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Sound & Vision January 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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3 min.
hdr is the real deal

When Dolby announced it was bringing its Atmos object-based surround technology to home theaters, I was quick to acknowledge the significance of the advancement. More often than not, audio and video technology moves in small evolutionary improvements that add up over time. But once in a while, something comes along that’s so discernibly better that it commands attention and excitement. Object-based audio—when the equipment and software properly align—brings something noticeable and worthy to the table. But that doesn’t mean it works that way all the time. Sometimes the installation is not quite optimal for the space, or sometimes the content (that is, the surround mix committed to the soundtrack) doesn’t really take full advantage of what the technology can do. That’s been the case with a few of the first 20-some-odd…

11 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. Why Were You a Snot? I’ve been meaning for a while to write in about what is meant by resolution and the false claim that 4K TVs have twice the resolution of 2K TVs, so I was pleased to see…

5 min.
meet the maestro

15 Minutes with B&O Tonmeister Geoff Martin I’ve met enough top speaker designers over the years to know that they’re all obsessive. And I mean that in a good way. To design a great speaker, you have to be obsessive. You have to be prepared to spend countless hours in the lab and in listening rooms evaluating and tweaking every conceivable variable to isolate that elusive mix of art and science that yields a speaker capable of fooling listeners into thinking they’re experiencing a live performance. A tall order, to be sure. Geoff Martin is not a designer, but as Bang & Olufsen’s tonmeister, he plays a critical role in the development of every speaker the Danish company makes. What’s a tonmeister? Read on. S&V: For those who are not familiar with…

3 min.
samsung supports hdmi 2.0a

The First MQA Music Player is Pioneer’s XDP-100R (price unknown at press time). Meridian’s MQA technology offers high-resolution audio in reduced file sizes... AT&T Is Offering $500 Credits to customers of its recently merged U-verse and DirecTV divisions if they change their wireless plan to AT&T. “I want Comcast to really regret the fact that they don’t own a wireless asset,” says an AT&T executive... Comcast Added Video Calling to its Xfinity Connect app for Android and iOS phones and tablets. Xfinity Voice subscribers can also access e-mail, voicemail, and text messages in addition to unlimited voice calls via Wi-Fi... TiVo and Cox Communications have signed a pact that makes the cable operator’s video on demand accessible from store-bought TiVos via broadband. The software update will reach all Cox customers by year end... TiVo…

4 min.
serious style... and sound

PRICE $395 THE DECISION TO FEATURE Serene Audio’s Talisman in our Premiere Design section (November) was a no-brainer. We’ve seen lots of unusual speakers over the years but nothing quite like the squiggly lines of Sia Rezaei’s imaginative design. You might hate it, but I find it inspiring. And it’s a desktop speaker that’s only 8 inches tall. I don’t know about you, but I spend way too many hours pecking away in front of a computer, usually with Pandora playing in the background through a pair of cheap (no excuses, I know) computer speakers. The promise of great sound from visually striking desktop speakers appeals to me, so I asked Rezaei to send me a set of Talismans. As I removed the speakers from their custom-fitted bamboo carton, I was struck…

5 min.
the state of surround from cedia

The event formally known as the CEDIA Expo but which was called the Future Home Experience this year, and henceforth will just be known as CEDIA, happened in Dallas October 15–17. Many of the country’s finest custom installers—18,700 in all—gathered to receive top-flight education and check out the latest products and technologies from 510 manufacturers. This was my 17th Expo-not Expo and once again, the big theme that stuck out to me while walking multiple miles at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center was how next-generation, 3D audio formats are the driving force for the home theater market. While Dolby Atmos was just a fledgling technology at last year’s show—with no actual home content available—there are now nearly 25 Atmos-encoded Blu-ray titles available, with more coming all the time. Atmos is now…