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SV Staff Posted: Jul 07, 2015 0 comments
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Dolby Cinema Through Pixar’s Inside Out
Leslie Shapiro Posted: Jul 06, 2015 1 comments
Standards and guidelines are a good thing. Just ask anyone who’s ever had an 11-inch long Footlong from Subway. (Subway, interestingly enough, claims that “Footlong” is a descriptive name not intended to be a measurement of length. Seriously?) As audiophiles, we need to make sure that what is called Hi-Res music, is indeed high-resolution, and not just a descriptive name. The Producers & Engineers Wing of The Recording Academy (who presents the Grammy Awards) has come up with a set of production guidelines for high-resolution music. (In full disclosure, I’ve been a voting member of The Recording Academy for over 30 years.)

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jul 06, 2015 0 comments
One of the products that caught our eye at the recent CE Week event in New York City was a “universal controller” called Singlecue that enables TVs and other electronics gear to be operated by hand gestures.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jul 03, 2015 1 comments
Shown at the recent CE Week event in New York City, the Westinghouse WD65NC4190 65-inch Ultra HD TV just hit bestbuy.com with a $1,400 price tag. Highlights include smart TV functionality with built-in Wi-Fi, HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 copy protection, and a smartphone control app. A 42-inch model that will sell for $500 was also on display and the company plans to offer the set in 85-, 55- and 50-inch screen sizes.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jul 02, 2015 1 comments
“An individualist in an age when it was possible to establish individuality, Chris fearlessly staked out a whole protectorate of bass playing in which he was lord and master.” —Bill Bruford

Jon Davison called him “the Jimi Hendrix of the Bass Guitar.” Perfect. It had been years since I listened to Fragile but on a recent cross-country road trip I hit play and reveled in this remarkable work, struck once again by the complex, driving bass lines that defined the sound of Yes. Chris Squire was unique and is irreplaceable. I can’t imagine the band—in any form—going on without him.

Yes fan or not, find time to sit down and listen to Fragile as a complete work, from start to finish, on a good system. Play it loud. Be inspired. R.I.P, Chris.

Band mates remember Chris…

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Rob Sabin Posted: Jul 02, 2015 3 comments
"Game of Thrones," HBO's award-winning and wildly popular fantasy series, is headed "overhead," courtesy of a remix in Dolby Atmos.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Jun 29, 2015 5 comments
Shootout TVs, left to right: Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, LG

LG Electronic’s organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology has taken the top spot at Value Electronic’s annual HDTV shootout for the second year in a row.

The event, now 11 years running and typically held at Value’s Scarsdale, NY retail outlet, puts each year’s most advanced displays against one another in controlled conditions and asks attendees to vote on different aspects of the contenders’ image quality. This year’s Shootout was held in New York City as part of the CE Week trade event, with show attendees participating in a series of 1.5 hour presentations over the course of two days.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 26, 2015 2 comments
If the advent of Dolby Atmos in home surround gear has pricked up your ears, you may be interested to hear that object-oriented surround will also be part of the forthcoming ATSC 3.0 broadcast TV standard. That doesn’t mean Atmos itself is hitting the airwaves. Instead, other surround encoding systems will be tested this summer from Dolby, DTS, and a consortium of other companies.
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 25, 2015 0 comments
Amazon announced that episodes of its original series will be available in high dynamic range (HDR) format at no additional cost to its Prime members starting with the debut season of Mozart in the Jungle. Netflix was expected to be the first content provider to deliver HDR content before Amazon’s surprise announcement.

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SV Staff Posted: Jun 22, 2015 2 comments
Sony today announced pricing and availability for two of its 2015 4K Ultra HD TVs , the X900C and X910C, both touted as frameless, ultra thin models.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jun 22, 2015 6 comments
When it comes to buying AV gear for the household, 99 percent of the respondents to last week’s survey said they make all or most of the decisions. The results were evenly spit between those who “make most AV buying decisions…but consult my spouse/significant other” (42 percent) and those who “make all AV buying decisions…without consulting my spouse/significant other” (40 percent). Only 17 percent said they consult their significant other "before purchasing any new AV gear." Here are the complete results...
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 22, 2015 0 comments
LG announced four new LED projectors that range in price from $350 to $1,000. The lineup includes one high-definition model and three portable Minibeam projectors, all rated for 30,000 hours, which equates to eight hours a day for 10 years.

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SV Staff Posted: Jun 18, 2015 1 comments
Panasonic’s entire 2015 lineup of 4K UHD Smart TVs will carry the “Netflix Recommended TV designation, the company announced. The logo highlights Internet-enabled TVs that meet specific criteria outlined by Netflix.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Jun 17, 2015 2 comments
Emotiva, the popular Web-only supplier of “affordable high-end” audio gear, will be Web-only no more.

Company founder Dan Laufman has announced that, after 11 years online, the brand will move into select brick-and-mortar specialty retailers, with somewhere between 30 and 50 dealers signed before the end of this year.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jun 16, 2015 0 comments
Dolby Atmos Comes to Tablets via Lenovo’s Tab 2 A10 ($199) and Tab 2 A8 ($129), with 10- and 8-inch screens and Android OS. The surround effects work with any headphones...

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