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Which future proof TV should I get for a 9 to 10 foot viewing distance?
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DTS Announces Headphone:X Partnership and It's First DTS:X Title
May 28, 2015 - 3:52 PM - by Todd Anderson
This week, DTS continued an aggressive push of DTS:X. In a matter of days we’ve seen the first DTS:X title announced and a partnership attached to its innovative headphone-oriented spin on this exciting new audio codec.




One of the great joys of a true surround experience (or, in the case of DTS:X and Dolby Atmos, a true immersive sound audio experience) is the magical feeling ignited by sonic immersion. To this day, I still marvel at the mood altering, smile inducing, power of my dedicated theater space, and I’m sure the vast majority of you feel the same way. The only downside, to truly nit-pick, is that the experience is chained to my theater room. I can’t take it on the road or move it from room to room. It’s legitimately locked-down inside a chamber of light-absorbing darkness, hidden deep within the bowels of my home.

This brings me to DTS’s latest announcement: Headphone:X and Samsung TVs.

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Yamaha Unveils Its Enticing New Mid-Range Lineup (RX-V779, RX-V679, RX-V579, RX-V479)
May 26, 2015 - 3:15 PM - by Todd Anderson
Last week, Yamaha released details about its 2015 RX-V 79 Series of network receivers. Comprised of the 7.2 channel RX-V779, RX-V679, and RX-V579, in addition to the 5.1 channel RX-V479, Yamaha has included quite a few 4K friendly features on these models, making them very enticing for enthusiasts looking for a new mid-range receiver.



Yamaha's new RX-V779 AV-Receiver ships this month.


"The RX-V 79 Series gives consumers what they value most in home entertainment — flexibility, wide device connectivity and the best possible audio and video quality," said Bob Goedken, general manager, AV Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. "This approach has been key to the RX-V Series' best-selling status in the industry over the years–and our enhancements this year in each of these areas will keep these AV receivers at the front of the pack."

Topping the “4K connectivity” list is the inclusion of HDMI 2.0 and...

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LG Shows-Off A Display that Hangs Like Wallpaper
May 22, 2015 - 2:04 PM - by Todd Anderson
Imagine hanging your television like a sheet of wallpaper.

Impossible?

In fact, it's not.



LG recently showcased a wallpaper-like OLED television.


It’s no secret that OLED technology is heralded as one of the most intriguing display advancements of the last decade-plus; it’s definitely one that enthusiasts desperately want to see developed to maximum potential. Aside from its highly touted imaging capabilities, OLED possesses the ability to be produced in very thin, bendable, sheets. This is due to the fact that OLED televisions (unlike LCD sets) do not require backlighting to produce an image. Instead, OLED pixels emit light when stimulated by electrical currents. That’s a big separator between the two display techs and the reason that OLED displays create uniform images with tantalizing contrast capabilities.

Last week, as reported by the ...

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Blu-ray Disc Association Finalizes Ultra HD Blu-ray Specification and New Logo
May 20, 2015 - 12:17 PM - by Todd Anderson
This past week we inched slightly closer to an Ultra Blu-ray Disc reality with several big announcements by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA). Today we’ll dig into the details and see what we should expect from the coming Ultra HD Blu-ray format.




Public image is everything and the BDA has officially released the new Ultra HD Blu-ray logo. For years, we’ve quickly identified Blu-ray discs by an aggressively sharp logo featuring a letter “b” cupped by the sweeping outline of a letter “D” that doubles as the edge of a disc. The new logo is a little less exciting and significantly blockier. As you can see in the above image, it clearly spells out the format, but misses on gracefulness and confidence points. Not to nit pick on a relatively insignificant issue, but it’s definitely a tad lackluster in appearance.

Logo aside, the technical details associated with UDH BD players look fantastic. Folks, we’re stepping way beyond a simple increase in pixels, which...

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GIK Acoustics to Debut FlexRange Technology Range Limiter at T.H.E. Show-Newport Beach.
May 15, 2015 - 8:59 AM - by Todd Anderson
Just over a year ago we covered GIK Acoustics’ release of a new kind of bass trap technology called “FlexRange,” a patent-pending membrane system added to the front of several trap models (244 and Monster Bass) that directly addresses those pesky frequencies below 60Hz. GIK said that FlexRange would offer up to 50-percent better treatment of that low frequency range while retaining about 75-percent of the frequencies residing above 400Hz. Yesterday, the company announced it’s debuting a new spin on FlexRange called “FlexRange Technology Range Limiter.”




Range Limiter offers the same low-end frequency absorption, while retaining nearly 100% of upper frequencies (above 400Hz) in a room. This makes it the perfect choice for situations when no upper frequency absorption is needed.

GIK now has...

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Comcast Promises Two New 4K Set-Top Boxes
May 12, 2015 - 9:34 AM - by Todd Anderson
The 4K content puddle keeps getting bigger.

Recently, Comcast revealed its plans for continued support of the Ultra Hi-Def (UHD) format by announcing that it will be launching 4K set-top boxes later this year. The new box, called Xi4, will run in coordination with their X1 platform and its UHD catalog. At this time, the only way Comcast customers can access 4K content is through an App exclusive to 2014 Samsung UHD owners.




The Xi4 box will allow subscribing X1 customers to “enjoy unlimited virtual 4K linear channels by creating personalized playlists from the Xfinity in UHD library.” According to Matt Strauss (Executive VP and General Manager of Video Service, Comcast), Comcast’s Xfinity UHD service will be packaged as part of current subscription services with “no additional equipment or costs.”

Comcast says it will add hundreds of titles to their current UHD catalog and library. Customers can look forward to seeing IMAX films such as...

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Essence Eliminates Dealers to Cut Prices on Its Electrostatic Speakers (Model 1200, Model 1600)
May 07, 2015 - 8:17 PM - by Todd Anderson
The Internet has brought us quite a bit in the last 20 years, most of it life-enhancing. For audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts it has delivered incredible access to price-defying audio gear. We’ve witnessed the rise of several successful Internet Direct (ID) audio companies that have slashed traditional prices by cutting out the middleman. You know the names; in fact five of these companies (XTZ Sound, Power Sound Audio, Chane, Axiom, and SVS) are sponsors of Home Theater Shack. The upside of this kind of selling practice is that we (the consumer) have an opportunity to get more for significantly less. The downside is that these products aren’t in demo rooms for direct comparisons to competitors (note, SVS can be found in some Magnolia Stores), but most ID companies have bypassed this issue by offering generous in-home trial periods. In fact, it can be argued that demoing a speaker in your own listening space is significantly preferable to hearing it in a store.



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DVDO's iScan is Set for Release
May 06, 2015 - 9:24 AM - by Todd Anderson
DVDO is an interesting video oriented company that sells a variety of home theater products ranging from wireless HD signal solutions to upscaling devices and HDMI switching stations. They also offer a smattering of other home theater accessories. Recently, the company announced the pending release of an interesting palm-sized device called iScan Micro, which is the topic of today’s product preview blitz.




Let’s face it, we’re spoiled rotten by the incredible clarity of true High-Def video images. And if you’re like me, taking a step back from crystal-clear Blu-ray quality video is disappointing. Even supposed High-Def feeds from sources such as On-Demand can be riddled with annoying blocking and jagged lines. Frankly, the mere fact that these issues still exist across the board for HD streaming and On-Demand services makes me wonder what a “4K stream” will actually look like on an Ultra-HD television.

Here’s where DVDO’s iScan Micro might come into...

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