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Rob Sabin Posted: Jul 02, 2015 3 comments
"Game of Thrones," HBO's award-winning and wildly popular fantasy series, is headed "overhead," courtesy of a remix in Dolby Atmos.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jul 02, 2015 1 comments
“An individualist in an age when it was possible to establish individuality, Chris fearlessly staked out a whole protectorate of bass playing in which he was lord and master.” —Bill Bruford

Jon Davison called him “the Jimi Hendrix of the Bass Guitar.” Perfect. It had been years since I listened to Fragile but on a recent cross-country road trip I hit play and reveled in this remarkable work, struck once again by the complex, driving bass lines that defined the sound of Yes. Chris Squire was unique and is irreplaceable. I can’t imagine the band—in any form—going on without him.

Yes fan or not, find time to sit down and listen to Fragile as a complete work, from start to finish, on a good system. Play it loud. Be inspired. R.I.P, Chris.

Band mates remember Chris…

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Rob Sabin Posted: Jun 29, 2015 5 comments
Shootout TVs, left to right: Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, LG

LG Electronic’s organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology has taken the top spot at Value Electronic’s annual HDTV shootout for the second year in a row.

The event, now 11 years running and typically held at Value’s Scarsdale, NY retail outlet, puts each year’s most advanced displays against one another in controlled conditions and asks attendees to vote on different aspects of the contenders’ image quality. This year’s Shootout was held in New York City as part of the CE Week trade event, with show attendees participating in a series of 1.5 hour presentations over the course of two days.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 26, 2015 2 comments
If the advent of Dolby Atmos in home surround gear has pricked up your ears, you may be interested to hear that object-oriented surround will also be part of the forthcoming ATSC 3.0 broadcast TV standard. That doesn’t mean Atmos itself is hitting the airwaves. Instead, other surround encoding systems will be tested this summer from Dolby, DTS, and a consortium of other companies.
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 25, 2015 0 comments
Amazon announced that episodes of its original series will be available in high dynamic range (HDR) format at no additional cost to its Prime members starting with the debut season of Mozart in the Jungle. Netflix was expected to be the first content provider to deliver HDR content before Amazon’s surprise announcement.

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SV Staff Posted: Jun 22, 2015 2 comments
Sony today announced pricing and availability for two of its 2015 4K Ultra HD TVs , the X900C and X910C, both touted as frameless, ultra thin models.

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SV Staff Posted: Jun 22, 2015 0 comments
LG announced four new LED projectors that range in price from $350 to $1,000. The lineup includes one high-definition model and three portable Minibeam projectors, all rated for 30,000 hours, which equates to eight hours a day for 10 years.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jun 22, 2015 5 comments
When it comes to buying AV gear for the household, 99 percent of the respondents to last week’s survey said they make all or most of the decisions. The results were evenly spit between those who “make most AV buying decisions…but consult my spouse/significant other” (42 percent) and those who “make all AV buying decisions…without consulting my spouse/significant other” (40 percent). Only 17 percent said they consult their significant other "before purchasing any new AV gear." Here are the complete results...
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 18, 2015 1 comments
Panasonic’s entire 2015 lineup of 4K UHD Smart TVs will carry the “Netflix Recommended TV designation, the company announced. The logo highlights Internet-enabled TVs that meet specific criteria outlined by Netflix.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Jun 17, 2015 2 comments
Emotiva, the popular Web-only supplier of “affordable high-end” audio gear, will be Web-only no more.

Company founder Dan Laufman has announced that, after 11 years online, the brand will move into select brick-and-mortar specialty retailers, with somewhere between 30 and 50 dealers signed before the end of this year.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 16, 2015 0 comments
Dolby Atmos Comes to Tablets via Lenovo’s Tab 2 A10 ($199) and Tab 2 A8 ($129), with 10- and 8-inch screens and Android OS. The surround effects work with any headphones...
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 10, 2015 0 comments
Samsung Display Co. today unveiled what it’s calling the industry’s first mirrored and transparent OLED display panels at Retail Asia Expo 2015 in Hong Kong.
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SV Staff Posted: May 31, 2015 5 comments
Responding to demand for “larger, more powerful center-channel loudspeakers,” GoldenEar Technology has introduced the SuperCenter XXL, it’s most ambitious model to date.
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SV Staff Posted: May 31, 2015 2 comments
HiFiMan founder Dr. Fang Bian says he leveraged his background in nanotechnology to develop a low-mass diaphragm that’s less than 0.001mm thick for the company’s new flagship planar-magnetic headphone, the HE1000, which will sell for $2,999 when it begins shipping this month.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 21, 2015 0 comments
Jeff Bezos—movie mogul? Don’t be surprised if the next movie you see at the local cineplex was bankrolled by Amazon. Says Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios: “Our goal is to create close to 12 movies a year with production starting later this year.” Amazon’s Original Movies would be exhibited in theaters before moving on to Prime Instant Video. Of course, Amazon has already produced content for the small screen, including a couple of dozen pilots and eight series, most recently including Bosch, an L.A. crime drama based on the bestselling novels of Michael Connelly.


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