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SV Staff  |  Jun 04, 2018  |  0 comments
NAD Electronics has introduced a performance-oriented CD player “engineered for musicality, simplicity and value” at a time when many brands have abandoned the category that dominated music playback for more than three decades.
SV Staff  |  Jun 01, 2018  |  0 comments
What’s not to like about an $800 THX-certified subwoofer? Or how about a set of comfy planar-magnetic headphones that get the job done and then some for only 500 bucks? Add to this an integrated amplifier for the 21st Century, a great sounding home theater speaker system that trades cosmetics for performance, plus a faux-4K projector that’ll convince you you’re watching true 4K, and you have a far-flung batch of exemplary gear that screams for attention. Read on and, please, try not to drool.
Al Griffin  |  Jun 01, 2018  |  12 comments
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) convention in Antwerp, Belgium. At this annual event, magazine editors from around the globe are given the chance to preview new audio, video, and digital photography products, many of which are yet to hit the market. For me, a highlight of the event was a demo of Panasonic’s DP-UB9000, a flagship Ultra HD Blu-ray player designed for high-performance video and audio playback.
SV Staff  |  Jun 01, 2018  |  0 comments
Integra yesterday unveiled its upgraded “.2” series of AV receivers featuring three Sonos-compatible 9.2-channel models.
Bob Ankosko  |  May 31, 2018  |  First Published: May 30, 2018  |  1 comments
15 Minutes with Futurist Dave Evans

You can’t see the Internet of Things but, trust me, it’s there — and growing rapidly as every imaginable kind of “thing” becomes (or at least tries to become) net savvy. But what exactly does IoT mean? And if we move beyond the quaint Jetson-esque vision of the future, what are IoT’s real-world implications? To get a handle on where our increasingly interconnected world is heading, we tracked down Dave Evans, former chief futurist for Cisco and co-founder of the Silicon Valley IoT startup, Stringify. Strap on your seat belt and prepare for an exciting ride into the future.

S&V: Let’s start with the basics. We’ve been hearing a lot about IoT — the Internet of Things — over the past couple of years. It so all-encompassing. How do you define it?

SV Staff  |  May 30, 2018  |  0 comments
Apple has made good on its promise to add stereo and multiroom capability to the HomePod smart speaker it introduced in February.
SV Staff  |  May 30, 2018  |  0 comments
Comcast Xfinity and Fandango today announced a new feature that will let Xfinity X1 subscribers search local showtimes and initiate the purchase of movie tickets right from their televisions.
SV Staff  |  May 30, 2018  |  0 comments
Sony has announced the return of its Days of Play promotion, which celebrates the PlayStation community with a new limited-edition PlayStation 4 console, discounted PS VR bundles, and “epic deals” on hardware, peripherals, and PlayStation 4 games. The deals will be offered...
SV Staff  |  May 29, 2018  |  0 comments
As the Kickstarter campaign for Como Audio’s new voice-enabled SpeakEasy portable speaker winds down, the company has announced the speaker can be pre-ordered for $209 until the campaign ends on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. EST.
SV Staff  |  May 29, 2018  |  0 comments
LG today announced that its 2018 AI ThinQ OLED and Super UHD TVs are now compatible with Amazon Alexa voice-enabled devices.
Al Griffin  |  May 28, 2018  |  First Published: May 27, 2018  |  14 comments
Who are you?

I’m Al Griffin, the new editor of Sound & Vision magazine. While readers might know my name from the Ask S&V column and from product reviews, my involvement with the magazine actually spans back to its formation. Let’s begin at the beginning.

SV Staff  |  May 28, 2018  |  7 comments
Photo: LG Display.

LG Display turned more than a few heads at last week’s Society for Information Display (SID) conference where it demonstrated the “world’s first” 77-inch flexible and transparent OLED display.

SV Staff  |  May 28, 2018  |  1 comments
Best Buy continues to expand its Geek Squad tech service. Last week, the nation’s largest electronics retailer announced the nationwide launch of Total Tech Support Powered by Geek Squad...
SV Staff  |  May 28, 2018  |  0 comments
TV audience-measurement company Nielsen is now including detailed viewership data from YouTubeTV in the local TV-audience measurement data it provides to media companies and advertisers.
Michael Antonoff  |  May 27, 2018  |  First Published: May 24, 2018  |  1 comments
The smart speaker is about to change the way you live. Are you ready?

It’s not every day that a new consumer electronics category comes along that has an adoption rate projected to be faster than that of any other device, including smartphones, computers, TVs, and radios.

Some 56.3 million smart speakers are projected to ship this year, nearly twice as many as last year and 10 times the number shipped in 2016, according to Canalys. In the first quarter of 2017, only 7 percent of U.S. households had smart speakers. By the end of 2020, 75 percent are expected to have them, according to Gartner and Edison Research.