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Rob Sabin Posted: Mar 08, 2016 16 comments
Many people spend as much or more time listening to music in their cars as they do at home. Between a demanding job and a busy family life, the drive to and from work may be the easiest or even the only time to immerse yourself in music. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The best OEM (original equipment manufacturer) audio systems supplied with luxury automobiles these days are designed by well-respected home audio brands, and the car environment, despite a few caveats, allows engineers to factor in the known acoustics of the vehicle and the location of the listeners’ ears to create a highly controlled sonic experience.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Feb 01, 2016 10 comments
I’ve had almost a month to ponder CES 2016 and what strikes me most as I look back is how a show that was once strictly about audio/video has grown into an enormous and wild Mardi Gras of tech, encompassing everything from drones and hoverboards to smartphones and digital health wearables and much more.

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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: 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 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: Dec 18, 2015 7 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 19 comments
High-Resolution Audio is inevitable as audio catches up with the quality standards of our time
Rob Sabin Posted: Nov 11, 2015 4 comments
2D Performance
3D Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $2,800

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

THE VERDICT
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 1 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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