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SV Staff Posted: Apr 22, 2016 1 comments
Frodo—yes, Frodo as in the famous Hobbit—looks like a watch but it’s actually a wearable camera. And not just any camera.
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The flamboyant rock performer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Prince was found dead this morning at his suburban Minnesota home, his publicist confirmed in a statement earlier today. He was 57.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 21, 2016 0 comments
Your PC isn’t the only connected device to be targeted by malware malefactors.
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The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) recently filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to let broadcasters and TV companies voluntarily switch to the next-gen ATSC 3.0 TV standard for delivering Ultra HD (UHD) TV and immersive audio via formats such as Dolby Atmos.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 21, 2016 1 comments
Fifty-two years ago this month, AT&T made the first transcontinental Picturephone call between test stations in Disneyland in Anaheim California and the New York World’s Fair, foreshadowing the modern day video chatting we now take for granted. It was an inauspicious start...
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Al Griffin Posted: Apr 20, 2016 3 comments
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Q Help! Perhaps it's the case that I don't understand the Dolby Atmos specifications, but I get the impression that if I build an Atmos system with four height channels, I will also need to purchase an expensive receiver.

I want the unit I buy to handle both two-channel analog music and big-budget films with multichannel soundtracks. Is there such thing as a receiver that can process Dolby Atmos soundtracks for a 5.1.4-channel speaker layout but also let me use a high-end stereo amp to power the front channels? —Joshua Gonzalez, Houston, TX

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Mike Mettler Posted: Apr 20, 2016 0 comments
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I think it’s fair to say Peter Wolf is one badass Mamma Jamma Wolfa Goofa. The fast-talkin’ onetime DJ and longtime J. Geils Band frontman proves that point to the nth degree on his eighth solo album, A Cure for Loneliness (Concord), which teems with honest energy and reflective grace. Wolf has definitive ideas about how he wants his music to be heard these days. “I’m not a fan of overly compressing things or limiting stuff,” he admits, “so I try to keep it warm with a good sonic quality. I tend to keep things dryer, which is a lot more to my personal taste.” Wolf, 70, called in from his adoptive home of Boston (he’s actually a Bronx native) to discuss the sonic choices made for Loneliness, his favorite records and gear, and the inspiration for his kinetic live performing style. When it comes to the original Wolfa Goofa, rest assured your ears are gonna have fun long past the midnight sun.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 20, 2016 1 comments

Audio Performance
PRICE $1,600

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
Aventage step-up build quality
Multiroom MusicCast
So-so room correction

The Yamaha RX-A2050 gives Dolby Atmos and DTS:X the step-up Aventage advantage with nine amplifier channels supporting 5.1.4, and it adds the sweetener of way-cool multiroom MusicCast.

Is nine the new seven? I’m talking about amp channels. Not long ago, nine-channel receivers were rare and supported relatively exotic surround modes that few people used. But Dolby Atmos bids to change the status quo by adding two to four height channels. A seven-channel receiver can support two height channels. A nine-channel receiver can support four height channels, which opens up possibilities for elevated panning in the top of the surround bubble, front to back and diagonally as well as side to side. In addition to that distinction between 5.1.2 and 5.1.4, there are other variations, such as two front-heights with two back-surrounds (7.1.2).

SV Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2016 0 comments
Pioneer today announced the addition of two AV receivers to its 2016 lineup: the 7.2-channel VSX-1131 ($600) and 5.2-channel VSX-831 ($450).
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Emotiva Audio has announced a line of amplifiers and stereo preamp/tuners designed to deliver “audiophile power and performance at price points that allow a far larger segment of the market to enjoy high-end audio.”