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Nancy Wilson Gets to the Aural Heart of Roadcase Royale’s ‘First Things First’

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

All photography: Jeremy Danger (2017).

Nancy Wilson doesn’t like being idle. The noted Northwest-bred guitarist/vocalist was up for tackling new challenges while Heart, the band she and her sister Ann Wilson made famous, decided to take an extended break — and she found exactly what she was looking for with her new six-piece collective, Roadcase Royale.

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Cambridge Audio to Open U.S. Store, Partner with Music School

By | February 20th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

In a move usually associated with large corporate entities with names like Sony or Bose, England’s Cambridge Audio has announced that it will open its first U.S. retail store in Chicago later this year.
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Ultra HD: More Than Just Resolution

By | February 20th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

15 Minutes with UHD Alliance President Mike Fidler

The Ultra HD Alliance is on a mission to spread the good word of Ultra HD, which as any self-respecting home theater enthusiast will tell you is more than just a resolution story. Yes, having four times as many pixels as standard HD is a definite boon to image quality, but high dynamic range (HDR), wide color gamut, and other recent advances in TV picture quality are even more compelling, nudging us ever closer to images that mirror the real world.

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How to Make Your Own LPs

By | February 20th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

If you’re like me, you wake up every morning from a wonderful dream where you own a LP replication plant. In your factory, plastic goes in, and plastic goes out. Except that the outgoing plastic has magical shapes pressed into it. Now my dream, and yours, can come true.
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Focal Expands In-Wall/Ceiling Speaker Line

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Focal has introduced a new seven-model series of entry-level in-wall/ceiling speaker series at prices ranging from $149 to $449, and announced plans to add three models to its mid-priced 300 Series. The 100 Series is available now and the 300 Series is due out in May.
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Acer: ‘World’s Smallest 3000 Lumens Laser 4K Projector’ Now Available in U.S.

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Acer America has announced U.S. availability of “the world’s smallest 4K Ultra HD (UHD) 3000 lumens laser projector,” designed to deliver “laser-quality visuals in a wide range of environments,” including home theater.
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Soul X-Shock True Wireless Earphones for Endurance Junkies

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Cable cutters are all the rage these days; even headphones have become completely and totally free from cables. The new X-Shock earphones from Soul Electronics are absolutely wireless, even for charging. For marathon listening sessions, the X-Shock has up to 60 hours of charging capabilities between the earphone and portable charging box.
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Microsoft, Sony Announce Gaming Deals

By | February 16th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Gaming just got a little cheaper. At least for the next week or two…
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Warm Bodies

By | February 16th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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This is the classic story of boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, girl wakes up one day and realizes she loves boy and can’t live without him. Will daddy approve? Not likely since the boy comes from the group that daddy is trying to wipe off the face of the Earth, so the young couple must overcome long odds to live happily ever after. Although there’s a twist here that you don’t often see—the boy is a zombie who can’t even remember his name other than it begins with an R.

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Batman and Harley Quinn

By | February 16th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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Sometimes even Batman can’t go it alone. When Poison Ivy teams with an evil alien plant-man for a scheme that could doom every human being on the planet, he first turns to Nightwing (sidekick Robin, now all grown up), but even that’s not enough. Their best hope of stopping these baddies in time is to team with Ivy’s lone confidante, Harley Quinn.

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