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SV Staff Posted: Oct 23, 2013 0 comments
Soundbars may be one of the top selling categories in consumer electronics today, offering a simple and inexpensive path to (faux) surround sound, but many hardcore enthusiasts who read Sound & Vision wouldn’t dream of using one for their main AV setup, according to the findings of our soundbar poll. We asked “do you own a soundbar" and offered several yes/no choices, but the vote wasn’t as overwhelming against soundbars as you might think. Although half of the respondents “would never consider a soundbar,” four in ten acknowledged using one for different reasons. Here’s the breakdown…
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Oct 15, 2013 8 comments
A screen of infinite beauty, of most excellent fancy. He hath shone on me a thousand times. And now, how abhorred he is. Where be your hues now? Your wider viewing angle? Your deeper blacks? Your brightness that was wont to set the room on a roar? Now get you to my lady’s chamber, and let her paint a screen an inch thick. Make her look at that.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Oct 10, 2013 0 comments
Bose today introduced the SoundTouch family of self-contained wireless music systems, marking its entry into a field dominated by Sonos. Designed for “effortless” ease of use, three systems are being offered initially: SoundTouch 30 ($699), SoundTouch 20 ($399), and SoundTouch Portable ($399).
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 10, 2013 0 comments
Klipsch has introduced the SB 120 TV sound system, a self-contained 2.1-channel soundbar that supports wireless Bluetooth streaming from mobile devices. List price is $500.
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 10, 2013 Published: Oct 09, 2013 0 comments
To commemorate its 40th anniversary, Polk Audio has launched the “Listen to the Music” competition inviting independent musicians of all genres to reinterpret the Doobie Brothers rock classic of the same name. Contestants will submit performance videos to vie for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to open for the Canadian pop-rock band Walk Off the Earth and John Legend at the Hard Rock Cafe in early January.
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 08, 2013 0 comments
Harman International today announced two entry-level surround-sound speaker packages from JBL: the Cinema 610 and Cinema 510, which list for $400 and $300, respectively.

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2013 0 comments
WD, a Western Digital company and leader in storage solutions, today introduced My Cloud, a cloud-based hard drive described as a solution for organizing, centralizing, and securing digital content from computers and mobile devices. Once My Cloud is connected to the Internet, content stored on it can be accessed from any device without having to pay monthly fees or giving up control of personal data, according to the company.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Oct 01, 2013 0 comments
Panasonic has officially entered the 4K Ultra HDTV fray with a single model, the 65-inch TC-L65WT600, an edge-lit LCD priced at $5999 and available later this month at Magnolia stores and the Web site.

Notably, the set is the first to offer a DisplayPort connection, making it the only available Ultra HDTV today able to handle 4K content at 60 frames per second from computers or other sources. The set’s HDMI inputs are also HDMI 2.0 compliant. Other Ultra HDTVs are currently limited to 4K/30p.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 16, 2013 0 comments
Dolby Laboratories announced that Ray Dolby, an American inventor recognized around the world for developing groundbreaking audio technologies, died on September 12 at his home in San Francisco, at the age of 80. Dr. Dolby had been living with Alzheimer's Disease in recent years, and was diagnosed in July of this year with acute leukemia.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 09, 2013 0 comments
Acoustic Sounds, the Salina, Kansas-based company that sells audiophile recordings and operates the vinyl reissue label Analogue Productions, has launched a music site that offers music downloads in a variety of high-resolution formats, including Direct Digital Stream (DSD). The company recently signed a deal with Sony Music and has begun making back catalog DSD recordings available.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 06, 2013 0 comments
In October Panasonic will begin selling the first Ultra HD TV based on HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2a specifications. Part of the Smart Viera line, the 65-inch TC-L65WT600 is THX-certified and accepts 4K 60p video signals.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 05, 2013 0 comments
Sony has announced that its first curved-screen LED-based LCD television, the 65-inch KDL-65S990A, will be available in October at Sony Stores and select electronics retailers nationwide at the price of $4,000.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Sep 04, 2013 0 comments
Energy today introduced the Energy Power Base soundbar, which is available on for $399 now and will roll out to retail stores in October.

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Kris Deering Posted: Aug 29, 2013 0 comments
With more and more high-end dealers closing shop, opportunities for real demos are drying up, leaving local meet-ups as one of the few ways for enthusiasts to demo the latest gear. So I decided to host my first Pacific Northwest Area Home Theater Meetup in my hometown of Port Orchard, WA. What started out as a gathering of a few friends turned into a massive event...
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 28, 2013 0 comments
The Radical.FM music streaming app is like a cross between Spotify and Pandora. Learn about its unique approach to finding songs and creating stations.


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