Music is a fantastically particular medium of interpretation as well as the appearance, so it’s no surprise that audience tastes are regularly captivated. We live during a time when our affection and suppositions about music are openly communicated by “preferences,” and “top choices,” which therefore goes as one with the idea of music disclosure. Preferences and choice comes in handy when you have loads of play counts and this helps in getting a higher rank or maybe higher.
Soundcloud Popularity is pretty much necessary for music chart as you may have noticed many big banners as well as the artist are having loads of plays and they are higher in music charts too. So there is something that make to that highest level. What is that thing? Check out http://SoundcloudPromotions.com/ services that offers a feature called engagement plays. Soundcloud plays are counted by the world and the only way to know the popularity of a profile or account is to check the play counts. If the counts of this feature are high, then it will be on reputed music charts.
There are different factors is judging a track as well as a profile some of them are Soundcloud plays, Soundcloud …
With the steady piling-on of features and capabilities that we’ve seen in recent A/V receivers, it was only a matter of time, and bravery, before one manufacturer bit the bullet and tried to put all that’s good into one package. That company is Denon, and its not-so-small package is the AVR-5700, one of the most feature-packed and solid-performing A/V receivers I’ve ever tested. That its most advanced, future-oriented, and even revolutionary features are also easy to use only makes the package more enticing.
Not only does the 5700 perform Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, and DTS decoding, but each set of the resulting multichannel signals can receive the full panoply of THX 5.1 post-processing for optimized cinemalike sound quality. This is the first A/V receiver to offer DTS decoding and THX 5.1 processing together. The surround decoding, the post-processing, and the receiver’s eight adjustable ambience modes are all executed by two Analog Devices SHARC digital signal processing (DSP) chips. These perform their rapid and complex mathematical calculations using “floating-point” arithmetic, so they are far less likely to run out of dynamic range than the usual less-expensive “fixed-point” DSP chips.
The promotional literature for the 5700 makes a great deal about …
At some future date, someone, somewhere, will come up with a bigger, heavier, more powerful, and more fully featured A/V receiver than the one reviewed here. But until then we’ll just have to make do with Denon’s AVR-5800 all 62 pounds, 1,190 watts, and seven THX Ultra-certified channels of it.
You read that right seven channels. The AVR-5800 incorporates THX Surround EX decoding and includes outputs for two back surround speakers, as THX recommends for reproducing the matrix-encoded sixth channel in Dolby Digital Surround EX soundtracks. Consequently, there are seven discrete power-amplifier channels, each rated at 170 watts, making it the first receiver I’ve seen that can deliver more than 1,000 watts in all.
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This is also the first A/V receiver to decode DTS ES-Discrete, a 6.1-channel system in which the sixth channel is individually encoded rather than matrixed onto the regular left/right surround channels. And it’s the first receiver with DTS Neo:6 processing, an all-purpose decoding algorithm that derives 6.1-channel surround sound from any two-channel source, including plain stereo and matrixed Dolby Surround.
The AVR-5800 is deeper (19 1/8 inches front to back) than it is wide, …
Ever looked at the pile of remote controls on your coffee table and wondered if they were breeding when you weren’t watching? I’ve got a receiver for you, Kenwood’s second-from-the-top model, the VR-4700. It brings a new weapon to bear in the fight against coffee-table clutter.
I’ve seen touchscreen remotes with LCD panels before, so the receiver’s PowerTouch handset wasn’t too surprising at first. But finding out that it controls the receiver via radio-frequency (RF) commands instead of the usual infrared (IR) flashes struck me as a valuable innovation. The use of RF signals not only promised correct operation regardless of where I pointed the remote but also let me use it through the walls of neighboring rooms – it doesn’t need a direct, line-of-sight path to the receiver. As the early draft of the manual that came with our preproduction test sample so vividly puts it, the VR-4700 will receive the PowerTouch commands even when it is installed “in a position where the IR remote signal can hardly access, for example, behind a tree.”
Touchscreen remote controls are, in general, really cool. The best ones, like Kenwood’s, are two-way devices that show the operating status of the receiver on …
Not only is JVC one of Japan’s oldest names in consumer electronics, but as the developer of the VHS format it’s also one of the most successful. So you might expect its take on the A/V receiver genre to be conservative stodgy, even.
It’s not. The firm’s latest A/V flagship, the RX-1028V, boasts snazzy looks, lots of extra features some quite useful and a nicely compact chassis. One of its three big control knobs is a master volume control, and another performs source selection. The third is a “multi-jog” wheel depending on the mode selected by one of the nearby pushbuttons, it tunes the radio, adjusts setup parameters, or tweaks the equalizer or surround-mode settings.
JVC RX-1028V rear panelA front-panel set of convenience jacks includes an S-video input. Around back the receiver is fully equipped, with connections for four A/V components, including two record loops, and S-video jacks for all save VCR2. Four auxiliary audio inputs (for the center, surround, and subwoofer channels) enable it to accept the decoded 5.1-channel output of a DVD player or another outboard processor say, a DVD-Audio or SACD player. (You’d have to use the “regular” DVD input’s left/right analog jacks as well.)
JVC’s digital …
Although it has taken some time, the benefits of THX-compliant receiver specifications have finally arrived in a big way. Marantz’s SR-18 is the second THX-Ultra 5.1 receiver I’ve tested in three months, and I am told by THX that the present trickle is about to become a flood, though most of the new models will be of the lower-power THX-Select variety. If those future models perform half as well as the SR-18, Marantz’s first THX-Ultra receiver, home theater enthusiasts will be inundated with top-performing equipment.
Like earlier THX-Ultra receivers, the SR-18 is a powerhouse. Its 140-watt-per-channel rating means that it can drive an 8-ohm speaker to play 21 dB louder than its rated sound-pressure level (SPL) with a 1-watt input. With a speaker whose sensitivity spec is, say, 89 dB, the SR-18 will generate peak levels of around 110 dB at 1 meter, which is extremely loud.
Of course, as a THX receiver (Ultra or Select), the SR-18 not only delivers equal power to all five speaker-level outputs, but it also contains such trademarked THX processing functions as Timbre Matching, Re-equalization, and Adaptive Decorrelation. Timbre Matching is intended to make the surround speakers sound more like the fronts, and Re-equalization …
We’ve tested a veritable fleet of flagship Onkyo A/V receivers over the last few years. Each has gone straight to the top of the audio order of battle by virtue of its versatility and audio quality. The latest, the TX-DS989, is no exception. Having both “7.1-channel” facilities as well as the high-quality circuit performance, surround sound processing, and bass management virtually guaranteed by its THX Ultra certification makes it unique among high-end receivers.
For playback using THX Surround EX (see “Eye on EX”), Onkyo has provided two separate, full-capability amplifier channels to drive either one or two back surround speakers. THX recommends two, hence the 7.1-channel designation. While you won’t get 7.1 discrete channels from any signal medium available today, the receiver also incorporates discrete, line-level analog inputs for 7.1 channels and a corresponding set of preamp outputs to help forestall obsolescence when new formats arrive.
This receiver is chock full of other advanced and interesting features and circuitry – too many to go into much detail about here (see the “Key Features” listing). But starting with the 7.1-channel facilities, the abundant features make this the most future-proof A/V receiver I’ve yet encountered (past-proof too, with its phono and AC-3/RF …
Outlaw Audio is an aptly named new company. You won’t be able to track down any of its products in so public a place as a dealer showroom. Instead, you’ll have to hunt for them on the Internet, where the company does its direct marketing to consumers at www.outlawaudio.com (not www.outlaw.com, a Web site selling duck-hunting decoys and bird-shaped kites). At the moment there are two Outlaw Audio products, a well-regarded multichannel power amplifier and the new Model 1050 “6.1-channel” receiver. Don’t let the newness of the company or the receiver’s low, $600 price mislead you. The 1050 ain’t no decoy, bubba.
What audio decoy would provide that most trendy of new receiver features, 6.1-channel decoding, which extracts a back surround signal from a 5.1-channel or Surround EX-encoded 6.1-channel Dolby Digital soundtrack (see “Home Theater,” page 43)? The 1050 even has a power amplifier for its sixth channel, equivalent in performance to that of the other five onboard amplifiers.
All the other key features of the receiver are listed in the box on the next page. As you can see, they represent a typical complement for a store-bought A/V receiver of around this price or higher, plus the 6.1-channel facilities. …
A decade has now passed since Lucasfilm Ltd. began certifying home theater components under its THX program, which gives a stamp of approval to gear that meets its stringent requirements for performance and design. Last year Lucasfilm divided the program into THX Ultra, which continues the existing high-end orientation, and THX Select, which certifies components capable of meeting THX performance standards in smaller rooms and at more modest cost.
Pioneers VSX-24TX is the first THX Select A/V receiver to come my way, and in most respects it appears to validate Lucasfilms efforts. The specs for this hefty, full-featured five-channel receiver suggest a pretty high design standard. The chassis, which is both very deep and quite tall, accommodates a flip-down front-panel door that conceals secondary controls, a convenience A/V input, and a headphone jack.
The receivers back panel is unusually well equipped, with facilities for four A/V components, all with full S-video ports, and with two record/play loops. There are also connections for four audio sources, including a turntable and two recorders. As for digital source components, there are two coaxial and two optical inputs, plus an optical output for a CD or MiniDisc recorder. The optical output is handy, and …
Sunfire’s Theater Grand II is the Ginsu knife of preamp/processors. For $3,300, you get everything you’d expect from a high-end preamp and surround processor, including Dolby Digital, DTS, and Pro Logic decoding, five ambience-enhancement modes, a six-channel input, gold-plated jacks, and 96-kHz/24-bit playback.
But wait, there’s more! Sunfire also throws in an AM/FM tuner, a touchscreen learning remote, signal-sensing automatic operation, and a phono stage. But that’s not all! For the same low, low price (at least by high-end standards), you also get balanced outputs for all six channels, component-video switching, a generous complement of digital inputs, Holographic Image sound-enhancement processing, and a Seven Axis mode that lets you add two more surround speakers to your system.
Bob Carver’s designs have always had a big “Gee whiz!” factor. His Cinema Grand Signature multichannel amp delivers an ungodly 405 watts per channel, continuous, into 8 ohms without even breaking a sweat, and his True subwoofer crams 2,700 watts of power into an 11-inch cube.
Here the challenge was to create a preamp/processor that could satisfy the most discriminating audiophile, pack it full of features, and make it as easy to set up and use as any receiver you could pick up …
At 61 pounds plus, Yamaha’s flagship RX-V1 easily qualifies as the new A/V-receiver size and weight champ also the A/V-connection champ. The RX-V1 presents the most awesome array of audio and video jacks I’ve seen on the back panel of any receiver. The “key features” box tells the whole story, but the total of 11 digital inputs (including a laserdisc-ready AC-3/RF jack) and eight analog A/V entryways is mighty impressive.
Among the forest of connectors is an output for a back surround speaker – the RX-V1 includes a matrix decoder for deriving a centered rear surround channel from any 5.1-channel recording. That gives you 6.1-channel reproduction, but you could have as many as 8.1 channels since there are also outputs for two front-effects speakers, a proprietary Yamaha feature.
And there’s plenty more: three component-video inputs that can be assigned among the eight A/V sources, a six-channel analog input for DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD, remote-zone A/V line outputs, preamp outputs for the five primary channels plus front L/R amp inputs, and even an RS-232 serial port for connection to a home-automation system. To paraphrase Garrison Keillor, if it won’t connect to the RX-V1, you can probably get along without it.…
Youve probably noticed that personal computers and home audio systems are merging quite rapidly, at least from the standpoint of functionality. All PCs now have sound cards as well as CD or DVD drives, so playing music or watching movies on a computer is so easy that its taken for granted. Likewise, most home audio gear has sophisticated digital signal processing (DSP) software onboard, and A/V receivers and digital satellite receivers perform millions of calculations per second to decode Dolby Digital audio and MPEG-2 video data. But despite the functional similarity, there are surprisingly few products that really cross over between the two realms. We still tend to think of computers and stereo gear as different animals.
The Yamaha RP-U100 officially known by the unwieldy name of @ PET RP-U100, with the PET standing for Personal Entertainment Theater and the @ standing for who knows what is a bold new species that expertly merges the two genera. It is a full-fledged A/V receiver, but its innovative styling, USB (universal serial bus) port, and Windows 98-compatible software make it a potentially breakthrough product. One look will convince you that the RP-U100 is different. Its sloping vertical chassis sets it apart from …
From eight-tracks through cassettes and on to CD players and changers I’ve driven with them all. I even remember my in-dash Delco AM radio with an FM converter beneath, though that was a long time ago. However, the one constant through all my years of driving or as a passenger, for that matter has been the car radio.
As much as car radios have changed over the years, they’ve remained remarkably similar. Sure, digital tuning has advanced user convenience dramatically, and digital signal-processing (DSP) circuitry can make your front seat sound like a church pew, but the radio has otherwise remained a decidedly analog animal. At least, it had until Blaupunkt introduced its DigiCeiver line of head units. The seven models come in different configurations, ranging from the $250 Florida CD receiver to the $570 Dallas MiniDisc receiver. I tried the $330 Alaska CD receiver, which has now been joined by the $370 Alaska II with an enhanced-visibility display.
The Alaska has a clean front panel with sensibly placed, easy-to-use buttons. Six station-preset buttons allow accesss to 12 FM or 6 AM stations, plus another 12 presets under the receiver’s Travelstore feature, which stores the six strongest stations in each …
York city Councillor Jeffrey Dawson wants residents to tell council members how they feel about the possibility of the mayor proclaiming Diversity Day.
Such a day would celebrate gays and various ethnic and religious groups.
In an e-mail response on the topic to anti-gay pastor Stephen Boisson, Dawson wrote: The politically expedient way to deal with this is to just give in to the gay movement and not let council debate the issue.
I will try my hardest to prevent that but to be successful I need you and everyone you know to contact all of council and encourage them to do everything in their power to prevent the degradation of our community values.
By the way, dont let any of them tell you that there is nothing they can do to stop it, tell them to get some backbone and stand up for family values.
The quote was included in a letter Boisson wrote the York Advocate.
Dawson confirmed Monday that the quote was accurate.
Diversity Day was an option to Gay Pride Day that a group of local gays were to discuss Monday before meeting with Mayor Gail Surkan on Tuesday.
That meeting is so she can get …
The general manager of a local radio station is predicting victory for the CBC in its attempt to bring its classical music service to York listeners.
CBCs application is almost a gimme, said Big 105s Paul Mason, whose parent company Jim Pattison Industries Ltd. was competing with the CBC for a licence to broadcast on the same FM frequency 99.9 MHz.
At hearings before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in Edmonton last week, the Pattison team presented an amended application on a different frequency, leaving the field clear for the national broadcasters Radio Two application.
What it boils down to is the CBC will probably get their application approved, Mason said. Theres a certain part of the population that really wants that, and theres no harm to local companies.
Because the CBC does not accept advertising, it would not affect the York markets ad revenue pool, which Mason estimated at $50 million for all media.
The Pattison application is competing with commercial licence applications from Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. and Newcap Inc. The commission can decide to grant licences to any, all or none of the four applicants.
Mason said that in the run up to last weeks …
Rapid growth, demand for prime building sites and a relatively short history of permanent settlement can be a recipe for the destruction of historically significant places.
The City of York, which has been on an economic roll of late, has all the ingredients for that recipe.
As a result, the city has taken steps to protect its most historic buildings, landmarks and commemorative sites, with efforts underway to preserve everything from houses to hills to plaques to individual trees.
A 15-member Heritage Preservation Committee has been entrusted with identifying historic sites and recommending them to city council for special designation.
Committee chair Nancy Hackett said the purpose of the committee is to promote local awareness of Yorks heritage and provide a practical means of saving valuable sites and buildings.
The centrepiece of the committees work is the Historic Significance District, an inventory of significant properties compiled under a January 2013 bylaw. The inventory lists 94 buildings, landmarks, archeological sites and other places of interest.
There are only five municipalities in Alberta that recognize historic properties, Hackett said. This approach is unique.
Yorks famous green onion water tower, the Cenotaph, City Hall Park, and the old post office and federal building …
Members of the cattle industry doubt Canadians can eat enough beef to save it.
Concern was sparked by a new government program to stimulate the Canadian beef industry while the American border remains closed to Canadian beef.
Until the border opens up, nothing is going to change. Theres not the population to consume the beef we have, said Ron Burndred, owner of Innisfail Meat Packers.
We need the borders open. We really do. Its sad.
A single case of mad cow disease confirmed in Alberta a month ago shut down the industry. More than half of Canadas beef industry is located in Alberta.
Burndreds freezer is full but he said its been hard for people in the meat industry to get the beef cuts consumers want.
Burndred, who only sells Alberta beef, said producers should be compensated because they are the mainstay of Albertas economy. But he doesnt know how much good it will do. It could be as good as gun control.
Details of the $460-million Canada-Alberta Temporary Slaughter Cattle Disaster Assistance Program to compensate producers were announced Wednesday.
Producers who sell their feed cattle for slaughter will be compensated on a sliding scale based on the difference between …
Property-related crime and drugs helped drive up Yorks crime rate in 2013, the first increase in two years, RCMP statistics suggest.
The total number of Criminal Code offences increased 23 per cent to 11,782.
In 2013, there were a total of 9,528 Criminal Code offences, down 12 per cent from 2013. In 2013, the rate had decreased by two per cent.
But last year, property-related crimes, such as theft, break and enter, and robbery, saw an in crease of 34 per cent, to 6,128.
Drugs offences, especially cocaine possession and trafficking, jumped 36 per cent to 417. There were 306 drug offences in 2013.
Total collisions and traffic-related cases bucked the trend, dropping 11 per cent to 33,449 from 37,616.
Drunk driving declined by 12 per cent to 454 from 518.
Insp. Peter Calvert said it appears the court system is focusing more of its resources on violent crime.
This is making it more difficult to convince justice officials to keep individuals charged with property-related crimes in custody until they appear in provincial court, he said.
Some of these individuals released back into the community are committing more crimes, which increases the statistics, he added.
Im not saying first-time offenders …
A mammoth growth in four subdivisions helped boost Yorks population three per cent this year.
The southeast portion of the city led the growth parade, which now sees the population at 72,691, city manager of legislative and administrative services Kelly Kloss said Tuesday.
Yorks population last year, according to the census, was 70,593.
The growth was slightly less than in 2013, when the population increased 3.35 per cent.
In the last decade, the city has increased its population by almost 13,000 people.
The southeast subdivisions continued to be the source of greatest growth with almost 2,200 more people .
Deer Park welcomed an increase of 1,132 people to 6,845 while Lancaster grew 502 to 2,376.
Anders subdivision jumped 550 people to 5,329.
Kentwood, in the citys north section, grew almost 19 per cent to 2,232 people from 1,885.
The growth of the downtown area was also impressive with 329 more people living there than in 2013. The central population, which has swelled mainly due to an increase in condominium housing for people aged 40 and above, sits at 3,360.
Johnstone Park, one of the citys newest subdivisions located north of 71st Street, almost doubled to 312 people.
Results of the …
An RCMP request for nine more officers to patrol city streets, including a team of four to tackle downtown bar problems, seemed to capture a lot of city council support Wednesday night.
Several councillors made it clear that increasing police protection was a priority for them.
Councillor Diana Rowe said shed had calls from residents alarmed at the crime seen in their neighbourhoods.
Theyre asking if were going to do something about policing.
A resident also told her that they felt we were losing the city to crime. I dont think shes alone on that, said Rowe, who believes police should get their budget request.
Other communities across Canada are wrestling with similar problems, she said.
RCMP Supt. Jim Steele told council during budget deliberations Wednesday night that the force needs more officers because of the citys growth.
If approved by city council, the city detachment would be boosted to 92 officers.
Adding the nine officers would cost $513,000 in 2014. That covers only half a year because of the time needed to bring them on staff. A full year would cost about $856,000.
Police are also requesting $145,500 to hire a stenographer, information records clerk and bylaw officer, and …
When you get out the water hose, think address, number and time of day.
It could mean the difference between your lawn and flowers receiving some regular watering and having tighter water restrictions in place.
The City of York is calling on residents to water on odd days of the month if their house or building number ends in an odd number, or only on even days if it ends in an even number.
By doing so, up to 10 million litres of water can be saved on a hot summer day, the equivalent of filling six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
City officials are also encouraging residents to water in the early morning or evening the time when water doesnt evaporate as much, so it bodes well for your lawn and plants.
Apartment and condo managers must also take the same measures.
From what we have been seeing this spring, we havent seen a lot of complying on a voluntary basis, said city public works manager Paul Goranson on Monday. If you drive around the neighbourhoods, quite often its not every second house that is watering.
Last year, there was also a voluntary call, but there were still problems …
The United Way smashed its previous record for fundraising during Campaign 2013.
The campaign raised $1.120 million in 2013, four per cent more than 2013. The 2013 campaign raised $1,077,089, surpassing the 2013 campaign by $101,810.
Despite the record, the United Way fell $5,000 short of its goal of $1.125 million.
The chair of Campaign 2013 said she is very happy how the campaign turned out, considering the impact of the drought and a slump in the energy sector.
(Five thousand dollars) is a pretty minuscule amount compared to the overall goal, said Arlene Demars.
Demars said more donations may come in, although the official campaign ended Friday.
Any money submitted at the end of the campaign will be applied to next years total, she said.
Central Alberta continues to amaze me, said Demars. There is a lot of fundraising that goes on in this community every year, and Central Albertans dig deeper. This is a testament to the generosity of Central Albertans.
The United Way of Central Alberta funds 32 member agencies.
Organizations receiving $30,000 or more from the United Way in 2013 included Big Brothers and Sisters of York, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Canadian Red Cross, …
Ottawa is dragging its feet in coming up with compensation for cattle producers hit by the mad cow scare, says a feedlot operator.
They spent a whole bunch of money on SARS and they forget about other sectors of the economy. They forget we exist out here, said Glen Armitage, president of Armitage Feed Lots Inc. southwest of York.
But there were signs Monday that help may be on the way. Top managers in Agriculture Canada are working out the details, a government source told The Canadian Press.
Theyre talking about it, trying to come up with a vehicle to get money out, the source said.
Central Alberta feedlot operators said theyre feeling a big economic pinch because they cant sell cattle that are ready to be butchered. Those cattle need to be fed while revenue dwindles.
Armitage said cattle are selling for about 35 per cent less. But even at bargain prices, the cattle may not sell because packing plants have slashed production.
Since Albertas mad cow was discovered May 20, Armitage has sold 200 head of cattle. Typically, in that time period, about 1,500 are sold. His feedlot contains 6,500 cattle.
Weve probably got 1,500 that should go …