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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 08, 2016 1 comments
The Netflix Binge Scale measures series likely to be consumed in a single week. At the top end are thrillers like Breaking Bad and Dexter, while political dramas like House of Cards and The West Wing are watched over a longer period.

UltraFlix brings UHD and HD streaming to partnering smart TVs (from Hisense, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Vizio) and media players (Roku 4). It offers more than 1,000 hours of movies, shows, sports, concerts, and documentaries...

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 08, 2016 1 comments
A new report from IBM and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation—a public, national foundation with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives—reveals that meeting the needs of a growing aging population will require new technologies, partnerships, ideas, and business models. The report also discusses how technology such as cognitive computing will empower seniors to live longer, healthier, and more independently by preventing fraud and abuse, providing greater social connectivity, and improving access to vital information and services.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 07, 2016 1 comments
After a six-year hiatus, the venerable B&K audio brand will return this fall under new ownership.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Sep 07, 2016 2 comments
It seems like a dream come true. After decades of sabotaging efforts to create a cable-ready standard for television sets, the cable industry appears to have come to its senses. The NCTA (National Cable & Telecommunications Association) has proposed a “ditch the box” initiative that embraces several necessary components of a scheme to replace the ailing 14-year-old CableCARD standard.
SV Staff Posted: Sep 06, 2016 1 comments
Bowers & Wilkins has unveiled a refined version of its P7 wireless headphone.
SV Staff Posted: Sep 06, 2016 2 comments
As part of its 70th anniversary celebration, Sony has announced the Signature Series of audio products optimized for high-resolution listening.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 02, 2016 0 comments
For crowdfunding to succeed you need a strong concept/design for a product people will want or at least deem useful and a solid plan to execute production when the money comes flowing in. But the money doesn’t always come flowing in as Sonic Blocks recently learned.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2016 0 comments
The end of summer beckons and so do the 10 products we singled out for Top Pick status in August. From an unexpected speaker from Quad and a soundbar-based 5.1 system from Atlantic Technology to SVS’s crazy cheap subwoofer isolation system and Sony’s killer HDR-ready 4K TV, the mix is eclectic as usual but with an emphasis on speakers this time around. Appropriate, we think, considering speakers define the sonic character of any system. Let us know if you plan to make (or have already made) room for any of these gems in your home entertainment space.
SV Staff Posted: Aug 31, 2016 4 comments
Onkyo USA announced plans to add to two top-of-the-line AV receivers and a new flagship AV preamp/controller to its RZ Series in September.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Aug 30, 2016 0 comments
Rovi has bought TiVo, everyone’s favorite DVR maker, and adopted its name. Why is this $1.1 billion deal so richly ironic? Rovi got its start in 1983 as Macrovision, a videocassette anti-copy system that caused strobing of images on playback of illegal tape-to-tape copies. As an unintended side effect, the system sometimes did the same even with authorized prerecorded tapes. So it’s quite an eyebrow raiser to see Macrovision’s successor absorbing a company devoted to personal video recording.
SV Staff Posted: Aug 30, 2016 1 comments
Yamaha today announced the addition of a MusicCast-enabled model to its line of two-channel network receivers, optimized for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth streaming and smart-device connectivity.
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SV Posted: Aug 30, 2016 0 comments
In recent years, the music and consumer electronics industries have collaborated to lead a resurgence of interest in high-resolution audio. The movement is a reaction to the perceived loss of appreciation for recording-quality music resulting from the widespread adoption of compressed digital music formats (MP3, AAC, WMA) developed for digital download, players, and sharing services.
SV Staff Posted: Aug 29, 2016 1 comments
Swedish speaker company Procella Audio today announced a new monstrous flagship subwoofer rated to play down to 18 Hz and hit a maximum continuous output of 137 dB (143 dB peak
SV Staff Posted: Aug 29, 2016 0 comments
If a rapper can design and market headphones why not an NFL football player?
SV Staff Posted: Aug 26, 2016 0 comments
In advance of CEDIA, which opens in Dallas on September 15, Parasound has announced the ZoneMaster 4 DAX, which it says is the first four-zone DAC with built-in crossovers.