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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Mar 21, 2017 2 comments
I was midway through a long delayed reorganization, riffling through piles of as yet to be filed home- and work-related stuff. As anyone can tell you, when you start to clear out documents and publications you haven’t seen in years you’re constantly tempted to stop and re-read much of it, which inevitably brings the entire process to a screeching halt.

Rather than keep entire audio-video magazines beyond about three years (the growth of the Internet is making even that a dubious practice), I tend to tear out articles that might be of value in the future. That was how I came across an article I hadn’t seen in 22 years. Titled “Subwoofer Secrets” (the inspiration for the name of this blog) and penned by the late Tom Nousaine, it had been published in the January 1995 issue of Stereo Review, the latter a distant godfather of Sound & Vision.

David Vaughn Posted: Mar 21, 2017 1 comments

AT527NC Amplifier
Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

AT524NC Amplifier
Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $3,695, $2,595

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Very powerful
Natural and balanced
Made in the U.S.A.
Minus
LEDs are too bright

THE VERDICT
The days of looking down on Class D amps are over.

Two and a half years ago, I reviewed my first ATI amplifier, and to say I was impressed would be an understatement. The ATI Signature AT6005 five-channel amp set a new benchmark for its designer, Morris Kessler—to the point where he put his John Hancock on the faceplate.

Last year, S&V editor-at-large Bob Ankosko sat down with Kessler to talk about his design philosophy over the years, and the subject of Class D amps was broached. Kessler mentioned that his current designs were all Class A/B, but he was following the developments of Class D very closely—though the initial efforts in this area didn’t meet his high standards because frequency response varied greatly as the impedance of the speaker changed. He hinted at the time that he may have finally found a Class D solution that he could deem acceptable, which turned out to be the latest Hypex Ncore modules.

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 21, 2017 0 comments
One in three of those who subscribe to streaming video services chose the service for its original content, up 8 percent over the past year, according to a new survey from New York-based 451 Research.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 21, 2017 0 comments
Hulu has included NBC in the live online TV service it is beta-testing, according to a report in Bloomberg.
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Hong Kong-based Sota Acoustics and specialty driver manufacturer Markaudio today announced the U.S. launch of Markaudio-Sota, a “joint cooperation” between the firms that designs and builds speakers for the audiophile market.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 20, 2017 0 comments
Back in the days before Blu-ray, companies like ClearPlay and TV Guardian offered parents a way to filter their children’s DVD viewing to screen out material deemed offensive. Some may call it censorship; others, a necessary tool for parents.
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Denon has announced plans to add three budget models to its S-Series line of AV receivers in April.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 20, 2017 1 comments
LG today announced that 2017 4K Ultra HDTVs based on its webOS 3.5 smart TV platform have been designated as “Netflix Recommended TVs” for the third consecutive year.
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Sony has announced rollout plans and pricing for two soundbars and an AV receiver previewed at CES 2017.
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Leslie Shapiro Posted: Mar 20, 2017 0 comments
Spring is in the air. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, bunnies are multiplying and so are Bluetooth speakers. Doesn’t it seem that there is a new Bluetooth speaker hitting the market almost daily? One of the latest is the Jam Xterior Max, and it’s ready for any and all of your spring-time endeavours.

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