SV Staff  |  Nov 03, 2017  |  1 comments
Screen Innovations (SI) has announced that Solo, the wireless motorized projection screen it unveiled at CEDIA 2017, is now available.
SV Staff  |  Nov 03, 2017  |  0 comments
Doppler Labs, maker of the Hear Active and Hear One smart earbuds, announced that it is ceasing operations December 1.
SV Staff  |  Nov 02, 2017  |  0 comments
Let the deals begin. Amazon has announced that its Black Friday Deals Store is now open, marking the official (or unofficial?) start of the holiday shopping season.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Nov 02, 2017  |  1 comments
Republicans and Democrats may not agree on much, but at least one member of each party would like to see musicians get paid royalties on musical works produced before 1972.
Al Griffin  |  Nov 02, 2017  |  2 comments
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Q I'm a proud new owner of a Marantz AV7703 preamp/processor, which I use with a 7.0 speaker configuration (full-range fronts and no subwoofer).

Here’s my question: When I play a Blu-ray disc with a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, the pre-pro’s auto surround mode outputs it as DTS-HD + Neural:X (see above picture). But why would the processor create an upmixed signal instead of passing on discrete channel information to the back surrounds? I’m using an Oppo BDP-103 Blu-ray player with the audio output set to bitstream. —John F. Bartelt

SV Staff  |  Nov 02, 2017  |  0 comments
PowerTrend-Sota has introduced a USB Type-C portable docking station intended to “alleviate the inconvenience and confusion surrounding the USB Type-C interface.”
SV Staff  |  Nov 02, 2017  |  0 comments
Comcast has announced the availability of “seamless access” to Netflix Ultra HD (UHD) 4K programming for its Xfinity X1 TV/Internet platform.
SV Staff  |  Nov 01, 2017  |  0 comments
October may be gone but it’s not forgotten, having yielded a small but distinguished batch of Top Pick-designated products. Among them a high performing stereo receiver with distinctive retro styling, Sony’s impressive reentry into the vibrant world of OLED TV, a reference-caliber home theater speaker system that is surprisingly affordable, and a budget AV receiver that’s bustling with features. All are presented here in summary form for your reading pleasure.
SV Staff  |  Nov 01, 2017  |  0 comments
Yamaha YAS-207 DTS Virtual:X Soundbar
DTS has an answer to Dolby Atmos-enabled soundbars: It’s called DTS Virtual:X, and it recently debuted in Yamaha’s YAS-207 soundbar. The “post-processing virtualization technology” simulates an immersive surround sound experience with effects that move around and above the listener without the need for additional speakers. DTS says it works with any stereo or multi-channel content (up to 7.1.4/11.1 channels).
SV Staff  |  Oct 31, 2017  |  0 comments
Klipsch is offering a new 5.1-channel Reference Theater Pack for enthusiasts who want big sound from speakers with a small footprint and small price tag.