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Bob Ankosko Posted: Nov 22, 2013 0 comments
Stepping up its TV game in 2014 by putting a “big emphasis on picture quality,” Vizio announced yesterday that it will add full-array LED backlighting with local dimming to its 2014 E Series line of LCD TVs. The line will include a 55-inch model that will sell in the “mid $700” range, according to a spokesman.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Nov 18, 2013 0 comments
Cool new gear to check out: Severtson’s curved 3D projection screen, Thiel’s latest speaker, BDI’s soundbar-ready AV cabinet, and more
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Nov 13, 2013 1 comments
At the annual CES Unveiled event in New York City last night a few dozen companies offered a glimpse of products they plan to show at CES in early January. Here are a few that caught our eye…
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Nov 11, 2013 0 comments
Cool new gear: JVC’s smart HDTV, a Bluetooth receiver for audiophiles, and a novel—uh, make that unusual—iPhone/Pod sound/security system, and more.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Nov 04, 2013 0 comments
LG's Google TV, an in-wall soundbar from Niles, Screen Innovations' edgeless screen, a compact stereo amp/DAC from AudioControl, and more
Bob Ankosko Posted: Oct 22, 2013 0 comments
Hands on with Walmart’s Vudu In-Home Disc to Digital Service and Disney’s Digital Copy+

Walmart’s Vudu To Go app (Digital Vudu Revisited), a follow-up to the Disc to Digital service launched last year that lets you unlock digital copies of DVD and Blu-ray movies you buy or purchase digital rights to discs you already own, is now up and running (in beta form as of this writing). Unlike the original service, which required you to bring discs to Walmart (UltraViolet: Building a Movie Library in the Cloud,), the app lets you convert discs from a Mac or Windows-based PC in your home and store them in the cloud so they can be accessed for streaming or downloading on multiple devices.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Oct 10, 2013 0 comments
Bose today introduced the SoundTouch family of self-contained wireless music systems, marking its entry into a field dominated by Sonos. Designed for “effortless” ease of use, three systems are being offered initially: SoundTouch 30 ($699), SoundTouch 20 ($399), and SoundTouch Portable ($399).
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Sep 28, 2013 0 comments
Autonomic announced at CEDIA 2013 that its Mirage whole-house distributed audio system is now compatible with SiriusXM Radio 2.0, Slacker Radio, and Gracenote and supports remote diagnostics for troubleshooting via the Internet. The system comprises Mirage Media Servers with a choice of two digital amplifiers, two in-wall control options, and mix and match applications for iOS and Android devices.

The company has also enhanced the user experience by blending control across multiple rooms with music browsing. When a song is heard on Sirius XM, the TuneBridge feature allows listeners to jump to the entire album on Rhapsody or create a new Pandora station. Pricing for four- and eight-zone versions of the system is $4,945 and $8,350, respectively.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Sep 28, 2013 0 comments
Walking into the GoldenEar Technology demo room at CEDIA 2013 was like stepping into an intimate jazz club. The mellifluous voice of Jane Monheit accompanied by guitarist extraordinaire John Pizzarelli filled the room. I immediately thought, Wow, those new tower speakers sound damn good. Little did I know until the demo ended that I was actually listening to Invisa HTR 7000 speakers—mounted in the ceiling. As GoldenEar founder Sandy Gross explained, “That’s the idea.” A mind blowing experience.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Sep 28, 2013 0 comments
When it comes to audio system design, the importance of room acoustics is overlooked all too often. You can put thousands of dollars worth of speakers and electronics in a room with bad acoustics and it’s going to sound like…well, crap. “It’s not about creating an acoustically perfect environment, it’s about getting the right amount of acoustic treatment in the room,” said Primacoustic’s James Wright in an impromptu interview at CEDIA 2013. “You want to get the right amount of absorption into the space, which means treating 20-25 percent of the room.”

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