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Esoteric ‘Opens New Horizon’ with $27K SACD Player
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:44:06 +0000

Sometimes a product name says it all. Like the recently introduced Grandioso K1 SACD player from Toyko-based Esoteric, which sells for a cool 27 grand.


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Facebook TV Video App Coming Soon
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:19:54 +0000

Facebook has announced plans to launch a free app in the coming weeks that will let owners of Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TVs watch Facebook videos on the big screen.


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Ears On: JLab Audio Party Series Wireless Speakers
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:59:03 +0000

When JLab Audio launched their new Party Series wireless Bluetooth speakers last month, they quickly created quite a stir. After they won a 2017 CES Innovations award and a 2017 Dealerscope IMPACT! Award, I knew I had to check them out in person. I’m certainly glad I did.



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Independence Day: Resurgence
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:08:54 +0000

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Two decades after Independence Day, the bug-like aliens that threatened humanity are back with their queen in Independence Day: Resurgence, bigger and badder than ever. Earth has been preparing for the return of the aliens, and humanity has come together to cooperate in unprecedented fashion, using the aliens’ own technology to build up planetary defenses. No one anticipated the aliens would return more advanced, with a mothership 3,000 miles in diameter with impenetrable force fields and a swarm of hive-like fighter jets. Central command must devise a plan with the help of recovered friendly alien technology to take out the enemy aliens’ queen.


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Is the FM Radio in Your Phone Turned On?
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:07:49 +0000

FM radio in my phone? Are you crazy? In one of those little-know (or at least little discussed) facts, today’s smartphones have an FM receiver built-in. The thing is, the receiver is not activated in most phones. As of last fall, FM was working in only 44 percent of the top-selling smartphones in the U.S.


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Going Wireless with Google's Chromecast Audio
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:10:45 +0000

Google’s Chromecast Audio media streamer represents perhaps the least expensive way to add wireless streaming to legacy speakers and audio systems. But is it the best option for everyone?


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Are New Cables Really Needed for HDMI 2.1?
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:47:56 +0000

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

Q It looks like the high data rate (up to 48Gbps) of the forthcoming HDMI 2.1 standard will create headaches for the consumer electronics industry, especially the cable manufacturers. Here’s my question: Why does decompression of video data happen in the disc player or streaming box instead of the TV? If the situation were reversed, then there would be no need for new, 48G HDMI cables. —Dave Ings / Toronto, Canada



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JL Audio Dominion d110 Subwoofer Review
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:46:12 +0000


Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $1,100 each; $2,200 as reviewed

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Powerful bass for a compact sub
Performs extremely well with music and movies
Minus
Lacks last half-octave of deep bass you can get from larger subs

THE VERDICT
If you’re limited on space but have adequate funding, this is the strongest-performing compact sub I’ve auditioned.

It’s another American business success story. A couple of kids, Jim Birch and Lucio Proni, begin building home loudspeakers during summer break in 1975. More than 40 years later, Jim and Lucio are still going strong, having seen JL Audio become one of the most respected consumer electronics brands in the world, branching out from the home to mobile and marine applications. I’ve experienced their products at some custom shops and have read glowing reviews of their subwoofers over the years. My favorite review was by my colleague Darryl Wilkinson, who said the company’s Fathom f212 sub could play a 20-hertz test tone loud enough to liquefy his bowels! High praise, indeed.



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MQA and Universal Announce Hi-Res Streaming Plan
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:52:26 +0000

MQA and Universal Music Group (UMG) today announced a multi-year agreement under which UMG will use MQA’s encoding technology to make its extensive catalog of master recordings available for high-resolution streaming.


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