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Al Griffin Posted: Sep 28, 2015 3 comments
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Q Is there an add-on processor, either available now or forthcoming, that will add Dolby Atmos decoding capability to an existing preamp/processor or receiver? —D. Lockett

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Sep 26, 2015 1 comments
I can’t stop listening to it. I’m listening to it again as I write this.
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Mike Mettler Posted: Sep 25, 2015 1 comments
Good things come to those who wait, as the saying goes. But when it comes to finally getting producer/engineer James Guthrie’s long-awaited 96kHz/24-bit mix of Roger Waters’ 1992 solo album Amused to Death in 5.1 on Blu-ray in hand, well… the word “good” isn’t quite good enough. “Great” is certainly a step up, but I’m going to have to go with a superlative along the lines of “stellar,” “outstanding,” and/or “stunning,” for Guthrie’s surround-sound treatment of Amused catapults an oft-overlooked entry in Waters’ storied canon of work into a new sonic stratosphere. Recently, Guthrie and I spent a fair amount of time going over his goals for bringing Amused into the surround universe and sharing his favorite moments from The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here in 5.1, plus he reveals exclusively what Floyd-related project he’ll next tackle in 5.1. It’s a miracle — another miracle.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 25, 2015 1 comments
Major TV manufacturers are collaborating in field tests that would bring a new ATSC 3.0 television broadcast standard, which would include a new IP-based Ultra HD video standard and a broadcast- and streaming-friendly surround standard.
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Josef Krebs Posted: Sep 25, 2015 0 comments
In this witty and pithy examination of modern New York living circa 1991, director Terry Gilliam posits the absolute necessity to abandon cynicism in order to believe in something and someone. Jeff Bridges is wonderfully arrogant and nasty as stretch-limo-riding radio shock-jock, Jack, who accidentally provokes a desperate caller into entering a restaurant and slaughtering its yuppie patrons. Jack bails on his life, climbing into a bottle of whiskey and a chasm of sarcasm, self-loathing, and self-pity. Parry (another wonderfully manic Robin Williams performance), still traumatized by having seen his beloved blown away in the massacre, has gotten out of a mental institution only to become a crazed homeless person. After a chance meeting, Jack is drawn by his guilt to help Parry on a quest to steal the Holy Grail in the hope of healing both their damaged souls.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 25, 2015 0 comments
Courtesy of Wired, here are a few movies to watch on Netflix over the weekend before they expire early next week.

SV Staff Posted: Sep 25, 2015 2 comments
Sony announced plans to introduce a lineup of Hi-Res car audio products in time for the holidays.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 25, 2015 0 comments
The striking Concept 4F speaker Paradigm has shown in Europe and Asia is making its North American debut on October 1 at the Music Matters event in Chesterfield, Missouri.
SV Staff Posted: Sep 24, 2015 0 comments
McIntosh has introduced three retro-styled, reference grade preamplifiers, including a dual-chassis tube model said to have the lowest noise of any McIntosh preamp ever produced.

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David Vaughn Posted: Sep 24, 2015 0 comments
PRICE $1,750

Small form factor is décor friendly
Satisfying bass response
Can’t deliver the sonic impact of a bigger sub
Better values can be found in the market

Given the Sunfire’s dainty size, I didn’t expect much, but it delivers in spades with music and should be adequate with movies for many listeners.

My name is David Vaughn, and I’m a bass-a-holic. There isn’t a 12-step program to cure me of this disease—and even if there were, I’d avoid the treatment like the plague. There’s nothing like feeling the thump in your chest when an explosion rocks the room in the latest Hollywood blockbuster or hearing the windows rattle to some classic rap from the early 1990s. (Hell, who would have ever thought that “classic” and “rap” would go together in the same sentence?)


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