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Bob Ankosko Posted: Aug 11, 2014 3 comments
In preparation for the launch of the first wave of Dolby Atmos-enabled products, Dolby is conducting press demos in New York and Los Angeles this week. Stay tuned for our reports later in the week. In the meantime, we touched base with Brett Crockett, director of sound research at Dolby Labs, to learn more about Atmos and its promise of taking home theater to new heights.

S&V: Why does the world need another surround format? What does Atmos bring to the home theater experience?
Brett Crockett: Dolby Atmos moves beyond the paradigm of channel-based audio, which has gone as far as it can in the home. Captivating sound surrounds you from all directions, including overhead, filling the room with astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth. The specific sounds of people, music, and things move all around you in multidimensional space, so you feel like you are inside the action.

S&V: How does the “object-based” Atmos system compare with the familiar channel-based system?
BC: Until now, cinema sound designers have had to mix independent sounds together into channels for soundtrack creation. A discrete sound, such as a helicopter, has been assigned to an individual channel rather than precisely to where it would occur naturally in the scene. While a sound can move across channels, there’s no height dimension. For example, you might hear the helicopter from a side channel (and speaker array) but not above you. This approach limits your audio experience because it can’t come close to matching the way you hear in real life, with sounds coming from every direction.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 06, 2014 0 comments
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has joined up with the National Sleep Foundation to give you some shut-eye. A Wearable Sleep Monitors Working Group will develop technical standards for that product category. Says David Cloud, the foundation’s CEO: “We know that getting enough sleep and getting quality sleep have amazing health benefits, including improved mood, concentration, memory and productivity, and the ability to maintain a healthy weight.” Current sleep monitors include the Sleep Cycle app, which uses the sensors in Android and iPhones, and various wristbands, some of which communicate with smartphones. Our favorite concept is the Somnus Sleep Shirt, a sensor-embedded shirt developed by M.I.T., though it has not yet come to market.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 05, 2014 0 comments
Jamo, a brand of the Klipsch Group, today introduced 10 new models for its flagship Concert Series of speakers.

SV Staff Posted: Aug 04, 2014 0 comments
Polk has introduced a stylish compact speaker system designed for near-field computer audio or stereo/home theater bookshelf applications. Dubbed Hampden, the system supports Bluetooth streaming and features an all-wood cabinet with a curved teak wood veneer offset by a white front panel with glass-filled, nylon bezels.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 01, 2014 0 comments
Vizio has introduced a 2.1-channel all-in-one audio system for media cabinets and living areas with limited table or counter space such as dens, small kitchens, and dorm rooms.
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 30, 2014 6 comments
Harman International has introduced a new generation of Infinity’s 45-year-old Reference Series speakers. From the compact R152 bookshelf model to the top-of-the-line R263 tower speaker, the revamped line comprises nine mix-and-match models, featuring proprietary Ceramic Metal Matrix Diaphragm (CMMD) drivers, computer-optimized driver positioning and crossover network integration, tuned ports and internal cabinet bracing for “extended deep bass,” and a black woodgrain finish. A 1-inch CMMD tweeter mated with Harman’s “most advanced waveguide to date” is also standard across the line.
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 28, 2014 0 comments
Klipsch has added the R-10B soundbar to its Reference Series of speakers, marking the first time a soundbar has been offered under the company’s Reference moniker.

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SV Staff Posted: Jul 28, 2014 0 comments
Klipsch has added the R-10B soundbar to its Reference Series of speakers, marking the first time a soundbar has been offered under the company’s Reference moniker.

Leslie Shapiro Posted: Jul 28, 2014 2 comments
Bose, the pioneer of noise-cancelling headphones, has filed suit against Apple’s latest and largest acquisition, Beats Electronics. Bose alleges that the Beats Studio and Studio Wireless headphones use noise-cancelling technology that infringes on five patents held by Bose. They have also filed with the International Trade Commission requesting a cease-and-desist on sales and imports of Beats in the US. They are requesting an undisclosed amount of compensation for damages. Considering how long the Studio line has been available, did Bose wait until it could go after the deeper pockets of Apple?

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SV Staff Posted: Jul 25, 2014 0 comments
With Dolby Atmos looming on the horizon we asked how Sound & Vision readers do surround and learned that nine out of 10 of those who responded have either a 5.1/5.2 (59%) or 7.1/7.2 (30%) setup. The complete breakdown is below.
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 24, 2014 0 comments
DTS today announced that the McIntosh, Sonus Faber, and Wadia brands owned by Fine Sounds Group will introduce products featuring its Play-Fi wireless audio standard later this year.
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 23, 2014 0 comments
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced expanded guidelines for Ultra High-Definition (UHD or Ultra HD) TVs, monitors, and projectors. Devised and approved by CEA’s Video Division Board, “Ultra High-Definition Display Characteristics V2” are voluntary and build on the Ultra HD definition the association announced in October 2012.

The guidelines, which take effect in September, address picture quality and interoperability and are designed to provide clarity for consumers and retailers. A TV, monitor, or projector may be referred to as “Ultra High-Definition” if it meets the following minimum performance attributes:

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SV Staff Posted: Jul 22, 2014 5 comments
Samsung today announced that the 105-inch 4K/Ultra HD it previewed at CES in January is now available for pre-order for $120,000. The largest TV of its kind, the model UN105S9W is built to order and features a curved screen mounted on a metallic frame, which can be removed for wall mounting.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jul 21, 2014 0 comments
Several major labels have sued Pandora for streaming pre-1972 music without paying for it. Why would Pandora even attempt such a thing? Well, federal copyright law extends only that far back. However, copyrights can still be protected at the state level, so Vivendi, Sony, Warner, and ABKCO are suing in New York state courts. They point out that their music enables Pandora to rake in subscription fees and ad revenues, yet “it refuses to obtain required licenses or pay for its commercial and profitable exploitation of plaintiffs’ valuable property.” Pandora retorts that “the time, effort, and cost of securing such licenses could be significant,” while removing the pre-1972 music “could harm our ability to attract and retain users.”
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 21, 2014 2 comments
MartinLogan has announced that three models will be added to its popular Motion Series of speakers at the end of the month.

The Motion 60XT floorstanding (shown, $3,000/pair), Motion 50XT center ($900), and Motion 35XT bookshelf models ($1,200/pair) feature a new Folded Motion XT tweeter with a radiating surface 40 percent larger than its predecessor, bigger woofers, increased power handling, and higher efficiency, according to the company.

Additional refinements include rear-firing, low-turbulence bass ports, custom five-way binding posts, and reinforced internal bracing. The new models are voice-matched for mixing and matching and available with a high-gloss piano black or high-gloss black cherrywood finish.

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