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SV Staff Posted: Mar 16, 2017 0 comments
Amazon’s Alexa, the voice controlled personal assistant that made its first appearance in the Echo smart speaker a couple years ago, is now showing up in dozens of consumer electronics products, including more speakers, TVs, lamps, refrigerators—you name it.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 15, 2017 2 comments
Left to right, the team responsible for creating a 360-degree mix of Pink Floyd's historic Live 8 performance: Recording engineer Andy Jackson, Andreas Sennheiser, producer Simon Franglen, co-curator Aubrey Powell, producer Simon Rhodes, and Daniel Sennheiser

Sennheiser and Pink Floyd have partnered to produce a new immersive mix of “Comfortably Numb” and other songs from 2015’s Live 8 concert—the last time David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright played onstage with former band member Roger Waters.

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 15, 2017 1 comments
Dave Rodgers is on a mission to ensure owners of video projection systems, and professionals who set up these systems, get it right. As marketing manager for Garden Grove, California-based Elite Screens, he travels the world promoting the virtues of bringing the movie theater home or, as he likes to say, the larger-than-life experience that only a huge video projection screen can deliver.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2017 0 comments
Samsung today announced that the 4K QLED televisions it previewed at CES 2017 are now available at Samsung.com and retailers nationwide.

The company also announced that its new UBD-M9500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player will be available in April for $399, followed by...

SV Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2017 2 comments
Sony has announced that pre-sales of the 4K OLED TVs it previewed at CES 2017 begin today at Amazon and BestBuy.com.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2017 1 comments
To commemorate three decades of innovation and success in OLED technology in advance of Display Week 2017, the Society for Information Display (SID) has shared an infographic that traces OLED’s evolution from early R&D through its present day status as a major display technology.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 13, 2017 0 comments
The newest addition to Denon’s Heos line of wireless multiroom products is a high-style AV receiver that pushes traditional AVR design in a new direction—one that exudes simplicity.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 13, 2017 0 comments
For the first time ever, the percentage of free or paid streaming video subscribers in the U.S. has nudged past the number of paid TV subscribers at 68 percent vs. 67 percent, according to new research from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 10, 2017 0 comments
Sling TV owners who use Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire tablet devices are being offered an “exclusive” opportunity to buy into Sling’s Cloud DVR service under the company’s First Look “early access” program.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 10, 2017 1 comments
RadioShack, the 96-year-old retail chain that for decades was the go-to store for electronics hobbyists, filed for bankruptcy this week, marking the second time in just over two years that it has sought protection under bankruptcy laws.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 10, 2017 0 comments
Fluance, the internet-based Canadian speaker company that offers a lifetime warranty on its products, has introduced a new flagship subwoofer that sells for $300.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 09, 2017 1 comments
Sanus has announced a swiveling TV mount/stand for the Playbase TV sound system Sonos recently introduced.
Bob Ankosko Posted: Mar 09, 2017 0 comments

15 Minutes with Dirac Founder Mathias Johansson

Mathias Johansson, CEO and co-founder of Sweden’s Dirac Research, has devoted his professional life to developing technologies that improve sound quality—whether that sound is music heard over headphones or car speakers, or an intricate Dolby Atmos soundtrack played over a high-end home theater system. “Our passion is to invent new sound technologies that offer a better sound experience regardless of the sound system,” he says. “We want to be a quality seal for good sound, and we want to achieve this through scientific methods.” If the accolades the Dirac Live room-correction system has garnered among enthusiasts is any measure, Johansson is not only on the right path to elevating sound quality but making tangible progress.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 08, 2017 1 comments
Sonos yesterday announced a $699 wireless TV sound system designed for placement under the TV instead sitting in front of it like a soundbar.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 08, 2017 1 comments
Adoption of newer connected home solutions is still at the early adopter phase, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. The survey, of nearly 10,000 online respondents in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia during the second half of 2016, found that only about 10 percent of households currently have connected home solutions.

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