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SV Staff Posted: Sep 02, 2014 0 comments
Jack Wayman in the early days of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

International CES founder and consumer electronics (CE) industry legend Jack Wayman died Saturday, August 30 of natural causes at the age of 92, announced Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) President and CEO Gary Shapiro.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2014 0 comments
Atlantic Technology announced plans to introduce by the end of the year a compact Dolby Atmos-enabled speaker module that can be added to existing speakers in its line or any existing home theater setup.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2014 0 comments
Universal Music Group is celebrating the September 9th release of The Beatles in Mono vinyl box set with listening sessions in New York and Los Angeles. Each session will feature yet-to-be-announced special guest speakers.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 31, 2014 2 comments
With the new Dolby Atmos surround format on the immediate horizon we wondered how many Sound & Vision readers’ are using special surround processing to derive height channels in their current home theater setups. Turns out that nearly a quarter of respondents have setups with height channels—a respectable showing considering the effort involved in installing extra speakers.

Here’s the complete breakdown of answers to the question we posed: Is Your Home Theater Configured with Height Channels?

Bob Ankosko Posted: Aug 27, 2014 1 comments
The Pace of Change Shows No Signs of Letting Up.

The road to driverless cars is lined with technology we couldn’t have imagined a few years ago. From auto parking and rich head-up displays to cutting-edge “infotainment” features, dashboard tech is right up there with horsepower/performance, handling, and other traditional car buying metrics. And the pace of change we’ve seen over the past decade shows no signs of letting up—if anything, it’s accelerating now that technology has become an integral part of the shopping experience.

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 26, 2014 3 comments
LG announced yesterday that it will begin taking preorders this week in Korea for the first OLED TV with 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 20, 2014 0 comments
The CEA-2047 CE-Energy Usage Information Standard allows information about a device’s energy usage to be programmed in and used to calculate its energy use over time. Says Bill Rose, chair of the working group that developed the standard: “Energy consumption in the Internet of Things can be broken down to individual devices such as appliances, pool pumps and heaters, air conditioning systems, and other devices so consumers can see exactly where, how much, and when electricity is being used.” The standard can apply to any device operating on a home network.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2014 1 comments
Ready to go back to mono—with The Beatles? An exclusive sneak peak at Pete Nash unboxing "The Beatles in Mono" vinyl box set, courtesy of Capitol/UMe and Apple Corps Ltd. The video goes live on The Beatles’ YouTube channel Friday.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 19, 2014 0 comments
China-based TV brands Hisense and TCL (The Creative Life) today announced the availability of smart TVs based on an operating system designed by Roku, creator of the popular Roku Streaming Stick.

Mike Mettler Posted: Aug 19, 2014 3 comments
Editor's Note: Following Sound & Vision's initial print publication of this article, Neil Young took the post of PonoMusic CEO, replacing John Hamm. The company also named Rick Cohen, PonoMusic's general counsel, to be its COO, and accomplished producer Bruce Botnick to be its Head of Content Acquisition.

If there’s one thing we know about Neil Young, it’s that he’s deeply passionate about how his music gets heard. As an artist who’s long championed sound quality over final-mix compromise, Young has been on a lifelong quest to make sure listeners have the opportunity to hear his music the way he intended from both the studio and the stage, whether it be via high-grade 180-gram virgin vinyl or high-resolution stereo PCM on Blu-ray. “That’s all I do now—192/24,” he tells me. “Back when I started recording, we did everything we could so that our listeners could hear the music. The more we presented and the more you were able to hear, the happier you were. We lost touch with that.”

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 18, 2014 0 comments
The “David Bowie Is” exhibition will make its U.S. debut at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) on September 23, following recent visits to London, Berlin, São Paulo, and Toronto.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 13, 2014 9 comments
LG announced plans to launch its next-generation 55-inch OLED TV in late August.
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.

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