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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 06, 2016 0 comments
When is a mono-block amp a home theater product?
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 06, 2016 1 comments
The Imagine XA is PSB's entry into the Dolby Atmos (and DTS:X) enabled speaker category.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 06, 2016 5 comments
Andrew Jones speaker demos have been reliable crowdpleasers at CESes going back many years. Having decamped from TAD and Pioneer to the German company ELAC, he continues to impress.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 06, 2016 0 comments
Audioengine drew on the tradition of its bestselling A5+ and A2+ wireless powered speakers when designing new step-up models.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 01, 2016 6 comments
Has concertgoing become a lost art? Observing behavior at concerts, I can't help wondering if some of my fellow audience members have lost the ability to listen in the moment. And the music suffers for it.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 15, 2015 0 comments
Would a tablet computer benefit from height-enhanced Dolby Atmos surround sound? Lenovo customers are about to find out with a new series of Yoga Tab 3 models. Technically, what they offer is “virtual Atmos.” The top model, a 10.1-inch Android 5.0 tablet ($499), also boasts a 70-inch video projector that rotates 180 degrees. It delivers “virtual Atmos” through four built-in JBL speakers as well as through headphones. Two other Yoga Tab 3s, with 10-inch ($199) and 8-inch ($169) screens, deliver Atmos through headphones only.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 11, 2015 0 comments
Barely a week after the FCC approved its merger with DirecTV, AT&T lost no time in offering new bundles exploiting the new entity’s many talents. “We’re going to deliver more TV and entertainment choices to more screens—when and where our customers want it,” said an executive.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 10, 2015 1 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $300 (updated 1/20/16)

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Good sound quality for movies and music
Solid fiberboard enclosure
Bass and treble controls
Learns IR codes from your TV remote
Minus
AccuVoice Dialogue enhancer can sound tinny

THE VERDICT
Simplicity and well-balanced sound make this affordable TV base sound system a natural for those seeking a no-fuss solution to the awful speakers built into flat-panel displays.

The speakers built into TVs continue to be dreadful. But many people find component systems an intimidating solution. According to the folks at Zvox, “there are too many boxes, too many cords, too many remote controls, and too many owner’s manuals in the world today.” If you feel the same, you may be a candidate for a soundbar. If you want your TV to sit atop your audio system, make that a soundbase. Zvox pioneered this product category (they actually trademarked the SoundBase name) and offers models from $250 to $500. The SoundBase 570 ($300, reduced from $350) falls somewhere around the middle.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 04, 2015 8 comments
Anyone who follows my work will see references to multiple audio systems, including my reference system and my desktop system. But I actually use a good half-dozen audio systems—in a one-bedroom apartment. Why? I'm tempted to say because I can. But it would be closer to the truth to say I must.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 02, 2015 0 comments
ESPN is tired of being just another channel in someone else’s pay-TV system. Its parent company Disney is considering going direct to consumers with a video streaming service, as HBO is already doing with HBO Now. CEO Bob Iger raised the prospect in a CNBC interview, though he added the move is at least five years away, presumably because of existing contracts with pay-TV providers. Analysts said the service could get consumers to shell out between $21 and $28 a month.

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