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Sound & Vision January 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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United States
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English
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AVTech Media Americas, Inc.
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3 minuti
a theater and a gentleman

Last summer, Sound & Vision was invited to visit retired Yankee relief pitcher Mariano Rivera to profile a renovation that had been done, with JBL’s help, to his private home theater. Baseball fans know Rivera as the Major League’s all-time leader in saves, and undoubtedly a future Hall of Famer. As a New Yorker, I knew him as a fixture in my city for the nearly two decades he played here, when, on any given day from April through September (and frequently, October), he might be the figure gracing the back-cover sports page of the New York Daily News or Post. The very nature of Rivera’s work as a closer—to be trotted out in the late innings to hold a slim lead or demoralize the competition and give his team…

9 minuti
letters

E-mail them to HTLeters@sorc.com.Please 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 Source Interlink Media. 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. Sub In or Sub Out? As long as I’ve been reading your magazine, I have never seen you guys write an article on the pros and cons of having a separate subwoofer or two versus having powered subs built into the…

2 minuti
supreme being

Pioneer Elite BDP-88FD Blu-ray Player If there’s such a thing as an end-all be-all disc player, the BDP-88FD just might be it. And its arrival couldn’t be better timed as the first wave of Blu-ray Discs with Dolby Atmos soundtracks becomes available. The new flagship of Pioneer’s esteemed Elite series and direct successor to the highly acclaimed BDP-09FD, the 88FD carries a hefty $2,000 price tag but is loaded with features that will delight audio- and videophiles alike. For starters, it plays SACDs and DVD-Audio discs plus just about every digital format known to man, including DSD, ALAC, FLAC, Monkey’s Audio, AIFF, WMA, WAV, and all the usual photo/video file formats. Construction is tank-like with a dual-layer iron chassis, rigid anti-vibration casing, and chambers that isolate the power supply, digital processing section, and…

3 minuti
the bose nfl headset

Onkyo’s Dolby Atmos Upgrade affects the TX-NR838, -737, and -636 receivers. Products shipping with built-in Atmos include the TX-NR3030 and -1030 receivers, flagship PR-SC5530 surround processor, and HT-S7700 HTIB... Japan Still Loves CDs, despite rules that keep new-title pricing above $20. That’s saved world music sales from an even more severe collapse than the current trend—but “if Japan sneezes and Germany catches a cold, we’re done,” says media analyst Alice Enders... SiriusXM Got Smacked Down when a California federal court ruled in favor of Flo & Eddie regarding public performance of recordings made prior to a 1972 revision in copyright law. This may mean big royalty paychecks for artists—and this court battle is just one of several, including the major labels versus Pandora in New York State... UltraFlix Has Licensed 300 hours of…

6 minuti
a personal matter

PRICE $100 THE VERDICT Guaranteed to play back diehard video downloaders’ files, but a mediocre performer. THE WD TV PERSONAL IS THE newest in Western Digital’s line of easy-to-use media players. This model is geared toward users who like to stream downloaded content from their own libraries. It’s obvious that the Personal isn’t for everyone as it is the only streaming device I have tested that doesn’t include a Netflix app. It does, however, have a number of other Web video apps and can use its integrated Miracast capability to mirror any app playing on an Android phone. The WD TV Personal’s case and remote look much like earlier WD TV models. The remote that has no direct-access keys to streaming apps, which are now commonly found with other streamers; perhaps Western Digital expects…

3 minuti
sound advice

I’m curious to know if there’s any criteria for home theater component selection based on room dimensions. I want to focus my search on equipment that’s an appropriate match for my space. Bill King / via e-mail There is one set of criteria that exists for selecting home theater components based on room dimensions: THX certification categories. The idea behind this system is to provide guidance for choosing receivers, amps, speakers, etc. that will enable you to achieve THX reference level (85 dB SPL with 20 dB of headroom) in a particular space. Ultra2 is the top THX certification category. Components meeting this spec are meant for larger home theaters—up to 3,000 square feet with a 12-foot seating distance from the screen. The category directly below it is THX Select2, which covers products…