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Rob Sabin Posted: Sep 17, 2015 2 comments
Audio manufacturer SVS, which first made its name with high-performance subwoofers and now sells a mix of high-value, full-range speakers that have been favorably reviewed by Sound & Vision and others, made two key moves recently that should please enthusiasts and SVS fans—and neither involves a new product announcement.

Rob Sabin Posted: Sep 09, 2015 2 comments
Oh boy, the times, they are a changin’. With the explosion of integrated soundbar offerings—including some pretentious premium models—it would be easy to dismiss the audio/video receiver, once the great ruler of the home theater world, as an aging relic. Enthusiasts know better...
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Rob Sabin Posted: Aug 31, 2015 12 comments
Dolby Atmos and DTS:X may not be enough.

We are finally starting to see the new 2015 model year AV receivers trickle in, the first generation to more or less universally include HDMI 2.0 connections along with HDCP 2.2 copyright management.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Aug 27, 2015 2 comments
With pomp embodied by New York City’s famous art deco Edison Ballroom, NBC autosports commentator Leigh Diffey as master of ceremonies, actors dressed as moving sculptures, an urban artist-in-residence creating a canvas for the occasion, and a confetti canon being fired off, China’s largest TV maker Hisense ushered in its new generation ULED Ultra HDTVs this week.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Aug 26, 2015 1 comments
Bluesound, the high-performance, hi-res audio-centric multiroom audio system, introduced its Gen 2 model line in New York this week and included something budget-minded audiophiles can rally around: a $299 standalone speaker designed by PSB celebrity speaker designer Paul Barton.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Aug 21, 2015 0 comments
With what amounts to a massive introduction covering more than 20 products, Yamaha has launched a new MusicCast multiroom digital audio music system.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Aug 20, 2015 0 comments
In a joint press event held at Dolby’s New York headquarters yesterday, Klipsch demo’d its new Atmos-enabled Reference Premiere speakers series as Dolby delivered its latest Atmos update.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Aug 18, 2015 1 comments
In what amounts to a price breakthrough in the still fledgling Atmos-enabled speaker category, Pioneer has announced an Andrew Jones-designed bookshelf model that sells for only $300 a pair.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Aug 05, 2015 2 comments
Cost-conscious home theater enthusiasts still waiting patiently for a projector with a bright image and decent blacks for under a thousand bucks could be celebrating this summer with the release of Epson's latest 1080p entries.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Aug 05, 2015 9 comments
Hint: It's One You Already Know...

In a recent Signals blog (“Saving Hi-Res Audio”) Ken Pohlmann spotlighted the near-rabid sniping in the audiophile community and the public at large about whether hi-res audio delivers real, discernible benefits. Ken suggested that if the music industry wants hi-res to succeed, they should drop the significant premium now attached to hi-res downloads and charge the same as for any other music file, then reap the benefit of people buying more music because they like engaging with high-quality content.

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