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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 07, 2015 0 comments

Audio Performance
Video Performance
PRICE $2,399

Nuanced, open, uncolored sonics
Stream Magic module
Auto setup imposes no room correction
Bluetooth requires adapter
A $2,400 AVR with no Dolby Atmos or DTS:X
Auto setup imposes no room correction

This receiver makes idiosyncratic audiophile choices—omitting Atmos, Bluetooth, and other features—but the revamped look and feel are great, and the sound is reliably musical.

At first glance, the cosmetic difference between Cambridge Audio’s new CXR receivers and the company’s previous Azur line is almost shocking. The older receivers were stellar performers, but their look was strictly utilitarian, even a bit dowdy. They were the consumer electronics equivalent of Queen Elizabeth II. Whatever her traditional virtues may be, she hasn’t won many beauty contests lately. What a difference a new look makes! The CXR receivers have a cleaner, sleeker front panel, with fewer controls and a generously oversized display. They’re less QEII, more Kate Middleton—who, coincidentally, is also known as the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Michael Antonoff Posted: Oct 07, 2015 2 comments
I was skeptical that Apple’s all-you-can-queue subscription plan, Apple Music, would cause me to abandon online services like Spotify that also boasted 30 million songs. Not an Apple acolyte, I use a Windows computer and an Android smartphone. I boycotted buying anything from iTunes when a $50 credit in my account was hacked and Apple refused to restore it the second time it happened. But I also own an iPod touch, two iPads, and an Apple TV, and the iTunes Store on my PC continued to be the place for sampling free music—typically after discovering the songs on radio stations streamed on iTunes.
SV Staff Posted: Oct 07, 2015 1 comments
Vizio has launched the first two models in its highly anticipated Reference Series lineup of 4K/Ultra HD TVs.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 06, 2015 0 comments
Hate your cable company? Sick of unrelenting robocalls that seem to pop up at home and on your cell at the most inopportune moments?

A federal judge fined Time Warner Cable $229,500 for robocalling a Texas woman 153 times in an attempt to dun another customer.

SV Staff Posted: Oct 06, 2015 0 comments
Denmark’s Bang & Olufsen is celebrating its 90th anniversary with the ultra high-end BeoLab 90, which measures the acoustical effects of its surroundings and compensates for sound irregularities at the listening position.
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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.
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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.
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Yamaha is expanding its Slimline series of AV receivers, which includes the Top Pick winning RX-S600 introduced last year.


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