Sound & Vision

Sound & Vision December 2015

Sound & Vision is at the forefront of the ever-changing, always dynamic world of electronic entertainment. Authoritative and accessible, written with insight and humor, Sound & Vision is the preeminent source for consumers of home theater, audio, video, and multimedia products.

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3 min
why hi-res audio will succeed

As we were sending this issue to the printer, Sound & Vision’s editorial staff was also putting the finishing touches on a dedicated “Guide to High-Resolution Audio.” Produced in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association, the group that represents audio equipment manufacturers and retailers (and also puts on the annual CES trade show), the Guide explains the technical aspects of Hi-Res Audio in layman’s terms, describes how to best enjoy it, and reports on what the electronics and music industries are doing to guarantee that those who adopt hi-res have a positive experience they can be excited about sharing with friends and family. By the time you read this, the full Guide contents should be available on our Website at We’ll share some of the features we created for…

7 min

E-mail them to note: Questions about the features and functions of a particular product are best directed to the manufacturer. Questions about what product you should buy are best directed to a dealer who knows all the details of your system, your preferences, and your personal habits. All submissions are considered the exclusive property of Sound & Vision magazine and TEN: The Enthusiast Network. We reserve the right to edit letters for brevity. Due to the volume of mail that we receive, we regret that we cannot respond to every letter. Who Screwed My Soundtrack? In Mark Fleischmann’s review of the Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-150M Speaker System (Test Report, October 2015), he states that all movies used were Blu-ray with a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Later in the review he states…

4 min
let there be light

NEW GEAR, TOP NEWS, HOW TO, AND MORE... 15 Minutes with DLP Inventor Larry Hornbeck When Larry Hornbeck stepped up to the podium to accept an Oscar for inventing the digital micromirror device—the core technology behind DLP video projection—he held up a postage-stamp-sized DMD chip and said: “It’s hard to believe that there are more than 8 million digital micromirrors on this device. Who would ever have believed that [this invention] would change the way the world views cinema.” A couple decades later, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea of 8 million microscopic mirrors tilting at precise angles and reflecting light to create stunning images at home and in movie theaters. So I reached out to Dr. Hornbeck, holder of 38 U.S. patents and winner of numerous awards…

3 min
this just in...

Sony’s Dolby Atmos Blu-ray releases will include not just new titles but reissues of classics like Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element and Leon: The Professional, and Francis Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, all sound-designed with home theater in mind... Chromecast Now Does HBO thanks to an update to the HBO Now apps for Android and iOS devices. That’s a cheap way to get HBO Now into your system, with the Google dongle costing just $30 at Best Buy or Walmart... Ultra HD Blu-ray will support several black-level-enhancing HDR standards. One optional feature will be a “digital bridge” that downloads a movie into the player or another storage device... LG’s First HDR OLED TVs are the 65-inch 65EF9500 ($7,000) and 55-inch 55EF9500 ($5,500). A firmware update will bring HDR to EG9600 sets in the same…

4 min
electro ecstatic

PRICE $300 PORTABLE BLUETOOTH speakers range from toy-like novelties you can tote along in the shower to high-end Danish audio lunch boxes designed to survive a day at the beach. In between, you’ll find plenty of other options ranging from cheap and bad-sounding to pricey and good-sounding. With Bluetooth speakers starting to become not just a popular, but a default audio playback system for many people, it’s perhaps time to take the category seriously. BenQ, a company best known for video monitors and projectors, has entered the crowded Bluetooth speaker arena with an attentiongrabbing effort: a compact portable design that uses electrostatic panels—the same tech found in speakers from companies like MartinLogan—to convey sound. If that doesn’t count as a bid for Bluetooth speaker seriousness, I don’t know what would. The eye-catching treVolo’s…

3 min
the connected life

All About That Bass When you consider that subwoofers cover a scant 0.3 percent of the audible spectrum— from 20 to 80 hertz—it might be easy to discount just how important bass is to solid audio playback. I mean, who would complain about having a solid 99.7 percent, right? But when you take those crucial two octaves away, everything else sounds thin and diminished, showing just how important a solid low-end foundation is for your audio playback system. I always suggest that my custom install clients purchase the best subwoofer they can afford, as a sub that plays both lower and louder without distorting raises the performance of the entire speaker system. This is especially true when using bass-shy small speakers and when the bass management in an AVR or preamp is…