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Samsung Sets Limited Market for its 105-inch Flagship Display
Jul 23, 2014 - 1:54 PM - by Todd Anderson
Time for some fun fluff.

Just over a year ago Samsung smacked the Ultra HD television market with a bombshell price announcement. The $40,000 85-inch S9 Ultra HD television was a shocker and became the anchor for endless comparisons of what you could buy instead, including sporty cars and boats. After all, mentioning $40,000 and the word "television" in the same sentence does translate to obscene amounts of absurdity for 99.99-percent of electronics consumers, especially considering the vast amount of modestly priced big screen options available in the market (not ignoring projector/screen combinations).

The 105-inch UN105S9W, ready for your ordering pleasure

So, would you believe that Samsung recently revealed a price for its new UHD flagship model that makes $40,000 sound like a bargain? We're talking a number that is three-times larger. Yes folks, the new 105-inch curved wall-mountable UHD television (Model: UN105S9W)...

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Jul 19, 2014 - 11:27 PM - by Peter Loeser
In general, we have come to expect the soundbar to be an all-in-one solution with a focus on convenience and simplicity but with compromises in performance. It is a perfect solution for those who do not have the space, time, or budget to set up a full surround sound system. For others, it gets louder than their TV speakers, and that is good enough. So what about the HT enthusiasts that have the budget and desire for good performance, but face structural or aesthetic obstacles? A compact speaker bar with discrete left, center, and right channels built with high quality passive speaker components may be the right solution. While powered soundbars range from terrible to surprisingly good, a passive soundbar paired with good amplification has the potential to bring the home theater experience to the next level. Phase Technology's Teatro TSB3.0 is positioned to satisfy those who need the best sound in a challenging space.

Design, Build Quality, and...

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Value Electronics' 10th Annual TV Shootout is Set to Crown the "King of HD/UHD TV"
Jul 19, 2014 - 5:47 AM - by Todd Anderson
It’s hard to put a price on ratings information and expert evaluations, especially when it comes to big-ticket items like flat panel displays. Enthusiasts shopping for new displays can spend days – even weeks – reading reviews, combing through threads on A/V forums, and visiting store showrooms…but rarely do they have an opportunity to test, evaluate, and compare flagship models side-by-side (let alone through the eyes of experts). For the past nine years, Home Theater Shack sponsor and independent audio and video retailer Value Electronics (ValueElectronics.com) has been hosting an incredible Television Shootout evaluation event pitting the latest TVs from top manufacturers against one another. This year, they’re hosting it again, making this the 10th annual event to crown “King of HD/UHD TV.” The event is being held in Value Electronics’ Scarsdale, NY location on Saturday August 16 and Sunday August 17, 2014.


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The miniDSP nanoAVR 8x8 Giveaway
Jul 18, 2014 - 6:44 AM - by Todd Anderson
The miniDSP nanoAVR 8x8 Giveaway

Home Theater Shack and miniDSP have teamed up for yet another fantastic Giveaway! This time, one lucky winner will have the opportunity to win a nanoAVR 8X8! This particular unit has a value of 299 dollars, and its impact on a home theater system’s performance is priceless!

The nanoAVR 8X8 is a 2-input HDMI audio and video switch AND a high-resolution 8-channel audio processor. Using a floating point SHARC digital signal processor, the nanoAVR 8X8 can tune 8 channels of uncompressed audio using channel routing, independent crossovers, 10 bands of parametric equalization, and time alignment (for each channel). The unit is typically used between two HDMI sources (think Blu-ray player) and an...

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miniDSP DDRC-22D Dirac Live® 24/96 Room Correction Audio Processor Review
Jul 16, 2014 - 3:43 PM - by AudiocRaver
miniDSP DDRC-22D Dirac Live® 24/96 Room Correction Audio Processor Review

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by Wayne Myers


The recently introduced DDRC-22D, DDRC-22A, and just announced DDRC-22DA are miniDSP's entries into the room correction market making use of Dirac Live room correction technology. The Dirac Live technology has been available for PC- and Mac-based systems for years from Dirac Research, founded in 2001. The technology is...

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Panasonic Televisions will have aptX Capability Soon
Jul 15, 2014 - 12:05 PM - by Todd Anderson
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity onboard audio and visual products have become a major selling point for manufacturers across the board. From a consumer’s perspective, it’s easy to understand why. Most homes have Wi-Fi networks and computers loaded with media just begging to be used, not to mention most homeowners are attached to smart devices that are equally loaded with media and music streaming apps. Then there’s the little issue of wires, which Bluetooth and Wi-Fi excel at eliminating. Ease of use is the name of game, and wireless technologies couldn't be much easier to integrate into one's listening habits.

Unfortunately streamed audio can suffer in the quality department, a characteristic that consumers have been surprisingly non-reactive to. But the tide is changing and the push for better sound is underway; whether this is consumer or manufacturer driven is up for debate, but one would have to assume that everyone would prefer convenience and quality when given the choice.

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Marantz and Denon Say Hello to Dolby Atmos with New Offerings (AVR-X4100W, AVR-X5200W, SR7009, AV7702)
Jul 09, 2014 - 12:39 PM - by Todd Anderson
A fundamental axiom in the land of Home Theater Enthusiasts is that buzz in the AV world can flip at a moment’s notice. Earlier this year HDMI 2.0 had all hands on deck standing at full attention and AVR manufacturers were racing to be the first to announce new product support for the specification. Now, just a few short months later, we find ourselves in the middle of Dolby Atmos fervor. So it only seems appropriate to preview several more Dolby Atmos ready offerings. This time the gear is coming from the D+M Group (Denon and Marantz), who is happily joining Onkyo and Pioneer in the Atmos parade. For those of you soured by Onkyo’s move to AccuEQ, pay attention because an old friend is primed to make an appearance.

The D+M Group’s announcement concerns four new AV products, two from Denon and two from Marantz. The Denon models (AVR-X4100W and AVR-X5200W) should be available some time in September, while the Marantz models (SR7009 and AV7702) are slated for...

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Onkyo Hits the Summer with High-End Gear (TX-NR3030, TX-NR1030, PR-SC5530)
Jul 07, 2014 - 4:28 PM - by Todd Anderson
At this point Onkyo’s decision to remove Audyssey from its AV gear is old news; the initial shock has worn and the earth continues to spin. However, some enthusiasts and fans of the brand held hope that Onkyo had simply removed Audyssey from lower-end models, keeping the popular room correction suite secretly reserved for mid-summer high-end releases. Alas, this is not the case. The company recently released fine-print details for three new A/V heavy hitters, all devoid of Audyssey. It appears, for the time being, that Onkyo will push forward with its proprietary AccuEQ room calibration offering.

Of course, this may ultimately prove to be a moot point. Onkyo believes that AccuEQ produces a more natural sound through bypassing equalization of front and subwoofer channels. While there are certainly plenty of sub-EQ options available, it’s hard to ignore the popularity of Audyssey’s ability to offer sub-EQ out of the box (with MultEQ XT32). Nevertheless, this is what we have to work with and Onkyo’s AVR line-up for 2014 is incredibly competitive despite its Audyssey-less composition.


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