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Download 8K/HDR Video From Space!

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Need something to watch on that new 8K TV? (You have one of those, of course, don’t you?) Florian Friedrich, a developer who creates HDR mastering software and who has worked with video expert Joe Kane to develop UHDTV test content, has created a reformatted 8K version of the 8K footage NASA recently made available for download on its website.


It apparently was necessary for Friedrich to reformat the original NASA 8K footage because it wouldn’t play on the Samsung 8K TV that he initially tried it with.

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Download 8K/HDR Video From Space

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Need something to watch on that new 8K TV? (You have one of those, of course, don’t you?) Florian Friedrich, a developer who creates HDR mastering software and who has worked with video expert Joe Kane to develop UHDTV test content, has created a reformatted 8K version of the 8K footage NASA recently made available for download on its website.


It apparently was necessary for Friedrich to reformat the original NASA 8K footage because it wouldn’t play on the Samsung 8K TV that he initially tried it with.

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Do I Need Separate HDMI Connections for Audio and Video?

By | January 24th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Q I bought a Panasonic DP-UB820 Blu-ray player and a Sony XBR-X900F TV thanks in part to the reviews of both in Sound & Vision. Here’s my question: Should I use both of the DP-UB820’s HDMI outputs, one connected directly to the TV for video, and the second to my Anthem AVM 60 preamp/processor for audio? I’d think it would be best for the Panasonic to handle video processing before sending the signal to the TV, and that the Anthem simply decode the audio, but I’m wondering if there are disadvantages to this setup.
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GoldenEar Technology Takes a Victory Lap at CES

By | January 12th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

GoldenEar Technology opted out of an active demo at CES 2019. Instead, company founder Sandy Gross could be found chilling in his suite on the 29th floor of the Venetian alongside his most recent creation, the Triton One.R.
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Elac Introduces Jet Tweeter-Fueled Carina Series Speakers

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Elac’s new Carina series speakers are the first Andrew Jones-designed models from the company to incorporate an air-motion transformer (AMT) tweeter module—the same type seen in speakers from GoldenEar Technology, MartinLogan, and others.
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The SVS Prime Series Reaches its Pinnacle

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Speaker and subwoofer-maker SVS took advantage of the low-intensity scene at the Venetian to make a low-key introduction of its new Prime Pinnacle tower speaker (shown at left).
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Hands On With PSB’s Alpha Series Speakers

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

When PSB launched its entry-level Alpha series over 25 years ago, they were hailed as one the greatest values in low-cost loudspeakers right out of the gate. Now, the long-running line has undergone a full revision—only its second in nearly three decades—with the introduction of the new T20 tower speakers ($599/pr), P3 ($199/pr) and P5 ($299/pr) bookshelf speakers, and C10 ($349) center-channel speaker. All models are available in both black ash and walnut woodgrain vinyl finishes.
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NAD’s M10 Amplifier Masters Music Streaming

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

NAD’s big CES 2019 news was the introduction of its new M10 Masters Series streaming amplifier.
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JBL’s 4312G Studio Monitor Honors the Past

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Harman set up shop at CES in sprawling suite of ballrooms at the Hard Rock Hotel. Once I wandered past exhibits dedicated to connected automotive tech, cybersecurity, and a host of other things I had no idea the company was involved in, I landed in a cozy corner where JBL’s vintage-inspired speakers were on display. Ahhhh….
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Dirac Research’s Bass Management Module Goes Live

By | January 10th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Dirac Research is at CES demonstrating its new Dirac Live Bass Management Module. The technology is sourced from the company’s Dirac Live room correction, which is currently available in select NAD A/V receivers and integrated amps.
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