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James Unveils Unique Modular Home Theater
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:51:08 +0000

The speaker specialists at Napa, CA-based James Loudspeaker have come up with an innovative way to deliver surround sound to any environment in a high-performance, fully custom freestanding form factor.

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Teac Turntable Combines Best of Old and New
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:42:37 +0000

Teac says its new TN-400S turntable ($400) offers “everything you loved about classic, old-school turntables, along with the advantages of digital technology and attractive, contemporary design.”

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McIntosh Releases DTS:X, Auro-3D Update
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:41:38 +0000

McIntosh has announced that a firmware update that adds DTS:X and Auro-3D decoding is now available for its MX122 AV processor.

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Survey: What People Would Pay to Watch First-Run Movies at Home
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:17:16 +0000

Last month I wrote a blog titled, Day and Date: How Much Would You Pay? which pondered how much avid home theater owners like Sound & Vision readers might be willing to pay for the privilege of viewing first-run Hollywood films at home. To give this some perspective, it’s important to point out that the only system capable of doing this is the stratospherically priced PRIMA Cinema, with hardware selling for $35,000 and a $500 per film rental charge.

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Why A/B Testing Is Harder Than You Think
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:26:27 +0000

While popular among readers, direct A/B tests comparing one audio or video component with a competing model are far more difficult to do properly than you might imagine. I’ve conducted or participated in numerous such tests over the years, going back to speaker shootouts when I wrote exclusively for Stereophile back in the ‘90s. I also set up or participated in several shootouts of video displays for Home Theater.

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Sony XBR-65Z9D LCD Ultra HDTV Review
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:55:07 +0000

2D Performance
3D Performance
PRICE $5,500

State-of-the-art local dimming
Class-leading HDR brightness
Above average off-center viewing

With the top manufacturers jostling for a view from the top of the Ultra HD pyramid, Sony has taken an express elevator and is racing fast for the checkered flag. But enough with the mixed metaphors. If this TV isn’t today’s best LCD UHD/HDR set (and perhaps the best of any type), it’s not for lack of trying. Sony has given us their best technology here, and it shows.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2016, Sony demonstrated a prototype of a future LCD TV design incorporating what the company called Backlight Master Drive. We found it dazzling, as did most of the show-goers with whom we spoke. Nevertheless, we all looked at it as a “show car”—something that might appear in a store near you in a couple of years, if ever.

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Feeling Nostalgic? Check Out This Retro TV
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 17:03:36 +0000

If you yearn for a simpler time when changing the channel meant leaving the couch and turning a knob to click your way through TV channels, you’ll appreciate the Vintage Taste TV.

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Mass Fidelity Unveils Second Wireless Speaker
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:18:08 +0000

Mass Fidelity today launched a 30-day Indiegogo campaign to introduce a smaller, ruggedized follow-up to its Core wireless speaker, which earned a Sound & Vision Top Pick designation earlier this year.

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Roost’s RSA-400 Smart Smoke Alarm Stops Chirps, Sniffs Methane, and Saves Lives
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:10:31 +0000

I wish smoke alarms were sexier. Most of them are dull, white pucks that try to look as unobtrusive as possible. Even the squarish Nest Protect with the swirling perforation pattern on the cover isn’t something that most people will want to highlight as it hangs on the wall or ceiling. But there’s no doubt that smoke/carbon monoxide alarms save lives. The American Red Cross says that the organization’s Home Fire Campaign, which has “a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25% by 2020” by getting more smoke alarms installed in more homes, has already demonstrably saved 111 lives in the short time since the program began in 2014. And since it’s recommended that you should check the working status of the smoke alarms in your home on the days when Daylight Saving Time begins and ends every year, it’s a good time to take a brief look at Roost’s brand new and—at $80 MSRP—nicely affordable RSA-400 Smart Smoke Alarm...

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Best Buy Kicks Off Pre-Black Friday Deals
Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:21:05 +0000

Amazon kicked off its Black Friday deals a couple weeks ago and Best Buy has joined the fray announcing a number of deals on 4K/Ultra HD TVs in advance of the big, post-Thanksgiving shopping day.

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1. Test patterns on The Zero Theorem
I don't know if there's some way to get to it from the menus, but I found on the Blu-ray of The Zero Theorem that the 00101.m2ts file contains a...
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2. Sub and amp Question, Opinion before i waste $$?
Hi, Sorry for asking here but the knowledge is out of my league :( I Have a behringer EP4000 amp which is 2000Wx 2. Capable of 4000W Bridged...
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3. Black Friday or Super Bowl for mid range 75" 4k
I have been reading reviews and forum posts and have somewhat narrowed down my choices on the TV's that are contenders... All seem good with minimal...
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4. Denon AVR-X2300W surround setup
Hi I got the Klipsch RP-260F and moved the Bose bookshelf speaker to be surround. The front speaker works fine but no surround sound On the...
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5. hard time deciding dual vtf 15hp or 15FV15HP
anyone can help with their experience with these two subs? thank you for chiming in.
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6. New Home Theater Setup - Need Advice
Hello. I am very new to home theater and there are way too many choices and information to take in all at once. Any advice and tips would be...
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7. FS: JVC RS500 w/ 257 Hours $3800
JVC DLA-RS500U projector purchased from AVS with 257 hours on the lamp. I purchased this RS500 from a fellow member here on 09/18/2016, but never...
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8. LG 50LN5400 flickering on top right corner. No one has been able to figure out why.
This morning when I was watching T.V. on the cable box input I notice that on the top right corner of my T.V. the screen would flicker quickly....
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9. LG 50LN5400 flickering on top right corner. No one has been able to figure out why.
This morning when I was watching T.V. on the cable box input I notice that on the top right corner of my T.V. the screen would flicker quickly. It...
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10. SQ wise from Denon - Older 3311/3312 vs newer 920/X3100?
From a purely sound quality standpoint - crispness, clarity, noise-free, soundstage, tight low end, etc. - how do the newer Denon receivers like...
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