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Nakamichi Shockwafe Pro 7.1 Soundbar System Review

Sound and Vision - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 3:43pm

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $500

AT A GLANCE
Plus
11 drivers in system, including side tweeters
Separate surround speakers
8-inch wireless sub
Minus
Cabinet resonance in sub and sats
No stereo mode
Odd remote volume-key positioning

THE VERDICT
The Shockwafe Pro 7.1 is a beautifully designed soundbar that delivers solid surround performance, especially with movies.

Founded in 1948, Nakamichi became best known in the 1970s for building the booming audio industry’s highest-end cassette decks, both under the company’s own name and for other brands. Nakamichi pioneered three-head decks, which used the extra head to read and monitor a recording in progress. The company has also dabbled in CD changers, A/V receivers, and even TVs, and they provided audio systems for the Toyota Lexus from 1989 to 2001.

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High (HDMI) Anxiety

Sound and Vision - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:13am
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A I want to upgrade my AV receiver but plan to wait until high-end brands like Anthem and Cambridge Audio provide support for HDMI passthrough of the HDR10, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) high dynamic range formats. Am I making the right decision? / via e-mail—Estuardo / via e-mail

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A Prolific Week in Tech and Entertainment History

Sound and Vision - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 9:34am
Three momentous occasions in the history of technology and entertainment occurred this week, one dating all the way back to 1877.
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Simmons Puts Mesh Heads Within Reach with the Affordable SD350 Electronic Drum Kit

Electronic Musician - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 5:46pm
With the release of its SD350 5-Piece Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit , Simmons delivers big drum sounds and a realistic feel without putting a big dent in your budget. A great choice for rehearsals, pr..
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Numark Delivers Pocket Sized DJ2GO2 Mini DJ MIDI Controller with Sound Card

Electronic Musician - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 5:11pm
Numark has announced the new DJ2GO2 pocket- sized—but full-featured—DJ controller . With a built-in sound card and Serato DJ Intro, the DJ2GO2 is the smallest full-featured DJ controller around. It fi..
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Monster Announces Voice-Controlled Headphones

Sound and Vision - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:18pm
Monster Products today announced plans to deliver its first voice-powered headphones later this month.
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Self-Contained, iOS Integrated Fusion Guitar Launches in the USA

Electronic Musician - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:58pm
More than 20 years in the making, the long-awaited and highly anticipated line of Fusion Guitars are now available online to musicians in the U.S. Billed as “the world’s most advanced electric guitar”..
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Redesigned Toontrack Superior Drummer 3 Drum Studio Includes 230GB Sound Library

Electronic Musician - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 3:32pm
Toontrack has announced that Superior Drummer 3 will be released worldwide on September 12, 2017. Building on the legacy of its predecessor, Superior Drummer 3 was redesigned from the ground up to int..
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TV Airwaves Evolve

Sound and Vision - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:21pm
The television broadcast spectrum, the oldest source of programming, is getting a spiffy new broadcast standard but may suffer from regulatory changes that would consolidate ownership and dilute local programming.
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Fidget with Your Phone

Sound and Vision - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:21pm
Fidget spinners, the latest way to distract the human mind through the wonder of ball bearings, are now available for smartphones.
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Steve Earle Embraces His Outlaw Country Roots on ‘Wannabe’

Sound and Vision - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 7:57am
Call singer/songwriter Steve Earle a curator/progenitor of the music movement known as outlaw country, and the man also known as the “hardcore troubadour” bristles at the thought. “You know, I’ve always been kind of uncomfortable with that term,” Earle admits. “I’ve been called that for a long time, and it’s a lot to do with where I came from [San Antonio, Texas]. What I actually think outlaw music is all about is artistic freedom. That’s what it’s really about.”
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EISA Awards 2017-2018

Sound and Vision - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 2:57pm
The European Imaging & Sound Assn. Celebrates the Year's Best Gear

EISA, the European Imaging & Sound Association has announced the winners of its 2017-2018 Awards program. Technical experts from more than 50 leading specialist magazines in 25 countries have recognized 66 products as the best in their categories.

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September 2017 New Gear

Sound and Vision - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 2:44pm
Epson Home Cinema 1450 3LCD Projector
You won’t need to install blackout shades to fill a nice 100-plus-inch screen with bright images in your entertainment space. Better yet, Epson says its Home Cinema 1450 projector (model V11H836020) is so bright—with a rated output of 4,200 lumens—that you can leave the lights on while watching a movie or playing a video game. It may not be the fanciest-looking projector, but it is reasonably priced, fairly compact at 15 x 11.5 x 5 inches, and “easy to set up”—inside or outside.
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The Rule of Cool

Sound and Vision - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 6:54am
It’s a paradox, that’s what it is. Technology, by nature, charges forward. Its unstated goal is to obsolete itself as fast as possible. If you’re into technology, the only real place to be is on the cutting edge. You must be an early adopter, own the latest and greatest, and camp overnight at the Apple Store. The paradox is that if you are one of those people, you might be envied, or even admired. But you are not cool.
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