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SV Staff Posted: Mar 01, 2017 0 comments
Sound United today announced its acquisition of the D+M Group, a move that unites five venerable brands in one of the biggest brand consolidations in the history of audio.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Feb 28, 2017 2 comments
I am not a fan of Bluetooth. In particular, I regard Bluetooth audio as the worst thing to happen to audio fidelity in 20 years. When Harman first announced its wireless CarPlay technology, I recoiled at the thought of yet another wireless audio option. But, now I see there is a glimmer of hope.

SV Staff Posted: Feb 28, 2017 0 comments
Vizio today unveiled the new SmartCast E-Series of video displays featuring built-in Chromecast streaming, full-array LED backlighting in screen sizes from 32 to 80 inches, and high dynamic range (HDR) capability in models with screens 55 inches and larger.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 28, 2017 0 comments
Yamaha today announced that a free firmware update due out this fall will bring Amazon Alexa voice control to its MusicCast series of wireless multiroom products.
Kris Deering Posted: Feb 27, 2017 1 comments

2D Performance
3D Performance
PRICE $35,000

True 4K (4096 x 2160) D-ILA panels
Improved HDR support including HLG
Reference-quality optics
Fan noise can be intrusive
HDMI sluggish to sync
Native contrast not quite on par with rest of JVC line

While JVC’s first native 4K projector for consumers doesn’t quite deliver the contrast of its 1080p lineup, its projected image is breathtaking with both 1080p and 4K content. With its advanced laser light engine, reference-quality optics, and enough lumens to light up a massive range of screens, you have a true flagship-caliber offering from JVC.

While 4K has become the new norm for the flat-panel industry, its adoption into the home projection market has been slow, to say the least. Until now, Sony has been trailblazing native 4K for the consumer home theater market while others have offered quasi-4K options that use techniques to deliver near4K quality with 1080p imaging systems at more affordable pricing. Among those manufacturers, JVC led the way with their e-shift system, which over time has matured to contend quite convincingly with native 4K designs.

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Feb 27, 2017 9 comments
The FCC works for the people, right? Right??
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 27, 2017 1 comments
Audio ended 2016 on a high note with global sales growing 28 percent to $10.2 billion in the last three months of the year, according to new google research from U.K.-based Futuresource Consulting.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 27, 2017 0 comments
Waves Audio, developer of audio processing technologies, today announced an integrated circuit said to enable any device to “faithfully reproduce” 5.1 and 7.1 surround and virtual reality (VR) audio content over ordinary stereo headphones.
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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Feb 24, 2017 0 comments
Expanse Season 2! Expanse Season 2! Expanse Season 2!

We’re 5 episodes into the second season. Here are some thoughts on how it is so far, the new cast members, and other various nerdstuff.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 24, 2017 0 comments
In old Japan, young Kubo lives in a mountain cave with his mother, whose mental clarity comes and goes. As an infant he lost an eye, and his father is long gone. Every day he goes to the market in a nearby town to entertain the locals with his three-string shamisen and wondrous stories, told with magic origami that fold and unfold into lifelike characters. His stories never have an ending, much to the disappointment of the townsfolk. Nevertheless, they’re ready for more the next day (Kubo apparently invented the miniseries cliff-hanger).