Max Richter's Sleep: Not Meant to be Enjoyed While Awake
Sleep. On average, we spend a third of our day asleep. It’s a large portion of our lives, and one that British composer Max Richter wants to consider. In addition to several albums, Richter has composed for movies, television, and now for an audience that is (he hopes, anyway) asleep. Richter’s most recent project, the recording of which is available today, is eight hours long, and composed specifically for a listener who is in a somnambulant state. And later this month, Sleep will become the longest single continuous piece of music ever broadcast live on the BBC.
What's in a Misnomer? A Look at a Few CE Classics
What's in a name? At times, not a whole lot of sense. The consumer electronics industry has a genius for giving dopey names to things: unintentionally misleading names, deliberately misleading names, duplicative names, redundant names, outright laughable names. Here are just a few:
Poll Recap: Disc-Based Viewing Key for Half of Respondents
Earlier this week we asked how much of your home entertainment viewing is disc-based as opposed to streaming from a subscription service such as Netflix, buying/renting digital content online, or video on demand via cable or satellite. Turns out that discs play an important role for about half of survey respondents...
LG 4K OLED TVs Now Support HDR Streaming
Owners of LG’s EG9600 and EF9500
series 4K OLED televisions will be able to stream high dynamic range (HDR)-encoded content via the Amazon Video
app available through LG’s webOS Smart TV platform
Def Tech Announces Super Slim Soundbar
Definitive Technology has taken a minimalist approach in the design of its new W Studio Micro soundbar/wireless streaming system, which squeezes seven drivers into an enclosure that’s 43 inches wide and only 1.75 inches tall.
Sony STR-DN1060 A/V Receiver Review Wrap Up
Sony STR-DN1060 A/V Receiver Review Test Bench
Sony STR-DN1060 A/V Receiver Review Specs
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Sony STR-DN1060 A/V Receiver Review
AT A GLANCE
Wi-Fi, AirPlay, Bluetooth
MHL on front and rear
Google Cast, Spotify
Confusing A.F.D., HD-D.C.S. terminology
If you can do without Dolby Atmos in this seven-channel AVR, Sony’s well-thought-out wireless functionality and sweet, golden sound are an unbeatable combination.
Let me say this up front: The Sony STR-DN1060 doesn’t do Dolby Atmos. Whether this is a serious omission in a seven-channel receiver today is debatable—but I’d say not. Most of the first-generation Atmos receivers have shortcomings of their own. For one thing, they lack the forthcoming DTS:X, the other flavor of object-oriented, height-enabled surround sound. More critically, seven-channel models can offer only Atmos 5.1.2, with two height channels in front or directly above the listener but none in back. That is at best a limited version of the Atmos experience because it doesn’t create the full dome-shaped soundfield of 5.1.4.