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