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When Is a Subwoofer a Subwoofer?

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

A recent product announcement from Amazon touted the launch of a “subwoofer” to supplement the response of Amazon’s popular Echo vocal assistant. Presumably it will work with the even smaller Echo Dot as well. But for me it raised a couple of eyebrows.


Given that the low frequency response of an Echo alone probably doesn’t reproduce any useful output much lower than 100 Hz (admittedly an educated guess), the Echo Sub certainly can’t hurt. But given its size and its 6-inch driver, there’s no way that such a product it can be considered a subwoofer…

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First Audio Amplifier on Display at New York AES Show

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

The Audio History Library & Museum is paying tribute to the early days of audio in a special display it has put together for the 145th International AES Convention, which opens tomorrow (October 17) and runs through Saturday at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.
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The Pohlmann Interview

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

As this magazine celebrates its 60th anniversary, we are trying to reconcile the fact that Ken Pohlmann is the longest-serving contributor to these pages. Frankly, we’re not sure why we ever hired him 30 years ago. In an effort to find out, we asked Mr. Pohlmann to share his stories of his early days at the magazine. —The Editors
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SI Ships Motorized Version of Short-Throw ALR Screen

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

Screen Innovations (SI) has announced that the motorized version of the ambient-light-rejecting Short Throw (ST) screen it previewed at CEDIA Expo will ship in October.
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IHS: 2 Million 8K TVs Will Ship in 2020

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Following a year in which TV sales declined globally, TV shipments are forecast to grow 3.6% year over year in 2018, with an additional 1.4% growth in 2019, according to research released today by London-based IHS Markit.
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Next Level Acoustics Unveils Custom Enclosures for Sonos Beam Soundbar

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Next Level Acoustics, a Boston-based maker of speaker systems and accessories, has introduced a line of add-ons designed to enhance Sonos’ Beam wireless soundbar.
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Control4 to Host Smart Home Demos Around the U.S.

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

If you’ve ever wondered what “smart home” means in the real world, home automation specialist Control4 wants to show you.
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Amazon Echo Sub: A Subwoofer Whose Time Has Come

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

It’s about freaking time. Amazon has just released the Echo Sub’ a subwoofer that pairs with a single or stereo pair of Echo smart speakers to finally address the bottom line. It’s a fact: small speakers can’t produce impactful bass, so the Echo Sub does the job. The past few years have seen an influx of small smart speakers that are certainly convenient, but not a single one had a decent bass response. Finally, Amazon has addressed the problem, and in my opinion, hit it out of the park.
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AOC’s Curved-Screen Gaming Monitor Is HDR-Ready

By | October 12th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

AOC has introduced a 32-inch, curved-screen gaming monitor that supports high-dynamic range (HDR) content.
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Sex, Lies, and Videotape

By | October 12th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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This indie revelation explores sexuality, relationships, and the way that both interact with technology. Therapy doesn’t seem to be opening uptight housewife Ann to her feelings; it takes videotaped erotic confessions for her to overcome her inhibitions. Meanwhile, Ann’s sister and husband are deceiving her with a steamy affair and endless lies. Eventually, a candid, oddball drifter comes to visit and uses his video project to untangle the tape tying up this dysfunctional family.

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