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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 13, 2015 0 comments
I had a dream last night. I was wandering around lower Manhattan (New York). I think I was trying to find my way, but as dreams go I’m not exactly sure where to. I was apparently using a map on my tablet, but the tablet was an old CRT the size of the integrated CRT monitor/computer on the first iMac. I wandered into a bookstore, apparently in search of a more usable map, but all I recall seeing was a copy of Widescreen Review and a children’s version of the New York Times, the latter’s cover filled with full color comics (definitively proving, I suppose, that we do dream in color, though the hues were so odd that they must have been captured in two-strip Technicolor). I had left my “tablet” outside (perhaps the bookstore was a tablet-free zone) and when I went back outside it was still there but the screen had been smashed. In a New York minute. Then I woke up.

This was all likely inspired by my recent trip to New York to attend the Vizio launch of its new Reference series Ultra HDTVs...

SV Staff Posted: Oct 13, 2015 0 comments
Getting a jump on CEDIA Expo, which opens in Dallas tomorrow, home automation stalwart Savant today introduced its first DIY product, the Savant Remote, a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi-based universal remote control/home automation controller and hub said to control some 380,000 entertainment devices, including Sonos systems, Apple TV, cable boxes, Roku media players, and lights.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Oct 13, 2015 1 comments
You might recall a recent Signals column about a Google patent application that described an anthropomorphic entertainment controller. The microphones/ears and cameras/eyes of the proposed Chucky-like device really creeped me out. Then a reader alerted me to an Amazon product that has similar functionality. It's not a document in the Patent Office; it's a real thing keeping tabs on people in their homes.

Michael P. Hamilton Posted: Oct 12, 2015 0 comments

PRICE $3,138 as reviewed

Exquisite color rendering
Solid black level with a tremendous sense of image depth
Glare-free viewing with sensible ambient light level
Pricey compared with Elite’s traditional screen materials, though in line with or cheaper than some other ALR solutions

No misgivings apply to this multi-layer, firm-surfaced material. Every atom of detail in the source reflects back with seemingly free, bonus lumens. If there’s color shift at extreme angles, it’s only measureable, not noticeable.

High light-output capabilities and receding prices in the DLP and LCD projector camps have recently broadened the application possibilities for two-piece projection video. One facet of design garnering prominent attention from screen manufacturers is ambient light rejection (ALR) technology, which allows a projector/screen combo to function as the big-screen TV in a multipurpose room the way a flat-panel TV might—though at a potentially much larger size.

Rob Sabin Posted: Oct 12, 2015 3 comments
As we reported last week, Vizio was in New York City on October 6 to formally introduce its much anticipated Reference Series Ultra HDTVs. Editor-in-chief Rob Sabin and video tech editor Tom Norton got a hands-on session with the big 120-inch RS120. Here's what they found.

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Oct 12, 2015 1 comments
A return to live playing reiterates how far we have to go.
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 12, 2015 0 comments
We saw some unusual gift ideas at the recent Holiday Spectacular press event in New York City but this one took the prize for the wackiest…

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Al Griffin Posted: Oct 12, 2015 1 comments
Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at AskSandV@gmail.com

Q I own Paradigm Monitor 11 speakers and an 80-watt powered subwoofer. The speakers are set up in my living room 6 feet out from a sliding glass door. What type of acoustic treatment product should I put up behind the speakers to improve their sound? Should it be foam or something more solid? —Jon Cotton / via e-mail

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Oct 10, 2015 6 comments
With Hollywood now totally converted to making 90% remakes, sequels, and reboots, I think it’s about time someone gave them some new ideas…

…on reboots. Here are some forgotten classics due for modern movie treatment.

I’m roughly 60% serious. Or at least, 60% as serious as I ever get.

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David Vaughn Posted: Oct 09, 2015 0 comments
Picking up five days after the thrilling conclusion of Divergent, we find Tris and her companions in exile with the Amity group while they decide what their next move will be. Riddled with guilt over the death of her parents, Tris does her best to look strong, but she’s carrying around some serious emotional baggage. When the authorities finally catch up to her in the second act, the back story of the isolated community starts to make more sense, and as shocking as it sounds, Tris is the gateway to the past as well as their hope for the future, despite the Erudite’s leader doing her best to silence the rebellion.


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