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Rob Sabin Posted: Jan 05, 2016 Published: Jan 06, 2016 0 comments
Panasonic’s 2016 CES press conference focused largely on industrial and business-to-business products and services, but the brand highlighted a few choice tidbits for the A/V consumer sector that included new OLED and LCD UltraHDTVs, an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, and an expanded line-up of Technics audio products—among them the return of the Technics SL-1200 direct-drive turntable, a true audiophile classic.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Jan 06, 2016 0 comments
The message from Chinese TV maker Hisense to its competition at CES on Tuesday was muted but still clear: Duck and cover, because we’re coming for you.

In a pre-show press conference that was short on product demos but refreshingly business-like and informative, the owners of the leading TV brand in China for the last 13 years running and the number 3 brand globally laid out their plans for conquering the U.S. market.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Jan 06, 2016 0 comments
The introduction of a flagship Ultra HDTV and a smattering of lifestyle products were among the key video and audio announcements at Sony’s pre-show CES press conference, but the booth demonstration of a remarkable prototype backlight technology may prove to the be most significant news for Sound & Vision readers.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Dec 18, 2015 3 comments
We just posted our annual Top Picks of the Year, representing our reviewing experience in the 2015 calendar year. Along with selecting the best or most intriguing products from among those that received our TP designation, we also select a Top Pick of the Year—the single product that most impressed us or best represented the evolution of our hobby.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Dec 15, 2015 0 comments
If you're the owner of a new Denon A/V receiver awaiting the long-promised firmware update for DTS:X object-based surround sound, your wait is, well, still not over. But in what amounts to an invitation to the party, the company has now announced specific dates for the roll-out of that firmware for three 2015 models.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Nov 19, 2015 9 comments
High-Resolution Audio is inevitable as audio catches up with the quality standards of our time
Rob Sabin Posted: Nov 11, 2015 3 comments
2D Performance
3D Performance
PRICE $2,800

Accurate out-of-box color
Superb webOS 2.0 smart interface
Solid value in a 65-inch set
Moderate black levels and contrast
No future-proofing for enhanced UHD content
3D crosstalk

LG’s 65-inch Prime Series looks great with most content while offering sexy design and superb ease of use at an attractive price.

LG Electronics has impressed enthusiasts with stunning (and mostly expensive) OLED displays, but the company competes aggressively in traditional LED-driven LCD flat panels, too. The 65UF9500 reviewed here is a 65-inch Ultra HD model near the top of that line, and one of two models designated as Prime Ultra HDTVs (the other being a 79-inch version priced at $7,500). The Prime feature package includes, among other things, a wide color gamut option, enhanced brightness for highlights, and LG’s webOS 2.0 smart TV platform. Of course, it can’t boast the deep blacks and infinite contrast of LG’s OLEDs. That said, does it deserve a space among today’s top “regular” TVs? Let’s take a closer look.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Oct 15, 2015 Published: Oct 16, 2015 0 comments
Canadian audio manufacturer Mass Fidelity is at CEDIA showing off its unique Core wireless speaker in anticipation of its imminent shipping to consumers this holiday season.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Oct 15, 2015 Published: Oct 16, 2015 0 comments
Salamander Systems is at CEDIA offering up a variety of enhancments to its furniture and accessory line, among them a new roll-out component rack system for its cabinetry, a new high quality premium leather offering for its theater chairs, and the slim-profile lowboy pictured above.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Oct 15, 2015 0 comments
LG Electronics is showing an expanded line of OLEDs at the CEDIA Expo, including aggressive pricing for new 4K models with HDR (high dynamic range) capabilties and a new 55-inch entry level 1080p model that’ll sell for less than $2,000 this holiday season.