Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Sep 05, 2017  |  1 comments
With relatively unrestricted size, weight, and budget, and given enough time to tinker, it's not that hard to build a good-sounding loudspeaker. But when size, weight and budget are tremendously restricted, good sound becomes incredibly difficult to achieve, if not impossible. Now, Dolby is taking on that challenge.

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Sep 04, 2017  |  0 comments
The “only show dedicated 100% to residential technology,” CEDIA 2017 is expected to draw more than 18,000 home technology professional attendees and over 500 exhibitors to the San Diego Convention Center, September 5 through 9. As you might expect, Sound & Vision will be there, too, with plenty of eyes and ears on the show floor posting blogs about the newest and most noteworthy products and technologies demonstrated there—whether it’s something you’ll see in your home (like a new projection screen) or something you won’t (like a new home automation controller). Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the things that we’re waiting to see—and tell you about over the coming days.
SV Staff  |  Sep 01, 2017  |  0 comments
MQA announced yesterday at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin that LG’s new V30 will be the first smartphone to support high-resolution Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) audio encoding when it becomes available in the coming weeks and that the technology has been integrated into Sony’s latest Walkman music players.
Chris Chiarella  |  Sep 01, 2017  |  0 comments
There have certainly been terrific comic book movies, but Logan is a terrific movie that just so happens to be inspired by comic books. The proper balance of story, character, and juicy action set pieces is an elusive one. (Think back to the disappointing first two solo Wolverine flicks.) But in his ninth and reportedly final portrayal of Logan, charismatic star Hugh Jackman— in the role that will surely define his career—is at the center of a remarkably original, powerful film.
Brandon A. DuHamel  |  Sep 01, 2017  |  0 comments
Director Bill Condon brings his experience adapting the Broadway smash Dreamgirls to this lavish, live-action reimagining of Disney’s 1991 Golden Globe–winning (Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical) animated film Beauty and the Beast. The CGI-laden visual spectacle stars the lovely Emma Watson as the titular beauty Belle who is imprisoned in a castle by an irascible prince cursed by a witch for his failure to aid her on a stormy night and forced to live life out as the Beast (Dan Stevens).
Al Griffin  |  Sep 01, 2017  |  3 comments
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A What’s the problem with HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)? I’ve heard that most people simply give up on ARC and use an optical digital audio connection from their TV to their receiver instead because they can rarely get it to work between devices, especially ones from different manufacturers. What can the HDMI Forum do to improve the situation? —Phis Tomaskovic / via e-mail

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 01, 2017  |  2 comments
It started with Thelonious Monk. I was playing Thelonious Alone in San Francisco when a rhythmic swishing sound began to make itself heard. It was not present at the beginning of the disc, but it faded up slowly toward the middle and became an excruciating noise by the end. This was the first audible manifestation in my music library of something I'd been dreading for some time: CD rot.

SV Staff  |  Sep 01, 2017  |  0 comments
Dirac Research, the Swedish developer of the digital sound optimization technology, has announced a mobile app for optimizing home theater audio.
Steve Guttenberg  |  Aug 31, 2017  |  0 comments

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SV Staff  |  Aug 31, 2017  |  0 comments
DTS today announced that the first DTS Play-Fi-enabled multiroom wireless speakers to incorporate Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service are slated to hit the market in the coming weeks.