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Bob Ankosko Posted: Dec 15, 2014 0 comments
Have You Finished Your AV Shopping?
All done. (Aren't you jealous?)
54% (59 votes)
Are you kidding? I’m hoping to get started this week.
19% (21 votes)
Get real. I’m planning to do my shopping this weekend.
9% (10 votes)
What’s the rush? I’m waiting ’til next week.
18% (20 votes)
Total votes: 110
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Dec 02, 2014 0 comments
What’s Your Top AV Gift Pick for 2014?
AV receiver
14% (119 votes)
Blu-ray box set
4% (34 votes)
4K/Ultra HDTV
22% (193 votes)
Game console
7% (62 votes)
HDTV (1080p LCD/LED)
4% (38 votes)
Headphones
9% (80 votes)
Home theater speaker system
7% (56 votes)
Music box set
1% (7 votes)
OLED TV
15% (130 votes)
Portable wireless/Bluetooth speaker
3% (24 votes)
Soundbar
2% (20 votes)
Streaming media player (Roku, etc.)
5% (43 votes)
Turntable
6% (53 votes)
Total votes: 859
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 13, 2014 0 comments
Do You Have a Home Automation System?
Yes, I have a basic system that I installed myself.
20% (89 votes)
Yes, I have a basic system that was professionally installed.
3% (14 votes)
Yes, I have a full-blown system that was professionally installed. It does everything except bring me coffee in the morning.
5% (22 votes)
No, but I’m thinking about doing a DIY system.
24% (103 votes)
No, but I’m thinking about having a system professionally installed.
4% (18 votes)
No. My life is fine without home automation.
44% (191 votes)
Total votes: 437
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 25, 2014 6 comments
Is Your Home Theater Configured with Height Channels?
Yes, I use them with Dolby Pro Logic IIz.
7% (63 votes)
Yes, I use them with DTS Neo:X.
5% (45 votes)
Yes, I use them with Audyssey DSX.
4% (42 votes)
Yes, my Yamaha receiver is set up with “presence” channels for Cinema DSP HD3.
6% (54 votes)
Yes, I use them with surround processing not listed above. (Tell us which one in Comments.)
1% (11 votes)
No, I have a conventional 5.1/7.1/etc. surround-sound configuration.
78% (745 votes)
Total votes: 960
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 21, 2014 6 comments
What Sort of Surround-Sound Setup Do You Have?
5.1/5.2 channels
59% (891 votes)
7.1/7.2 channels
30% (456 votes)
9.1/9.2 channels
3% (53 votes)
11.1/11.2 or more channels
2% (23 votes)
No surround for me. Good old-fashioned 2-channel stereo is all I need.
6% (96 votes)
Total votes: 1519
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 30, 2014 5 comments
Would You Upgrade to Dolby Atmos Surround?
Yes, with the new Atmos-enabled speakers that reflect sound off the ceiling
6% (57 votes)
Yes, but only with properly installed ceiling speakers
20% (185 votes)
Maybe, but I’ll wait to hear a demo and read the expert and user reviews
30% (281 votes)
I’d spend the money if there was enough Atmos-encoded software to make it worthwhile
12% (110 votes)
No, it costs too much to add the extra speakers and amp channels
12% (110 votes)
No, installing new/extra speakers and amp channels is too much of a hassle
20% (184 votes)
Total votes: 927
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 02, 2014 1 comments
What Kind of Outdoor Music Setup Do You Have?
I just move my indoor speakers to the window and crank ‘em up.
7% (19 votes)
I run wires from an indoor stereo to the patio/deck and hook up a pair of speakers.
9% (23 votes)
I bring my battery-powered Bluetooth speaker outside and stream music from my phone.
14% (36 votes)
I put my Sonos (or Sonos-like) speaker on the patio/deck and stream music from Pandora (or another other Internet music site).
10% (26 votes)
I have a set of hard-wired weatherproof speakers mounted outside (under the eaves, etc.)
36% (94 votes)
I have weatherproof speakers hidden in the landscaping.
8% (20 votes)
I have weatherproof speakers and an in-ground subwoofer hidden in the landscaping.
7% (19 votes)
I don’t need no stinkin’ speakers — I listen to my iPod/MP3 player through earbuds/headphones.
8% (21 votes)
Total votes: 258
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SV Staff Posted: May 13, 2014 3 comments
What's Your Take On 4K/Ultra HD?
I own a 4K/Ultra HD TV and watching my first movie in 4K was a life-changing experience
2% (17 votes)
I own a 4K/Ultra HD TV and watching my first movie in 4K left me wondering what all the fuss is about
0% (2 votes)
I don't own a 4K/Ultra HD TV and don't plan to buy one
5% (37 votes)
I don't own a 4K/Ultra HD TV but plan to buy one
18% (133 votes)
4K is a technology in search of a market
4% (32 votes)
4K offers a step up in video quality as long as you have a really big screen
11% (80 votes)
4K represents an evolution, not revolution, in image quality
8% (62 votes)
4K will be an awesome upgrade once content is readily available
17% (129 votes)
I 'm perfectly happy with my 1080p HDTV
13% (99 votes)
I'd like to skip 4K and go straight to OLED
21% (154 votes)
Total votes: 745
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 30, 2014 0 comments
Should Aereo’s Online TV Service Be Allowed to Continue?
Yes
82% (263 votes)
No
12% (38 votes)
Undecided
7% (21 votes)
Total votes: 322
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 15, 2014 2 comments
Do You Have a Wireless Music System at Home?
Yes, I have an Apple AirPlay-based system and I love it.
15% (75 votes)
Yes, I have an Apple AirPlay-based system and it’s okay.
8% (40 votes)
Yes, I have an Apple AirPlay-based system and I don’t like it.
1% (7 votes)
Yes, I have a Bluetooth-enabled system and I love it.
5% (28 votes)
Yes, I have a Bluetooth-enabled system and it’s okay.
4% (22 votes)
Yes, I have a Bluetooth-enabled system but I don’t like it.
1% (4 votes)
Yes, I have a Sonos system and I love it.
32% (165 votes)
Yes, I have a Sonos system and it’s okay.
3% (15 votes)
Yes, I have a Sonos system but I don’t like it.
0% (2 votes)
I don’t have a wireless music system but my whole house is hard-wired for sound.
4% (21 votes)
I don’t have a wireless music system but my AV setup has wireless surround speakers.
1% (4 votes)
I don’t have a wireless music system but I have a wireless subwoofer in my AV setup.
0% (1 vote)
Nope, my stack of audio gear is hard wired.
25% (129 votes)
Total votes: 513
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 19, 2014 0 comments
How Do You Get Rid of Your Old AV Gear?
Move it to the curb with garbage
3% (10 votes)
Bring it to the local recycling center
14% (49 votes)
Donate it to a charity like Good Will or Salvation Army
11% (38 votes)
Give it to a friend or relative
20% (72 votes)
Move it to another room in the house for secondary use
21% (73 votes)
Move it to a basement or attic storage area
12% (42 votes)
Sell it at a garage sale or online through a site like eBay
19% (68 votes)
Total votes: 352
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 11, 2014 8 comments
How Are You Watching the 2014 Winter Olympics?
Off-air antenna to my big-screen TV/projector
19% (57 votes)
Cable/satellite to my big-screen TV/projector
51% (156 votes)
Live…I’m in Sochi!
1% (3 votes)
Time-shifted programming recorded to my DVR
12% (37 votes)
Streaming via smart TV
0% (1 vote)
Streaming via PC
4% (11 votes)
Streaming via mobile device/app
2% (7 votes)
Other (Leave a comment.)
11% (35 votes)
Total votes: 307
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 27, 2014 0 comments
What Was the Most Compelling TV Story of CES?
The explosion of 4K/Ultra HD TVs, which were introduced by virtually every brand
19% (72 votes)
The explosion of “smart TVs”—sets with built-in Internet capabilities and new user interfaces
1% (2 votes)
Sony’s introduction of its first consumer 4K camcorder
2% (7 votes)
The announcement that Netflix will begin streaming 4K content
9% (34 votes)
Samsung’s announcement of a 110-inch Ultra HD TV (that will sell for $150,000)
1% (2 votes)
Dolby’s demonstration of a glasses-free 3D system in which 3D depth can be adjusted
2% (7 votes)
LG’s announcement of a 77-inch hybrid OLED/Ultra HD TV
17% (62 votes)
TV makers embracing curved screens for many of their new 4K/Ultra HD TVs
0% (1 vote)
Sets designed for high dynamic range, or “HDR,” which aims to replicate the real-world “pop” of bright areas in an image
13% (49 votes)
The lack of OLED TVs and the fact that OLED took a (way) backseat to Ultra HD
29% (109 votes)
When hotshot Hollywood director Michael Bay walked off stage at a Samsung press conference when the teleprompter failed
5% (17 votes)
Other (please tell us what we missed in Comments)
3% (12 votes)
Total votes: 374
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 18, 2013 0 comments
What’s Your Ultimate Holiday Gift?
Sweet 4K/Ultra HD TV
11% (41 votes)
Super sexy OLED TV
14% (55 votes)
Pristine plasma TV
7% (28 votes)
Movie theater-like projection TV setup
14% (53 votes)
To-die-for home theater speaker system
13% (49 votes)
Outta sight in-wall/ceiling home theater speaker setup
1% (3 votes)
Spectacular speakers for music
13% (49 votes)
Subterranean subwoofer
5% (18 votes)
World’s best soundbar
1% (5 votes)
Studio-quality movie streaming setup
1% (2 votes)
Ultra-high-rez music streaming setup
2% (7 votes)
Wonderful whole-house wireless music system
2% (8 votes)
Awesome AV receiver
3% (11 votes)
Amazing AV separates
8% (31 votes)
State-of-the-art turntable
3% (10 votes)
Hellacious Headphones
4% (14 votes)
Total votes: 384
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SV Staff Posted: Nov 13, 2013 0 comments
SV Poll: What’s Your AVR Deal Breaker?
Ineffective room correction/EQ
21% (205 votes)
Lack of effective dynamic volume/dynamic range modes
3% (34 votes)
No AirPlay
5% (48 votes)
No Bluetooth
1% (9 votes)
No Wi-Fi
3% (26 votes)
Not enough power
35% (338 votes)
Too few features
7% (72 votes)
Too many features
7% (66 votes)
Overly complicated operation
18% (181 votes)
Total votes: 979

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