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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 24, 2016 3 comments
Ultra HDTVs and associated technologies are the next chapter in video history. But they also use an average of 30 percent more energy than regular HDTVs. According to a report from the National Resources Defense Council, this may add $1 billion to U.S. consumers’ energy bills.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 24, 2016 1 comments
The global market for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs grew nearly sevenfold in 2015, topping the $1 billion mark for the first time, according to a report from Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 24, 2016 3 comments
Vinyl is cool but cassettes are cooler. Apparently the cassette tape revival—oh, you hadn’t heard?—is greatly exaggerated.
Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 23, 2016 8 comments

2D Performance
3D Performance
PRICE $6,000

Blacks are truly black
Fine detail
Near-perfect off-axis viewing
Annoying calibration menus

LG’s recent price adjustments have made the company’s OLED sets more approachable, though hardly cheap in the biggest-screen Ultra HD models. But in today’s market, you’re unlikely to find a UHDTV that offers better performance than this one.

While OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology offers most of the benefits of the now sadly departed plasma sets (and in some ways, more benefits), it’s been difficult to manufacture at commercially viable prices. So far, only LG is actively marketing OLED in the U.S. (though we hope others will follow). A recent drop in LG’s prices for OLED sets has rendered them more affordable, though still far from generating “Attention, Shoppers” announcements at K-Mart.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 23, 2016 1 comments
We assume you’re into home theater because you love movies, so this blog is the first in an on and off series of movie (and possibly TV-series) recommendations. I first wanted to dub them “Hidden Treasures and Guilty Pleasures.” But while I liked the alliteration, it was too long for a headline so I’ll have to settle for alternating between the two, as appropriate. [Ed. note: We worked a little magic to make the head fit.]

I have a broad taste in movies, from historical to science fiction and a lot in between. I’m not big on crime dramas, grisly horror movies (unless the sci-fi elements outweigh the gore, as in Alien and Aliens), or gross comedies that make me squirm more than laugh. But almost anything else is fair game. The Dish isn’t a story about Hollywood gossip, but rather an Australian film about a 100-ton satellite communications dish parked in a sheep paddock near the small town of Parkes in the rural Down Under. If that sounds boring, it’s anything but...

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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Feb 23, 2016 2 comments
Despite the fact that some (many—okay, most) people tell me I’m an idiot, I’m not. As proof, I can point to a variety of complicated tasks that I’ve managed to complete without requiring an inordinate amount of outside help. I’ve built a chicken coop; installed and programmed a Lutron RadioRA 2 lighting control system; raised three children; assembled two bicycles at 3 AM one Christmas morning; and founded a multi-billion dollar non-profit foundation dedicated to making it easy and understandable to install and use a high-speed wireless router in your home. Yeah, well, that last one? Not so much. In fact, if there’s anything in this world that makes me feel like more of an idiot than I really am, it’s dealing with wireless routers. And that’s why I’ve been smitten of late with Synology’s newest introduction, the Synology Router RT1900ac.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 23, 2016 1 comments
With the Academy Awards just a few days away, Dolby has been quick to point out that three of the eight films nominated for Best Picture were mixed in Dolby Atmos sound and two use Dolby Vision high-dynamic-range imaging technology. The two technologies appear in other categories as well with Atmos garnering nine of the ten nominations for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Feb 23, 2016 0 comments
I'm on record (ha!) stating my opinion that the vinyl resurgence is socially and morally significant. Interest in vinyl is up, vinyl sales are up. Are downloads and streaming in trouble? Well, of course not. Still....

SV Staff Posted: Feb 23, 2016 0 comments
Triad has added two Dolby Atmos-enabled height modules to its InRoom Bronze and InRoom Silver speaker series.
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Feb 22, 2016 2 comments
The tapes that launched ten thousand preamps.