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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
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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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SV Staff Posted: Jul 22, 2016 0 comments
Sharkk has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund Bravo by Sharkk, an affordable over-the-ear hybrid electrostatic headphone that runs on 0.1 volts of internally generated power instead of needing an external power source.
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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 22, 2016 2 comments
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Leading a fur expedition in the early 1800s, frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is left for dead by one of his companions who is afraid of being attacked by Native Americans. Somehow Glass survives and begins to hobble back toward civilization, facing many obstacles, looking to exact revenge.
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Anthony Chiarella Posted: Jul 22, 2016 1 comments
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Jack’s (Jacob Tremblay) fifth birthday is typical: He says good morning to the various objects in his home, brushes his teeth, then exercises with Ma (Brie Larson). Gradually, however, we realize that Ma was kidnapped seven years earlier by a sexual predator, and her son’s knowledge of the world extends no further than the inner walls of the tiny, locked shed he calls “room.”
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 22, 2016 0 comments
Paramount has released four Blu-ray Discs featuring the DTS:X object-based surround sound technology DTS announced more than a year ago to compete with Dolby Atmos.
Tom Norton Posted: Jul 22, 2016 8 comments
Late this summer, or shortly thereafter, Sony will attempt to upend the way we look at UHD and high dynamic range (HDR) with its new Z9D series of premier Ultra HD. Don’t look for them at Joe’s Video down the street, however, but rather in premier outlets such as Magnolia (located in or adjacent to selected Best Buy stores) and custom installers. They’re also likely to find their way into more than a few professional facilities.
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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jul 22, 2016 0 comments
You’d think that a company that started out in 1998, four years before the iPod, selling a dedicated audio player and a small library of spoken-word books would be out of business by now. Yet thanks to the rise of smartphones and a timely acquisition in 2008 by Amazon, Audible has become the leading provider of digital audio books.

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