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SV Staff Posted: Aug 24, 2016 0 comments
Sony and Best Buy today announced that starting this week Sony Hi-Res Listening Stations are being rolled out to 250 Magnolia Home Theater locations around the country, joining the 82 Magnolia Design Centers that have had listening stations since late last year. The rollout is expected to be complete by September.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 24, 2016 0 comments
Patio or yard space is always hard to come by in Manhattan, so if you're lucky enough to get some, you'd better make the most of it. For one well-to-do Fifth Avenue apartment dweller, that meant more than just tossing some outdoor furniture on his rooftop deck. As a music and movie lover, he was already enjoying some very fine audio/video gear in his living room, including a superb two-channel music system sourced by a Linn turntable and a Naim CD player and electronics driving top-of-the-line B&W speakers. The challenge, then, was to insure similarly impressive sound quality, but to do it on an outdoor patio space exposed year-round to the wrath of often brutal and sometimes belligerent New York City weather.
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John Sciacca Posted: Aug 24, 2016 0 comments
When you’re constantly surrounded by technology and automation, you tend to take things for granted, just accepting all the cool stuff happening around you as normal. It isn’t until someone who doesn’t live with this stuff on a daily basis comes over and points out all the stuff that happens in our house as different and special that we pay attention to it and realize how awesome it is.
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John Sciacca Posted: Aug 23, 2016 2 comments

PRICE $4,495 as reviewed

Unrivaled user interface
Terrific image quality including HDR10
Fast access times with no buffering
Excellent HDMI handling
Limited to content bought from Kaleidescape store
No Dolby Vision support

Strato serves up gorgeous, full UHD images using Kaleidescape’s unparalleled interface, with content delivered from the company’s store.

Editor's Note: As was reported over the weekend, Kaleidescape, the firm that virtually launched the at-home movie server after its founding in 2000 and survived many a fight with Hollywood and its copyright enforcers to survive and evolve through its 16 years, has officially shut down operations. Following is our review of the company's new Strato 4K movie player, originally scheduled for our October print issue. It is offered up early here with full understanding that the Strato may not be available for purchase or supported going forward.— Rob Sabin

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2016 0 comments
Is your Netflix consumption pushing your mobile data consumption past the cap? The company has new tool to help subscribers dodge overage charges.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Aug 23, 2016 4 comments
Why does everyone suddenly hate the headphone jack?

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2016 1 comments
Vizio today announced enhancements to the SmartCast App it introduced earlier this year and announced that Google Play Movies & TV will be integrated into it.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2016 0 comments
LG is rolling out an upgrade for its webOS 3.0-enabled smart TVs called Channel Plus.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2016 8 comments
Kaleidescape, the company that pioneered the movie server category and waged an unsuccessful decade-long battle over the right to sell disc-ripping movie servers, has closed its doors.
SV Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2016 0 comments
HiFiMan today introduced a super compact audio player that plays files at resolutions up to 192 kHz/24-bit and supports all lossless file formats including DSD.