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Onkyo TX-RZ610 A/V Receiver Review
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:26:36 +0000

Audio Performance
PRICE $799

Crisp, clear top end
FireConnect wireless capability
Attractive, simplified remote
Atmos limited to 5.1.2
Single-position room correction

The Onkyo TX-RZ610 is an excellent-sounding receiver with sensible ergonomics and unusual FireConnect wireless capability in addition to the usual Wi-Fi, AirPlay, and Bluetooth.

Onkyo has long been an industry leader when it comes to packing the latest and greatest features into their under-$1,000 A/V receivers. The Onkyo story has been just as interesting behind the scenes. A few years ago, Gibson Brands—yes, the guitar people—acquired a majority stake in Onkyo USA, while also investing directly in Onkyo Corp. (Onkyo Corp. also invested in Gibson, Onkyo reminded me; each CEO now sits on the other’s board.) More recently, in the spring of 2015, Onkyo Corp. acquired Pioneer’s Home A/V division. Together, Gibson, who is in essence partnered with Onkyo, and Onkyo, under the aegis of its corporate parent, now market three prominent AVR brands, including Onkyo, Integra (aimed at the custom installation market), and Pioneer (it’s actually four brands if you count separately Pioneer’s offshoot premium Elite brand). In the small world of AVR manufacturers, that makes this American/Japanese duo something of an empire.

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Flashback 1985: Blockbuster Is Born
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:22:23 +0000

Thirty-one years ago this week, 29-year-old entrepreneur David Cook opened the first Blockbuster video store in Dallas, Texas. An investment group later bought the company and parlayed it in to a national powerhouse that became synonymous with movie rentals—from VHS to DVD to Blu-ray.

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Can You Recommend an Energy Efficient AV Receiver and TV?
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:05:56 +0000

Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at AskSandV@gmail.com

Q I'm big into home theater and computers, hobbies that naturally consume lots of electricity. Now that my AV receiver and TV are both due for replacement, I'm hoping you can recommend “green” products that will give me the same great experience, but without the ding on my energy bill and the planet. —Justin Nealis

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Review: The Roku Ultra Struts its Stuff
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:47:34 +0000

In the past year, TVs and streaming services have upped their game adding HDR (high dynamic range) for a broader color display. Roku is keeping pace with the Roku Ultra ($130) that streams 4K video and supports the HDR10 format.

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Rik Emmett on the Allied Forces Behind the Sound of RESolution9
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:03:24 +0000

Rik Emmett is an artist who’s always reveled in the creative benefits of teamwork and collaboration. The former guitarist/vocalist of Canadian power trio Triumph has forged quite the formidable and far-reaching solo career since he left the band in 1988, but he’s quite adamant about the all-for-one, band-centric, and exhilaratingly electrifying flavor of RES 9 (Provogue Records), the forthcoming album from his new four-man collective that’s been appropriately dubbed Rik Emmett & RESolution9. I called Emmett, 63, to discuss the sonic impetus behind RES 9’s audio identity, how life experience informs his songwriting, and the ongoing impact of Triumph’s Allied Forces, which was released 35 years ago this past September. “I got a burning heart/I got a hungry soul,” Emmett sings on “Human Race.” RES 9 more than RESolves the pangs of those cravings.

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Here Active Listening In-Ear Monitors
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:56:17 +0000

Build Quality
PRICE $199

Lets you become an instant live mixmaster
Easy to mix in real time
Comfortable and nonintrusive over many hours of consecutive use/wear
Could use a few more genre- and venue-specific presets

The Here Active Listening System ensures you can control exactly what you hear in any performance venue so you’ll never be subjected to substandard live mixes again.

How many times have you attended a live concert and thought, “I could mix the show better than that”? Well, now you can, thanks to the Here Active Listening System in-ear monitors from Doppler Labs. For someone like me who attends upwards of 100 or more live events in any given year in venues of all shapes and sizes all across the continent, these Here in-ears could very well be an aural godsend—if they deliver as promised.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Nominees: Cast Your Vote
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:11:54 +0000

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 today announced the nominees for induction in 2017. Vote for your favorite artists.

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Sneak Peek Exclusive: Jack Reacher Sequel in IMAX
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:05:49 +0000

Find out how sound brings the action to life in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, which opens in theaters this Friday.

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Cutting Through the Cord-Cutting Chaos
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:13:04 +0000

So you’ve decided to ditch cable and replace it with a number of carefully selected subscriptions to streaming services. But you’re finding it’s not all that easy. In fact, it’s a pain...

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DLNA 4.0 Aims to Fix "Media Format Not Supported" Problems
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:04:19 +0000

You may not recognize the name of DLNA, the Digital Living Network Alliance. But you’re probably familiar with its implementation of plug-and-play technology, which enables AV receivers to access music from a connected computer. The standard continues to evolve.

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