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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 1 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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SV Staff Posted: Apr 16, 2014 0 comments
Sam’s Club has announced a $99 service program that gives members who purchase a TV worth $500 or more a four-year protection plan that includes delivery, set-up, haul-away, and recycling of old TVs.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 16, 2014 2 comments
Sony continued to push 4K/Ultra HD as it announced pricing and availability for its new Bravia 4K Ultra HD TV lineup, a 4K media player, and new 4K content options.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 15, 2014 1 comments
Panasonic has announced pricing and availability of its entry-level Life+Screen AS530 Series of 1080p smart TVs, featuring 39-, 50-, 55-, and 60-inch screen sizes.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 14, 2014 1 comments
Digital Projection International (DPI) has announced that it will begin shipping a high-brightness laser projector in June. Hailed as the first of its kind, the HighLite Laser WUXGA 3D projector is a three-chip DLP design said to deliver 10,000 ANSI lumens from a stable solid-state light source capable of producing over 20,000 hours of illumination, according to the company. Native resolution is 1920 x 1200.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 10, 2014 1 comments
414blackout.promo250.jpgWhen cable operators and networks can’t agree on retransmission fees, cable viewers may suddenly see blackouts of broadcast and other channels. Such blackouts set a record in 2013, according to the American Television Alliance. Now legislation has been introduced in Congress that would prevent viewers from missing their favorite shows.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 07, 2014 0 comments
Klipsch has expanded its headphone lineup with the Reference R6 and Reference R6i in-ear monitors, featuring quarter-inch dual-magnet micro-speakers, tangle-resistant flat cabling, and patented oval ear tips, designed to fit the contours of the ear canal more naturally while providing noise-isolation and enhancing bass performance.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 01, 2014 0 comments
Public Events to Highlight New Special Edition Digital Speakers

On April 8, Meridian is kicking off a year-long series of public events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its first digital speaker, the D600. Each event will feature in-depth demonstrations of new Special Edition versions of the company’s DSP8000 ($80,000), DSP7200, ($46,000), and DSP5200 ($20,000) DSP-controlled digital speakers. Meridian engineers will be on hand at the events to conduct demonstrations and answer questions.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 01, 2014 0 comments
Now that 4K TVs are hitting the stores, what’s the outlook for 4K sporting events? Among pros surveyed by Miranda Sports Productions, 33.5 percent said HD 1080p would be their first pick for outfitting production trucks three years from now. 4K was their second choice at 28.6 percent, and HD 1080i came in third at 24.4 percent. Lagging far behind were IPTV (4.4 percent), 8K (3.7 percent), 720p (2.6 percent), 3D (1.9 percent), and SD (0.9 percent). Currently the top format in sports production is 1080i at 54.4 percent, followed by 720p and SD, tied at 18.1 percent, and 1080p at 7 percent.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 31, 2014 0 comments
McIntosh Laboratory has announced the imminent arrival of the MHA100, the company’s first dedicated headphone amplifier, and the MXA70 integrated audio system.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 25, 2014 5 comments
In a surprise announcement, Pioneer revealed that it will re-enter the TV manufacturing arena. No, it won’t resume building its world-beating Kuro plasmas. But it will make LED-backlit, 1080p, Wi-Fi streaming sets of 55, 46, and 40 inches. Dixons Retail has an exclusive agreement to develop and sell Pioneer TVs in European markets through Currys & PC World stores. No word on whether Pioneer would resume making TVs for North America and other markets. Pioneer quit the television business in 2009 and licensed its Elite TV brand to Sharp in 2011.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2014 0 comments
Crestron has announced that select Denon and Marantz AV receivers can now be updated via firmware to seamlessly integrate with the company’s home automation systems. The update can be accessed via the receiver’s system setup menu.

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