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“The rear-facing subwoofer adds the sort of weight and depth to proceedings most rivals would need a separate bass-box to muster.
In short, it’s a weightier, more full-bodied and all-round better sonic performance than is available from practically any other TV right now.
But that isn’t to say it’s perfect. This is good sound by flatscreen standards, but it’s still quite easily trumped by a capable soundbar.”
But extensive features aside, what really impresses us is how articulate, rhythmically precise and musical this AV receiver sounds. It’s punchy enough and fully exciting, but we love how it gives importance to the subtler aspects of sound quality.
While the mid-range priced receiver market is the most competitive and sought out range for purchase by consumers, the Onkyo TX-NR676 stands out in the crowd due to the emphasis on sound quality. It took everything I could throw at it and kept asking for more, with the Music Optimizer feature cleaning up not only compressed audio tracks but my vinyl as well. Onkyos’ Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry (VLSC), which takes the signal and completely removes pulse noise generated by the digital to analog conversion, made a noticeable difference in sound when comparing to high end external DAC’s I had on hand, allowing music played through the USB input to sound closer to pure analog such as high end tape or vinyl. The few times it didn’t satisfy me musically was due to comparison with products costing 10x as much, or pushing it far past what the general consumer would likely not push to. I highly recommend this unit and I will be sad to see it
“Sony’s ultra-short-throw projector is not only designed to look like furniture when sitting out in your living space, it’s designed to present a bright image with good contrast in a typical, well-lit room. Achieving the latter depends on pairing the projector with the right screen, which is why Sony recommends using an ambient light rejecting (ALR) model such as the aforementioned Screen Innovations Short Throw (ST) screen that I used for this test. ALR screens manage to deliver bright pictures in high ambient light environments by incorporating optical elements that reflect just the light coming from a specific angle. In the case of the Screen Innovations ST, that means that only the light projected upward at the screen from below gets beamed back, while light coming from other sources is effectively absorbed.
” It made the performance of the Persona 3F system the closest thing to the sense of Dolby Atmos envelopment that I’ve experienced without actually having Dolby Atmos. I noticed the same effect with the wonderful soundtrack in Moonlight. Invariably, whenever music became the dominate element in a soundtrack, it seamlessly filled the room— around me, as well as above me— in a way that was very reminiscent of what you’d hear with a system featuring overhead speakers. Wide-open outdoor scenes, such as when the kids are playing soccer, had much the same results in the delivery of ambient effects. Returning again to Lion, I watched the scene at the beginning of the movie when the young Saroo is standing in the middle of a swarm of butterflies (or moths), marveling at the beauty of it all. The Persona system made the sound of that enveloping swarm a reality in the room—forming a complete circle at ear level and even extending into a dome of sound above.
“There’s also a processing mode called HDR+ in the TV’s settings, which aims to make Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) content more like HDR – darkening the image and adding a touch more richness to the colours. ”
The V9800 is ISFccc certified and has a hidden ISF menu that can be accessed via a password. This is where a professional calibrator can set a day and night preset and then lock the controls out. The reason for this is that clients will pay up to £300 for a full calibration and the last thing they want is their children or other users changing the optimal settings by accident. Once set there is now ISF day and night options available in the picture menu with the controls greyed out, (however controls remain available for all the other picture modes). So using the calibration controls available on the Acer we set about correcting the greyscale and colour gamut results to get them closer to the industry standards for HD content.”