Sound & Vision October 2016

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truth or dare?

This issue includes reviews of two displays boasting HDR, or high dynamic range playback. Tom Norton, in his review of Samsung’s latest flagship flat panel, raves about his HDR experience. Al Griffin, specifically discussing HDR in his review of Epson’s excellent new 4K-compatible projector, in essence says, “’s OK.” So, the question for the confused reader is this: Is HDR worth it? Is it worth a display upgrade, buying perhaps a new UHD Blu-ray player, or seeking out and purchasing the still pricey (by disc or streaming) specialized software? Or is HDR just another in a long line of largely inconsequential technologies and features hoisted upon the public? Most often, the response to this question for this or any other technology really does depend. It depends, for example, on the full ecosystem…

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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. Calibrating for HDR In more than one recent TV review, your publication refers to the difficulties with calibrating UHD HDR screens and mentions that test discs aren’t available yet. Can you perhaps explain one matter to this early adopter: Are…

5 min
perfect focus

What Next? 15 Minutes with CEDIA Tech Guru Dave Pedigo Predicting the future is risky business, but in his role as senior director of emerging technologies for the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA), Dave Pedigo is paid to keep a watchful eye on what’s coming down the pike and ferret out the products and trends most likely to impact the tech landscape in 5, 10, 15 years. We recently sat down with Pedigo to find out where he sees technology heading over the next five years. S&V: The CEDIA Technology Council recently issued a list of 100 predictions for the year 2020. We selected a few to talk about, but first tell us about the Council. DP: The Technology Council is a think tank devoted to identifying emerging trends, opportunities, and threats…

3 min
this just in...

The Netflix Binge Scale measures series likely to be consumed in a single week. At the top end are thrillers like Breaking Bad and Dexter, while political dramas like House of Cards and The West Wing are watched over a longer period. UltraFlix brings UHD and HD streaming to partnering smart TVs (from Hisense, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Vizio) and media players (Roku 4). It offers more than 1,000 hours of movies, shows, sports, concerts, and documentaries... Smart TVs Accounted For nearly half of those shipped in the fourth quarter of 2015, says an IHS Technology report. The category passed the 100 million mark at the same time... Google Cast Is Emerging as a leading smart TV platform, replacing homegrown alternatives. It has been adopted by Vizio, Magnavox, Philips, and Westinghouse... Ultra HDTVs Will Be…

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All Men Shall Become Brothers All men shall become brothers. At least that’s what Schiller proposed in his Ode to Joy, a proposal tunefully endorsed by Beethoven. In practice, we sometimes act more like distant cousins, or like neighbors who scream at each other and throw dog poop on each other’s lawns because one guy votes democrat and the other votes republican. Local law enforcement knows who we are. And then there’s analog audio guys and digital audio guys. The sometimes bitter relationship between Grooves and Bits makes the Crips versus the Bloods look like a bromance. Sometime, somewhere, at probably around 2:00 a.m. in a bar, maybe somebody will explain to me why such a trivial thing like music storage media invites such acrimony. Meanwhile, the war rages on. By any metric,…

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Next-Gen A/V Digital high-definition broadcasting started back in 1998, but since then, only video has received a facelift, not audio. Why hasn’t DTV audio evolved to at least Dolby Digital Plus status? David Musoke / via e-mail DTV audio did evolve to Dolby Digital Plus status—the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), an international organization tasked with developing digital broadcasting standards including the current system used in the U.S., incorporated Dolby Digital Plus into the ATSC 1.0 standard back in 2005. However, U.S. terrestrial broadcasters never got around to exploiting the benefits of Dolby Digital Plus (also known as Enhanced AC-3), which allows for higher channel counts and enhanced bitrate options to improve sound quality over standard Dolby Digital. One area where Dolby Digital Plus has made a mark is with over-the-top streaming services such…