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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 03, 2017 0 comments
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced that it will support Auro-3D in some disc and “digital” titles. Auro-3D is an unusual method of immersive surround encoding that one-ups Dolby Atmos and DTS:X by offering not one, but two, height layers above the floor speakers in a 13.1- or 11.1-channel native mix. Until now it has been scantily supported in software, with just a few dozen Blu-ray releases, but this might be a game changer for the plucky little Belgian company. Auro-3D has also firmed up its hardware support with new (and more mainstream) receivers and pre/pros from Denon, Marantz, and Lyngdorf that support the necessary surround processing. (Note that the Denon and Marantz products require an optional $199 update.) Height-enhanced surround sound may be about to become a three-way horse race.
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 02, 2017 5 comments
Emotiva Audio has announced that it will introduce more than a dozen new models at CES 2017, including the first speakers in the BasX line, additions to the Airmotiv speaker series, a new line of lifestyle products called Emersa, and a new flagship AV processor.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 30, 2016 0 comments
With CES less than a week away, press releases and invites teasing products and technologies slated for introduction continue to overtake our inboxes. Here’s a look at some of the latest pre-show news.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 30, 2016 0 comments
The 2016 holiday was Amazon’s best ever led by sales of its Echo and Echo Dot speaker/personal assistant devices. Sales were so brisk, the company had trouble keeping them in stock.
SV Staff Posted: Dec 30, 2016 1 comments
Drum roll, please... We picked more than 50 products in 11 categories for our 2016 Top Picks of the Year list. See which ones made the cut.
Bob Ankosko Posted: Dec 29, 2016 0 comments

15 Minutes with Cleerline President Robert D’Addario

Fiber optics has been around in audio gear for years. Verizon’s Fiber Optic Service, better known as FiOS, has 7 million Internet subscribers in nine states with plenty of expansion potential. Google, too, has been rolling out its Google fiber service in recent years, though on a much smaller scale with limited service in seven states. Meanwhile, copper is still far and away king of signal transmission both inside and outside of the home. But for how long? To get a sense of what role fiber will play in the future, we sat down with Robert D’ Addario, president of Montana-based Cleerline Technology Group, an innovator in optical cable.

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SV Staff Posted: Dec 28, 2016 0 comments
Press releases and invites teasing products and technologies slated for introduction at next week at CES shows no signs of abating...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 28, 2016 0 comments
LG has added a new HDR standard to the two it already supports.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 28, 2016 2 comments
In a blog he posted in October 2015, Ken Pohlmann expressed privacy concerns about the always-on microphones in Amazon’s Internet-connected Echo speaker/personal assistant. Could it be hacked? What are the ramifications of having an Internet-connected device in your home that is always listening?
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 26, 2016 0 comments
Press releases and invites flood our inboxes in the weeks and days leading up to CES, which kicks off next week in Las Vegas. This show is special as it marks 50 years since CES opened its doors in the summer of 1967 in New York City. Here’s a preview of some of the products and technologies that will be introduced.
SV Staff Posted: Dec 23, 2016 1 comments
JVC has announced that its new flagship 4K/Ultra HD D-ILA projector is the first 4K projector to receive THX certification.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 21, 2016 1 comments
If you had any doubts, drone delivers are on the path to becoming a real thing.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 21, 2016 0 comments
Voice control tops a list of 10 top consumer technology trends recently released by Dallas-based research firm Parks Associates.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 21, 2016 0 comments
Phones, tablets, computers, and cameras using the up-and-coming USB Type-C port won’t need a dongle or dock to convert the new standard’s DisplayPort video signals to HDMI.
SV Staff Posted: Dec 20, 2016 0 comments
LG has announced that it will unveil its first portable laser projector at CES, which opens in Las Vegas in two weeks.

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