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SV Staff  |  Aug 09, 2018  |  0 comments
We’re on a roll. In the past month we’ve reviewed three top-performing TVs from three top brands. You might call it a TV trifecta. All have 65-inch screens and all earned Sound & Vision’s prestigious Top Pick designation, reserved for the very best home entertainment has to offer. And with prices ranging from $2,300 to $3,499, each model — one OLED and two state-of-the-art LCDs — more than holds its own on the value scale. Read on and get your credit card ready.
Al Griffin  |  Aug 09, 2018  |  1 comments
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QWhen researching DACs, I ran across the Cambridge Audio CXN, a network audio player that upsamples all inputs to a 24-bit/384kHz hi-res format using “polynomial curve fitting interpolation.” This seems to be the only DAC that offers that kind of feature. Most Ultra HDTVs and Blu-ray players also provide upscaling, but for video. In my experience, this is a very effective feature that improves the experience of watching a regular DVD. Here’s my question: Does audio upsampling have the same effect as video upscaling? —Mike Yang / via e-mail

Michael Trei  |  Aug 08, 2018  |  3 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $3,999

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Clear, punchy sound
Beefy 13 x 150W class-AB power amp
Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D decoding up to 7.2.6 or 9.2.4
Minus
No HD Radio
Flagship price to go with flagship performance

THE VERDICT
Denon’s latest flagship receiver checks off every box on the A/V receiver feature wish list, and it provides plenty of brawn to back up its brains.

Some people get weird about anything with a 13 in it. Fear of this seemingly innocuous number, otherwise known as Triskaidekaphobia, has brought us buildings with no 13th floor, and even the renaming of the 13th Space Shuttle mission. But Denon has shown us they don’t have time for silly superstitions by delivering the world’s first A/V receiver with 13 channels of onboard amplification.

SV Staff  |  Aug 08, 2018  |  0 comments
The chart, excerpted from the just-released “TV Services: Pay TV in a Data-Driven World” report, shows consumer perceptions of data collection and use among U.S broadband households. Courtesy of Parks Associates.

One in five internet households report being “highly sensitive” to how TV content providers collect and use data about family members and their activities, according to the latest research from Parks Associates.

Mike Mettler  |  Aug 08, 2018  |  0 comments
Photo by James Cumpsty

Tom Bailey, the chief architect of the super-successful ’80s synth-pop masters Thompson Twins (“Hold Me Now,” “Love on Your Side”) is back with a cosmically named solo album, Science Fiction. We called him during a tour stop in Houston to discuss the sonic structure of the album, how he once built his own P.A. speakers, and reconnecting with listening to music on vinyl.

SV Staff  |  Aug 08, 2018  |  0 comments
WndrCo, the startup founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and co-founder of DreamWorks Animation, announced yesterday that it has secured $1 billion in seed money to launch a TV company that caters to mobile viewers.
SV Staff  |  Aug 08, 2018  |  0 comments
Onkyo USA has acquired exclusive distribution rights to market and distribute TEAC home entertainment products in the U.S.
SV Staff  |  Aug 07, 2018  |  0 comments
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced that Deadpool 2, sequel to 2016’s Deadpool is now available for streaming with the 4K Blu-ray Disc to follow August 21.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Aug 07, 2018  |  3 comments
Last week Sound & Vision editor Al Griffin wrote on this site about Sony’s recent New York event. The subject was the launching of the company’s new Master Series flagship televisions, the new A9F OLEDs (in 55- and 65-inch sizes) and Z9F LCDs (65- and 75-inches). The event was held in a venue that in its past life was an exclusive dinner theater from 1938 to 1951, fell into disrepair in the following decades, and was remodeled in 2013. Since then it has been contracted to Sony, renamed Sony Hall, and used for a variety of theatrical and business events.
SV Staff  |  Aug 07, 2018  |  0 comments
Yamaha today announced a new soundbar that will be its first to feature a wireless surround speaker option in addition to supporting the company’s MusicCast multiroom platform.

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