Dolby Vision HDR

Ultra HD TVs have been on the market for a couple years now, but 2015 may be the year the technology truly makes its move, thanks to the arrival of two technologies that will notably improve color and contrast in these new TVs. Last week, we discussed quantum dots and how they will help expand the color gamut of new UHD TVs. This week, we're going to focus on how high dynamic range(HDR) can dramatically improve contrast, both in UHD source content and display devices.

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While it’s still very early days for 4K, the tracks are being laid for the ultra-HD future. The potential impact on the media and advertising industries are obvious: content will become more immersive and more highly sought-after by advertisers, creatives will have more impact, and ad serving infrastructure will have to undergo a major upgrade.

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In this article, I’ve tried to consolidate a large amount of information on Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D into just a few pages. The basic concepts of both technologies are pretty much the same. Their hardware implementations are different, and of course, you’ll need to pick one, since the speaker configuration is different between the two. Eventually, players and receivers will support both codecs, but the goal of both is the same: more speakers for better and more immersive surround sound.

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OppoHA2

 

The HA-2 is an elegant yet sophisticated portable headphone amplifier with built-in rechargeable battery. It is engineered to enhance music playback from mobile phones and portable music players. Aesthetically, the HA-2 does not look like a typical or generic electronic device. Its genuine leather casing with contrast stitching and beveled aluminum edges are eye-catching and cannot be confused with any other product.

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Rip Blu-rayHollywood wants you to buy its movies on DVD and Blu-ray, but it also wants to control what you do with them once you get home. That doesn’t sit well with us, so we’re going to show you how to do something that Hollywood most definitely does not want you to do: Rip movies and copy them to your computer’s hard drive so you can enjoy them without ever having to get up off your couch to drop a disc in the DVD player. You have everything on your computer digitally, so why would you want to mess around with physical discs? Rip all of your discs and keep them on your computer.

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Posted in Home Theater Guides By Gavin Wen

SVS Bookshelf

 

Being an audiophile isn’t easy.  Once you’ve experienced great sound, it’s virtually impossible to go back to pedestrian-sounding speakers.  In many ways, that beautiful moment of an audiophile’s epiphany becomes a terrible, life-long curse.  Such is the paradox.

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Oppo PM-2
The Oppo PM-2 was released not long after the Oppo PM-1 as a lower cost alternative. The PM-2 forgoes the fancy presentation box, extra ear-pads, and balanced cable, leaving the denim clam-shell case, short mobile cable, and longe unbalanced cable (OFC instead of OCC) as the included accessories


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Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4K Home Cinema ProjectorThe world of 4K Ultra HD video keeps on expanding. Over the last several months, RapalloAV has sold many of Sony 4K projectors. Both the top of the line VPL-VW1100ES and their next step down VPL-VW500ES have put big smiles on many faces! Not only do they look jaw-droppingly good on 4K content, they each upscale your non-4K content to 4K and provide incredible pictures. Sony’s rich experience in commercial cinema gives them an edge in upscaling technology.  You have never seen Netflix, Blu-ray, or broadcast TV look so good!

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Posted in News By Gavin Wen

When Oppo announced the HA-1, critics wondered why the company would bother, since the Oppo PM-1 and PM-2 headphones are so amplifier-friendly that an iPhone can drive them to head-banging levels. The answer is simple: the HA-1 is for all those other headphones that aren't as accepting or compatible with low-power sources as Oppo's cans. But the Oppo HA-1 isn't just a potent headphone amplifier, it's also a preamp with multiple outputs and a DAC that supports a wide range of formats and inputs.

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Prime TowersYou'd think that, after so many decades of speaker development, we'd have settled on a perfect driver complement. Actually, we kind of have. Once you look carefully at what kinds of speakers work best in most rooms, with most music, and for most listeners' tastes--and also tend to produce the best measured performance--you end up with three-way designs. These typically combine a dome or ribbon tweeter, a midrange driver in the four-inch range, and one or more 6.5- or eight-inch woofers. 

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