SV Staff  |  Dec 11, 2017  |  0 comments
Here’s an idea: An app-based wireless speaker that visualizes lyrics on a translucent baffle/screen in real-time while the music is playing, creating a quasi-holographic effect.
SV Staff  |  Dec 11, 2017  |  1 comments
Verizon said it plans to build out a super-fast 5G fixed-gigabit wireless service serving 30 million homes “over the next few years,” according to a report in Telecompetitor.
SV Staff  |  Dec 11, 2017  |  1 comments
In the age of talking technology and artificial intelligence, it seems the social police have new things to worry — like how smart “virtual assistants” like Amazon’s Echo speaker respond to questions and comments.
Chris Chiarella  |  Dec 08, 2017  |  2 comments
Remember how excited we were when we heard that George Lucas—the man who started it all—was going back to directing Star Wars movies? And a lot of us went to see Episode I and said, “Oh.” And then, a few years older and wiser, we sat through Episode II and said, “Oh. Well.”

Ridley Scott is putting us through much the same ringer with the Alien franchise he began, famously returning for 2012’s technically accomplished but overly complicated Prometheus (also newly available on 4K). And now he’s back again with Alien: Covenant, which might just be the nadir for the series.

Corey Gunnestad  |  Dec 08, 2017  |  0 comments
Seventeenth-century feudal Japan wasn’t exactly fertile ground for sowing the seeds of Christianity. For the Jesuit priests who went there to bring the word of God and their faithful converts, they were met with hostility, unspeakable cruelty, and death. Christ was the ultimate living example of persecution and sufferance, and the Jesuits could find strength and perseverance in that. But even Christ had his moment of doubt, and every person has his breaking point. And the Japanese were ruthlessly methodical in their efforts.
Rob Sabin  |  Dec 08, 2017  |  2 comments
...We Were More Than a Decade Strong

A recent visit to The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, site of 1969’s Woodstock Music & Art Festival, inspired me to dig into the stored archive of our magazine as we set sights on our 60th anniversary year. And what a library it is. Sound & Vision was founded in February 1958 as HiFi & Music Review, when the big news in audio tech was the transition from mono to stereo.

SV Staff  |  Dec 08, 2017  |  0 comments
Puro Sound Labs, the San Diego-based company “dedicated to fighting the growing epidemic of noise-induced hearing loss,” has expanded its line of volume-limited headphones for kids with a wireless on-ear model.
Kris Deering  |  Dec 07, 2017  |  1 comments
PRICE $8,999

Great optics
Accurate color adjustments via CMS
Long-life LED light engine
Lack of key features
Disappointing contrast performance
No HDR support

The BenQ HT9050 has DLP’s latest 4K chip design, but its poor contrast and lack of key features result in an uninspiring package that can't compete with other projectors at or near this price point.

It wasn’t long ago — just 10 years, in fact — that the home projection market was all about DLP. It dominated nearly every price point and was always at the cutting edge of features. But eventually, things changed. Texas Instruments stagnated on DLP development. Meanwhile, new technologies like LCOS emerged, taking onscreen performance to an entirely new level, particularly for native black level and contrast. DLP has stuck around, but it's often found on the budget side of the market, with entry-level home/business designs, or at the opposite end of the spectrum, with cost-no-object three-chip designs.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 07, 2017  |  0 comments
Smart TVs can now stream the highest quality 4K HDR videos. We take a look at two smart TVs to see if we still need an external streaming device or if the new connected TVs are really as stand-alone and plug-and-play as they're supposed to be.
Al Griffin  |  Dec 07, 2017  |  2 comments
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