Multimedia News

Meet Tipron, the Robo-Projector

Sound and Vision - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:59pm
We’re now officially living in the future. That was our first thought when we heard about Tipron, the roving video projector. Roving, as in a small Star Wars-like robot that tools around the house on a perpetual entertainment mission.
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Cars 3

Sound and Vision - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:38am
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In the original Cars, from 2006, hotshot racecar Lightning McQueen learned to be a gracious winner but a winner nonetheless. In Cars 2, Pixar learned that they could produce a less than sparkling sequel. Now, in Cars 3, the second Disney-Pixar property to produce a threequel (after Toy Story 3), McQueen is getting older, losing his edge, and suffering both losses and trash talk from newer, sleeker, faster racers. But he goes back into training, gets up to speed (so to speak), and is on the verge of motoring back to the top when….OK, you don’t expect spoilers, do you?
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The Hitman's Bodyguard

Sound and Vision - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:37am
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Being a bodyguard is a tough business, but Michael Bryce was at one time considered the best, earning him the distinction of being a triple-A executive protection agent. Unfortunately, if you lose a client, your life will take a turn for the worse, which is exactly what happened to Bryce when he wasn’t able to successfully protect a distinguished Japanese client. Two years have gone by, and in order to make a living, he’s resorted to protecting second-class clients—like lawyers.
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Astell & Kern KANN Music Player Review

Sound and Vision - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 5:16pm

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Value
PRICE $999

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Normal or high-gain output
Full and microSD card slots
Native 384/32 PCM and DSD support
Minus
Bulky Not as pretty as some other A&K players
USB charger not included

THE VERDICT
Astell & Kern’s KANN is not only a subtly gorgeous-sounding performer loaded with features. It’s also a great value.

Astell & Kern’s KANN (along with the recently announced AK70 MK II) makes its debut at a time when the dedicated music player is looking more and more like the passenger pigeon. Apple has just killed the innovative, shape-shifting iPod nano and the puny iPod shuffle, leaving only the now unprecedentedly cheap iPod touch, basically an iPhone without the phone, at $199. With Apple uncharacteristically catering to the middle of the market (let’s not even contemplate the $20 nano knockoffs on Amazon), that leaves the high-resolution musicplayer carriage trade to companies like Astell & Kern, FiiO, and HiFiMan, as well as newly hi-res-conscious big brands like Sony, Onkyo, and Pioneer.

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Flashback 2008: Toshiba Gives Up HD DVD

Sound and Vision - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 3:28pm
Ten years ago this week, a protracted format war between the Sony’s Blu-ray format and the Toshiba-backed HD DVD format, each vying to be the anointed successor to DVD, was averted when Toshiba announced that it would stop making HD DVD players, even though close to a million players had been sold and more than 400 HD DVD titles had been released in the U.S.
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Spotify Eying Hardware Launch?

Sound and Vision - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:40pm
Recent job postings by Spotify suggest that the company might be looking to make a move into the hardware space.
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Upcoming Live Music, Audio Events in NYC

Sound and Vision - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:22am
If you live in or near New York City or happen to be in town, there two home audio/live music events happening in the coming days.
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What Are the Tech Specs for Blu-ray 3D?

Sound and Vision - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:10am
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Q Are movies on Blu-ray 3D disc delivered in 1080p/24 resolution — the same as regular Blu-ray? If not, what is the resolution for Blu-ray 3D, and does the format use a different, lower-quality form of video compression? —Gilles Gontrand

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February 2018 New Gear Part 2

Sound and Vision - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 3:46pm
Bowers & Wilkins PX Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones
The PX headphones, Bowers & Wilkins’s first adaptive noise-canceling model, are designed to optimize background noise isolation without distorting the music. They use aptX HD technology, which enables 24-bit resolution over Bluetooth, and provide three noise-canceling modes, each of which can be customized using a free app: “City” mixes in traffic noise so you don’t get run over, “Office” removes background noise without obliterating speech so you can hear your boss yelling at you, and “Flight” cancels jet engine noise.
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Peerless-AV Launches Updated Wireless HD System

Sound and Vision - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 3:24pm
Peerless-AV has introduced an updated version of its PeerAir Wireless HD Multimedia signal-transmission system.
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Qualcomm Enhances Wireless Technology for Earbuds

Sound and Vision - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 2:48pm
Qualcomm today announced enhancements to its TrueWireless Stereo technology for earphones, which eliminates wires from the media source as well as between the left and right earbuds.
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Nancy Wilson Gets to the Aural Heart of Roadcase Royale’s ‘First Things First’

Sound and Vision - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 7:04am
All photography: Jeremy Danger (2017).

Nancy Wilson doesn’t like being idle. The noted Northwest-bred guitarist/vocalist was up for tackling new challenges while Heart, the band she and her sister Ann Wilson made famous, decided to take an extended break — and she found exactly what she was looking for with her new six-piece collective, Roadcase Royale.

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