How Do I Set Up My AVR to Play Music While Watching Baseball?

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Q My Yamaha RX-A2010 A/V receiver is connected to a Samsung 4K TV, Verizon HD set-top box, and Oppo Blu-ray Disc player. Here’s my question: Is it possible for me to watch a baseball game while listening to music? Whenever I play music from a turntable or other audio source, I’m not able to see video on the screen. What am I doing wrong? —J. Rivera / via e-mail

Fluance Fi50: Mid-sized Bluetooth Speaker at a Small Price

Hailing from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Fluance is a new-enough home-theater speaker company that it isn't yet widely known in the HT community. The company proclaims to “pride [itself] on pushing cutting edge technology to its limits and using high grade parts in the construction of its speaker systems”.. while offering “products at prices well below those of its main competitors.” So when I got to test their newest Bluetooth bookshelf-sized speaker, the Fi50, and saw that it was retailing for around $200, I was curious to see if it would live up to Fluance’s ambitious mission statement.

Apollo 13

Apollo 13 launched on April 11, 1970, to a world unconcerned. Manned space flights were routine and no longer covered on TV. It wasn’t until a fateful explosion left the crew potentially stranded in space that anyone cared about the mission and its three-man crew. Ron Howard’s 1995 historical docudrama about the ill-fated mission won two Oscars for its taut editing and its brilliant sound design. Tom Hanks’ portrayal of Jim Lovell catapulted him into the stratosphere as a serious dramatic actor, and Bill Paxton also put in one of the strongest performances of his career as Fred Haise.

September 2015 New Gear

A subwoofer to die for, some seriously bad-ass in-wall speakers, a 10-hour Bluetooth speaker from Bose, and more.

Up Close with Rolling Stones Bad Boy Keith Richards

“I know who I am but I realize that people still think Keith Richards is, you know, smoking a joint, a bottle in his hand, cursing the fact that the liquor store’s closed.”

What Would You Do with a Two-Sided TV?

That was the question facing attendees of the recent IFA 2015 trade show in Berlin as they ogled over a massive two-sided OLED display shown by LG. Apart from displaying a different image on each side, the 111-inch prototype also put a new spin on curved screens with its ultra-thin wave-like screen.

Sony Pictures to Use Dolby Vision for 4K Ultra HD Titles

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) has announced plans to use the Dolby Vision high-dynamic-range mastering process for upcoming 4K/Ultra HD titles slated for release by a variety of distribution partners.

Pioneer Announces MQA-Ready Music Player

Pioneer announced the industry’s first portable music player to support MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology at the recent IFA 2015 show in Berlin.

Looking for a Receiver to Accommodate Old and New Gear

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Q I’m planning to replace my 20-year-old receiver and would like to hook up older components including a laserdisc player, cassette deck, VCR, and turntable. I like Yamaha and Denon receivers, but I’m confused about the connection options. My newer gear consists of a Samsung HDTV, Oppo Blu-ray player, Roku 3 media streamer, and Verizon Fios HD set-top box. —Dan White / via e-mail

America Ventures Down the Remastered Highway

If there’s one band from the ’70s that epitomizes the literal definition of the word harmony, it’s America. Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and the late Dan Peek came together in London in 1970, three sons of U.S. Air Force personnel stationed abroad, and they quickly found their collective singing voices worked together quite well. “One of the key elements of America is that our vocal blend is very good,” agrees Bunnell. “I grew up into it myself, and I can now, in retrospect, hear the difference between blends when I hear other harmony singing. You’re lucky when you find those three or four voices that have this element that you can’t just make happen. It’s like a fingerprint — they’re all different.” Coupled with a knack for writing melodies and catchy acoustic guitar lines, America penned a score of instant sing-along Top 20 classics like “Ventura Highway,” “A Horse With No Name,” “Sister Golden Hair,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People,” “I Need You,” and “Daisy Jane.” The band’s classic-era output has been duly remastered and collected in the eight-CD box set The Warner Bros. Years: 1971-1977 (Rhino), and its chock-full of enough audiophile-approved vocals and clear acoustic lines to keep your ears — and your speakers — in fine spirits for days on end. Recently, I got on the line with Beckley and Bunnell, both 63, to discuss the best examples of that magical harmonic blend, what it was like working with Sir George Martin as a producer, and their favorite collaborators.


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