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Blue Velvet

By | July 19th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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S&M, voyeurism, murder, rape, violence, and torture. . . some of the typically wholesome activities to be found in small-town America. This psychosexual possible-murder mystery—set in a neo-Fifties 1980s logging town—soon gets weird when an innocent local finds a severed human ear in a field. Writer-director David Lynch uses various tactics to keep the viewer as off-balance as his attracted-to-the-hidden-underbelly protagonist.

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Samsung Rolls Out ‘Black Friday in July’ TV Discounts

By | July 19th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Hot on the heels of Amazon’s record-breaking Prime Day extravaganza, Samsung has kicked off a “Black Friday in July” sale, offering promotional discounts on soundbars and TVs, including new 8K models. Discounts range from 17% to 36% with most being around 30% off.
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Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Pro-UHD 3LCD Projector Review

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $2,999


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Extended color
Excellent brightness and contrast
Great value

Minus

Fan noise with High Power Consumption setting active


THE VERDICT

Epson’s latest UltraBlack model delivers impressive image quality with both standard and Ultra HD/HDR sources at an equally impressive price.


In late 2018, I reviewed Epson’s 4010 PRO-UHD 3LCD Projector, a $2,000 model with a bright (2,400 lumens) picture, 4K/Ultra HD display via pixel-shifting, and a wide range of sophisticated setup features such as motorized lens shift and focus that are typically found only on much more expensive models.

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Dish Releases AirTV Mini to Simplify Sling TV Experience

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

DISH has just released a new AirTV.  The AirTV Mini is a palm-sized dongle that appears to be a promising upgrade from the original 2017 AirTV Player. 
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Best Stereo Speakers, Soundbars & Subwoofers of 2019 (So Far)

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

In early June, we highlighted a half dozen Top Pick-worthy home theater speakers systems and followed that up with a handful of top performing speakers that should be on the shopping list of anyone looking to go wireless. Continuing on the speaker theme, we now turn to the best stereo speakers, soundbars, and subwoofers we’ve reviewed so far this year. And for good measure, we’ve thrown in a subwoofer guaranteed to rock the house.
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This Home Theater Puts Acoustics Front and Center

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Acoustical treatment is an essential part of any great sounding entertainment space but most people look to hide it or subdue it with panels that blend into the room, often masquerading as modern artwork.

Then there are people who crave the unconventional — in this case, a home theater with unique aesthetics instead of the stereotypical designs often seen in Sound & Vision and other magazines.

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Bob Dylan: The Rolling Thunder Revue – The 1975 Live Recordings

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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Sound

Bob Dylan has long seen the value in releasing extensive historical collections befitting his anointed artistic legacy. The latest entry in the Dylan archival canon is a massive 14-CD box set via Columbia/Legacy, The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings, a 148-song, 10-hour collection that focuses on the first, late-1975 leg of the touring Revue. The box contains all five of Dylan’s full first-leg sets that were professionally recorded between November 19 and December 4, 1975 as spread over 10 discs…

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Comparison: True 4K/HDR Gaming vs. Regular Gaming

By | July 16th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

My recent article, High Dynamic Range Explained, covered what HDR is and how it gets implemented in different types of displays. The focus was movies on Ultra HD Blu-ray disc and on streaming services, but another topic worth discussing — one regularly overlooked — is HDR gaming.
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Choice Films for Choice Guests: Guaranteed to Wow ‘Em

By | July 16th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

We’ve all encountered the problem: Guests who haven’t yet seen or heard your home theater setup are coming over for a movie night. But which movie to choose? If you know the guests’ tastes the choice should be easy. But that isn’t always the case.
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Como Audio Unveils Streaming Turntable, Smart Speaker

By | July 16th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Como Audio, the Boston-based maker of the Top Pick-designated Solo and Duetto music systems, today unveiled its first streaming turntable and announced plans to ship a new voice controllable smart speaker in the fall.
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