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Sound & Vision November 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 min.
the changing of the guard

Two close-together and closely aligned recent announcements about the flat-panel TV business really got me reflecting on how much that world has changed…and is changing again. The first was the post on July 31st that, as of January 1, 2016, Japanese manufacturer Sharp, one of the early innovators of LCD technology and a much-storied TV brand worldwide, would be leaving the industry. The announcement said that Sharp had sold its Mexican TV assembly plant and licensed its brand to Hisense, currently the Chinese market leader in flat-panel sets. Sharp TV’s next year will, in essence, be Hisense products, though perhaps manufactured in the same place and with some or all of Sharp’s pre-existing assets and technologies. The second announcement was actually a product launch, done with much bombast at a New York…

7 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. Those Pesky Pics I have read most of the letters you print for many years, but I’ve yet to see anyone mention one of my biggest pet peeves, movie-wise. We have a mid-level projector in our theater that automatically zooms…

3 min.
sonic flashlight

Imagine if you could focus sound the same way you beam light from a flashlight. Think of the possibilities. You could direct sound to Bill, and Betty, who’s sitting right next to him, wouldn’t hear a thing. Sort of like headphones without…uh… the ’phones. Sound far-fetched? Not at all. Inventor Woody Norris demonstrated the technology behind such audio beaming more than a decade ago under the Hypersonic Sound banner. (Type his name into the search bar at ted.com to see Woody in action.) I remember when he stopped by our offices with an early prototype back in the early days of Sound & Vision. Actually, it may have been during the latter days of Stereo Review, predecessor to this magazine. His setup was kinda kludgy, but it worked, projecting a narrow…

3 min.
this just in...

Amazon’s 4K Ultra HD Streaming is the first to support HDR (high dynamic range) video technology. Accessible to Prime members, it kicked off with the original series Mozart in the Jungle on Samsung UHD TVs via the Amazon video app... Streaming and Vinyl were up 92.4 percent and 38.4 percent, respectively, say Nielsen numbers for the first half of this year. Vinyl’s 5.6 million units are now 10 percent as big as the CD market, which continues to tumble... TiVo Can Stream to Apple TV via AirPlay thanks to an update of its iOS app. This applies to certain Roamio and Premiere models sold at retail plus those leased from pay-TV providers... Comcast’s Stream is a $15/month service that brings a dozen channels to tablets, phones, and laptops. It’s an add-on to existing…

3 min.
hifiman he1000 headphone

Lo and Behold! PRICE $2,999 WHAT? $2,999 FOR HEADphones? Can they be worth it? Yes, and yes. It’s not just that the Hifiman HE1000 sounds more transparent, spacious, and dynamic than other headphones: With the HE1000, music arrives more intact—there’s more there there. The Hifiman HE1000’s open quality makes you realize not all open-back headphones sound equally open. You don’t have to be an engineer to understand why: Just look at the HE1000 ear cups’ thin horizontal blades that minimize reflections to a remarkable degree and expose most of the back surface of the diaphragm to the air. That’s in stark contrast to other open-backs’ perforated grilles that reflect some of the drivers’ sound back onto the drivers. The HE1000’s ultra-thin (less than 0.001 mm thick) drivers encounter no such interference, so they’re…

3 min.
the connected life

Big Sound— Planning for Your Audio Install Last month’s column dealt with some of the big-picture infrastructure items when planning a video installation. Beyond the brand and size of TV you’ll be getting, the big four preinstallation items requiring attention are power, sources, audio, and con This month, I’m tackling things to consider when adding an audio system. Many people think audio is a simple install now because there are so many wireless options available, but wireless refers to transmitting and receiving the audio signal, and systems still require wiring from the amplifier to the speakers. And while wireless systems like Sonos and PlayFi are great problem solvers, they might not be the ideal solution for everyone. When it comes to filling your home with great sound—or any sound, for that matter—you want…