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SV Staff Posted: Mar 17, 2017 0 comments
The Japanese music label Ottava today released the first MQA-encoded CD, A. Piazzolla by Strings and Oboe—recorded by Unamas Piazzolla Septet.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Mar 16, 2017 3 comments

Performance
Build Quality
Value
PRICE $48,000 as reviewed

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Audyssey MultEQ XT Pro room equalization
Variable-axis soft-dome tweeters on surrounds
All speakers are biamped or triamped
Minus
Expensive
Status LEDs on amplifier are bright and can’t be dimmed
Requires professional installation

THE VERDICT
When it comes to the evolution of loudspeakers, Phase Technology has an enviable pedigree filled with innovation. The company’s newest dARTS speaker/amp package is a spectacular achievement that mitigates the effects of room acoustics and creates a highly theatrical, intensely musical experience that’s extremely rare.

One day last summer, I found myself grumbling more than usual as I stood staring at 550 pounds of speakers and amps that Phase Technology had shipped to my house. (Actually, because the gravel road I live on is very unfriendly to tractor-trailers, I had to drive to the depot, load a couple of pallets of heavy boxes into two vehicles, drive home, and then unload it all.) The gear makes up the top-of-the-line version of the company’s new, second-generation dARTS system.

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Al Griffin Posted: Mar 16, 2017 3 comments
Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at AskSandV@gmail.com

Q I know that subwoofers are recommended for use with small bookshelf or satellite speakers, but are they also needed with floorstanding tower speakers such as the GoldenEar Technology Tritons? — Frank Hendricksen / via email

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 16, 2017 0 comments
Thirty-one years ago this month, the NFL voted to adopt limited use of instant replay as an officiating aid. That first season saw an average of 1.6 reviews per game for a total of 374 plays, only 10 percent of which ended with a reversal of the ruling on the field.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 16, 2017 0 comments
Amazon’s Alexa, the voice controlled personal assistant that made its first appearance in the Echo smart speaker a couple years ago, is now showing up in dozens of consumer electronics products, including more speakers, TVs, lamps, refrigerators—you name it.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 15, 2017 2 comments
Left to right, the team responsible for creating a 360-degree mix of Pink Floyd's historic Live 8 performance: Recording engineer Andy Jackson, Andreas Sennheiser, producer Simon Franglen, co-curator Aubrey Powell, producer Simon Rhodes, and Daniel Sennheiser

Sennheiser and Pink Floyd have partnered to produce a new immersive mix of “Comfortably Numb” and other songs from 2015’s Live 8 concert—the last time David Gilmour, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright played onstage with former band member Roger Waters.

Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 15, 2017 1 comments

Audio Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $899

AT A GLANCE
Plus
USB inputs for PC and iOS
Premium Wolfson DAC
Bluetooth aptX
Minus
No DSD decoding
No Wi-Fi, AirPlay, or Ethernet
No streaming services

THE VERDICT
The Rotel A12 accepts direct wired input from PCs and iOS devices and gets the best out of both digital and analog sources with its great-sounding DAC and amp.

Connecting a computer to an audio system with a USB cable seems a perfectly logical idea. It’s simple, it’s direct, and it enables the computer to feed bits to the system and rely on the system’s digital-to-analog conversion. Yet this desirable feature is tantalizingly rare. AVRs and streaming amps tend to rely on wired and wireless network connections rather than on a USB port and asynchronous digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that can take over the clocking functions of the digital bit transfer and reduce the effects of jitter.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Mar 15, 2017 0 comments
Go ahead, take a few seconds to savor the radiant splendor of the McIntosh MT5. Rolling Stone dubbed it "The Turntable of the Gods." Fitting, indeed, for one of the most striking turntables you'll encounter. Beyond the hypnotic allure of its mirror finish and luminous platter—not to mention the conversation it's sure to stimulate—you'll find a precision device that treats cherished albums with the respect they deserve, while extracting the goosebump-inducing nuances that define your passion for vinyl.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 15, 2017 1 comments
Dave Rodgers is on a mission to ensure owners of video projection systems, and professionals who set up these systems, get it right. As marketing manager for Garden Grove, California-based Elite Screens, he travels the world promoting the virtues of bringing the movie theater home or, as he likes to say, the larger-than-life experience that only a huge video projection screen can deliver.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2017 0 comments
Samsung today announced that the 4K QLED televisions it previewed at CES 2017 are now available at Samsung.com and retailers nationwide.

The company also announced that its new UBD-M9500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player will be available in April for $399, followed by...

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