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Sound & Vision September 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 minuti
hi-res and the art of provenance

In our June issue, Ken Pohlmann’s Signals column (“Saving Hi-Res Audio,” also available at soundandvision.com) spotlighted the near-rabid sniping in the audiophile community and the public at large about whether hi-res audio delivers real, discernible benefits. Ken suggested that if the music industry wants hi-res to succeed, they should drop the significant premium now attached to hi-res downloads and charge the same as for any other music file, then reap the benefit of people buying more music because they like engaging with high-quality content. A number of readers agreed, but one e-mail that stood out came from Rob Hardin, of Cleveland, Tennessee, who, after “drinking the Kool-Aid” (his words) purchased an AudioQuest DragonFly (one of our highly recommended budget USB DAC/headphone amps), a pair of PSB headphones (also recommended), Pure Music…

6 minuti

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. Calibrating by Eye You have the tools you need for quality calibration of your TV at your fingertips. Step outside and look up at a clear blue sky. Look at a green lawn (if yours is less than perfect, look…

4 minuti
finding the deep note

You’ve heard it on THX-certified DVDs and Blu-ray Discs and in THX theaters. It’s the perfect crescendo, that indescribably fantastic swell of sound that’s been wowing moviegoers for more than three decades. We recently spoke with Dr. James “Andy” Moorer, composer of the “THX Logo Theme,” to get the story behind the iconic flourish, which debuted in the THX trailer Wings, shown before the 1983 premiere of a movie you might remember—Star Wars: Episode VI–Return of the Jedi. S&V: It’s been more than 30 years since moviegoers first experienced the Deep Note, the signature sound of THX. What was the original intent behind it? AM: There is a bit of a story behind THX and the logo theme. At the release of Empire Strikes Back, some of the audio people at Lucasfilm…

3 minuti
this just in...

Microsoft Will Use DRM on UHD streaming with PlayReady 3.0. This might embolden studios to stream UHD through Windows 10... CES Attendance Will Be Capped at 176,000 for 2016. Apparently 2015’s record of 176,676 was as much as the mega-show and Las Vegas can handle... Apple Won’t Do Ultra HD in the forthcoming third generation of the Apple TV streaming box. Not mainstream enough, reports Buzzfeed... Streaming Video will grow 26 percent this year. That’ll leave old-school pay-TV in the dust, growing by just 3.7 percent through 2020... DirecTV 15, the new satellite launched in May, will firm up the company’s Ultra HD plans. DirecTV 14, launched in December, is busy with VOD and live streaming... Satellite Will Surpass Cable as the pay-TV supplier of choice in 2015, forecasts Digital TV Research. However, TiVo reports…

5 minuti
magic box

PRICE$299 SINATRA IS CROONING IN THE background. “I like New York in June, how about you? I like a Gershwin tune, how about you?” Frankly (sorry, couldn’t resist), I like what I’m hearing from the small box sitting on the filing cabinet in my home office. Impressive how clear and present the Chairman is on this Capitol recording (“How About You?”) released 59 years ago (Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!). Even more impressive, his voice is coming from a speaker that’s about half the size of a shoebox. Pandora segues to “Thinking Out Loud” from Ed Sheeran’s 2014 chartbuster, X. The bass is palpable; Ed’s soulful voice fills the 12 x 12-foot room. Not bad. That little blue speaker (also available in black) is the Theatre Box from Silicon Valley startup Acemile, founded by Richard…

3 minuti
network lockdown

About a month ago, ABC’s Nightline ran a segment called “Smart Homes, the Future of High-Tech Living” where they discussed different aspects of living in a smart home. Part of the segment demonstrated a smart home’s potential vulnerability to being hacked, giving outsiders access to your home and data. Nightline drove the point home by having a hacker sit outside a home with a high-powered directional antenna while he logged into the Wi-Fi network and started wreaking all manner of havoc, including unlocking her front door. The Nightline segment underscored the necessity of safeguarding and securing your home’s Wi-Fi network. (In fact, the hacker was unable to crack the homeowner’s Wi-Fi password even after several weeks of bruteforce attempts, and the homeowner ultimately provided him with the Wi-Fi password to demonstrate…