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Bob Ankosko Posted: May 19, 2014 0 comments

Bang & Olufsen BeoLab 18 Wireless Speaker System

About that headline...It’s inspired by the sheepish “Immaculate Wireless Sound” moniker Bang & Olufsen uses for the wireless system integrated into the stunning BeoLab 18 tower speaker. Actually, the phrase is code for WiSA, the standard that makes it possible to for speakers to receive uncompressed 24-bit/96 kHz audio over the air from B&O’s stand-alone transmitter or one built into the BeoVision 11 TV. We asked Senior Vice President of Product Creation Lou Schreurs to tell us about this impressive speaker.

S&V: How did the BeoLab 18 come into being? What led to the desire to “go wireless?”
Lou Schreurs: We felt the need to rejuvenate our iconic BeoLab 8000 from a design perspective and, at the same time, wanted to bring the speaker into the 21st Century by making it wireless and digital, using our proprietary Digital Signal Processing (DSP) capabilities. The integration of a high-quality wireless system was driven by the desire for convenience without sacrificing audio quality. In some of our customers’ homes, it was not easy to run cables in a neat way, particularly rear speakers, limiting their ability to experience true surround sound...

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SV Staff Posted: May 19, 2014 1 comments
Listen up trekkies: The 27,000-square-foot "Star Trek Mansion" in Boca Raton, Florida, can now be yours for a cool $35 million. The heart of this palace? A 1,400-square-foot theater meticulously modeled after the bridge of Starship Enterprise.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: May 16, 2014 5 comments
S&V readers are generally enthusiastic about 4K/Ultra HD, with 18 percent planning to buy an Ultra HD set, but still frustrated by the lack of programming and the piecemeal way in which the technology is being rolled out (we’re with you on that), according to the results of this week’s survey in which we asked for your take on 4K/Ultra HD.

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SV Staff Posted: May 15, 2014 1 comments
Sony today announced that its second-generation 4K Ultra HD Media Player will be available for purchase in July for $699. Designed for downloading 4K titles from Sony’s Video Unlimited 4K service and streaming 4K content from Netflix to Sony TVs and only Sony TVs, the FMP-X10 player can be preordered between now and July 15 for $499.
Leslie Shapiro Posted: May 12, 2014 3 comments
Any second now, confirmation is expected on Apple’s buyout of Beats Music for a reported $3.2 billion. That’s billion with a “b”. There’s no doubt that Beats is a valuable commodity. They did for headphones what Nike’s Air Jordans did for sneakers: No one cares if they’re the best product, they just care if it’s got the right logo. Is this a smart business move for Apple? Frankly, I don’t give a damn.

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SV Staff Posted: May 07, 2014 0 comments
One out of five (21 percent) pay TV subscribers use the TV Everywhere streaming services provided by their pay-TV operator at least once a month, according to the new “TV Everywhere” survey from NPD Group.
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SV Staff Posted: May 06, 2014 0 comments
Sony announced it will open home theater retail spaces at approximately 350 Best Buy locations nationwide starting in mid May. The ‘Sony Experience at Best Buy’ shop-in-shops are designed to provide an enhanced shopping experience through interactive demonstration areas and a dedicated team of product experts.
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SV Staff Posted: May 01, 2014 0 comments
Ever long for better sound quality from your smartphone? Harman Kardon hears you. The HTC One M8 – Harman Kardon Edition is the first smartphone to incorporate HK’s Clari-Fi technology, which is said to improve the audio quality of compressed, digital music sources.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 28, 2014 0 comments
Elite Screens has introduced the Starling series of motorized 16:9 format projection screens in a range of sizes, including 100, 120, 135 inches (diagonal), at prices starting at $299.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 27, 2014 0 comments
Americans are well educated on the benefits of recycling bottles, cans, and paper but when it comes to electronics devices all bets are off. The proliferation of cell phones and tablets has led to a growing glut of "e-waste" piling up in people's homes, as well as a lack of understanding about what to do with broken, unwanted, or outdated devices.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 24, 2014 0 comments
Sony is aiming to make high-resolution music available to a broader audience with the introduction of high-rez-capable AV receivers, a Blu-ray-based home theater system, and a series of speakers, all due out in May. Two of four new receivers and the Blu-ray system are equipped to handle a variety of audio formats from FLAC to Sony's own Direct Stream Digital (DSD), originally developed for Super Audio CD.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 22, 2014 7 comments
A recent survey by Morgan Stanley found that one in 10 pay-TV subscribers have definite plans to “cut the cord” sometime in 2014 year, reinforcing something most of us already know: Americans are getting fed up with the ever-escalating cost of cable and satellite TV subscription packages and seeking alternate ways to watch their favorite shows.

Winegard, which has been making TV antennas for 60 years, examines the cord cutting phenomenon in an infographic...

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SV Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2014 3 comments
The results of last week’s survey are in. We asked if you have a wireless music system at home and a full one third of the respondents reported having—and loving— a Sonos system, followed by one quarter who have yet to venture into wireless audio. Apple AirPlay was the second most favored wireless setup, followed by Bluetooth, which came in a distant third. The complete breakdown is as follows…
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 18, 2014 0 comments
Rail passengers in Los Angeles’ Union Station got a taste of what was billed as “the world’s first large-scale opera for wireless headphones.” Invisible Cities was based on Italo Calvino’s spellbinding novel in which Marco Polo describes fantasy cities to Kublai Khan. The production used Sennheiser’s wireless headphone and microphone technology to allow listeners wearing RS 120 cans to roam around the large public space “onstage” and commune with the performers.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 17, 2014 0 comments
THX certification, 4K support and wireless connectivity are key features of the TX-NR737 and TX-NR838 AV receivers Onkyo is introducing in May with suggested retail prices of $899 and $1,199, respectively.

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