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Vizio Unveils New Reference Series Ultra-HD Televisions with Dolby Vision
Apr 16, 2015 - 11:51 AM - by Todd Anderson
This week Vizio released details about a slew of new products, headlined by the industry’s first-ever lineup of 4K Ultra HD televisions with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and support of Dolby Vision.

Big news (and good news to boot).



Vizio plans to release the first 4K Television with HDR through Dolby Vision.


Up until CES 2015, the vast majority of industry 4K marketing speak had focused purely on pixel counts and curves. Important? Yes. Game changing? Not necessarily. The enticement factor of more pixels packed into typical screen sizes that cost radically more than standard HD displays has been a tough sell. Enthusiasts are yearning for real picture enhancements, not incremental improvements over HD technologies that already perform to extraordinarily high levels. Interestingly, as we’ve waded through several years of pixel rhetoric, two new tantalizing technologies have surfaced: HDR and Wide Color Gamut.
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DTS Reveals Further Details About Its Immersive Audio Codec, DTS:X
Apr 15, 2015 - 9:26 PM - by Todd Anderson
The long awaited DTS:X information reveal has arrived. Yes, DTS missed the codec’s projected March reveal date by a handful of days, but the company has more than compensated by supplying quite a few interesting details. Without wasting further time, let’s dive in and take a look at what DTS has been cooking.



A look at DTS's demo room from its official rollout of DTS:X.


Immersive Sound Refresher
DTS has officially joined Dolby as one of two “object-based audio” solutions. The third immersive sound competitor, Auro-3D, relies on more traditional channel based audio. The benefit of object-based audio is that sounds are not tied to specific speakers, but linked to specified locations within a listening space. This strips away the necessity of set speaker configurations and specific numbers of speakers by allowing the system to “scale” a soundtrack’s presentation to fit varying playback set-ups while staying true to a...

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Vengeance of an Assassin Blu-ray Giveaway Winner Announcement
Apr 15, 2015 - 8:57 AM - by Todd Anderson
AND THE WINNER IS...







asere

No random draw necessary on this one. Thanks to Mike Edwards and Well Go USA for organizing this Giveaway, and to a long time and highly active member of our community (asere) for participating!
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Apr 09, 2015 - 11:52 PM - by tesseract
SVS Prime Satellite 5.1 System

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Introduction

SVS is a name many of us are familiar with, a name that is destined to become more familiar, even with the big box store crowd. Synonymous with subwoofers, and recently with speakers, SVS has been slowly but surely expanding their loudspeaker moxie. The Prime Series is the next step in that evolution.

Prime is an entirely new line for SVS, slotted under the vaunted Ultra line, using filter down technology to bring exceptional value to us, the consumer.


Description

The SVS Satellite Prime is a rear ported two-way dome and cone monitor, with the 1" aluminum dome crossing over...

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Vengeance of an Assassin Blu-ray Giveaway Contest
Apr 02, 2015 - 9:52 PM - by Todd Anderson
Vengeance of an Assassin Blu-ray Giveaway Contest


Well Go USA and HTS have teamed up for another Blu-ray Giveaway to pad one lucky member's Blu-ray collection! This time, we are giving away the feature film Vengeance of an Assassin, due to be released April 14, 2015. This action-packed last film from legendary director and fight choreographer Panna Rittikrai features Dan Chupong as an assassin who finds himself betrayed and exposed to the business's deadliest killers.

We will host a Vengeance of an Assassin DVD Giveaway contest on Facebook during the week of April 13th. Check-in on Facebook (Tuesday, April 14) for more information!

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Rumor Mill: Samsung Ready to Re-Enter OLED TV Market
Apr 02, 2015 - 1:09 PM - by Todd Anderson
As we’ve learned over the past several years, definitive R&D commitments from OLED television manufacturers have been sketchy at best. It’s a wishy-washy bunch. Sony and Panasonic enjoyed a brief 18-month OLED TV venture before calling it quits in December 2013 (they re-joined in 2014 to explore OLED displays for smaller devices). Samsung has also been on and off with the technology, announcing (last year) that it was shelving its OLED interests for all of 2015. Then there’s LG, which is the only manufacturer holding-down the fort. The company is chips-all-in and is actually running primetime OLED advertising to back its currently available models.



Is Samsung putting their iron back in the OLED flame?


There has been speculation – for nearly a year – that OLED’s once rosy prospects are destined to crash in a ball of flames. The mere thought of this potential collapse has sent videophiles to their knees. How can this be, they...

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Spatial Hologram M1 Turbo Version 2 Speaker Review
Apr 01, 2015 - 8:42 AM - by AudiocRaver
Spatial Hologram M1 Turbo Version 2 Speaker Review





M1 Turbo: $4,000 per pair



by Wayne Myers



Introduction

The Spatial Hologram M1 Turbo is an open-baffle 2-way dipole speaker. Two 15-inch drivers cover bass and lower-mid frequencies. One compression driver covers upper-mid and high frequencies. The tweeter is concentric with the upper bass/mid driver.

I was introduced to the M1 at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver last fall. I was impressed by the transparency and unity of the sound, as well as by the depth of bass coverage and the precise image...

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Klipsch's New Reference Premiere Wireless Speakers Tap WiSA for Better Sound
Mar 30, 2015 - 11:49 AM - by Todd Anderson
The idea of a wireless surround sound package is incredibly enticing. Having spent hours cutting drywall, removing baseboards, and fishing speaker wire, followed by repairs and painting, I believe I’m one of the many that has wished for a simple hang-and-play wireless solution that actually worked; HD quality audio without a hint of crackling or dropout.

Pipe-dream. Right?



Klipsch's new wireless speaker package complies with WiSA specifications.


Let’s be honest, even if a robust speaker package claims to be “wireless,” there’s still the little issue of power. And with true power comes wires – one for each speaker. Portable Bluetooth speakers can skirt this issue with an onboard rechargeable battery, but a full-range speaker system needs juice direct from an outlet. This introduces an entirely separate problem of outlet accessibility and location. Users looking for a clean wireless...

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