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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 21, 2016 0 comments
Netflix and Virgin America have teamed up to provide the former’s streaming on the latter’s flights—or at least those on the 10 new Airbus A320s taking flight through mid-2016.
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 21, 2016 0 comments
Sony is planning to introduce a battery-powered portable projector this summer that can project images onto a wall from a very short distance, according to
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 21, 2016 0 comments
The videocassette recorder (VCR) seems quaint today but 32 years ago this week the Supreme Court handed down a landmark 5-4 decision that supported innovation (try to imagine home entertainment without it) and essentially legalized time-shifting—which in those days meant recording a TV show on tape for later viewing. (Consider for a moment what clarifying that right means today.)

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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 21, 2016 27 comments
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Q I own an Integra receiver, Polk Audio speakers, and an Oppo BDP-105D Blu-ray player with a high-end DAC. I recently bought an iMac and am using it to download and store high-res audio files. What’s the best way to connect my iMac to the Oppo player? Both are set up in the same room about 20 feet apart. —Neil Levy

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SV Staff Posted: Jan 20, 2016 1 comments
A new and improved surround processor, stylish on-wall speakers, a serious Bluetooth speaker, and more.
SV Staff Posted: Jan 20, 2016 2 comments
England’s Naim Audio has introduced Mu-so Qb, a smaller version of the Top Pick winning Mu-so wireless audio system Sound & Vision reviewed in December.
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John Sciacca Posted: Jan 20, 2016 2 comments
I’ve been fortunate enough to watch nearly every Dolby Atmos-encoded Blu-ray disc that has been released so far and while some of the movies are terrific (Gravity) others are more just things you suffer through (Jupiter Ascending). To save you some time trying to find the best scenes to demo, I’m gonna pinpoint each film’s marquee Atmos audio moment!
SV Staff Posted: Jan 20, 2016 0 comments
Acoustic Research, a brand with a storied history dating back to the early days of home stereo, has carved out a niche out for itself in wireless speakers since Voxx International acquired the brand more than a decade ago. More specifically, Bluetooth speakers that masquerade as lights.
Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Jan 19, 2016 7 comments

Build Quality
PRICE $499

Auto-senses and adjusts output for vertical and horizontal orientations
Trueplay room EQ
Capacitance touch controls with audible feedback
Pure butt-kicking sound
Slight high-frequency edginess when used vertically
Tiny feet bumps are visible on sides of speaker

The Sonos PLAY:5 gets a radical makeover that adds $100 to the price but combines an amazing user experience with stunning audio performance.

Here’s the bad news: After six years, Sonos has stopped making the company’s first and, until now, best all-in-one wireless speaker system, the PLAY:5. Now for the good news: Sonos has a replacement for the PLAY:5 called…wait for it…the PLAY:5. (Confusing, I know.) At $499, though, the new PLAY:5 is $100 more than the original. For multiple reasons, the original PLAY:5 was my all-around favorite wireless speaker. Will its replacement prove worthy of its heritage—and the higher price?

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SV Staff Posted: Jan 19, 2016 1 comments
Klipsch, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary, introduced its first powered monitor, the Reference Premiere R-15PM, at the CES 2016. The speaker is unusual in that it has an onboard phono preamp for direct turntable hookups along with Bluetooth wireless streaming.