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Lauren Dragan Posted: Jan 06, 2015 0 comments
Parrot yet again gets us all excited with the potential of a new and innovative pair of headphones.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2015 Published: Jan 05, 2015 0 comments
Ultra-D is a development of Stream TV Networks, in conjunction with partnering companies, to offer glasses free 3D. Their press event was a less elaborate affair than the usual CES press event (though the awful photograph shown here is largely my fault!).
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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 05, 2015 Published: Jan 06, 2015 0 comments
Sony’s 2014 CES press conference was all about 4K. Sony’s 2015 CES press conference was about...lots of stuff.
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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 05, 2015 0 comments
With more and more music and video being stored by consumers on external hard-disks, those disks have themselves become valuable commodities. You’d think someone who took time to rip an entire CD and/or DVD collection, or downloaded a boatload of high-res albums from HDtracks, would make the additional step to secure their data by backing it up. But in many situations that isn’t the case.
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Lauren Dragan Posted: Jan 05, 2015 0 comments
2015 is the year of Monster collaborations. Pushing slogans of "the Internet of everything" and "more than just a headphone company", Monster focused on its desire to expand into projects that extend beyond their ubiquitous cans.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Jan 05, 2015 1 comments
The first announcement of a 4K Blu-ray player and the return of the storied Technics audio brand, along with word of a new flagship UltraHDTV, were the big headlines for AV enthusiasts at Panasonic’s CES 2015 press conference this morning in Las Vegas.
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 05, 2015 Published: Jan 02, 2015 0 comments
The largest consumer technology show on the planet is just around the corner. 2015 International CES opens in Las Vegas on Tuesday, January 6 and runs through Friday, January 9, but our coverage kicks off on Monday with pre-show news from LG, Sharp, Panasonic, Dish, Samsung, and others.

A dozen S&V correspondents will be combing more than 2 million square feet of exhibit space in search of the latest and greatest audio/video gear so be sure to check back frequently. Lots of news is heading your way.

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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 05, 2015 2 comments
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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Jan 02, 2015 4 comments
Though released multiple times on disc, Cowboy Bebop gets a new release on Blu-ray, with a new transfer, mix and features.

This show is… something else. Easily in my top 5 TV shows of all time, it’s a magical blend of action, story, characters, setting, and music.

Oh the music. The music is why you should buy this.

Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 02, 2015 1 comments
PRICE $1,999

Bargain price for a 65-inch Ultra HD set
Good blacks and shadow detail
Impressive sound
Clips above white and below black
Odd gamma
Typical LCD off-axis performance
Wobbly stand

The JVC required considerable tweaking to get the best from it, but once dialed in, it looked excellent with 4K test patterns and 1080p Blu-ray material.

AmTRAN plans to raise the 4K Ultra HD bar by lowering the price. AmTRAN who, you may ask? Based in Taiwan, the company is a major maker of video displays, both consumer and professional, for a variety of brands, the biggest of which is Vizio. In 2010, AmTRAN licensed the JVC brand to put on its flat-screen HDTVs in North America, which are sold and marketed by its U.S. subsidiary AmTRAN Video Corporation. This is the first JVC flat panel we’ve tested since that company left the TV business a few years ago to focus its display business on LCOS projectors.


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