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Sound & Vision October 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.
can object-based audio save the avr?

We are finally starting to see the new 2015 model year A/V receivers trickle in, the first generation to more or less universally include HDMI 2.0 connections along with HDCP 2.2 copyright management. You’ll find three sampled in this issue, all at the highvalue $600 price point that has always represented a sweet spot for the enthusiast on a budget. Some of last year’s models, still floating around for sale, included HDMI 2.0 but lacked the newer HDCP scheme that would allow them to pass copyrighted 4K content delivered by stream or UHD Blu-ray going forward. Shame on some brands for touting these as though they were future-proofed when they really weren’t. This year, thankfully, everyone is getting caught up. Also appearing on many more models this year is surround-sound decoding…

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. Vinyl Shmynyl Please pass my applause to Thomas Kirk for his letter in the July/August 2015 issue (“Vinyl’s Comeback: Feast or Famine?”). I echo everything he said, and still keep a Discwasher around, but only for nostalgia’s sake. Kirk’s list of…

4 min.
man on a mission

Andrew Jones has an impressive history in loudspeakers, having served as the chief speaker engineer at KEF, Infinity, Technical Audio Devices Laboratories (TAD), and Pioneer, where he established a reputation for designing budget speakers that sound shockingly good. In May, following the merger of Pioneer and Onkyo, Germany’s ELAC announced that Jones had not only joined the company as vice president of engineering but was already working on a new line of speakers. S&V: You were at Pioneer for more than 17 years. That’s a long time. Tell us about the transition to ELAC. AJ: Yes, it is a long time. Pioneer was a great experience. I joined because of what I knew about Pioneer research capabilities through the years, with the view of being able to access materials and technologies that…

3 min.
this just in...

Emotiva Audio is expanding beyond its direct-to-consumer online retailing into traditional A/V specialty retailers and integrators. The benefit to consumers is that you could listen before you buy... Video Streaming Will Be 85 percent of U.S. Internet traffic and 80 percent outside the U.S. within five years, Cisco projects. Daily viewing on mobile devices has gone from less than an hour a day five years ago to three hours daily now... Mobile Video Will Surge eight times over by 2019 but is unlikely to choke cellular networks, says Juniper Research. Fifty-nine percent of it is likely to travel via Wi-Fi... M-Go Ultra HD Streaming with performance-enhancing HDR will make its debut by year-end on Samsung TVs. The non-subscription PPV site from Technicolor and DreamWorks will charge $4 to $6 for a two-day viewing…

4 min.
the whole picture

PRICE $449 LAUNCHED IN 2013, VSN MOBIL is a new face in the tech crowd, and the company just set the bar in the immersive video market with an action camera that shoots unstitched 360-degree video—the V.360º. Comprised of handplucked talent from Foxconn, General Dynamics, Motorola, Pininfarina, and Samsung, VSN Mobil has a leg up on the competition out of the gate. With a creative director from the design house that brought us the timelessly elegant Ferrari F40 and a head of engineering who previously served one of the world’s largest defense contractors, you would be correct to assume that the V.360º is equal parts beauty and brain. Design The stylish little pepper mill towers over the latest GoPro lineup at a height of 4 inches and weighs in at a bottom-heavy 8.1…

3 min.
big picture: the infrastructure for your tv install

As a custom installer, meeting with clients building new homes, remodeling, or just looking to upgrade their entertainment systems is a big part of my job. And after 17 years of walking through job sites and looking at blueprints, I pretty quickly hone in on the few key areas that determine the project’s difficulty and cost. While decisions like speakers, electronics, and TVs are important, it’s the “big picture,” infrastructure items that need to be focused on early. Ultimately, with the correct infrastructure in place, virtually any gear can be installed and—hopefully—leave the project prepared for upgrades and technology changes down the road. When it comes to installing a new TV, there are four big-picture items beyond just making sure the mount is securely affixed to the studs. These are power, sources,…