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SV Staff Posted: May 13, 2016 Published: May 06, 2016 0 comments
One week from today diehard Klipsch fans will descend upon the small town of Hope, Arkansas to pay homage to Paul W. Klipsch who founded Klipsch Audio 70 years ago and to celebrate their collective passion for the special brand of speakers he created.
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SV Staff Posted: May 12, 2016 2 comments
How long before music subscription services completely overshadow downloading? Sooner than you might think. Digital Music News is reporting that unnamed sources with strong ties to Apple say the tech giant is preparing to abandon iTunes music downloads.
Thomas J. Norton Posted: May 12, 2016 3 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $400

AT A GLANCE
Plus
World’s first UHD Blu-ray player
Outstanding overall performance
Reasonable price (for a “first”)
Minus
No auto picture adjustments for HDR, non-HDR, and 1080p discs with current UHDTVs
Small, frustrating remote

THE VERDICT
As the first Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the Samsung UBD-K8500 provides exceptional performance with the right display and disc. But as with any new format, there are growing pains to be sorted out before we can toast to its complete success.

The video world, or at least the segment that still values packaged media, has been waiting impatiently for Ultra HD discs. Many of us still prefer to pay for our movies once and have them on the shelf. More important, we want their video and audio quality uncompromised by Internet bandwidth limitations.

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SV Staff Posted: May 12, 2016 0 comments
No format launch would be complete without movies to play, and UHD Blu-ray Disc boosters got more than they could have hoped for, with more than two-dozen titles from Sony, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, and Lionsgate available concurrent with the debut of the Samsung UBD-K8500 player and all mastered with HDR10 high dynamic range. We asked our movie reviewers Tom Norton and David Vaughn for their top-line observations on 14 titles in the first batch to help you separate the demo-worthy from the duds.
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SV Staff Posted: May 12, 2016 0 comments
Apple didn’t invent the MP3/digital music player but it did single-handedly create the market for it with the iPod, which debuted in October 2001 with the enticing tagline “1,000 songs in your pocket.” By mid 2003, sales of the iconic device topped 1 million. So if Apple didn’t invent the MP3 player, who did?
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Al Griffin Posted: May 12, 2016 12 comments
Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at AskSandV@gmail.com

Q I have an old Yamaha RX-V1900 7.1 receiver that is still going strong. I know I should upgrade to a newer unit, but I spent around $2,000 on it back in 2008. Here’s my question. I have two powerful subwoofers and would like to connect both using a Y-adapter since the receiver only has a single subwoofer output. Will that function properly, or is it not even an option? —Jarrod Agesen

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: May 11, 2016 0 comments
In case you missed it, the Dish Network has a channel devoted to dogs and the canine-inclined...
SV Staff Posted: May 11, 2016 0 comments
The last piece to Pioneer’s 2016 AV puzzle is the 5.1-channel VSX-531 AV receiver, which is now available for $250.
SV Staff Posted: May 11, 2016 0 comments
Silicon Valley-based Ignition Design Labs has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new Wi-Fi router designed to “thrive” in congested environments with multiple bandwidth-hungry activities going on simultaneously.
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Michael Antonoff Posted: May 11, 2016 0 comments
A look at how personal video broadcasting, virtual reality, and other budding technologies haven’t been lost on TV comedy writers.

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