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East Coast Grammy Museum Experience Now Open

5 hours 29 min ago
The Grammy Museum Experience at Prudential Center arena in Newark, NJ, officially opened its doors today, offering visitors an intimate look inside not only Grammy history but the history of music.
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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

7 hours 40 min ago
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If you’re going to steal, the saying goes, steal from the best. Like many a filmmaker, Dario Argento was strongly influenced by the works of a certain British director, so much so that he earned the nickname “The Italian Hitchcock.” His debut film, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, embraces many a cliché of the thriller genre while also forging its own path. Shot and scored with genuine inspiration, the film boasts a clever plot, with twists that are not easy to predict, as well as a distinctive sense of humor.
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Donnie Darko

7 hours 41 min ago
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Donnie Darko is the 2001 indie cult film from Richard Kelly (Southland Tales). Set in the 1980s, the film is an amalgam of sci-fi, psycho-thriller, and horror that’s an early new-millennium answer to the John Hughes films of the 1980s. The titular character, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is a disaffected high school student in suburban Middlesex living with his college-age sister (played by sister Maggie), his mother and, and younger sister. Donnie deals with psychological problems that cause him to see a 6-foot-tall rabbit named Frank that tells him the world is going to end in less than a month.
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11 Must-Have Tools for Your DIY Toolkit

12 hours 30 min ago
Having the right tool makes any job easier — or even possible — and when my company’s vans show up for an installation, they are loaded down with a huge array of gear to help us overcome virtually any hurdle. Between specialized drill bits, to hand tools for terminating an assortment of fittings, to fiber-optic cameras for peering into walls, having the right tool on hand can make the difference between a job well done and an impossible one.
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Revel Concerta2 M16 Speaker System Review

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 6:22pm

M16 Speaker System
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Value

B10 Subwoofer
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PRICE $4,050 as reviewed

AT A GLANCE
Plus
High transparency
Equalized subwoofer
Wall-hanging surrounds
Minus
Manual sub EQ requires expertise

THE VERDICT
Revel draws on Harman’s world-class engineering depth to produce immaculate high-end sound—this time, at an extremely reasonable price.

Audiophiles (myself included) often point out that high-end audio is stigmatized compared with other product categories. High-end cars, high-end wine, high-end watches: All attract aficionados who don’t mind paying a stiff premium to get the best of the best. And if an average onlooker ventures an opinion at all, it’s “nice watch!” But when a bleeding-edge speaker or amp takes the stage, the applause of the cognoscenti mixes with heckling from the peanut gallery. High-end audio has long been subject to that extra measure of skepticism.

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Avanca Offers New Wireless Earbuds at a Discount

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 2:49pm
Netherlands-based Avanca is offering its new Minim Wireless Earbuds at a sizable discount through Indiegogo.
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Sling Offers New Customers ‘Free TV’ Day

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 1:23pm
Sling Television is offering free, no-credit-card-required access to its 30-channel Sling Orange package to new customers this Sunday (October 22).
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Klipsch Expands Powered Speakers Series

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:44am
Klipsch today announced the expansion of its plug-and-play Reference Powered speaker series.
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How Do Older Receivers Handle Atmos Soundtracks?

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 9:40am
Got a tech question for Sound & Vision? Email us at AskSandV@gmail.com

Q My current setup includes an “older” 7.1-channel receiver that isn’t equipped to decode new sound formats such as Dolby Atmos. I understand that when you play an Atmos disc, older receivers are presented with a standard 5.1- or 7.1-channel version of the soundtrack for decoding. What difference, if any, is there between this default version and something like a Dolby True HD mix? My assumption is that it would be better to select a dedicated lossless mix over a backward-compatible, and presumably compressed, fallback mix. — Jason Acosta

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Texas Builder Offers Smart Features in Base Homes

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 3:56pm
Texas-based Megatel Homes has announced plans to include smart home features in the base home package for more than 1,200 homes in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.
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November 2017 New Gear Part 1

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 1:54pm
Samsung HW-MS750 Sound+ Soundbar
Samsung means business with its new soundbar. It won’t win any beauty contests, but the five-channel Sound+ deserves credit for squeezing three wide-dispersion tweeters, six woofers, and two up-firing tweeters into an enclosure 45 inches wide, 3 inches tall, and 5 inches deep...
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McIntosh Audio Pioneers Tagged for CTA Hall of Fame

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 1:41pm
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) today announced that two high-fidelity audio pioneers from McIntosh will be inducted into the Consumer Technology Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York on November 7.
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Meet Plugfones: Earplugs and Headphones in One

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 6:14am
You need ear protection for a loud home project (or for use at work) but want to be able to listen to music or (Sound &amp Vision) podcasts rather than complete the job in (near) silence. What to do?
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