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Sound & Vision February - March 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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track one: and the winner is…

Our annual Top Picks of the Year list appears in this issue, representing our reviewing experience in the 2015 calendar year. Along with selecting the best or most intriguing products from among those that received our TP designation, we also select a Top Pick of the Year—the single product that most impressed us or best represented the evolution of our hobby. For several years running, that product has been a state-of-the-art flat-panel TV, but we’re breaking the pattern this time and awarding top honors to a surround sound preamp/processor, the Marantz AV8802. Why, with all these new Ultra HD technologies emerging around us, have we gone with an audio product? And one that, some would argue, is too pricey and esoteric in this age of soundbars to be relevant to more…

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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. More on the Disappeared Data In regards to the article by Ken C. Pohlmanm about Blu-ray soundtracks (“The Mystery of the Disappeared Data,” Signals, December 2015), you will be surprised to know that I rented the Blu-ray of Terminator Genisys…

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audio synthesis

When JBL fired up the latest iteration of its state-of-the-art Synthesis system at 2015 CEDIA Expo, more than a few jaws dropped (ours included). The system mated a mind-blowing array of 32 speakers with a 17-foot-wide screen and a battery of amplifiers that delivered 10-plus kilowatts of power to the (eight) subwoofers alone. Talk about visceral. At the heart of the setup was the SDP-75 A/V preamp/processor, the embodiment of a new partnership between JBL and France’s Trinnov Audio, an innovator in home theater audio processing. Under the partnership, Trinnov contributed “powerful processing capabilities and exclusive technologies” for decoding the three surround sound formats that are rapidly reshaping the home theater landscape: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D. In case you’re not familiar with Trinnov, the company was formed in 2000 to conduct…

3 min.
best buy is flaunting uhdtvs

A PlayStation Hack allows hundreds of games for the portable PlayStation Vita to work on the Play-Station TV console. That includes such gaming staples as Mortal Kombat and Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified... Global HDR TV Shipments will pass the 32 million mark by 2019, says an IHS forecast, though HDR won’t hit its stride until 2017, when 12.5 million units are projected to ship. “Numerous consumer trials by broadcasters, content producers, and research labs have demonstrated that HDR has huge impact on viewers,” says principal analyst Paul Gray... Samsung Gear VR, the company’s virtual-reality headset, has added Netflix, Hulu, and Twitch to its streaming attractions. A new Gear VR headset, at $99, is lighter than the existing model, half the price, and works with Samsung’s entire 2015 smartphone line... Dish Network…

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4k streaming and more

PRICE $130 THE VERDICT If you own a 4K TV, this is a slam dunk. If not, the advances in hardware are still enough to step up from a Roku 2. ONE MUST WONDER IF ROKU waited to release its fourth-generation media streamer until the aptly named Roku 4 was capable of streaming 4K content. The newest Roku box can connect to compatible UHDTVs to stream 4K movies, TV shows, and videos from Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, M-Go, and a growing number of 4K streaming sources. And though 4K streaming is the Roku 4’s main appeal, improvements in hardware and the software interface make it the best Roku box yet. As media streamers have continued to shrink in size, the Roku 4 moves in the other direction; it is considerably larger than earlier models. About…

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the connected life soundbars: the millennial audio gateway

Resident audio professor, Ken C. Pohlmann, recently wrote a blog on soundandvision.com entitled “Millenials: Your Soundbars are Killing Us” that generated quite a bit of ire among readers. The post generated over 30 comments both for, but mainly against, Ken’s assertion that millennials’ “insatiable love of soundbars” was going to ruin audio for the rest of us. To briefly recap, Ken cited the NPD Group’s Soundbar Ownership and Usage study, saying that millennials—those born between the early ’80s and early ’00s—account for 44 percent of all audio hardware purchases, and that “sales of soundbars costing less than $200 saw double-digit growth, while sales of soundbars costing more than $500 fell 34 percent. Not only are you buying soundbars, you are buying junk soundbars.” Ken finished the post with the line, “Spend a…