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SV Staff Posted: Mar 31, 2016 2 comments
Twenty years ago this month Twister took home entertainment by storm when it became the first Hollywood feature film to be released on DVD. The disc went on to become top-selling DVD in 1997.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 30, 2016 0 comments
Spring is in the air and so are Auro-3D and DTS:X firmware upgrades and updates for select receivers and processors from Denon, Marantz, and Yamaha.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 30, 2016 0 comments
As we get ready to usher in April, it’s fun and informative to look back at our Top Pick posts in March, which as it turns out was a very good month for great gear. Over the past five weeks we’ve had the pleasure of recommending three video projectors, an outstanding projection screen, a high-value AV receiver, a collapsible on-ear headphone, a suite of compact home theater speakers that can be had for $1,500, one of the sexiest self-contained wireless speakers on the planet, and a true 21st Century turntable.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 29, 2016 0 comments
Onkyo today announced plans to add three 7.2-channel AV receivers—the TX-RZ610 ($799), TX-RZ710 ($999), and TX-RZ810 ($1,299)—to its RZ Series in April. All models will support high-dynamic range, 4:4:4 color space, and HDCP 2.2.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 28, 2016 0 comments
Paid subscription streaming is now the largest revenue-generator for the music industry, according to 2015 shipment and revenue statistics released by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2016 0 comments
The parade of prototypes and development kits of the super-hyped Oculus Rift ends on Monday with delivery of the first consumer version of the virtual reality headset.

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 24, 2016 0 comments
Four out of five (81 percent) of all U.S. smartphone users now stream video on their devices, according to a new report from the NPD Group’s Connected Intelligence division. The streaming is being driven primarily by users who are 25 and younger, who spend twice as much time watching video content on YouTube and Netflix mobile apps compared with users who are over the age of 25.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 24, 2016 2 comments
Color TV became commercially viable in the early 1950s but didn’t really take off until the mid-1960s when the big three (and only) television networks made a concerted effort to significantly increase the amount of color programming, broadcasting classic shows like Gilligan’s Island, My Favorite Martian, and Lassie in “brilliant, true-to-life color” for the first time. An epic event if you were around to experience it and arguably more dramatic than the transition to HDTV.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 23, 2016 1 comments
It looks like 3D surround-sound headphone listening may be heading to smartphones. DTS recently announced that its DTS Headphone:X technology is included in the new Helio X20 flagship smartphone processor from MediaTek, a Taiwan-based semiconductor company that makes chips for wireless communications.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 23, 2016 0 comments
Netflix has announced the first round of 2016 TVs to qualify for its updated, more stringent Netflix Recommended TV program.

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