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Sound & Vision October 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

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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…

3 min
tech talk: what’s new in epson’s 6040ub

EPSON’S 6040UB IS THE FLAGSHIP MODEL in the company’s new, improved Pro and Home Cinema projector lineup. In this case, when Epson claims new and improved, they mean it. Along with accepting 4K-format signals, the entire model range is compatible with high dynamic range content (HDR10) and incorporates a number of enhancements to optimize the resolution, brightness, and contrast of images. Color reproduction also gets a boost in the new projector lineup, with full coverage of the DCI (P3) color space and improved edge-to-edge color uniformity. While the 6040UB and kin don’t use native 4K imaging chips, they do take advantage of the 4K Enhancement technology first introduced by Epson for its PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000, a laser-based LCD projector that Sound & Vision reviewed in November 2015. Similar to the…

2 min
test bench

X1T (purple) +0.82/–3.73 dB, 200 Hz to 10 kHz; –3 dB @ 39 Hz, –6 dB @35 Hz; impedance minimum 4.91 ohms @ 195 Hz, phase angle –43.76º @ 93 Hz; sensitivity 88 dB, 500 Hz to 2 kHz. XC (green) +3.55/–2.78 dB, 200 Hz to 10 kHz; –3 dB @ 69 Hz, –6 dB @59 Hz; impedance minimum 4.85 ohms @ 186 Hz, phase angle –47.42º @ 108 Hz; sensitivity 88 dB, 500 Hz to 2 kHz. XB (red) +1.75/–3.09 dB, 200 Hz to 10 kHz; –3 dB @ 59 Hz, –6 dB @ 53 Hz; impedance minimum 4.32 ohms @ 200 Hz, phase angle –57.14º @111 Hz; sensitivity 86.5 dB, 500 Hz to 2 kHz. XA (aqua) +2.33/–3.16 dB, 200 Hz to 10 kHz; –3 dB @ 124 Hz, –6 dB…

1 min
test bench

AUDIO This graph shows the STR-ZA5000ES’s left channel, from CD input to speaker output with two channels driving 8-ohm loads. Measurements for THD+noise, crosstalk, signal-to-noise ratio, and analog/digital frequency response were all within expected performance parameters. Full details available at soundandvision.com.—MJP VIDEO The Sony passed our usual test for video clipping.—MF SPECS Power Output: 9 x 130 watts (8 ohms, 2 channels driven) • Auto Setup/Room EQ: D.C.A.C. EX (proprietary) • Video Processing: 4K upscaling and passthrough • Dimensions (WxHxD, Inches): 17 x 6.88 x 16.25 • Weight (Pounds): 38.7 • Video Inputs: HDMI 2.0a (6), component video (2), composite video (2) • Audio Inputs: Coaxial digital (1), optical digital (2), stereo analog (4) • Additional: Ethernet hub (8), AM (1), FM (1) • Video Outputs: HDMI 2.0a (2), composite video (2)…

15 min
the (almost) invisible soundbar

Morel SoundWall LCR4 SW In-Wall Modular Soundbar System PRICE $3,497 as reviewed I COULD START THIS REVIEW BY making a comparison between Morel, the loudspeaker company, and morel, the type of mushroom. But someone would no doubt castigate me (or worse) for not referring to morchella, the more technically correct name for morel mushrooms—and therefore, that same someone would deem my comparison to be a mighty poor excuse for an introduction to a Test Report. So, I’ll simply say that Morel is an unusual speaker company, in many ways. Mind you…I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a morel mushroom, but I’ve been told by restaurant-owning friends who are in the know about such things that these wild mushrooms are a difficult-to-hunt, infrequently discovered, gourmet delicacy when it comes to fungi. And as far…