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Sound & Vision November 2016

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
track one you can’t bury it if it ’s not dead

A year ago in our annual A/V receiver issue, I pondered the future of the AVR and whether it might just become a relic; a big black box rusting in the heap at the Ol’ Tech landfill, its unruly interconnects and speaker cables still clinging on for dear life and aimlessly seeking terra firma, yet another reminder of those days when the good stuff still had wires attached to it. To be sure, soundbars and variants of the tabletop wireless speaker remain more attractive than ever to the mass market, which is largely eschewing the classic “hi-fi” system that many of us grew up with and became the A/V receiver and 5.1 speakers we still consider the basic building block of a high-performance home theater. And, to be honest, these have…

6 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. Tough Noogies—I’m Keeping ’Em I am confused why the concept of keeping vintage pieces of media gear fully escapes the author of this article (“Out With the Old,” The Connected Life, September). I can point to several subsections of media-devoted…

5 minuti
the future of audio

15 Minutes with THX Veteran Laurie Fincham Laurie Fincham has a storied career in speaker design and engineering that began in England in the early 1970s when he worked for Goodmans Loudspeakers, Celestion, and KEF. By day, he delved into speaker theory and design. By night, he played stand-up bass in a jazz group to supplement his income. While at KEF, he co-developed the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) system for measuring and modeling speaker performance, which is still widely used today. In the early ’90s, he moved to the U.S. to work for Infinity before joining THX in 1998. Today, as senior vice president of audio research and development, Fincham manages the audio operations of the company George Lucas founded in 1983 to raise the bar on cinema sound (starting with…

3 minuti
this just in...

MQA Is Coming to NAD’s BluOS operating system, which covers a variety of wirelesssavvy audio components. MQA can stream hi-res audio at CDquality data rates. Lionsgate Is Adopting Dolby Vision HDR, making it the second movie studio to do so after Warner, as well as Dolby Atmos surround, making it number six following HBO, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner. Dolby Vision boasts 35 streaming titles, but no Blu-ray yet... Dolby Vision HDR is also getting traction on Amazon, starting with the TV series Bosch and several movies. Netflix started with the series Marco Polo in 2014 and will ramp up to 150 hours of programs by year-end... Downloads From Netflix? So far the rumor is coming from sources outside the company. But Netflix may have noticed that competitors like Amazon and Comcast (via its X1 DVR) allow…

4 minuti
now here this

THE VERDICT The Here Active Listening System ensures you can control exactly what you hear in any performance venue so you’ll never be subjected to substandard live mixes again. PRICE $199 HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU attended a live concert and thought, “I could mix the show better than that”? Well, now you can, thanks to the Here Active Listening System in-ear monitors from Doppler Labs. For someone like me who attends upwards of 100 or more live events in any given year in venues of all shapes and sizes all across the continent, these Here in-ears could very well be an aural godsend—if they deliver as promised. The Here in-ears utilize Doppler Labs’ TrueEQ technology for a five-band EQ setting that enables users to raise and/or lower the bass, mids, and highs of the…

4 minuti
poolside video

As we near football season, it’s inevitable that I’ll get phone calls about mounting TVs on a porch, deck, or some other outside area as people prepare to watch their favorite team while enjoying the fall weather. And, I have to say, after spending a long weekend lounging by my swimming pool, sipping a beer, and watching The Masters golf tournament, I get the allure of outdoor video. If you’ve thought about putting up a TV outside to enjoy football, baseball, golf, or even the nightly news, then here are some things I go over with my customers before rolling a van. TV Type Depending on where you live, the outdoors can be a harsh mistress for electronics. Even if your TV is going to be out of the direct elements (i.e., no…