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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 30, 2016 0 comments
I like to think that have a broad taste in movie and television entertainment. I don’t much care for crime dramas, horror, gross-out comedies, or westerns (having lived through the era where westerns dominated evening television). I like historical films (either epics or straight dramas), science fiction, contemporary drama, and animation.

And there can be little doubt that the latter is on fire and in the midst of a new golden age. The first such era was centered almost exclusively on the early work of Walt Disney. It survived for about 25 years, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) to The Jungle Book (1967). I’d argue, however, that there were only six true classics from that period...

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 30, 2016 0 comments
Rovi has bought TiVo, everyone’s favorite DVR maker, and adopted its name. Why is this $1.1 billion deal so richly ironic? Rovi got its start in 1983 as Macrovision, a videocassette anti-copy system that caused strobing of images on playback of illegal tape-to-tape copies. As an unintended side effect, the system sometimes did the same even with authorized prerecorded tapes. So it’s quite an eyebrow raiser to see Macrovision’s successor absorbing a company devoted to personal video recording.
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SV Posted: Aug 30, 2016 0 comments
In recent years, the music and consumer electronics industries have collaborated to lead a resurgence of interest in high-resolution audio. The movement is a reaction to the perceived loss of appreciation for recording-quality music resulting from the widespread adoption of compressed digital music formats (MP3, AAC, WMA) developed for digital download, players, and sharing services.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Aug 30, 2016 1 comments
All men shall become brothers. At least that’s what Schiller proposed in his Ode to Joy, a proposal tunefully endorsed by Beethoven. In practice, we sometimes act more like distant cousins, or like neighbors who scream at each other and throw dog poop on each other’s lawns because one guy votes democrat and the other votes republican. Local law enforcement knows who we are. And then there’s analog audio guys and digital audio guys.
SV Staff Posted: Aug 30, 2016 0 comments
Yamaha today announced the addition of a MusicCast-enabled model to its line of two-channel network receivers, optimized for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth streaming and smart-device connectivity.
SV Staff Posted: Aug 29, 2016 0 comments
If a rapper can design and market headphones why not an NFL football player?
SV Staff Posted: Aug 29, 2016 0 comments
Swedish speaker company Procella Audio today announced a new monstrous flagship subwoofer rated to play down to 18 Hz and hit a maximum continuous output of 137 dB (143 dB peak
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Michael Antonoff Posted: Aug 29, 2016 0 comments
Maybe it’s because the broadcast networks crave turning the clock back to when they were dominant that the new season is dominated by series about time travel.
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Lauren Dragan Posted: Aug 26, 2016 1 comments
Do you like sci-fi? How about 80s horror films, a-la Stephen King? Are you a huge fan of the Goonies and Stand by Me? Did you play Dungeons and Dragons as a kid? If you answered yes to any of these questions and haven’t watched the Netflix original series Stranger Things, then stop everything right now and go watch this show. I’m serious. It’s that good. Binge-watching to avoid spoilers is worth clearing your schedule this weekend. Still not convinced? Here’s what you need to know (and why you need to watch this show)
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 26, 2016 1 comments
Amazon is working on a couple ad-free music streaming service, one of which would be exclusive to its wildly popular Echo Bluetooth speaker/personal assistant.

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