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SV Staff Posted: Apr 13, 2016 0 comments
Yamaha announced plans to ship an amp and preamp in August that will enable any brand of audio gear to become part of a MusicCast wireless streaming ecosystem.

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John Sciacca Posted: Apr 13, 2016 8 comments
One of the more unexpected non-events of January’s CES 2016 was the soft and lackluster launch of Ultra High Definition Blu-ray (UHD BD) players. While the industry had been expecting hardware capable of spinning new 4K discs to feed the millions of 4K TVs that have been sold, the fanfare at the show was surprisingly ho-hum. In fact...
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Apr 12, 2016 8 comments
Vizio recently unveiled its new P-series models. And they are pretty impressive, featuring 4K UHD and the very cool SmartCast app that essentially builds in all the capabilities of Google Cast. Since they are Vizios, they are very competitively priced. Very nice. The problem is, if you want to be a stickler for details, these devices aren't actually TVs.

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SV Staff Posted: Apr 12, 2016 0 comments
Starting today, a free MQA update is available for Pioneer’s XDP-100R digital audio player ($700) and Onkyo’s just released DP-X1 ($900).

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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Apr 11, 2016 3 comments
Last week, Nest announced they were pulling the plug on all their customers' Revolv smart home hubs. Why am I happy about this?
SV Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2016 0 comments
Denon has announced that it will add two 4K/HDR-ready AV receivers to its budget S Series by the end of the month.
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2016 1 comments
Hong Kong-based Nativ today announced the launch of its Nativ Vita high-resolution wireless touchscreen music player and Nativ Wave DAC on the crowd funding site Indiegogo. As of today, the company has 50 backers and has reached 53 percent of its $100,000 goal with 60 days to go.
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Al Griffin Posted: Apr 11, 2016 2 comments
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Q Can I use a soundbar like the Yamaha YSP-5600 as a center channel in a traditional 5.1/7.1 or Atmos setup? Would it sound better than a standard center-channel speaker? Also, does it have to be set up on its own first or last to blend in with the rest of the system? —Oliver Johnson / via e-mail

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Brandon A. DuHamel Posted: Apr 08, 2016 0 comments
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Older anime fans in North America will likely remember Gatchaman, the classic 1972 series created by Tatsuo Yoshida, as Battle of the Planets (1978). Battle of the Planets was a tamed-down version of Gatchaman that removed elements of graphic violence and profanity and changed plot points related to the transgenderisim of the villain in order to avoid controversy with parents. It also rode the wave of Star Wars’ success by adding in scenes reminiscent of the space opera to mask deficiencies introduced by the changes and eliminations (only 85 of 105 episodes were used). Slightly younger audiences may be even more familiar with a subsequent mid-’80s adaptation, G-Force: Guardians of Space, which more closely followed the original series.
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Corey Gunnestad Posted: Apr 08, 2016 1 comments
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Ted, the foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear, has married his longtime human girlfriend, Tami-Lynn, and a beautiful wedding it was. But as with most marriages between stuffed animals and human beings, the honeymoon ends all too soon, and after only a year, the newlyweds are already fighting. Naturally, the best remedy to soothe a decaying marriage and revitalize the spark is to bring a baby into the equation. But since Ted is lacking in the genitalia department, their choices are reduced to either adoption or artificial insemination.

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