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Geostorm

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 1:26pm
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Facing their own complete extinction due to extreme storms that are destroying whole cities, the world finally comes together, sending 17 teams of scientists and engineers to create a system, a series of satellites all controlled by a giant space station that can use an assortment of devices—super lasers, thermal missiles, freezing beams, etc.—to stabilize the weather. Naturally, someone’s gonna try to seize control of Dutchboy, as the system is known, and weaponize it to make himself president of an all-powerful country that will destroy its enemies and rule the planet.
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Sound United & Sonos Settle Patent Infringement Suit

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 12:49pm
Sound United today announced that it has reached a settlement with Sonos, resolving all patent infringement litigation between the two companies, including the upcoming case filed against Sonos by Denon.
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Hisense Launches $3,000 4K ‘Laser TV’

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 12:13pm
China-based TV maker Hisense today announced the availability of an 80-inch followup to the 100-inch ‘Laser TV’ it introduced last year.
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How to Binge on Top Shows for Free

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 8:08am
Most streaming services offer free trials to first-time subscribers, so it’s possible to feast on a tower of see-food without paying a dime. These trials extend from one week to 30 days, but the onus is on the new subscriber to cancel just before their credit card is charged.
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Speaker Cables: Can You Hear the Difference?

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 5:12pm
The results of blind listening tests with eleven audio experts.

Editor's Note, 2018: In the early 1980s, esoteric high-end audio as we know it today was just taking off as an alternative to the mass-market equipment offered in neighborhood TV/appliance stores. Fueled by an underground audio press that included magazines and newsletters such as Sound & Vision sister publication Stereophile, The Absolute Sound, International Audio Review, The Audio Critic, and others, a cottage industry emerged, one populated by small manufacturers of low-volume, high-priced exotica claiming greater faithfulness to the music than the gear reviewed and advertised in the pages of Stereo Review, High Fidelity, Audio, et al.

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Also Sprach Rocktopia: Backstage With Broadway’s Inspiring Hybrid Rock/Classical Musical

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 5:02pm
Photos: Matthew Murphy

You say you want a musical (r)evolution? Well, you know, look no further than what’s being done with Rocktopia, the quite inspiring, electrifying hybrid rock-meets-classical musical that recently completed a triumphant six-week run on Broadway, with a tour currently in the midst of being planned for the fall. I sat down backstage with Rocktopia co-creators Rob Evan and Tony Bruno to discuss the clever ways they fuse the worlds of classical and rock music together, and where the show may be headed next.

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Survey: Internet Streaming Now Firmly Established in U.S.

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:49pm
More than two-thirds of U.S. internet-connected (a.k.a. “broadband”) households now subscribe to a streaming service such as Netflix and about four out of ten (38 percent) subscribe to more than one service, according to new research from Dallas-based Parks Associates.
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Sennheiser Targets Athletes with Wireless Earbuds

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 3:18pm
Sennheiser today introduced a splash- and sweat-resistant set of wireless earbuds designed to stay in place during active workouts.
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Technics to Preview New Reference Class Turntables

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 8:48am
Technics is teaming with Value Electronics to preview the Reference Class SP-10R and SL-1000R turntables it unveiled in January at CES.
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Should I Use an HDMI Audio Converter With my Apple TV?

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 8:33am
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Q I’m currently using an Apple TV 4K box that’s connected to my HDTV with an HDMI cable. For sound, I run a cable from the HDTV’s optical digital output to an external DAC connected to my stereo system. Here’s my question: Would it be a useful upgrade to buy an HDMI audio converter so I could connect to my stereo system directly without first routing the signal through the TV? —Kristóf Kollár

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