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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 23, 2015 0 comments
Once a soundbar is mounted on the wall below the TV, a lot of folks are tempted to use it for music. An NPD Group survey found that 55 percent of soundbar owners use it for such things as podcasts and radio (though probably not vinyl). That makes sense, since more than 80 percent of bars have Bluetooth capability to communicate with mobile devices. Among 18-to-34-year-olds, 66 percent use the bar for music. As soundbars wax, other product categories wane. Forty-five percent of soundbar owners retired a home theater in a box system and 35 percent retired an A/V receiver.
SV Staff Posted: Sep 22, 2015 0 comments
Polk today introduced the Omni S6 wireless stereo speaker. Intended for medium to large rooms, the $350 speaker is the latest addition to the company’s Omni line of wireless speakers.
SV Staff Posted: Sep 22, 2015 0 comments
Marantz has announced plans to ship an updated version of last year’s AV7702 preamp/processor in October.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Sep 21, 2015 2 comments
Forgetting for a moment about security risks associated with the rise of the Internet of Things—a world in which every imaginable device, from your TV and wireless music system to your refrigerator and sprinkler system, is online gathering and exchanging data—Forbes raises a thought-provoking question:
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Sep 21, 2015 0 comments
2015 CEDIA Expo opens on October 15 and the invites and we’re getting a steady flow of invites and news teasers. Two recent ones caught my attention…
SV Staff Posted: Sep 18, 2015 0 comments
Logitech has introduced the Harmony Elite, the first remote control in the popular Harmony line designed ground up as a whole-home controller with dedicated buttons for instant access to lighting and temperature controls and a touchscreen interface that communicates the status of all home devices at a glance.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 18, 2015 0 comments
The LG Smart Security hub was developed with ADT. It includes a 1080p night-vision camera, motion detection, sensors for light, temperature, humidity, and air pressure, and compatibility with Z-Wave and ZigBee home automation standards...
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 18, 2015 0 comments
Still listen to the radio? Ever wonder what your favorite deejay or newscaster looks like? You no doubt have an image of him (or her) in your mind, however, fictitious it might be. The guessing game is over if you’re a fan of CBS Radio News: the 24/7 cable TV-like news service is now streaming live at radio.com, writes S&V contributor Michael Antonoff in a recent article for USA Today.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Sep 17, 2015 Published: Sep 18, 2015 1 comments
In a nod to the many classic Bowers & Wilkins 800 Series speakers still found lurking in mastering and recording studios around the globe, B&W recently invited the audio press to New York’s renown Sterling Sound mastering studios to unveil the new 800 Series Diamond speaker family. But it would be wrong to call this a revision.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 17, 2015 2 comments
Nobody likes failure and Microsoft has had more than its fair share. Its latest casualty—the Zune media player—never really made much of a splash and has been dying a slow death for some time now. The player was actually discontinued in 2012 but the Music Pass service limped along until the PC giant quietly pronounced it dead yesterday.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Sep 17, 2015 2 comments
Audio manufacturer SVS, which first made its name with high-performance subwoofers and now sells a mix of high-value, full-range speakers that have been favorably reviewed by Sound & Vision and others, made two key moves recently that should please enthusiasts and SVS fans—and neither involves a new product announcement.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 16, 2015 0 comments
Polk Boom, the spinoff lifestyle brand targeting adventure-oriented consumers, today introduced two compact Bluetooth speakers designed for rugged, on-the-go use.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 16, 2015 0 comments
Sony announced an imminent update that will add high dynamic range (HDR) capability to its X850C, X900C, and X910C 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) TVs. The update was previously announced for X930C and X940C model TVs.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 15, 2015 0 comments
Pay-TV bundles bulging with never-watched channels have been the bane of consumer groups. They’ve long supported the concept of à la carte cable, which would let subscribers buy just the channels they want. Verizon’s FiOS Custom TV package isn’t exactly à la carte—but it does put the typical pay-TV bundle on a drastic diet. And that “skinny” package, as some call it, is making some networks very unhappy.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 15, 2015 1 comments
Are you old enough to remember portable record players? Maybe you owned one as a kid and played 45s on it. Now you can share vinyl nostalgia with your children and grandchildren.

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