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SV Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2016 0 comments
Pioneer today announced the addition of two AV receivers to its 2016 lineup: the 7.2-channel VSX-1131 ($600) and 5.2-channel VSX-831 ($450).
SV Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2016 3 comments
Emotiva Audio has announced a line of amplifiers and stereo preamp/tuners designed to deliver “audiophile power and performance at price points that allow a far larger segment of the market to enjoy high-end audio.”
SV Staff Posted: Apr 19, 2016 3 comments
Vizio today introduced the SmartCast E-Series and M-Series 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) TVs, featuring app control, built-in Google Cast plus Dolby Vision high-dynamic range (HDR) capability in the case of the more upscale M-Series.

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SV Staff Posted: Apr 19, 2016 21 comments
Denon today announced that it is adding Bluetooth and Hi-Res Audio capability to its Heos wireless multiroom music system. Moving forward the updated Heos models will carry the designation HS2; previous generation Heos models are being discontinued but are fully compatible with their updated counterparts.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 18, 2016 1 comments
Amazon is dropping the requirement that you have to sign up for a year to access its Prime membership services and taking aim at Netflix by adding a subscription option that will offer Prime Video as a standalone service at $8.99 a month, according to a CNN Money report.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 18, 2016 4 comments
Upwards of half of all U.S. households will own a 4K/Ultra HD TV over the next three years, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, which begs the question: How much 4K content will be available?
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 15, 2016 4 comments
Today marks the first-ever live 4K Ultra HD telecast of a Major League Baseball game when the Giants meet the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles at 4:15 ET.
SV Staff Posted: Apr 15, 2016 1 comments
Italian speaker maker Sonus faber has announced plans to introduce an entry-level line of speakers in June with prices starting at $549/pair
SV Staff Posted: Apr 14, 2016 2 comments
Pioneer today introduced a larger, more powerful subwoofer to complement its SP series of speakers.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 14, 2016 1 comments
The good news is that Comcast’s new streaming service, Stream TV, does not count its video streams toward the subscriber’s data cap. The bad news...
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 14, 2016 1 comments
Ever wonder what claims of “weatherproof” or “all-weather” really mean when it comes to speakers built to withstand the elements of life outside?
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Posted: Apr 13, 2016 5 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 3 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 1 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 1 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.