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Al Griffin Posted: Jun 11, 2015 13 comments
Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at AskSandV@gmail.com

Q I have TVs connected to both of my Onkyo TX-NR636 receiver’s HDMI outputs and am finding that I need to have both sets switched on before the receiver will pass any video content. Any suggestions on what settings to look for?—Chris Hauer

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Josef Krebs Posted: Jun 11, 2015 0 comments
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1963, Cambridge University. Defying medical wisdom which gave him, at age 21, only two years to live after being diagnosed with the Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Stephen Hawking stretches his lifetime out to take on two other great challenges: to write a brief history of time and, with a single eloquent equation, to produce a theory of everything.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jun 10, 2015 4 comments
Apple will finally offer a monthly subscription streaming service and despite the claims, it's not all revolutionary.
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 10, 2015 1 comments
A mirror TV to spice up your kitchen, sweet sunburst speakers that echo an iconic guitar (can you guess which one?), a Bluetooth—yes, Bluetooth—turntable, a soundbar for Connoisseurs, and more.
David Vaughn Posted: Jun 10, 2015 0 comments

NEAR IG 6/IGS 12 Outdoor Speaker System
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NEAR 6XL Amplifier
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PRICE $4,656 as reviewed

AT A GLANCE
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In-ground installation allows the speakers to almost disappear
Incredibly clear audio at high, and low, volume levels
Designed to last in any type of weather
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Expensive
Back-breaking work to install permanently

THE VERDICT
A speaker system designed for the rigors of outdoors with the performance of high-end indoor loudspeakers.

As a home theater die-hard, I spend way too much time indoors, regardless of the season. But my wife encourages me to get my vitamin D whenever the weather is nice, and there’s nothing like spending a leisurely Saturday afternoon lying by the pool while listening to music or some San Francisco Giants baseball. I’ve had an outdoor speaker system installed for the last 15 years. I think those speakers cost me under $1,000 (including amplification), and whereas they sounded great when new, they’ve gotten progressively worse as the years have gone on—even though I uninstall them in the winter to keep them from getting waterlogged when the rainy season hits. This isn’t a knock on the unnamed company that made my outdoor speakers; it’s just an acknowledgement of what happens when drivers bake in the California sun and have cheap “all weather” plastic enclosures.

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SV Staff Posted: Jun 10, 2015 0 comments
Samsung Display Co. today unveiled what it’s calling the industry’s first mirrored and transparent OLED display panels at Retail Asia Expo 2015 in Hong Kong.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jun 09, 2015 0 comments
Aereo, as you'll recall, collected over-the-air TV signals and distributed them to its subscribers via the Internet. With any kind of web access such as a browser, phone, tablet or connected TV, you could access a cloud DVR and watch content anywhere. But, as you may also recall, that business model was judged to be illegal. Aereo had its plug pulled. But now, TiVo is working to revive an Aereo-type model.

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Jun 08, 2015 2 comments
It’s a self-administered “quiz” on file-format and audio quality, with six music segments presented, each with three clickable, on-screen “Play” buttons…
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 08, 2015 93 comments
Register to win an Acemile Theatre Box (MSRP $299) we are giving away.

According to the company:

Acemile’s Theatre Box is the first the world’s first portable Bluetooth speaker that delivers a 360-degree surround sound audio experience from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or TV without complicated set-up, wires, or even an app. Theatre Box features four 2-inch full range drivers, one 3-inch powered bass driver and delivers up to 125 watts of power, so no matter your orientation to the speaker, you’re in the “sweet spot.”

[This sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Rob Sabin Posted: Jun 08, 2015 0 comments
Shanghai, for me, is literally halfway ‘round the world. Some 20 hours flying time from New York, it is 12 hours ahead in time zones and across the International Dateline: the very definition of “Tomorrowland.” The post-modern, sci-fi landscape of the Pudong section of China’s biggest trade center and most cosmopolitan city does little to deter that notion. Bound on one side by the 128-story Shanghai Tower and on the other by the Oriental Pearl, a futuristic, 1,500 foot broadcast tower, it looks like a bold experiment in animation made concrete, a slice of society that has, to date, only been imagined for amusement parks. On first sight I could only gasp at both the scale and shape of it, then grew silent with respect for not just the accomplishment, but the gutsy vision it must have took to start it.

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