SV Staff  |  Jun 12, 2018  |  0 comments
HiFiMan is at it again, this time expanding its line with open-back planar-magnetic headphones designed to bring out the best of smartphones and other portable devices.
SV Staff  |  Jun 11, 2018  |  1 comments
Pioneer has pulled the wraps off a mid-priced AV receiver that targets cinephiles and gamers with the lure of an “ultimate” surround sound experience.
SV Staff  |  Jun 11, 2018  |  2 comments
French start-up Prizm today announced the worldwide launch of a smart internet radio that plays the kind of music you want to hear when you walk into the room and hit Play.
Al Griffin  |  Jun 11, 2018  |  3 comments
For me, a thrill that comes with the arrival of spring and summer months is jumping in my car and traveling in pursuit of music. Two months back, I saluted the warm weather, loaded up my Impreza, and drove a few hundred miles south to Takoma Park, Maryland to attend The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose, A Festival of American Primitive Guitar.
SV Staff  |  Jun 11, 2018  |  0 comments
Salamander Designs, the Connecticut-based maker of quality AV furniture, is addressing the growing interest in ultra-short-throw (UST) projectors with a line of cabinets custom-built for video projection systems designed to sit mere inches from the wall.
SV Staff  |  Jun 08, 2018  |  0 comments
Onkyo USA has announced that the “Works with Sonos” firmware update for more than two dozen AV receivers from Onkyo, Pioneer, and Integra is now available.
SV Staff  |  Jun 08, 2018  |  0 comments
Amazon has expanded its popular Fire TV family of streaming media players with a new 4K/HDR-ready model featuring Alexa voice control.
Brandon A. DuHamel  |  Jun 08, 2018  |  0 comments
The 2014 wuxia film Brotherhood of Blades established the story of three members of an elite palace guard unit during the Ming Dynasty who must abandon their brotherhood and apprehend one of their own after he goes rogue, only to find themselves caught up in an even larger conspiracy. The Infernal Battlefield continues the story of these best-of-the-best guardsmen. It brings back much of the cast, but this is a standalone film that doesn’t require viewing the first to be understood.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jun 08, 2018  |  0 comments
It may be hard to believe, but it's been under four years since the Amazon Echo was first introduced in late 2014. Since then, the number of companies offering or developing so-called "smart speakers" has mushroomed to the point where smart speakers have become yawningly commonplace. The recently introduced Sonos Beam, though, takes the concept of a smart speaker to an entirely new level—and into a previously neglected room. When Beam begins shipping on July 17 of this year, it will include Amazon Alexa as a built-in voice-control service; and, Sonos says, Beam will have...
SV Staff  |  Jun 08, 2018  |  0 comments
MQA has announced that Essential Products, the Palo Alto, CA-based company started by Android co-founder Andy Rubin in 2015, has equipped its Essential Phone with MQA decoding and streaming capability.