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Sound & Vision July - August 2017

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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turnin’ the inside out

I love that time of year when, after a couple of false starts and brief teases, the persistence of winter finally breaks for good and the soft breezes of spring arrive. That’s a decidedly northern experience, of course, one that some folks eventually move south to get away from permanently (well, the winter that precedes it, anyway), and which others have never known because of their origins in warmer climes. I get it—I’ve got family all over the country and have spent plenty of time out west and in Florida, and I see how a guy could get used to it. But the New Yorker in me thinks those folks are missing out. If you haven’t struggled through a winter, even a mild one, you can’t fully appreciate the fleeting…

9 minuti
letters

E-mail them to HTLetters@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 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. Where’s the Music? I’m a long, longtime subscriber, going back to Stereo Review. And I actually like the forward direction your magazine takes concerning today’s technology and ever-changing landscape. But one thing doesn’t change—the music. Oh sure, we have…

5 minuti
oled turns 30

NEW GEAR, TOP NEWS, HOW TO, AND MORE... To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the OLED display, we reached out to Dr. Taka Tsujimura at the Society for Information Display (SID) to discuss the past, present, and future of a TV technology whose future looks nearly as bright as it did three decades ago when researchers cobbled together the first practical OLED device. Tsujimura, who was named one of Japan’s 10 best engineer/researchers by Nikkei Electronics magazine, holds 144 patents worldwide and is a Konica Minolta Fellow and general manager of Konica Minolta’s OLED Business Unit in addition to being a member of SID’s executive committee and serving as treasurer.—Bob Ankosko S&V: It’s hard to believe that OLED has been around for 30 years. Let’s go back to the early days. How…

3 minuti
this just in...

Gracenote, the Metadata King,is launching Gracenote Global Video Data, Gracenote Global Music Data, and Gracenote Global Sports Data. The databases will include TV schedules, song info, and sports scores and stats to enhance various devices... Sony Added Nine UHDTVs to the line announced earlier in the year. The sets will have HDR10, and a subsequent firmware update will activate Google Assistant voice control... Sharp May Build TVs in the U.S., according to an unidentified source quoted by Reuters. Foxconn, the TV brand’s Chinese owner (and manufacturer of Apple products), may create as many as 700,000 jobs in the States... Dolby Vision HDR can now run as software on gaming consoles and smart TVs, as the company demonstrated with a souped-up PS4. It can run on HDMI 1.4, which would allow HDR in 1080p…

3 minuti
hearing is believing

THE VERDICT The Noble Sage offers stunning clarity over the full frequency range, from low bass to high treble, in an easy-to-drive design. PRICE $599 THEY’RE GREEN! THE NOBLE Audio Sage’s exquisitely machined anodized aluminum earpieces are green. Wow! The look is oh so modern, yet classic at the same time. Noble is based in Santa Barbara, California, but cofounder Dr. John Moulton designs the headphones in Thailand, while his co-founder Brannan Mason runs the operation in the U.S. They make a wide range of in-ear headphones tuned for different tastes, and I’ve heard a number of them over the years, gravitating toward the ones with uber clarity, like this new one, the Sage. Production starts in California, where the aluminum and plastic parts of the earpieces are made. Next, they’re shipped to Thailand…

4 minuti
q&a

All About Atmos If I use two Dolby Atmos Enabled towers as the front left/right speakers in my system, will that be sufficient to experience the format when playing discs with Atmos soundtracks? David Lambert / via e-mail Unlike previous channel-based audio formats, Dolby Atmos is object-based, allowing for audio “objects” to be positioned anywhere in 3D space, including overhead, when creating a soundtrack mix. Dolby’s new format is also scalable: Audio objects contain metadata that allows them to be rendered for playback on a wide range of speaker configurations, though a minimum of two height speakers—either in-ceiling or Atmos Enabled models—used in a 5.1.2 setup is required. So, according to Dolby, the answer is yes: Adding a pair of Atmos Enabled towers to your system will be sufficient to experience the…