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Sound & Vision April 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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United States
AVTech Media Americas, Inc.
10 Issues

in this issue

4 min
track one: ces 2016: a drone’s eye view

It always seems odd to be writing my editorial for an April issue during the post-CES, mid-January winter lull. But I feel lucky to still be working at a print magazine in this digital age, so I won’t complain about the long lead times. Tat feeling—of being a little dated—is also not unlike how I feel these days walking around CES, a show that was once strictly about audio/video and has grown into an enormous and wild Mardi Gras of tech. But I feel lucky to still be there even though I’m not covering drones, hoverboards, smartphones, or digital health wearables. So I won’t complain about my sore feet or having to wade through all that to get to the A/V stuff. With that wind-up, here’s my takeaway from the show, A/V-wise:…

8 min

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. When Is a Kuro Not Enough? I have a Pioneer Kuro PDP 6010FD that I bought new about 8 years ago. I use this TV in my home theater where it is good and dark, and it seems to get…

5 min
audio statesman

NEW GEAR, TOP NEWS, HOW TO, AND MORE... Few have done more to advance the state of the art in audio reproduction than J. Robert Stuart, co-founder, chairman, and technical director of England’s prestigious Meridian Group, Life Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and recipient of the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. In a recent video commemorating the honor, Meridian co-founder and longtime collaborator, Allen Boothroyd—the man responsible for the brand’s elegant designs—observed: “I never realized when I set up business with Bob that the guy’s a genius.” Genius, indeed. The soft-spoken pioneer is known the world over for developing the first digital active speaker, the first audiophile CD player, and the first digital surround processor in addition to inventing MLP (Meridian Lossless Packing) audio…

3 min
this just in...

Smart Watches Will Control smart homes—including lights, thermostats, and garage doors—according to one out of five consumers surveyed by Parks Associates. Nearly 20 home automation companies have created Apple Watch apps... The Vatican Is Going UHD with new Sony mobile cameras and other gear. The first event to be taped in UHD/HDR is the opening of the holy door at St. Peter’s Basilica... TV Networks Are Reducing Ad loads as streaming chips away at ratings. Viacom (which owns CBS) and Turner Broadcasting are among them... TWC Will Test a Streaming service for its broadband subscribers in New York City. The Starter package would go for $10/month, a Showtime and Starz bundle for $20, and the full Standard tier for $50, with a free Roku 3 streaming box... Charter’s Spectrum TV Stream for broadband subscribers…

5 min
zep untethered

PRICE $699 B&W Zeppelin Wireless Sound System AT A GLANCE + Plus AirPlay, Bluetooth, analog input Redesign reduces cabinet resonance Unique cosmetics - Minus No iPhone/iPod dock THE DEBUT OF THE IPOD WAS SO cataclysmic that it nearly hurled the planet out of orbit. “1,000 songs in your pocket” was a revolution on par with “perfect sound forever.” And now it seems just as archaic. In fact, Apple no longer offers the iPod classic, and Bowers & Wilkins has quietly eliminated the iPhone/iPod dock from its formidable Zeppelin one-piece audio system. If you want to plug a wired device into the new Zeppelin Wireless, it’ll have to go into the analog minijack in back—the servants’ entrance, as it were. Only your wireless AirPlay and Bluetooth sources can waltz in the front door. The new Zeppelin…

3 min
the connected life

The Annual Big Clean For most of its life, your audio gear probably just sits there, quietly doing its thing, providing (hopefully) years of quality entertainment. But all the while, a silent killer lurks in your house: dust. And unless your listening room is like some kind of Silicon Valley clean space or you have a hermetically sealed audio rack—in which case you’ve probably got some ventilation issues to address—your gear is under constant attack from dust particles that could shorten its life. It’s no secret that heat kills electronics, but it isn’t a sudden, Chuck Norris neck-snap kind of killing, but more a slow, methodical, and diabolical David Fincher death, making it easier to neglect. However, besides lack of ventilation, the number-one contributor to your equipment’s untimely thermal demise is dust. While…