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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 09, 2017 0 comments
No, your TV antenna can’t pick up DTS:X just yet. But the height-enhanced surround codec did get a leg up when PBS used it in a test transmission with HDR-enriched Ultra HD video.
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Al Griffin Posted: Feb 09, 2017 1 comments
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Q I love the idea of converting vinyl (especially my Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab LPs) to a hi-res digital audio format and Sony’s PS-HX500 USB Turntable seems like just the ticket.  However, I already own a high-end turntable and don’t want to buy a second one. Are there any devices I can connect to my turntable to make hi-res transfers of my record collection? Thanks —Rob Lowe

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SV Staff Posted: Feb 09, 2017 0 comments
Vizio today announced the availability of a firmware update that adds HDR10 high dynamic range (HDR) decoding capability to a half dozen of its E-Series SmartCast Ultra HD displays.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 09, 2017 0 comments
Why leave home to attend a live concert when you can strap on a headset and replicate the experience of being there—complete with 360° sound?
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Feb 09, 2017 0 comments
We revisit Plex to see how its new DVR and voice-control features work.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 08, 2017 0 comments
Inca won’t win any awards for the pedestrian name it has bestowed upon its latest TV concealment system, but the “Vertical Step Back & Rise” mechanism (900806-VSR) is sure to elicit oohs and aahs from unsuspecting bystanders.
Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 08, 2017 0 comments

PRICE $399

Balanced and unbalanced output
Drives moderately demanding headphones
Hi-res capable, including DSD
No album art
No fancy DAC chip
No user-accessible internal RAM

The HiFiMan SuperMini combines the sonics of a gentle top end and luscious mids with light weight, long battery life, and enough power to drive slightly less efficient headphones.

HiFiMan was founded in New York by Dr. Fang Bian. The company now operates from China but does not outsource either manufacturing or design. Headphones come from a factory in Dongguan. Music players come from another factory in Kunshan. R&D runs in Shanghai, software is developed in Shenzhen, and headquarters are in Tianjin. Unlike so many storied audio brands that have cut loose from their original motivation, 11-year-old HiFiMan continues to reflect the vision of Dr. Fang.

SV Staff Posted: Feb 08, 2017 0 comments
Bowers & Wilkins is applying knowledge gleaned from nearly 40 years of refining its iconic 800 series of floorstanding speakers to a new line of in-wall speakers.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 07, 2017 0 comments
Vizio has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and New Jersey’s Office of The Attorney General that it installed software to collect viewing data on 11 million smart TVs without consumers’ knowledge or consent.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 07, 2017 2 comments
HDMI is about to get a major upgrade. Here's why you should care.