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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 4 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 11 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...

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 30, 2016 0 comments
Spring is in the air and so are Auro-3D and DTS:X firmware upgrades and updates for select receivers and processors from Denon, Marantz, and Yamaha.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 30, 2016 0 comments
As we get ready to usher in April, it’s fun and informative to look back at our Top Pick posts in March, which as it turns out was a very good month for great gear. Over the past five weeks we’ve had the pleasure of recommending three video projectors, an outstanding projection screen, a high-value AV receiver, a collapsible on-ear headphone, a suite of compact home theater speakers that can be had for $1,500, one of the sexiest self-contained wireless speakers on the planet, and a true 21st Century turntable.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 29, 2016 0 comments
Onkyo today announced plans to add three 7.2-channel AV receivers—the TX-RZ610 ($799), TX-RZ710 ($999), and TX-RZ810 ($1,299)—to its RZ Series in April. All models will support high-dynamic range, 4:4:4 color space, and HDCP 2.2.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 28, 2016 0 comments
Paid subscription streaming is now the largest revenue-generator for the music industry, according to 2015 shipment and revenue statistics released by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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