HDMI Licensing LLC today announced a Premium HDMI Cable Certification Program to give consumers peace of mind that all components in an HDMI-connected 4K/Ultra HD system are capable of delivering a reliable experience.
SV Staff Posted: Oct 05, 2015 1 comments
Yamaha is expanding its Slimline series of AV receivers, which includes the Top Pick winning RX-S600 introduced last year.
Leslie Shapiro Posted: Oct 05, 2015 0 comments
Pop quiz: What image first comes to your mind when you hear Bluetooth speaker system? Is it a small, portable, single-cabinet pseudo-stereo box with meager amplification? Would it blow your mind to imagine a Bluetooth system that’s actually a 2.1 desktop system, complete with two stand-alone two-way speakers, a separate amplifier/control box and yes, a separate subwoofer? Take a look at the Thonet & Vander Rätsel BT 2.1 Bluetooth system with a 75-watt. Sadly, I’ve gotten so accustomed to tiny little Bluetooth speakers that my mind was suitably blown.

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Lauren Dragan Posted: Oct 02, 2015 0 comments
This past Wednesday I attended my second Luxury Technology Show in Los Angeles and it was, as the year before it, a study in making the ordinary opulent, and the expensive ridiculously expensive. The LED-message-displaying-booze was flowing and I put on my cocktail attire to see what’s new just for you. Here’s some highlights from what I learned:

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2015 30 comments
Register to win a Morrow Audio High-end HDMI Cable with SSI Technology (MSRP $139.00) we are giving away.

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"Made to Morrow Audio high-end specifications with 4K-ready enhancement and meeting its proprietary and renowned SSI Technology guidelines, the HDMI cable helps produce phenomenal home theater picture and sound quality unlike others. With solid soundstage delivery, viewers can see and hear the sounds never before experienced until now. "

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David Vaughn Posted: Oct 02, 2015 2 comments
Computer programmer Caleb Smith wins an inter-company competition to spend a week at the remote estate of the company’s brilliant, yet quirky CEO and founder, Nathan Bateman. He soon learns that the vacation will be anything but when he’s coerced into signing a nondisclosure release in order to administer a Turing Test on a new AI program that could revolutionize the world. It turns out that the AI has been placed in a fully functional—and human-looking—robot named Ava, who has been locked in a glass enclosure and can’t be freed unless she proves to Smith and Bateman that she’s achieved full consciousness and is not just copying human behavior.
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Oct 02, 2015 0 comments
Build Quality
PRICE $3,447 as reviewed

Very honest, very capable reproduction
Unusual, and unusually attractive, cosmetics
Excellent center-channel off-axis consistency
Ever so slightly warm balance may not please more analytical listeners

Wide-range towers and solid tonal matching make for a system that will fulfill many, even without a subwoofer.

Italian technology doesn’t get a lot of respect. (There’s a version of the old joke where in heaven the police are British, the cooks French, and the engineers German; in hell the police are German, the cooks British, and the engineers— you guessed it—Italian.) But think only of Ferrari. Or Lamborghini. Better still, think of supercar maker Pagani, for which today’s examinee, Sonus Faber, provides premium audio systems.


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