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Al Griffin Posted: May 26, 2016 51 comments
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Q I need some help connecting my old equipment to my new equipment. I own the following: Denon AVR-S900W AV receiver, Panasonic TC-P60ST60 plasma TV, a Roku box, and an over-the-air antenna for receiving local HDTV channels.  Here’s my question: How can I connect my Panasonic DMR-EH75VS combination DVD recorder/VCR to the system and record programming as I did back when I had a satellite TV subscription? —Tim Raab

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SV Staff Posted: May 25, 2016 0 comments
Audiophile reissue label Friday Music is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Steve Vai's landmark solo album Passion and Warfare with a remastered 180 gram vinyl reissue.
Michael P. Hamilton Posted: May 25, 2016 0 comments
2D Performance
3D Performance
PRICE $1,399

Highly accurate and stable colorimetry out of the box
Impressively sharp and detailed images at a reasonable price
Useful calibration adjustments including lockable ISF modes
Punitive light leakage from lens opening
Limited lens adjustments constrain placement options
3D glasses not supplied

BenQ's HT 3050 delivers surprisingly good performance for its price, but noticeable light leakage drags down an otherwise strong recommendation.

For a while now, projector manufacturers who employ three LCD panels for the required red, green, and blue primary colors (we’re talking about you, Epson) have pointed to that technology’s ability to deliver equal lumens output for both white brightness and color brightness. Citing research by various international standards organizations, the 3LCD consortium maintains that single-chip DLP projectors (referred to as 1DLP) may suffer...

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Leslie Shapiro Posted: May 25, 2016 2 comments
Deciding whether to spring for an expensive sound-system upgrade when shopping for a new car can be a frustrating experience when you have no idea what you’ll actually be getting for your hard-earned money. Looking at pictures of a speaker grille is hardly convincing when the price tag for an upgraded system can be upwards of $6000. How often do you get the opportunity to spend literally hours in a potential car listening to and evaluating the sound system before you order your build? Recently, I did just that in the 2016 BMW 650i xDrive Gran Coupe with the upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system. Here's what I heard.

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John Sciacca Posted: May 25, 2016 1 comments
One of the biggest benefits computing integration has brought to modern AV gear is the advent of flash memory that can be repeatedly and easily updated with new firmware. Firmware updates provide not only ongoing improvements and performance benefits, but can even add new features. Let us count the ways…
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SV Staff Posted: May 24, 2016 1 comments
A “vintage” streaming audio player, speakers with a built-in phono input, Sony’s take on UHD TV, and more.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: May 24, 2016 0 comments
I don't always carry my phone because having a high quality music library and player is more important to me than checking Facebook on a phone and I'm too lazy and uncoordinated to carry two things at once. Sure, there are phones with good music storage capacity and good music playback fidelity. But because I am an audio snob, those phones just aren't good enough. That might change.

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SV Staff Posted: May 24, 2016 1 comments
LG today announced that seven 4K OLED TVs are now available in stores and online.
SV Staff Posted: May 24, 2016 0 comments
Oppo Digital, which built a reputation building award-winning high-performance Blu-ray players, is expanding yet again.
SV Staff Posted: May 24, 2016 0 comments
Forget Atmos and DTS:X surround sound. Marantz is bolstering its stereo collection with a new integrated amplifier and CD player. You read right: CD player.