Sound & Vision June 2016

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how to not botch a product launch

In June 2006, when the first Blu-ray player was released by Samsung, I was the executive editor of Sound & Vision—the same magazine you’re reading today, albeit under the aegis of a different publisher. Readers who go back those ten years should remember the high-def disc format war, which raged on for about a year and a half following that introduction and pitted Blu-ray, developed largely by Sony, against Toshiba’s HD DVD. In the spring before Blu-ray arrived, I had written our extensive review of the first Toshiba player, the HD-XA1. It was a kludgy computer dressed up like a video component. But despite its quirky and slow performance, it delivered, with the first batch of Warner and Universal discs (including Phantom of the Opera and Apollo 13), an incredible…

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E-mail them to 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. Loony for Loof I just finished reading your Lirpa issue (April) from cover to cover and upside down (I don’t miss a trick!), at which time I began hallucinating and having flashbacks. Years of intensive therapy have gone down the…

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the sound of things to come

Harman International, the multi-billion-dollar company that supplies infotainment technology to automakers and owns such storied audio brands as JBL, Infinity, Revel, Mark Levinson, and Lexicon, dates back to 1953 when Sidney Harman and Bernard Kardon founded one of audio’s most iconic brands, Harman Kardon. The pioneering brand, which introduced the world’s first hi-fi (and later stereo) receiver, started with a commitment to pursue high-quality sound. That commitment endures through the work of Sean Olive, a 23-year Harman veteran. In his current role as Acoustic Research Fellow, Olive leads studies related to the perception and measurement of sound quality and is responsible for sound quality benchmarking of Harman’s audio systems. He is a past president of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and, prior to joining Harman, was a scientist at Canada’s…

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this just in...

Pirate Bay Now Streams torrents in your browser. The bad news is that, according to Gizmodo, it’s in beta, and like torrenting in general, may be illegal or pose security hazards... YouTube Red Originals launched the streaming giant’s first round of original programming including the movies A Trip to Unicorn Island, Dance Camp, and Lazer Team, the documentary Untitled Gigi Gorgeous Project, the TV series Foursome, and the reality-adventure series Scare PewDiePie. A monthly subscription costs $9.99... Philips ColorSpark HLD is a light-source technology that helps projectors muster images three times brighter than conventional LED gear. Hitachi and Optoma are among those using it... 8K Video Production got easier when NTT researchers realized they needn’t process the whole image in one pass. Instead they divide it into four pieces and process it with…

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vive la différence!

PRICE $1,099 THE BEYERDYNAMIC T1 (2ND Generation) over-the-ear headphone may look nearly identical to the original T1 that debuted in 2009, but trust me on this: The two headphones sound very different. The first thing I noticed is that the new T1 has meatier, bigger, punchier bass, and the treble is sweeter, clearer, and more refined. It’s much more than a reboot. To discover why, I rang Beyerdynamic’s Klaus Hanselmann to get the back story. He told me the T1’s 45mm Tesla driver is much the same but now features a tiny plug that controls high-frequency resonance. The earcups sport an all-new aluminum driver housing and baffle. The acoustic damping material behind the drivers is also new. The ear pads now have memory foam, and they are covered with synthetic fibers that…

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New TV Tech I enjoyed reading the feature “The New TV Tech” in S&V (January 2016), which discussed technology to bring extended color to TVs. Here’s my question: Is extended color new? My current set already offers that feature by being Deep Color and xvYCC compatible. I thought the deal was that few people could notice the difference, and extended color didn’t catch on. What’s really new this time around? Doug Allred / Jamestown, NC The specs for your current TV might indicate an ability to display extended color, but that doesn’t mean you’ve viewed extended color on it or that it’s even capable of displaying an extended color gamut. Confused? Let me explain. TVs with HDMI 1.3 connections—the first HDMI version to incorporate greater than 8-bit color reproduction (a.k.a. Deep Color)—first showed up…