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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jul 26, 2016 0 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $50

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Private listening via mobile device
Voice search via Roku Mobile App
Quad-core processor
Minus
No motion control for games
No 4K Ultra HD support

THE VERDICT
Roku Streaming Stick offers a glut of net-sourced channels enhanced by rapid performance and tight integration with the Roku mobile app.

Roku media receivers continue to ride the tsunami of internet-delivered movies, videos, and TV channels but with fewer company-owned turfs to protect than competing products from Apple, Amazon, or Google. In so doing, Roku’s users now have more than 3,000 channel choices. Its latest device, a finger-sized Wi-Fi receiver that juts out of an input on your TV or A/V receiver, largely solves two problems that have plagued the stick-it-in-HDMI category compared with tabletop streamers—lower performance and inferior interface.

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SV Staff Posted: Jul 26, 2016 0 comments
Twitter announced yesterday that it will live stream weekly out-of-market games for free from Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Hockey League (NHL).
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 26, 2016 1 comments
Next year marks the 10 year anniversary of Apple TV, which was groundbreaking product at the time. Today it is overshadowed by the competition. What went wrong?
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 26, 2016 1 comments
As the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association gears up for it’s the CEDIA 2016 exhibition in mid-September it has announced finalists for its 2016 Best New Product Awards.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jul 26, 2016 1 comments
Things you will find on the side of the road: shredded truck tires, plastic hubcaps, baseball caps, too-fast squirrels, too-slow turtles, Bud Light cans, men’s underwear. And, of course, scratched, shattered, and otherwise discarded CDs. It wasn’t always like that.
Leslie Shapiro Posted: Jul 25, 2016 0 comments
Music mogul Will.i.am has produced a new earphone, the "EPs.", inspired by the look of vinyl, launching exclusively online at Apple.com and in select Apple stores. At a time when “Made in China” might not seem all that cool, the EPs proudly boast that they were designed in Los Angeles, and produced in China, with glamour shots of the factory included. They also boast that they’re for the dope. We’ll see about that. With rumors swirling around that Apple might be eliminating the headphone port on the next gen of iPhones, is it any wonder they’re the exclusive retailers of these wireless earphones?

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SV Staff Posted: Jul 25, 2016 0 comments
Ya gotta hand it to the marketing geniuses at Klipsch (and plenty of other companies) for coming up with out-of-the-box ways to promote their products.
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 25, 2016 0 comments
Imagine the view of Aurora Borealis from Reykjavik, Iceland, 2,600 miles northeast of New York City. It must be simply amazing. But there’s one problem: You can’t see the northern lights from the capital city between April and August—the “midnight sun” keeps the country lit almost 24 hours a day.
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Al Griffin Posted: Jul 25, 2016 2 comments
Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at AskSandV@gmail.com

Q About five years ago, I got serious (at least by my tightly budgeted standards) about home theater and purchased a 50-inch Panasonic plasma TV, a Yamaha 7.1-channel AV receiver, and Klipsch speakers. This setup has provided me with a great in-home listening/viewing experience, but I wonder which upgrade could better take things to the next level: Atmos/DTS:X audio or 4K/HDR video? Both would require a new receiver. For audio, I could easily add Klipsch Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos elevation speakers to my current system and be ready for Atmos/DTS:X. That option would be quite a bit cheaper than buying a new receiver plus a 60-inch or larger high dynamic range (HDR)-capable 4K TV. Which upgrade do you think would provide the biggest wow factor?—Adam Head / via email

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Lauren Dragan Posted: Jul 22, 2016 12 comments
Over the last few weeks, there’s been intense discussion around the remake/re-imagining of the Ghostbusters franchise starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. The scrutiny started immediately upon the release of the trailer, and has surged well beyond opening weekend. Oddly enough, almost none of the conversation is focused on the quality of the actual film itself. What is it about this movie that has created so much hullabaloo?

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