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Rob Sabin Posted: Aug 20, 2015 0 comments
In a joint press event held at Dolby’s New York headquarters yesterday, Klipsch demo’d its new Atmos-enabled Reference Premiere speakers series as Dolby delivered its latest Atmos update.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 20, 2015 0 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $2,300

AT A GLANCE
Plus
HDMI, lossless surround decoding
UHD-capable video passthrough
Minus
High-end pricing
No HDCP 2.2 DRM for UHD

THE VERDICT
If you close your eyes, the Arcam Solo Bar and Solo Sub sound more like a decent component system than a soundbar.

Soundbars take three forms. The main distinction among them is what serves as the heart of your system. With a passive soundbar, the A/V receiver—with all its features, joys, and woes—is the clearinghouse, and all signal sources go through it. With a less expensive active soundbar, the TV often replaces the receiver, and all signals go through the TV into the bar. But the Arcam Solo Bar is the type of active soundbar that replaces both the receiver and the TV as the heart of your system.

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2015 2 comments
Polyera is hailing its new Wove Band as the world’s first flexible display that can wrap around your wrist like a bracelet.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Aug 20, 2015 3 comments
Walking past Barnes & Noble in midtown New York City it was hard to miss the huge “Vinyl and Turntables” sign in the window.
Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 19, 2015 0 comments
Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $1,500

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Excellent 4K upconversion
Good blacks
Solid value
Minus
Odd gamma
Clips above white and below black
No enhanced-color or HDR future-proofing

THE VERDICT
As with most current 4K sets, the Vizio M65-C1 delivers only the 4K portion of the full Ultra HD toy box. It also has a few nagging technical issues. But for the most part, these fade into the background of the set’s compelling viewing experience.

Vizio is the value leader in a tough HDTV market. While the safest route for them to maintain their commanding share would have been to change their 1080p E series and M series models just enough for a “new for 2015” promotional campaign, Vizio chose the long view: The E series remains the company’s 1080p budget line, but the M series is now 4K, while still priced well below most of the competition.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 19, 2015 0 comments
The NVIDIA Shield follows the Nexus Player as one of the first stand alone media players with Android TV. A sleek, angled device, the Shield’s focus may be on gaming but it performs as one of the best streaming devices available. Still, it is limited by Android TV’s app selection and interface.
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John Sciacca Posted: Aug 19, 2015 0 comments
ABC’s Nightline recently ran a segment called “Smart Homes, the Future of High-Tech Living” where they discussed different aspects of living in a smart home. Part of the segment demonstrated a smart home’s potential vulnerability to being hacked, giving outsiders access to your home and data. Nightline drove the point home by having a hacker sit outside a home with a high-powered directional antenna while he logged into the Wi-Fi network and started wreaking all manner of havoc, including unlocking her front door.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 19, 2015 0 comments
But time is running out… The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is accepting submissions for the Be Our #CES2016 Soundtrack contest through Tuesday, September 1.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Aug 18, 2015 1 comments
In what amounts to a price breakthrough in the still fledgling Atmos-enabled speaker category, Pioneer has announced an Andrew Jones-designed bookshelf model that sells for only $300 a pair.

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Corey Gunnestad Posted: Aug 18, 2015 0 comments
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Fame, wealth, power, and success are the enviable goals of most people in Hollywood. Once achieved, the struggle and pressure to maintain them are unrelenting and will drive some to drastic lengths to ensure their survival.

Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore) is an actress in the twilight of her career who still lives in the shadow of her more famous deceased mother. Constantly plagued by jealously, insecurity, and personal demons, she is desperate to keep her star status active while the delicate balance of her life and sanity rapidly unravel.

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