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SV Staff Posted: Mar 21, 2016 1 comments
Spring is in the air and it’s time to start prepping those landscape beds for new flowers, shrubs…and maybe a few outdoor speakers.

Leslie Shapiro Posted: Mar 21, 2016 10 comments
Sony’s Future Lab made some waves at South By Southwest by debuting an entirely new concept in personal listening. The Concept N device doesn’t go on or over the ears at all - instead, it hangs comfortably around the user’s neck with multi-directional drivers aiming up towards the listener, allowing outside sounds to still be audible. Extremely directional speakers direct the sound to the listener’s ears while preventing other people from hearing the sound very clearly. In a slightly noisy environment, other people around the listener can’t hear what is being played over the device.

SV Staff Posted: Mar 18, 2016 3 comments
Two affordable 7.1-channel network AV receivers will join Pioneer’s Elite series lineup in April.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 18, 2016 0 comments
Minfort’s crowdfunded Min7 wireless speaker is off and running, having exceeded its $15,000 goal by nearly $68,000 with two months left on the Kickstarter funding clock.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 17, 2016 0 comments
Pioneer’s latest headphone has an unusual twist. The “Hi-Res-capable” SE-MHR5 ($300) includes a four-pole balanced 2.5mm cable in addition to a standard 3.5mm cable. The cable is designed to provide greater signal separation when used with an amplifier that has a balanced output.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 17, 2016 0 comments
Soundbar pioneer Zvox has announced that the super-slim SB400 and SB500 soundbars it previewed in January are now available at,,, and

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 16, 2016 1 comments
The success of Amazon’s voice-controlled Echo speaker/personal assistant apparently has AV companies scrambling.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 15, 2016 13 comments
Onkyo has announced plans to introduce four AV receivers in April and May.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 15, 2016 0 comments
If you’re interested in an inexpensive 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) TV, you might want to drop by your local Best Buy in a few weeks. The national chain plans to roll out three 4K models featuring onboard Roku streaming capability in early April.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2016 2 comments
Sono Luminus has announced that Crossing Over, the new album by the Skylark Vocal Ensemble, is the label’s fifth release to be recorded and mixed in Auro-3D surround sound.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2016 10 comments
If you’ve ever thought about building your own speakers and are looking for a little inspiration, here it is in the form of a speaker built by DIYer Mark in Latvia.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 12, 2016 1 comments
Another icon of the rock generation has departed this world: Keith Emerson, founder and keyboardist extraordinaire of the influential progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, a.k.a. ELP, died Thursday night at his home in Santa Monica. He was 71.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 11, 2016 1 comments
AT&T and its new subsidiary DirecTV are putting golf fans “on the green” at the 2016 Masters Tournament with the first live 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) broadcast in the United States.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 11, 2016 9 comments
Tributaries has introduced an active fiber optic HDMI cable that has been certified by DPL Labs to transport HDMI signals at data rates up to 18Gbps over cable lengths up to 98 feet. The cable is said to be the first to receive such certification.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 10, 2016 6 comments
LG today announced pricing and availability for the Super UHD TV series it previewed at CES 2016 and said all models will support the HDR10 and Dolby Vision high-dynamic range (HDR) formats. Dolby Vision will be added via a firmware update in Early April.

The 2016 lineup, featuring IPS 4K Quantum display technology, 10-bit color processing, and LG’s webOS smart TV platform, comprises nine models with 55- to 86-inch screen sizes. Models with 55-, 60- and 65-inch screens from the UH7700 and UH8500 series will be available later this month at prices ranging from $1,800 for the 55UD7700 to $3,000 for the 65UH8500.

LG said 65- and 86-inch models in the flagship UH9500 series will be available later this spring at $4,000 and $10,000, respectively. The 75-inch 75UH8500 is also slated for later introduction at $5,000.

The company said it is working with Amazon Video, Netflix, and VUDU to offer HDR content streaming via its webOS interface.

Most major studios have announced support for Dolby Vision and Dolby estimates as many as 100 titles could be available by the end of 2016.