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Sound & Vision June 2018

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

2 min
everybody was kung-fu fighting

The 2014 wuxia film Brotherhood of Blades established the story of three members of an elite palace guard unit during the Ming Dynasty who must abandon their brotherhood and apprehend one of their own after he goes rogue, only to find themselves caught up in an even larger conspiracy. The Infernal Battlefield continues the story of these best-of-the-best guardsmen. It brings back much of the cast, but this is a standalone film that doesn’t require viewing the first to be understood. Shen Lian (Chang Chen), a captain, finds himself trapped in a conspiracy by rebels fighting against the palace, and in order to clear his name he must align himself with the elusive—and gorgeous—wanted rebel Bei Zhai (Yang Mi) and her cohorts. Classic elements of the wuxia genre combine with story…

2 min
finger in the damn

Facing their own complete extinction due to extreme storms that are destroying whole cities, the world finally comes together, sending 17 teams of scientists and engineers to create a system, a series of satellites all controlled by a giant space station that can use an assortment of devices—super lasers, thermal missiles, freezing beams, etc.—to stabilize the weather. Naturally, someone’s gonna try to seize control of Dutchboy, as the system is known, and weaponize it to make himself president of an all-powerful country that will destroy its enemies and rule the planet. Contrast is good, producing bright whites of a frozen village in the desert, ranges of grays and yellows of halls of power and congressional committee rooms, and deep blacks of the suits’ suits set off by the rich colors of…

1 min
bose augments aural reality

Bose is getting into augmented reality—with a twist. This AR platform will specialize in delivering audio. “Rather than superimposing visual objects on the real world,” the company says, “Bose AR adds an audible layer of information and experiences,” using a “wafer-thin acoustics package with jaw-dropping power and clarity.” Applications might include travel guides associated with landmarks, translation of signs, and information about things you see or places you visit. When playing music, you can control playlists via voice or touch and navigate among tracks with head-nod gestures for yes, no, or next. There’s no word on when Bose AR headsets will be available but the company is investing $50 million in startups developing apps, services, or technologies for the platform.…

1 min
hdr grows and grows

There’s plenty of news about HDR, the metadata-driven high dynamic range technology that makes Ultra HD and other video look a whole lot better. Technicolor’s Advanced HDR and HDR10+ (the form championed by Samsung, Panasonic, and the Fox studio) have been incorporated into the UHD Blu-ray format. The HDR10+ people are also courting makers of UHDTVs other than themselves as well as makers of BD players and set-top boxes. On the software side, Warner Bros. is joining co-inventor Fox in the HDR10+ camp, and Amazon Prime Video has upgraded its HDR library to the new format.…

3 min
recycled memories, broken dreams

UHD BLU-RAY Blade Runner 2049 The 1982 science-fiction opus Blade Runner remains an undeniable visual spectacle that fired the imaginations of many a viewer. While neither a bona fide critical or commercial success upon debut, it visualized a Los Angeles of the future beyond anything we’d seen before and set the stage for endless fan speculation that has led to five different studio-sanctioned cuts thus far. The sequel, 2049, was released to much of that same indifference. Thirty-five years coming, it still failed to generate a response befitting a cult franchise of this magnitude. The new story is set three decades after blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) went on one last job to “retire” a group of rogue replicants, synthetic people created by the Tyrell Corporation as slaves who are prone to…

1 min
test bench

Q350 (purple) +0.65/–3.49 dB, 200 Hz to 10 kHz; –3 dB @ 56 Hz, –6 dB @ 41 Hz; impedance minimum 4.54 ohms @ 177 Hz, phase angle –65.15º @ 96 Hz; sensitivity 87 dB, 500 Hz to 2 kHz. Q650C (green) +0.95/–4.80 dB, 200 Hz to 10 kHz; –3 dB @ 65 Hz, –6 dB @ 53 Hz; impedance minimum 5.19 ohms @ 15.2 kHz, phase angle –50.74º @ 4.2 kHz; sensitivity 87.5 dB, 500 Hz to 2 kHz. Q50A (yellow) +3.15/–2.92 dB, 200 Hz to 10 kHz; –3 dB @ 107 Hz, –6 dB @ 91 Hz; impedance minimum 4.83 ohms @ 223 Hz, phase angle –55.62º @ 136 Hz; sensitivity 86.5 dB, 500 Hz to 2 kHz. KUBE 12b (blue) Close-miked response, normalized to level @ 80 Hz: lower–3 dB…