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Al Griffin Posted: Dec 01, 2016 8 comments
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Q Are there any standalone surround preamp/processors that decode Dolby Atmos? I’m interested in a unit that doesn’t include an AM/FM radio tuner. —Doc Lockett

Bob Ankosko Posted: Dec 01, 2016 0 comments
A few years ago Sonos published an infographic that traces the History of Hi-Fi from Edison’s phonograph through Apple’s introduction of the iPod in 2001, stopping just short of documenting its own arrival in 2002. Long before anyone even heard of streaming, the company set out to reinvent stereo with an Internet-connected wireless speaker and introduced one of the first iPhone apps—a controller for its first system—just a few months after the App Store opened in 2008. By the end of the decade Sonos had captured the imagination of a public that seemed to be waiting for its fresh, cloud-based take on classic hi-fi. Today Sonos is a billion dollar company offering a variety of products, including the Top Pick-winning Play:5 wireless music system. We recently sat down with Patrick Spence, who took over the reigns as president in 2012, to talk about Sonos, past, present, and future.
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 30, 2016 1 comments
While any of the products that made the cut in November are worthy contenders for gift status, three seem particularly well suited for consideration...
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Rob Sabin Posted: Nov 30, 2016 1 comments
If you’re a regular reader then you know we reviewed the Kaleidescape Strato 4K movie player and also reported on the company’s closure and subsequent rebirth.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Nov 29, 2016 9 comments
Oppo has (finally) released details on its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Here's what we know...
Al Griffin Posted: Nov 29, 2016 2 comments

PRICE $1,299

Impressive contrast and shadow detail
Handles both Dolby Vision and HDR10
Affordable price
Wi-Fi sync issue with included tablet remote
No extended-color-gamut capability
Some halo artifacts from local dimming backlight
Only one HDMI 2.0a input

Vizio’s budget-minded display handles both flavors of HDR and, a few quirks aside, delivers impressive performance.

When is a TV not a TV? When it’s an Ultra HD Home Theater Display. With the new M series, Vizio has chosen to shake up conventional expectations of what a TV should be and should do. One key change is that each M series set lacks a tuner to receive over-the-air digital TV broadcasts—hence, the company’s use of the term Home Theater Display. Another change is that Vizio has scrapped the typical full-featured IR remote control and replaced it with an Android tablet. Future-savvy or future shock? Read on and find out.

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SV Staff Posted: Nov 29, 2016 0 comments
Ultimate Ears, maker of custom in-ear monitors used by professional musicians and audiophiles, is continuing its Black Friday promotion through Friday (December 2) as long as supplies last.
SV Staff Posted: Nov 29, 2016 0 comments
Elite Prime Vision, the custom-installation division of Elite Screens, has introduced an ambient light rejecting screen in a motorized, retractable format for “lights on or off” viewing.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Nov 29, 2016 5 comments
It’s official. Analog video is dead. On the other hand, analog audio is still alive and well, thank you very much. Why is that? Why was analog video so unloved, while analog audio is beloved?
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Nov 28, 2016 0 comments

The so-called “smart home” has had a sleepy, low-key year in 2016 as it recovered from several years of over promising and under delivering. The fact is, though, that there are plenty of stellar smart devices on the market. Many of these gadgets can be incorporated into a whole-house automation system or used solo as one of the many parts found in a “clever home”. Here are some of the devices that have “I Want” written all over them.