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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 04, 2015 1 comments
What's in a name? At times, not a whole lot of sense. The consumer electronics industry has a genius for giving dopey names to things: unintentionally misleading names, deliberately misleading names, duplicative names, redundant names, outright laughable names. Here are just a few:

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 04, 2015 0 comments
Earlier this week we asked how much of your home entertainment viewing is disc-based as opposed to streaming from a subscription service such as Netflix, buying/renting digital content online, or video on demand via cable or satellite. Turns out that discs play an important role for about half of survey respondents...
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Owners of LG’s EG9600 and EF9500 series 4K OLED televisions will be able to stream high dynamic range (HDR)-encoded content via the Amazon Video app available through LG’s webOS Smart TV platform
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Definitive Technology has taken a minimalist approach in the design of its new W Studio Micro soundbar/wireless streaming system, which squeezes seven drivers into an enclosure that’s 43 inches wide and only 1.75 inches tall.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 03, 2015 6 comments

Audio Performance
Video Performance
PRICE $600

Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Bluetooth
MHL on front and rear
Google Cast, Spotify Connect
Confusing A.F.D., HD-D.C.S. terminology

If you can do without Dolby Atmos in this seven-channel AVR, Sony’s well-thought-out wireless functionality and sweet, golden sound are an unbeatable combination.

Let me say this up front: The Sony STR-DN1060 doesn’t do Dolby Atmos. Whether this is a serious omission in a seven-channel receiver today is debatable—but I’d say not. Most of the first-generation Atmos receivers have shortcomings of their own. For one thing, they lack the forthcoming DTS:X, the other flavor of object-oriented, height-enabled surround sound. More critically, seven-channel models can offer only Atmos 5.1.2, with two height channels in front or directly above the listener but none in back. That is at best a limited version of the Atmos experience because it doesn’t create the full dome-shaped soundfield of 5.1.4.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 03, 2015 3 comments
Samsung announced at the IFA 2015 consumer electronics show in Berlin that it will launch a 4K/Ultra HD Blu-ray player early next year at a price of less than $500, according to press reports.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 03, 2015 0 comments
CBS Sports announced plans to stream NFL games in October and November, marking the first time regular season games will be streamed live.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 03, 2015 13 comments
Panasonic may have a follow-up to the legendary Kuro plasma TV technology that it acquired from Pioneer in 2009. The company introduced a 65-inch “4K Pro” OLED TV at the IFA 2015 consumer electronics show in Berlin said to deliver its most accurate picture quality ever.
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Al Griffin Posted: Sep 03, 2015 2 comments
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Q I’ve noticed that almost every low/mid-priced (under $700) AVR that Sound&Vision has reviewed recently lacks a phono input. With the recent resurgence of LPs, it’s annoying to think that one would have to spend more money to hook up an external phono preamp when in the old days every receiver had one.

I know that HDMI and wireless inputs are all the rage, but don’t want to spend $500 on a receiver plus another $50-150 for a phono preamp, just to listen to my LPs. Are there any reasonably priced AVRs available that have a built-in phono preamp, or should I bite the bullet and buy an external phono preamp for my current receiver? If the answer is the latter, could you suggest a good model for under $100? —Tim Marlow

SV Staff Posted: Sep 02, 2015 0 comments
Bose today introduced the SoundLink II full-size wireless headphone featuring 15 hours of battery life, NFC Bluetooth pairing, and a foldable, lightweight and impact-resistant design for use on-the-go.


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