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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Nov 04, 2015 0 comments
Second-screen use is “creating a generation of kids for whom TV is punishment,” says Miner & Co. Studio.
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John Sciacca Posted: Nov 04, 2015 5 comments
We A/V writers and reviewers rarely talk about our own systems here at Sound & Vision. This is partly due to the nature of review gear coming and going into our systems, as the gear we live with is almost always changing. Another reason is we frequently aren’t in a position to own and enjoy the top-shelf stuff in our own homes. (Insert comment about the cobbler’s kids here.) But I’ve been talking about next generation, immersive audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X quite a bit lately, and I thought I’d share what I’m doing with my own personal system to make sure it stays up to date, relevant and reference.

SV Staff Posted: Nov 04, 2015 0 comments
In 1991 German headphone maker Sennheiser introduced what it considered to be the “best headphone in the world” and named it after the Greek musician and poet Orpheus. Only 300 units were made. The company has resurrected Orpheus and updated it with state-of-the-art technology to create the “first electrostatic headphone with a Cool Class A MOS-FET high voltage amplifier integrated into the ear cups.”
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Nov 03, 2015 0 comments
Imagine if you could focus sound the same way you beam light from a flashlight. Think of the possibilities. You could direct sound to Bill, and Betty, who’s sitting right next to him, wouldn’t hear a thing. Sort of like headphones without…uh… the ’phones.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Nov 03, 2015 33 comments
Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are defined as the demographic with birth years ranging from the early 80s to the early 00s. In other words, Millennials are about 15 to 35 years old. I am appealing to you. You account for almost half of all audio hardware sales. More than any other single group, you are the ones responsible for screwing it up for the rest of us.

Bob Ankosko Posted: Nov 03, 2015 1 comments
Andrew Jones has an impressive history in loudspeakers, having served as the chief speaker engineer at KEF, Infinity, Technical Audio Devices Laboratories (TAD), and Pioneer, where he established a reputation for designing budget speakers that sound shockingly good. In May, following the merger of Pioneer and Onkyo, Germany’s ELAC announced that Jones had not only joined the company as vice president of engineering but was already working on a new line of speakers.
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 03, 2015 1 comments
Working laboratory prototype of a lithium-oxygen battery.

From the University of Cambridge:

Scientists have developed a working laboratory demonstrator of a lithium-oxygen battery which has very high energy density, is more than 90 percent efficient, and, to date, can be recharged more than 2,000 times, showing how several of the problems holding back the development of these devices could be solved.

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SV Staff Posted: Nov 02, 2015 0 comments
Wasting no time to prime the holiday selling season, Amazon today launched the “Black Friday Deals Store” and said Prime members, who pay $99 a year to get benefits such as free two-day shipping, will get early access to its one-per-customer Lightning Deals.
SV Staff Posted: Nov 02, 2015 0 comments
Upgrading to Dolby Atmos, DTS:X or Auro-3D surround sound and thinking of installing ceiling speakers but worried about the effort involved?
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Al Griffin Posted: Nov 02, 2015 0 comments
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Q My current 5.1 audio setup is driven by a Marantz SR7007 AV receiver. Since I’d like to get a little more punch from it, I’m looking at upgrading to an external five-channel amp: either an Outlaw 5000 or Marantz MM7055. Here’s my question: If I connect an external amp to my Marantz receiver, will I still be able to use its Audyssey processing, or do I lose that ability? —Garry Briand / via email


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