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Sony XBR-65X900F LCD Ultra HDTV Review

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 1:50pm

PRICE $2,300

Excellent shadow detail
Superb color and resolution
Punchy HDR
Mediocre off-axis performance
Some blooming

The new Sony XBR-65X900F is no OLED-killer, but it offers OLED-like benefits at a reasonable price.

OLED ULTRA HDTVS grab most of today’s headlines. And although prices for OLED sets have dropped dramatically over the last year, they still command a high premium. Even flagship LCD sets— Sony’s Z9D line, for example—remain beyond the price reach of many consumers. Sony’s new X900F LCD TVs, which are available in screen sizes all the way up to 85 inches, provide a more reasonable alternative. Choose the 65-inch X900F under review here and you’ll leave the store with a far smaller dent on your credit line than you would when buying an OLED or a flagship LCD.

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Flashback 1999: World’s Biggest TV!

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 10:26am
Nineteen years ago this month, Sound & Vision had just published its fifth issue. The cover featured the “world’s biggest TV” — an 80-inch Mitsubishi rear-projection TV that was positively huge by today’s skinny-TV standards.
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How Do I Diagnose Phase Problems in My System?

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 8:54am
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Q I can’t seem to get clear dialogue when playing some movies and TV shows and am forced to used closed captioning. I believe my problem is caused by improper phase. My home theater setup consists of five speakers plus dual subwoofers that have a polarity switch and phase knob. I’ve heard that the proper way to adjust phase is to play a sine wave at 80 Hz (same as my crossover setting) and then turn off all speakers except the left or right speaker and its adjacent sub. The next step: adjust polarity and phase until you measure the highest SPL level at the main listening position. Am I going about things right? Any other suggestions to improve dialogue intelligibility in my system? —AMIT ALCALAY

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AudioQuest ‘Optical HDMI’ Cable Good for 100 Feet

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 8:43am
AudioQuest has announced a hybrid optical/HDMI cable that uses an electro-optical conversion module and four glass-fiber optical conductors to carry 18Gbps of data — including HDR-enabled 4K video — up to 100 feet.
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DTS Adds New Features to Play-Fi Streaming App

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 7:04am
DTS has announced a software update for its DTS Play-Fi streaming app that integrates features from the recently introduced Play-Fi Headphones app and adds several other capabilities, including a previous-sessions memory.
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Revolv Introduces ‘Archival Quality’ Record Cleaner

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 2:10pm
Here’s a product you don’t come across every day. Vana, the Lake George, NY-based distributor of audio products and accessories, today introduced a solution designed specifically for cleaning vinyl records.
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Finding the Sweet Spot with ALR Projection Screens

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 1:13pm
Ambient-light-rejecting (ALR) projection screens that picture contrast in spaces that can’t be completely darkened continue to grow in popularity thanks to recent advances in performance and declining prices.
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Philips Ships First HDR1000-Certified Video Monitor

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 7:12am
EPI, licensee of Philips-brand video monitors in North America, has announced that the DisplayHDR1000-certified monitor introduced in April is now available at Best Buy and Amazon for $1,000.
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Yamaha’s New Slimline AVR Boasts Voice Control and Wireless Surround

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:02pm
Yamaha today unveiled a 5.1-channel AV receiver offering Alexa voice control and wireless surround capability in a space-saving “slimline” design.
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Roku to Deliver Wireless TV Speakers this Fall

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:35am
Roku has announced its entry into the wildly overcrowded TV speaker market — but not with a soundbar.
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Best Buy is Back, Baby

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:11am
Amazon will rule the world. Bricks-and-mortar is ancient history. Shop on your phone, click the button, and the drone will drop off your new TV within the hour. Right? Well, maybe. But apparently Best Buy didn't get that memo. The company has come roaring back.

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Klipsch Introduces Customizable 3-Channel Soundbar

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 8:30am
Klipsch today introduced a high-performance soundbar that can be customized to match the width of most TVs.
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