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SV Staff Posted: Dec 21, 2015 6 comments
If you saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the weekend, your hard-earned dollars contributed to an estimated domestic take of $238 million in its first there days, shattering the $208.8 million opening weekend record of set by Jurassic World in June. Add in foreign box office receipts—except China, where it has yet to open—and you’re at a half billion ($517 million), according to Box Office Mojo, which on a global basis is actually slightly less than Jurrasic’s opening.
SV Staff Posted: Dec 18, 2015 1 comments
Vizio has introduced the D-Series of budget-oriented TVs at prices ranging from $150 for a 24-inch edge-lit LED/LCD model to $1,300 for a 70-inch smart TV with full-array LED backlighting.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 17, 2015 0 comments
Technology truly is reaching all corners of our lives…and even beyond.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 17, 2015 3 comments
Yamaha’s iconic DSP-A1 was named one of the year’s best products in the December 1998 issue of Stereo Review, predecessor to Sound & Vision.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 17, 2015 1 comments
The Rock and Roll Hall has announced its short list of 2016 inductees: Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A., and Steve Miller will be recognized at the 31st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, April 8, 2016.
SV Staff Posted: Dec 17, 2015 1 comments
Sennheiser announced plans to offer an updated version of its flagship HD 800 headphone in January.
SV Staff Posted: Dec 18, 2015 Published: Dec 17, 2015 4 comments
2015 was very much a transitional year for both audio and video technology. On the display side, Ultra HDTV continued its march into the marketplace, and we saw the first high dynamic range displays. A/V receivers caught up to the UHD displays with full passthrough of HDMI 2.0 signals bolstered, finally, by HDCP 2.2 copyright compliance—a key feature missing from most 2014 AVRs. We got our first real listen to object-based Atmos surround at home in both the nine-channel variety with four height speakers (a winner!) and the seven-channel variety with two height speakers (not quite so much). Beyond that, we saw more growth in the wireless multiroom audio segment, with several accomplished speaker manufacturers getting in the game. Here, then, is our list of standout products reviewed in the 2015 calendar year. Make sure you check current pricing online; we list MSRPs as originally reviewed, and some products are now heavily discounted.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 16, 2015 8 comments
Sandy Gross, audio innovator and founder of GoldenEar Technology, is making a rare appearance New York City's Stereo Exchange on Saturday.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Dec 15, 2015 0 comments
If you're the owner of a new Denon A/V receiver awaiting the long-promised firmware update for DTS:X object-based surround sound, your wait is, well, still not over. But in what amounts to an invitation to the party, the company has now announced specific dates for the roll-out of that firmware for three 2015 models.

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SV Staff Posted: Dec 15, 2015 5 comments
Panasonic’s DMR-UBZ1 Ultra HD Blu-ray player went on sale in Japan last month.

Will you buy an Ultra HD Blu-ray player? That’s the question we posed in last week’s poll—a question inspired by John Sciacca’s Connected Life blog, Ultra HD Blu-ray Is Coming…but Do you Care?”

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 15, 2015 0 comments
Would a tablet computer benefit from height-enhanced Dolby Atmos surround sound? Lenovo customers are about to find out with a new series of Yoga Tab 3 models. Technically, what they offer is “virtual Atmos.” The top model, a 10.1-inch Android 5.0 tablet ($499), also boasts a 70-inch video projector that rotates 180 degrees. It delivers “virtual Atmos” through four built-in JBL speakers as well as through headphones. Two other Yoga Tab 3s, with 10-inch ($199) and 8-inch ($169) screens, deliver Atmos through headphones only.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 14, 2015 0 comments
Wireworld Cable Technology announced plans to demonstrate a system designed to reveal how headphone cables affect sound quality.
Michael Antonoff Posted: Dec 14, 2015 2 comments
Successive Thursday night offerings in December of live musicals to the home were as different as could be: The Wiz featured a big cast and attracted an audience of millions through its broadcast on NBC; Daddy Long Legs was performed by two actors and seen by thousands via the Internet. Yet it was Daddy that made history as the first off-Broadway show streamed live from New York.
SV Staff Posted: Dec 11, 2015 0 comments
Emotiva Audio has previewed what the company is calling its most ambitious new product lineup ever in advance of their showing at CES 2016.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 11, 2015 0 comments
Barely a week after the FCC approved its merger with DirecTV, AT&T lost no time in offering new bundles exploiting the new entity’s many talents. “We’re going to deliver more TV and entertainment choices to more screens—when and where our customers want it,” said an executive.