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Beyond the Arthouse

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 12:59pm
The monthly announcements of upcoming Criterion releases often list films I can’t pronounce, let alone recognize. But in truth, the esteemed specialty label splits its attention between lesser- known cinema and popular movies, and this recent Blu-ray menagerie holds a pair of Oscar-winners, an enduring 1985 hit, and a singular genre classic.
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Best Audio Gear of the Year (So Far)

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:28am
As summer gives way to fall, it’s a great time to take stock of the audio goodness bestowed upon us in the form of 25 top performing audio products we have reviewed so far this year — all recipients of Sound & Vision’s prestigious Top Pick designation. In the following pages we offer plenty to chew on: eight speakers systems, five AV receivers, three subwoofers, three amplifiers, two soundbars, two music players, a music server, and a turntable. In other words, there’s something for everyone.
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Can I Get High-Def Via a Component Connection to My Legacy AVR?

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:44am
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Q I would like to use an Oppo BDP-93 as the Blu-ray player in my system connected to an Arcam AVR350 A/V receiver. Since the Arcam is a legacy AVR with no HDMI switching, I will need to use the Oppo’s component video output. Here’s my question: Will I be able to get high-definition resolution from Blu-ray discs with this setup? I have read that Blu-rays have embedded ICT (Image Constraint Token), which forces the player to downscale the video resolution to DVD quality. Also, are there any workarounds, like using an Oppo player with early (pre-ICT) firmware? —Lisa Kaye, via email

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Master Replicas Resurrects HAL from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:50pm
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, Master Replicas Group (MRG) has created a special tribute to one of the central characters in a cinematic masterpiece that portrays the ultimate showdown between man and machine.
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True-Fi Sound Enhancement App Now Supports 200+ Headphones

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 9:15am
Sonarworks, the Latvia-based developer of the unique True-Fi app has announced that its patented sound-enhancing platform now supports more than 200 headphones and counting, including popular models from AKG, Apple, Audio-Technica, Beats, Behringer, Beyerdynamic, Bose, Focal, HiFiMan, JBL, Koss, Monster, Panasonic, Pioneer, Sennheiser, Sony, V-Moda, and others.
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Netflix Gets a Welcome Facelift

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:53am
Have you noticed Netflix has a new look? The leading movie streaming service has been rolling out new menus for its app over the past couple of months. While the change is not earth-shattering in terms of innovation, it’s a much-needed improvement that makes it faster and easier to scroll through titles.
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Micromega M-150 Integrated Amplifier Review

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 5:52pm

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $7,499

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Reference-grade sonics
Outstanding digital audio performance up to 32-bit/384kHz
Gorgeous fit and finish and industrial design
Minus
Basic user interface
Comparatively limited onboard music streaming options
Ethernet connection can be finicky

THE VERDICT
The Micromega M-150 is a pricey, somewhat limited, but fine-sounding integrated amp with a super-slim form factor and surprising power.

Nominally, French firm Micromega would seem a deeply conflicted organization. Is it micro, or is it mega? We may never know. (For the record, “Micomégas” is an 18th-century, ur-science-fiction novella by that most French of Enlightenment figures, Voltaire.)

Either way, the south-of-Paris firm has an established record of filling niches in the ever-shifting digital-audiophile world, beginning with several notable high-end CD players. Today, like most such manufacturers, Micromega is redefining itself for the post-physical media age: Witness its latest M-One duo of streaming- capable, digital-input integrated amplifiers—streamplifiers, as I like to call them.

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Porsche Design Unveils Special Edition 911 Soundbar

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 5:29pm
Porsche Design, the lifestyle brand started in 1972 by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, today announced the Porsche Design 911 Soundbar Black Edition, which “transforms the exhilaration of Porsche’s 911 GT3 racecar into an intense musical experience, delivering crisp mids, powerful bass, and visual-excitement to any space.”
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Klipsch Kicks Off ‘Keepers of the Sound’ Video Series

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 8:03am
Klipsch today kicked off its new “Keepers of the Sound” video series, which spotlights pioneers of all crafts who’ve “stayed true to a vision of preserving their rich heritage, while adapting to today’s tech-driven world.”
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Epson Intros ‘Advanced Pixel-Shifting’ in $2K Projector

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 7:13am
Epson has introduced “advanced” pixel-shifting technology in the Home Cinema 4010 LCD projector it unveiled yesterday.
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