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2018-04-24T10:55:57.708Z
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Momentum is starting to slowly build for the next generation of super high-resolution 8K TVs.
Performance Features Build Quality Value PRICE $1,800 AT A GLANCE Plus Outstanding bass response Onboard parametric EQ Useful remote and smartphone app Uncommon form factor Minus Lacks auto-calibration Uncommon form factor THE VERDICT If floor space is an issue but you still want subterranean bass response, the PC-4000 is the perfect choice. SVS has been a staple in the home theater industry for 20 years now, and I’ve been a proud owner of one of the company’s PC-Ultra cylindrical subwoofers for the past 13-plus years. When I was introduced to the brand, I remember taking a lot of heat from my wife for putting a “scratching post” in our family room. When she heard it for the first time, though, she realized that no cat in its right mind would ever go near the beast!
Boston-based Next Level Acoustics has introduced a high-performance soundbar that can be customized to match TVs with screens starting at 70 inches and projection screens up to 200 inches (diagonal).
By now, even the most ecologically minded person has probably had their fill of Earth Day articles and blog posts. Bear with me, though, because this post is only tangentially related to Earth Day and eco-sensibilities. Instead, it's more about getting your hands dirty with the innards of an electronic gadget or component after you've removed or cut the "WARRANTY VOID IF SEAL BROKEN OR REMOVED" sticker on the device's outer casing. I've done it plenty of times before...
Samsung has teamed with the Ymagis Group, a Paris-based company specializing in digital technologies for the film industry, to enhance the high dynamic range (HDR) performance of the Cinema LED Screen it introduced last year.
The snappiest way to adjust the ambiance in my home theater is to touch an icon on my phone to start the ceiling fan a-twirling. Touch another icon, and the fan’s room light turns off. Getting the fan’s speed right may require another tap or two. It should be fast enough to dry TV viewers’ brows but not so fast as to cause paper plates and napkins to fly off the coffee table.
In advance of the annual Earth Day celebration on Sunday, Apple has announced a GiveBack program that lets you trade in eligible devices for an Apple Store gift card or recycle them if they’re not eligible for credit.
Picture Sound Extras Phil Connors, a TV weatherman from Pittsburgh, is dispatched to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities where he’s teamed up with a young and annoyingly cheerful producer and a smart-aleck cameraman. With impending offers from other stations, Connors has short-timer’s disease and isn’t what you’d call a pleasant guy to be around. In fact, he’s a first-rate pain in the rear whom his coworkers want to spend as little time with as possible.
CEDIA, the Indianapolis-based trade association that represents companies involved in the design, manufacture, and installation of connected home technology, has released two white papers on HDMI 2.1— one focusing on the features and capabilities of the upgraded spec, the other on passive and active cable requirements for ultra-high-speed connectivity.
Performance Sound It’s quite fitting that when Alan Parsons—the well-respected English producer and engineer whose enviable behind-the-board C.V. includes the likes of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Hollies, Al Stewart, Pilot, and Ambrosia—finally ventured out on his own as a titular recording artist in the mid-’70s, his collective work was dubbed The Alan Parsons Project.
If you thought Amazon and Best Buy were the archest of arch rivals in the rapidly shifting world of retailing, brace yourself: The e-tail and retail powerhouses yesterday announced a collaboration to bring a new line of smart TVs to market in the U.S. this summer.
HBO has announced that Season 1 of the smash-hit series Game of Thrones, the most successful franchise in the network’s history, is scheduled for release on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray June 5.
Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at AskSandV@gmail.com Q My home theater system is based around a Sony VPL-VW675ES projector and a 2.4:1 aspect ratio screen. (I really like ultra-wide Cinemascope images.) Outside of reading the excellent disc reviews in Sound & Vision, is there a way to determine a film’s aspect ratio before buying it on Ultra HD Blu-ray? — Rod McClaskey
Screen Innovations (SI) has introduced a customizable version of its popular Zero Edge screen that gives enthusiasts the power to create a projection screen that fits their unique space and looks the way they want it to.
Pioneer today announced the availability of the VSX-933 7.2-channel AV receiver, a slightly less expensive close cousin to the Elite series VSX-LX103 introduced just a few weeks ago.
With new ultra-short-throw and cheaper 4K projectors appearing on the market, your path to the ultimate home theater experience appears to be shrinking. Last year in our annual front projection update, we wrote about how the category wasn’t about to be left behind on the 4K, Ultra HDTV revolution. Nothing in this business stands still, of course, and we’re happy to report that “front projection’s reinvention,” as we dubbed it last year, is moving into yet another phase. Not only are 4K-compliant projectors more readily available, better performing, and in some cases much cheaper, we’re also seeing a batch of fresh ultra-short-throw home theater projectors reaching the market in 2018. So what does this mean for you if you’ve always dreamed about sitting back in front of that giant 100-inch screen? Read on to find out.
When the time comes to record new music, veteran bands often run the risk of being trapped trying to replicate their past successes to a sonic T by playing it safe and serving up a relatively pale companion to the recognizable sound they’ve established over their careers. It’s something that was clearly permeating the brainwaves of Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr and his songwriting foil, guitarist/keyboardist Charlie Burchill, as the pair began to construct the tracks that would comprise their new studio album, the aptly named Walk Between Worlds (BMG)...
Tributaries has announced the addition of a 5-meter passive cable and 40-meter hybrid optical cable to its lineup of 18Gbps HDMI cables.
The Trump administration's proposed tariffs on television sets from China would increase the price Americans pay for TVs, costing U.S. consumers an estimated $711 million over the next year, according to a new study commissioned by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and National Retail Federation (NRF).
Singing roads. You know - when they mess up a perfectly smooth section of pavement to vibrate your tires to create rhythm and pitch. Music, or psychological torture? You decide.