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Al Griffin Posted: Sep 03, 2015 3 comments
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Q I’ve noticed that almost every low/mid-priced (under $700) AVR that Sound&Vision has reviewed recently lacks a phono input. With the recent resurgence of LPs, it’s annoying to think that one would have to spend more money to hook up an external phono preamp when in the old days every receiver had one.

I know that HDMI and wireless inputs are all the rage, but don’t want to spend $500 on a receiver plus another $50-150 for a phono preamp, just to listen to my LPs. Are there any reasonably priced AVRs available that have a built-in phono preamp, or should I bite the bullet and buy an external phono preamp for my current receiver? If the answer is the latter, could you suggest a good model for under $100? —Tim Marlow

SV Staff Posted: Sep 02, 2015 0 comments
Bose today introduced the SoundLink II full-size wireless headphone featuring 15 hours of battery life, NFC Bluetooth pairing, and a foldable, lightweight and impact-resistant design for use on-the-go.
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John Sciacca Posted: Sep 02, 2015 11 comments
OK, full disclosure: I didn’t really spend $500 of my own, personal, John money; I had a reviewer’s account. But I did watch Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Terminator: Genisys and Southpaw in my home theater over a month ago using the coolest piece of technology you’ve probably never even heard of. The company behind it is PRIMA Cinema and their movie player allows an elite group of owners the ability to watch first-run Hollywood films in the privacy of their homes, usually on the same day they are released to the cinemas. Not only that, but PRIMA delivers the best picture quality of anything you’ve ever seen outside the Arclight or El Capitan.

SV Staff Posted: Sep 02, 2015 0 comments
Polk Audio has introduced the T Series, a mix and match collection of entry-level home theater speakers of modeled after the Monitor Series that launched the company 43 years ago.
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David Vaughn Posted: Sep 02, 2015 0 comments
Born under the stars crossing the Atlantic while her mother immigrated to the United States, Jupiter Jones was told she was destined for great things. Unfortunately, it looked like her destiny was to clean toilets as a poor immigrant teenager in Chicago until Caine, a genetically engineered alien, arrives on Earth to save Jupiter from a band of Keepers (alien hit men). It turns out that Jupiter’s genetic markings label her as intergalactic royalty—she’s the reincarnation of the matriarch of the House Abrasax, who was murdered and somehow reborn on Earth. This upsets the balance of intergalactic politics, and Jupiter’s now in mortal danger.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Sep 01, 2015 4 comments
Last year the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) laid down what it considered the minimum standards for a 4K Ultra HD set. A few months later it introduced a voluntary UHD logo program that manufacturers could use in advertising and labeling sets that meet the standards. This logo also clarified the name to be used for these sets: 4K Ultra HD. While manufacturers are free to make and sell 4K Ultra HD sets of any description (the CEA has no legal authority to stop them), they can’t use the logo if their sets don’t meet these standards. The logo will read either 4K Ultra HD or 4K Ultra HD Connected (though there’s nothing to stop a manufacturer who doesn’t meet the standards from calling their sets simply 4K, or Ultra HD)...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 01, 2015 0 comments
HDMI 2.0a is almost upon us. But why? Didn’t A/V manufacturers just assimilate HDMI 2.0?

The answer is that HDMI 2.0a will further improve picture quality, firming up 2.0’s Ultra HD support with complementary HDR (high dynamic range) technology. Does that mean 2.0a will transmit video in a new way?

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2015 12 comments
In a recent national survey Nielsen found that as popular as streaming is, discs still play a key role in home entertainment.

How much of your home entertainment viewing is disc-based as opposed to streaming from a subscription service such as Netflix, buying/renting digital content online, or video on demand via cable or satellite?

As always, we encourage you to leave a comment.

How Much of Your Home Entertainment Viewing Is Disc-Based?
25% or less
33% (380 votes)
Between 25% and 50%
18% (204 votes)
Between 50% and 75%
29% (328 votes)
All of it (100%)
20% (224 votes)
Total votes: 1136
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2015 0 comments
It should come as no surprise that nearly three quarters (73%) of Americans age 12 and up are “actively consuming movies and TV shows for home viewing,” according to Nielsen statistics. What may surprise you is that only 12% of consumers are “digital-only consumers of entertainment.”
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Aug 31, 2015 7 comments
It's what's inside that counts.