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Sound & Vision December 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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4 min.
where have all the audiophiles gone?

I’d like to draw your attention to two entries in our Letters section this month that got me thinking about our current state of audiophile affairs. One, from Paul Thiel of Crescent Springs, Kentucky, headlined “The Great Equalizer,” asks whether the disappearance of standalone graphic equalizers from the home audio market, along with the jacks to connect them, was the result of automated room EQ coming to bear...or perhaps proof that manufacturers were mistaken in the notion that consumers were interested enough in audio to want to tailor the frequency response of their systems. As you’ll read in the response, our resident audio historian and audio technical editor Mark Peterson reminds us that the tape loop and pre-out/main-in connections required to hook up even a stereo (much less multichannel) equalizer or…

9 min.
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. It’s a Wee One First, thank you! My wonderful televisions always come from your reviews—plus it’s always fun reading. I’m greatly enjoying watching OLED’s development and hoping there will be a 46-inch model available at some time. The one…

5 min.
voice from above

SPEND A FEW MINUTES ON Jeremy Burkhardt’s LinkedIn page, and you quickly gain an appreciation of his passion for custom installation and desire to create products that simplify installation and push the boundaries of performance— to “innovate,” as he would say. You also find an executive who is anything but your typical corporate CEO—a man who talks about breaking “all the corporate rules” in describing his work history as CEO for Speaker- Craft, the pioneering company he helped build before leaving in 2012. Today, Burkhardt is at the helm of Origin Acoustics, the custom installation company he founded in 2014, and his desire for innovation is as strong as ever. Origin was the talk of CEDIA 2017 with the launch of its Valet amplifier, which provides an ingenious way to integrate…

3 min.
this just in...

Bluesound Mates Any Sub with its Pulse soundbar through the RT100 Wireless Speaker Link ($99). It can also pair the Bluesound Sub to any Bluesound Player or other system... Netflix and Dolby Atmos are now a thing. Initial titles will include Okia, Blame, Death Note, Bright, and Wheelman, while supported streaming devices include 2017 LG OLED TVs, Xbox One, and Xbox One S... Netflix Bumped Fox from the number-four slot on the Must Keep TV list from Solutions Research Group. With ABC, CBS, and NBC still making the cut, this is the first time one of the Big Four didn’t make the top four... Vizio Added Amazon Video to SmartCast P-Series, M-Series, and E-Series UHDTVs. You can buy or rent programs or access Prime Video... Fox Will Stream on the Nexstar platform as part…

3 min.
three of a kind

PRICE $99, $199, $299 PERIODIC AUDIO IS A BRANDnew company that launched with just three in-ear headphones, the Mg (Magnesium), the Ti (Titanium), and the Be (Beryllium), for $99, $199, and $299, respectively. The three headphones look nearly the same, differing only in the color of the earpiece end caps. The Mg and Ti are similar shades of silver, while the Be is gold. The three models’ 10mm drivers are all mechanically exactly the same but differ in their diaphragm materials—magnesium, titanium, and beryllium—so it made sense to look at all three models as a group. Periodic Audio distinguishes itself from the pack of startup headphone makers because founder Dan Wiggins has a long history of designing microphones, headphones, and speakers. He’s worked with Apple, Blue, Polk, Sonos, Infinity, and many more,…

3 min.
signals

What’s in a Name? “The Quality Goes in Before the Name Goes On.” If you are of a certain age, that trademarked slogan is imprinted in your brain. It was marketed relentlessly. And it was a darn good slogan. It assured you that any product with the company’s name on it was of high quality. It also redirected your attention to the importance of the name of the company itself; you didn’t need to know anything else about the product; the company’s name ensured that it was good. My, how times have changed. Once upon a time, when you bought an Acoustic Research AR-3 loudspeaker, you were confident that it was designed and built by AR. Likewise, a Nakamichi Dragon cassette deck came from Nakamichi. In most cases, products contained very specific…