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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Aug 29, 2015 4 comments
For as long as there have been movies, there have been movie critics. I’m sure 100 years ago there was some proto-Ebert giving a thumbs up to A Fool There Was and a thumbs down to The Cheat, angering fans of both in equal measure.

Art, especially when offered for sale, begets criticism. Such is the nature of the world. As much as I eschew, and actively dislike, traditional movie reviews, I can see their place.

But what you can’t do, as a creator, is attack your critics. Trust me, you want to, but you can’t.

It’s especially bad when your spouse does it. Which is exactly what happened between a fellow reviewer and the spouse of the writer of, I’m not kidding, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.

Let the fireworks begin. This will be amusing.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 28, 2015 3 comments
The average cable subscriber is staggering under constant rate hikes. But don’t expect any help from the Federal Communications Commission. It has just issued a ruling saying cable operators are presumed to face “effective competition.” That will make it harder for local governments to petition for regulation of skyrocketing cable rates.
Corey Gunnestad Posted: Aug 28, 2015 0 comments
Spongebob Squarepants is a fry cook at a popular fast-food diner called The Krusty Krab in the undersea city of Bikini Bottom. The Krusty Krab is famous for a particular burger-type delicacy called The Krabby Patty. They’re insanely popular, and the secret formula is kept under lock and key. Unbeknownst to Spongebob and his compatriots, an enterprising surface-dweller pirate named Burger Beard, played with delightful relish and gusto by Antonio Banderas, has found an ancient text that essentially tells the story of the movie you’re currently watching. This gives Burger Beard the ability to rewrite the story as it progresses.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 28, 2015 0 comments
It looks as if Apple’s iconic white earbuds are heading for an overhaul.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 28, 2015 0 comments
As high dynamic range (HDR) compatible TVs begin to trickle into stores, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced an industry definition for HDR to help retailers and consumers identify TVs, monitors, and projectors equipped to properly display HDR-encoded content.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Aug 27, 2015 2 comments
With pomp embodied by New York City’s famous art deco Edison Ballroom, NBC autosports commentator Leigh Diffey as master of ceremonies, actors dressed as moving sculptures, an urban artist-in-residence creating a canvas for the occasion, and a confetti canon being fired off, China’s largest TV maker Hisense ushered in its new generation ULED Ultra HDTVs this week.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 27, 2015 4 comments

Audio Performance
Video Performance
PRICE $599

Dolby Atmos
Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Bluetooth
HDR support
No Ultra HD scaling

The Onkyo TX-NR545 is a wireless-triple-threat receiver with an intrinsically good-sounding amp.

Most A/V receivers have seven audio channels for reasons that date back to 1999 and are all but forgotten. The original rationale for adding two channels to surround sound’s basic 5.1 footprint was to accommodate back-surround speakers for THX Surround EX (later renamed Dolby Digital EX) and DTS-ES. While I mean no disrespect to the many readers who enjoy the back surrounds in their 7.1 systems, I’ve been against back surrounds from the beginning. My argument in one sentence is: Three channels in front, four in back—what’s wrong with this picture? I’ve always considered 5.1 the bedrock standard of surround sound, and I still do, even today.

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Al Griffin Posted: Aug 27, 2015 2 comments
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Q Most multichannel speaker configurations I see advertised have large L/R tower speakers combined with smaller center and surround speakers. It seems to me, however, that money invested in large (mostly full-range) L/R towers would be wasted if you care more about multichannel movie soundtracks than two-channel stereo music. Given the conventional wisdom that movie soundtracks rely heavily on the center channel for dialogue reproduction, shouldn’t you buy a higher-performing center speaker instead of big front towers? —Rick James Boettger / via e-mail

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 27, 2015 3 comments
Automakers are spending billions to put technology in their cars that’s being ignored by many of the owners of those vehicles, according to a new J.D. Power survey.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 27, 2015 0 comments
Half of America’s Internet-connected homes now own a connected TV device that provides direct access to online entertainment from streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, according to a new national survey from The NPD Group.


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