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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.
Steve Guttenberg  |  Oct 31, 2017  |  0 comments
Ti In-Ear Headphones
Performance
Build Quality
Comfort
Value
Be In-Ear Headphones
Performance
Build Quality
Comfort
Value

Mg In-Ear Headphone
Performance
Build Quality
Comfort
Value
PRICE $99, $199, $299

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Clear sound, great bass
Five-year warranty
Now made in the U.S.
Minus
Tangle-prone cable
No phone controls

THE VERDICT
Periodic Audio’s three in-ear headphones—the Mg, Ti, and Be—may only differ in the driver material but sound more different than you might expect.

Periodic Audio is a brand-new company that launched with just three in-ear headphones, the Mg (Magnesium), the Ti (Titanium), and the Be (Beryllium), for $99, $199, and $299, respectively. The three headphones look nearly the same, differing only in the color of the earpiece end caps. The Mg and Ti are similar shades of silver, while the Be is gold. The three models’ 10mm drivers are all mechanically exactly the same but differ in their diaphragm materials—magnesium, titanium, and beryllium—so it made sense to look at all three models as a group.

SV Staff  |  Oct 31, 2017  |  0 comments
KEF has announced the addition of Spotify Connect to the LS50W wireless speaker ($2,200/pair) introduced in January at CES 2017 as part of the brand’s 55th anniversary celebration.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Oct 31, 2017  |  6 comments
“The Quality Goes in Before the Name Goes On.” If you are of a certain age, that trademarked slogan is imprinted in your brain. It was marketed relentlessly. And it was a darn good slogan. It assured you that any product with the company’s name on it was of high quality. It also redirected your attention to the importance of the name of the company itself; you didn’t need to know anything else about the product; the company’s name ensured that it was good. My, how times have changed.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 30, 2017  |  0 comments
Dolby Laboratories wants to know exactly how viewers respond to its HDR, surround sound, or color palette technologies while watching a movie. So Dolby’s chief scientist and neurophysiologist Poppy Crum has been running 15 to 20 experiments per day in which volunteers sit on a couch attached to brain monitors, heart rate monitors, galvanic skin response sensors, thermal imaging cameras, and lie detectors.
SV Staff  |  Oct 30, 2017  |  0 comments
Courtesy of Parks Associates

New research from Parks Associates shows that 53 percent of U.S. broadband households subscribe to both a pay-TV service and at least one OTT (over the top) video streaming service, chosen from a field with more than 200 active services.

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