The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers—Super Deluxe Edition

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The Rolling Stones are at it again. The world’s greatest band has rolled out the big guns for its 15-date North American stadium run that’s been dubbed the ZIP CODE Tour, a 19-song walk, stomp ’n romp through a half-century of impeccably unimpeachable classics. That taut live set places an emphasis on digging deeper into cuts culled from the perpetually seminal 1971 album Sticky Fingers, which has just been given the Super Deluxe box-set treatment by Polydor/UMe. A club gig at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 20 saw The Stones rip that joint up 16 times, including their first stabs at Mississippi Fred McDowell’s “You Gotta Move” since 1976 and the dreamily soothing “Moonlight Mile” since 1999, both Sticky tracks having since made their way into regular rotation as part of the stadium set lists. (Longtime fans like yours truly feel The Stones should do intimate clubs gig like the Fonda outing more often, as it helps loosen up the vibe of songs that often become broader and less adventuresome in stadium settings.)

Man From U.N.C.L.E. Soundtrack Out Today

The soundtrack to The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which opens in theaters Friday, August 14, is now available on CD or for download at iTunes and Amazon.

Half-Atmosed: Is the 7-Channel AVR Obsolete?

Most receivers have seven amp channels. I've just reviewed several of them in a row: the Onkyo TX-NR545, Pioneer VSX-1130, and Sony STR-DN1060. Our October issue will collect them in a roundup, with a review of the Denon AVR-X1200W following in November. All list for $600 and include Dolby Atmos height-enriched surround in a 5.1.2-channel configuration. That is a couple of height channels short of the 5.1.4 configuration Dolby Labs recommends for Atmos in the home. And that in turn prompts an uncomfortable question: Is the seven-channel receiver obsolete?

Forget 3D…Fantastic Four Opens in MX4D

Fantastic Four, which opens today, will be a full-on multi-sensory experience at the Showcase Cinema de Lux in Revere, MA, the nation’s second MX4D theater but the East Coast’s first such venue.

D-Link DIR890L/R Tri-Band Router Review


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Ergonomics

PRICE $130

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Three bands with automatic switching for greater dedicated bandwidth to individual devices
Fast, reliable streaming throughout home network
Two USB ports make hard drives accessible within home and remotely
Minus
Dashboard makes it hard to customize some settings
Automated band switching and QoS remove options to change settings to suit your needs
No backup or media management software

THE VERDICT
A speedy, reliable router that’s great if you accept its automatic settings.

As I’ve taken to streaming as much 4K video as I can from Netflix and Amazon, it was important to get the fastest router. Perhaps there’s something psychological about the candy-apple red glossy exterior that reminds me of a cross between a drag racer and a spaceship, or perhaps it was its impressive specs, but either way, I was inspired to try out D-Link’s DIR890L/R top-of-the-line tri-band router.

Triad Atmos-Enabled InRoom Bronze LR-H Speaker System Review Test Bench

Triad Atmos-Enabled InRoom Bronze LR-H Speaker System Review Specs

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COMMENTS
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Thanks for the detailed comparison. I've been looking for this information for some time. There is also an alternate configuration given in SVS' website (http://www.svsound.com/t/intro-to-atmos). They propose mounting four satellite speakers high up on the front and rear ends of the side walls. It is said that this would meet the angle requirements of in-ceiling speakers. Height speakers are also mentioned in Dolby's website (http://www.dolby.com/us/en/technologies/dolby-atmos/dolby-atmos-home-the...), though in this case they are mounted on the front and rear walls instead of the side walls. Any idea how SVS' proposed setup might perform compared to in-ceiling speakers and Atmos-enabled up-firing speakers?

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The Ultimate Test: Dolby Atmos vs. Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos, for you members of the unwashed and uninformed masses (yeah, you know who you are), enables film sound designers to treat individual sonic elements as virtual “objects” that can be placed and moved almost anywhere within the three-dimensional space of a movie theater. Two things are important about its adaptation for home theater. First, the soundfield—in its original, discretely encoded version, not an extrapolated one—is no longer limited to a two-dimensional plane circling around your ears.

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