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Fluance Introduces $80 Phono Preamp

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

Internet-based Canadian home-audio company Fluance has introduced an affordable phono preamplifier to complement its line of turntables.
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Samsung Launches Upscale Soundbars, Announces TV Pricing

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

Samsung today announced the availability of its entry-level R-Series soundbars and upscale Q-Series soundbars featuring Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive surround sound.
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Newly Launched Criterion Channel Brings Back Classic Film Streaming

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

The Criterion Channel has launched bringing back streaming of important classic and contemporary films. Here is why it is better than your average streaming service.
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True Wireless Earbuds: AirPods and Alternatives

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

You may be excused if you thought that Apple’s AirPods are the first and only so-called “true wireless” earphones—completely cordless in-ear “buds” that connect both with each other and to your smartphone via Bluetooth—since their distinctive white sticks seem to be protruding from hipster ears everywhere.


Fortunately, if you’re not an iPhone owner, or a fan of the AirPods’ distinctive look or not-necessarily one-size-fits-all fit, there is a growing number of other “true wireless” earbud choices. And in contrast with Apple’s one-for-all approach, most AirPod alternatives address specific use cases, style preferences, and budgets.

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Blu Cheer: BluOS 3.4 Update Brings Dirac Live, DTS:X, and More

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

Lenbrook International has announced the pending availability of an update for its BluOS distributed audio and music management platform. The update, which targets Bluesound and NAD products running BluOS, will be available for download on or around April 16.
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Titanic: Blood & Steel – A Compelling 12-Part Miniseries

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

I’ve long been a fan of the Titanic saga, well before the 1997 film. I loved that one, but mainly for the stunning effects and James Horner’s magnificent score, not the badly written soap opera that took up over half of its running time. This week it returned to my attention, partly because in a few days the 107th anniversary of the disaster will arrive (April 15, though no one typically commemorates such an odd number) and partly because last week I re-watched a story of the Titanic on Blu-ray as one of the sources I used for a product review.
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Rush: Hemispheres – 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Sound

Rush was on a roll. After the celebrated Canadian trio had finally broken through the FM ether with 1976’s dystopian statement piece 2112, they took the next evolutionary sonic turn with 1977’s expansively majestic A Farewell to Kings. The following year, Rush rotated the screws once again by taking their proto-prog metal to the headiest of limits on 1978’s Hemispheres, their final mind-altering statement of the Me-So-Introspective Decade before shedding their muso-skins yet again with 1980’s forward-thinking Permanent Waves.

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Epson Unveils New High-Performance Home Cinema Projectors

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Epson today announced the availability of two new projectors in its Home Cinema line, the 5050UB ($2,999) and 5050UBe 4K PRO-UHD2 ($3,299). Both models are available now through select online retailers and at Epson’s online store.
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Listen to the World’s First Genderless AI Voice

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” [Genesis 1:27]
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IKEA and Sonos Reveal the First Speakers Under Partnership

By | April 8th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Swedish furniture king IKEA and wireless speaker innovator Sonos have revealed the first Wi-Fi-enabled wireless speakers to come out of the partnership they announced last year.
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