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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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Bob Ankosko Posted: May 20, 2015 0 comments
Introducing the Ultra High Definition Alliance

When we first heard about the Ultra High Definition Alliance, an industry coalition that has set its sights on establishing new standards that raise the bar on video quality, we were eager to learn more, especially after perusing the “who’s who” list of member companies: DIRECTV, Dolby, LG, Netflix, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Technicolor, Walt Disney Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, and Warner Bros. We caught up with Vince Pizzica, senior executive vice president of strategy at Technicolor, to find out what makes the UHD Alliance tick.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: May 18, 2015 0 comments
Proving once again that size does matter, a home theater setup based on floorstanding tower speakers—like the ones featured in our recent “Top 10 Tower Speakers: Under $3,000” list—was the hands-down favorite in last week’s poll.
Leslie Shapiro Posted: May 18, 2015 3 comments
Rdio isn’t new to the highly competitive streaming music market, but they just announced a new price structure that’s garnering some big interest in the music industry. Aiming for the cost-conscious consumer, Rdio has initiated a plan that’s just $3.99 per month, Rdio Select, for an ad-free experience with unlimited skips and 25 downloads. This makes it the cheapest commercial-free subscription streaming service. How does that compare to what they’ve offered before, and why should we care?

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Bob Ankosko Posted: May 14, 2015 2 comments
Speaker designer extraordinaire, Andrew Jones, who left Pioneer in the wake of the recent merger with Onkyo to join the German speaker company ELAC, has not been sitting idle.

The 89-year-old German-based speaker company announced yesterday that it is returning to the U.S. market with a new affordable line of speakers designed by Jones. Dubbed ELAC Debut, the eight-model series will include bookshelf, floorstanding, center-channel, and Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers along with three powered subwoofers.

ELAC is unveiling the speakers at The Home Entertainment Show Newport in Irvine, CA May 29-31.

A 17-year Pioneer veteran, Jones was the driving force behind a number of affordable home theater speakers, including the Dolby Atmos-enabled SP-EBS73-LR speaker system, a 2015 Sound & Vision Top Pick. Jones was also chief speaker engineer at Pioneer’s high-end speaker company, TAD, and held positions at KEF and Infinity prior to Pioneer.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 13, 2015 1 comments
In its 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the Federal Communications Commission has voted to change the definition of broadband from 4 to 25 Mbps for downloads and from 1 to 3 Mbps for uploads.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: May 01, 2015 0 comments
Screen Innovation says its new Slate .8 projection screen features the company’s most versatile ambient-light-rejecting technology to date.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 27, 2015 0 comments
June Event to Feature Performances by John Legend and Tristan Prettyman

Definitive Technology will host a fundraiser on June 12 at the Copley Symphony Hall in downtown San Diego to support Forte for Children, a charitable foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged children through music education and therapy.

Bob Ankosko Posted: Apr 24, 2015 1 comments
Sony this week announced pricing and availability of two new budget AV receivers and four soundbars, including the high-end HT-ST9 that will list for $1,500 when it hits stores in July.

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SV Staff Posted: Apr 22, 2015 0 comments
LG today announced a $1,000 retail price cut for the 55-inch 55EC9300 OLED TV, Sound & Vision’s overall Top Pick of the Year for 2014.

The 1080p TV, which had been selling for $3,500, is now available for $2,500 at Best Buy, regional retailers, and e-tailers such as Amazon. The set features a curved screen and LG’s webOS smart TV platform.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 21, 2015 0 comments
The city government of Lincoln, Nebraska wants its citizens to enjoy the benefits of cable competition. So it is allowing a second cable operator onto the playing field. And guess what? The incumbent cable operator isn’t happy about it.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Apr 21, 2015 1 comments
2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for home entertainment as the promise of pristine 4K images from a new generation of Blu-ray players sparkles on the horizon. As a follow-up to Rob Sabin’s technical overview of the Ultra HD Blu-ray, we spoke with Ron Martin, vice chair of the Blu-ray Disc Association’s U.S. Promotions Committee and vice president/director of Panasonic Hollywood Lab to learn more about this highly anticipated product launch.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Apr 20, 2015 0 comments
Sony has announced six new series of 4K Ultra HD TVs, four of which are available for pre-order with delivery set for May.

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