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SV Staff Posted: Dec 08, 2016 0 comments
Slowly but surely the Internet of Things (iOT) is creeping into our lives. The latest everyday product to get connected is the Ekko mirror from Miliboo.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 08, 2016 0 comments
DTS has announced that 34 new-model-year 2017 cars will be equipped with HD Radio receivers.
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Al Griffin Posted: Dec 08, 2016 0 comments
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Q Do you know of a good solution for streaming audio from a Windows PC to B&W P7 wireless headphones using Bluetooth? Is there some kind of USB adapter? —Robert Prinz

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Mike Mettler Posted: Dec 07, 2016 1 comments
Besides having one of the coolest band names ever, Van der Graaf Generator has been making deeply adventurous music since the late ’60s in a style that, frankly, is hard to pigeonhole. Sure, it’s easy to call what they do “progressive,” but I’m inclined to agree with VdGG guitarist/vocalist Peter Hammill, who describes VdGG music as being “barely controlled chaos.” It’s also a good way to define VdGG’s recently released 13th studio album, Do Not Disturb (Esoteric Antenna). I connected with Hammill to discuss the sonic template for DnD, what it’s like to be admired by a punk legend, and VdGG’s possible future (or not).
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 07, 2016 3 comments
Pay-TV subscribers love watching programs but hate searching for them, according to Evolution Digital.
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GE has integrated Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service into a prototype LED table lamp, the first in a planned suite of connected products.
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Netflix has added a free download option so subscribers can watch movies and TV shows on iOS and Android devices on the go or when an Internet connection is not available.
Kris Deering Posted: Dec 06, 2016 0 comments
Audio Performance
Video Performance
PRICE $8,900

Excellent sonics
Dirac room correction
Limited setup and connectivity options
Dirac execution unintuitive
Very pricey

AudioControl's high-end processor is long on sound quality but comes up a little short on features.

The dwindling audio processor market has been shrinking for quite some time now. More than a year ago, while I was wandering around CEDIA 2015, I stumbled on one enticing option that caught my eye from high-end audio purveyor AudioControl. There were a few reasons it piqued my interest. For one, AudioControl is based out of my backyard in the Pacific Northwest, so they're something akin to my hometown brand. Their AV processor also supported the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive audio formats, another critical selling point. But perhaps the biggest draw was their inclusion of another hot name in audio circles: Dirac. Dirac's room correction scheme is well respected among audiophiles for its performance and adjustability, and I'd never had a chance to try it out. Finally, after some shop talk, lots of emails and a few months of waiting, the company was nice enough to send us a sample of their $8,900, Maestro M9 flagship.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 06, 2016 0 comments
For years, CEDIA has been promoting the term custom integrator over the older term custom installer—even though the latter is more or less embedded in its full name, the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association. But the trade group has changed its tune.
SV Staff Posted: Dec 06, 2016 0 comments
Marantz today unveiled the Premium 10 Series featuring “technology designed to deliver the best possible sound from high-resolution audio formats and CD alike.”