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INXS: Kick - 30th Anniversary Edition
Fri, 01 Jun 2018 20:25:42 +0000

Performance
Sound
INXS were riding high as the calendar got deeper and deeper into 1987. The alt-rocking Australian sextet had truly come into their own following the wider international penetration of 1985’s Listen Like Thieves. They were also burgeoning MTV darlings, mainly thanks to the magnetic presence of poster-boy frontman Michael Hutchence. That said, the band had enough musical acumen to override their video-centric image, best exemplified by the churning, layered groove of Thieves’ big hit, “What You Need,” itself born of the interlocked songwriting axis of lyricist/vocalist Hutchence and keyboardist/guitarist Andrew Farriss.



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Panasonic Puts the Ultra in 4K Blu-Ray Playback
Fri, 01 Jun 2018 17:00:49 +0000

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) convention in Antwerp, Belgium. At this annual event, magazine editors from around the globe are given the chance to preview new audio, video, and digital photography products, many of which are yet to hit the market. For me, a highlight of the event was a demo of Panasonic’s DP-UB9000, a flagship Ultra HD Blu-ray player designed for high-performance video and audio playback.


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Integra Rolls Out Sonos-Compatible “.2” Series AVRs
Fri, 01 Jun 2018 12:57:54 +0000

Integra yesterday unveiled its upgraded “.2” series of AV receivers featuring three Sonos-compatible 9.2-channel models.


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June 2018 New Gear Part 2
Thu, 31 May 2018 17:29:16 +0000

McIntosh MCT500 SACD/CD Transport
Audiophiles with to-die-for disc collections will appreciate McIntosh’s latest audio marvel: a high-performance SACD/CD transport that plays “all common disc types” as well as audio files stored on a disc or USB drive. Supported file formats include AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV (up to 192 kHz/24 bit), and WMA. Of course, the MCT500 is a transport—not a player—so it must be connected to a preamp, receiver, or integrated amplifier with digital inputs and a digital-to-analog converter (DAC).


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Defining the Internet of Things
Thu, 31 May 2018 08:49:05 +0000

15 Minutes with Futurist Dave Evans

You can’t see the Internet of Things but, trust me, it’s there — and growing rapidly as every imaginable kind of “thing” becomes (or at least tries to become) net savvy. But what exactly does IoT mean? And if we move beyond the quaint Jetson-esque vision of the future, what are IoT’s real-world implications? To get a handle on where our increasingly interconnected world is heading, we tracked down Dave Evans, former chief futurist for Cisco and co-founder of the Silicon Valley IoT startup, Stringify. Strap on your seat belt and prepare for an exciting ride into the future.

S&V: Let’s start with the basics. We’ve been hearing a lot about IoT — the Internet of Things — over the past couple of years. It so all-encompassing. How do you define it?



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Why Is Brightness Measured Differently on Different Displays?
Thu, 31 May 2018 08:36:56 +0000

Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at AskSandV@gmail.com

Q Why are different units of brightness measurement used for different display technologies? For example, I’ve seen lumens used for home theater projectors, foot-lamberts for movie theaters, and nits for high dynamic range-capable TVs. Wouldn’t it be less confusing for the average consumer to lump everything together as a single measurement?
Nathan Robertson / via e-mail



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KEF Q Series Q350 Speaker System Review
Wed, 30 May 2018 22:06:38 +0000


Q Series Q350 Speaker System
Performance
Build Quality
Value

The Kube 12b Subwoofer
Performance
Features
Build Quality
Value
PRICE $3,150 as reviewed

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Atmos add-ons
Coincident Uni-Q drivers
Sub has three placement EQ modes
Minus
Grilles not included
Not as dressy as other KEF products

THE VERDICT
KEF’s Q series combined with its new Kube subwoofer line brings the trademark Uni-Q driver array and a potent bottom end to a lower price point, with reliable performance and an Atmos add-on option.

One of the headlines I considered for this review was “What Becomes a Legend Most.” It’s a poignant song from Lou Reed’s New Sensations. Before that, it was an advertising slogan that sold mink coats in ads featuring Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall, and Marlene Dietrich, among others. Somehow, it fits KEF, the British speaker manufacturer responsible for numerous driver-related innovations, including the Uni-Q coincident array. KEF’s Muon and Blade towers have the fragrance of luxury about them.



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Apple HomePod Gets Multiroom and Stereo Updates
Wed, 30 May 2018 20:46:37 +0000

Apple has made good on its promise to add stereo and multiroom capability to the HomePod smart speaker it introduced in February.


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Comcast and Fandango Deal Enables Movie Ticket Purchases Through Your TV
Wed, 30 May 2018 15:40:01 +0000

Comcast Xfinity and Fandango today announced a new feature that will let Xfinity X1 subscribers search local showtimes and initiate the purchase of movie tickets right from their televisions.


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Sony Brings Back ‘Days of Play(station)’ Promo, Announces New PS4
Wed, 30 May 2018 13:11:04 +0000

Sony has announced the return of its Days of Play promotion, which celebrates the PlayStation community with a new limited-edition PlayStation 4 console, discounted PS VR bundles, and “epic deals” on hardware, peripherals, and PlayStation 4 games. The deals will be offered...


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