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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 4 comments
Samsung Sr. VP Dave Das and the new 88-inch KS9800 UHDTV

Samsung officially unveiled its new 2016 SUHD televisions yesterday at its annual spring launch event in New York, offering up claimed advances in both picture quality and their smart TV interface.

Notably, all the new SUHD sets offer 1,000 nit peak brightness for high dynamic range content mastered to the HDR10 open standard, and wide color gamut. (They are not compatible with Dobly Vision HDR programs.) All meet the Ultra HD Alliance's Premium UHD certification standards.

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SV Staff Posted: Apr 13, 2016 1 comments
Yamaha announced plans to ship an amp and preamp in August that will enable any brand of audio gear to become part of a MusicCast wireless streaming ecosystem.

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SV Staff Posted: Apr 12, 2016 0 comments
Starting today, a free MQA update is available for Pioneer’s XDP-100R digital audio player ($700) and Onkyo’s just released DP-X1 ($900).

SV Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2016 0 comments
Denon has announced that it will add two 4K/HDR-ready AV receivers to its budget S Series by the end of the month.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2016 1 comments
Hong Kong-based Nativ today announced the launch of its Nativ Vita high-resolution wireless touchscreen music player and Nativ Wave DAC on the crowd funding site Indiegogo. As of today, the company has 50 backers and has reached 53 percent of its $100,000 goal with 60 days to go.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 08, 2016 2 comments
Dish announced today that the Netflix catalog of 4K Ultra HD (UHD) TV shows and movies is now available on its Hopper 3 DVR, which decodes and outputs native 4K at 60 frames per second with 10-bit color.

SV Staff Posted: Apr 07, 2016 3 comments
Klipsch is commemorating its 70th anniversary by issuing limited runs of the iconic Klipschorn and Heresy Heritage series speakers. Special attention has been paid to the details of each new speaker, as they features design enhancements, exotic wood veneer finishes, special edition logos, and unique grille cloths.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 06, 2016 5 comments
If you can’t make it to Augusta for the 2016 Masters Tournament, no worries. AT&T and DirecTV are putting golf fans “on the green” by broadcasting the event live in 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) starting tomorrow, Thursday, April 7.
David Vaughn Posted: Apr 06, 2016 31 comments
With the announcement in January of Samsung's pending Ultra HD Blu-ray player, I got excited to jump right into a new disc-based format offering high dynamic range (HDR), wide color gamut (WCG), and 4K resolution (3840x2160). It took about five weeks, but on February 11 I was able to purchase a Samsung UBD-K8500 at a local Fry’s Electronics. Sadly, UHD Blu-ray software wouldn't be available until March 1. But I figured I could at least get the player installed in my rack and await the first UHD discs to arrive.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 05, 2016 0 comments
Game of Thrones: The Complete 5th Season and Sisters were the top selling Blu-ray and digital titles, respectively, as of mid-March, according to the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), while Daredevil and The Walking Dead grabbed the top spots in this week’s Top 10 Digital Originals and Top 10 All Shows lists...
SV Staff Posted: Apr 04, 2016 0 comments
Fluance has announced that its first line of turntables is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 04, 2016 0 comments
David Carlick, interim president of the Wireless Speaker & Audio Association, a.k.a. WiSA, issued a statement last week about progress being made or, as he put it, “the opening curtain on the WiSA Standard as the solution for high definition, multi-channel audio— big sound for big TV's.”
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2016 14 comments
With almost two months to spare, Sarasota, Florida-based startup ekko audio has exceeded the $100,000 crowdfunding goal it set to launch its Wi-Fi-based HUB streaming system.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2016 4 comments
Starting Monday, owners of late model Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs will be able to stream 4K movies via the Ultra app included on those sets. Ultra is also the name for Sony’s new 4K streaming service.

Bob Ankosko Posted: Mar 31, 2016 1 comments
Morris Kessler with his classic SAE Mark 2 amplifier.

Even if you never heard his name you know his work. For nearly half a century Morris Kessler has been quietly designing and building world-class power amplifiers, not only for SAE—the iconic brand he founded in 1967—but for his other company ATI and a number of respected brands including Dynaco, Aragon, Crestron, Adcom, Integra Research, and B&K, to name a few. But that’s not all Kessler is known for...