Stewart Wolpin  |  Apr 10, 2019  |  2 comments
You may be excused if you thought that Apple's AirPods are the first and only so-called "true wireless" earphones—completely cordless in-ear "buds" that connect both with each other and to your smartphone via Bluetooth—since their distinctive white sticks seem to be protruding from hipster ears everywhere.

Fortunately, if you're not an iPhone owner, or a fan of the AirPods' distinctive look or not-necessarily one-size-fits-all fit, there is a growing number of other "true wireless" earbud choices. And in contrast with Apple's one-for-all approach, most AirPod alternatives address specific use cases, style preferences, and budgets.

SV Staff  |  Apr 10, 2019  |  1 comments
Lenbrook International has announced the pending availability of an update for its BluOS distributed audio and music management platform. The update, which targets Bluesound and NAD products running BluOS, will be available for download on or around April 16.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Apr 09, 2019  |  6 comments
I’ve long been a fan of the Titanic saga, well before the 1997 film. I loved that one, but mainly for the stunning effects and James Horner’s magnificent score, not the badly written soap opera that took up over half of its running time. This week it returned to my attention, partly because in a few days the 107th anniversary of the disaster will arrive (April 15, though no one typically commemorates such an odd number) and partly because last week I re-watched a story of the Titanic on Blu-ray as one of the sources I used for a product review.

The latter however, wasn’t James Cameron’s flawed but still compelling epic. Instead, Titanic: Blood & Steel is a 12-part mini-series, released in 2012 (the 100th anniversary of the sinking, about the building of the ship. It doesn’t address the sinking at all. In fact, it ends just as the ship steams out of Belfast, where she was built (A ship is always a she, and as the narrative makes clear, she’s a ship, not a boat!)

But there’s a lot more here as well...

Mike Mettler  |  Apr 09, 2019  |  0 comments
Rush was on a roll. After the celebrated Canadian trio had finally broken through the FM ether with 1976's dystopian statement piece 2112, they took the next evolutionary sonic turn with 1977's expansively majestic A Farewell to Kings. The following year, Rush rotated the screws once again by taking their proto-prog metal to the headiest of limits on 1978's Hemispheres, their final mind-altering statement of the Me-So-Introspective Decade before shedding their muso-skins yet again with 1980's forward-thinking Permanent Waves.
SV Staff  |  Apr 09, 2019  |  2 comments
Epson today announced the availability of two new projectors in its Home Cinema line, the 5050UB ($2,999) and 5050UBe 4K PRO-UHD2 ($3,299). Both models are available now through select online retailers and at Epson’s online store.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Apr 09, 2019  |  0 comments
"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." [Genesis 1:27]

SV Staff  |  Apr 08, 2019  |  0 comments
Swedish furniture king IKEA and wireless speaker innovator Sonos have revealed the first Wi-Fi-enabled wireless speakers to come out of the partnership they announced last year.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Apr 08, 2019  |  2 comments
After SiriusXM purchased Pandora for $3.5 billion in February, there was a bit of speculation about how each company would benefit each other. Today, the first evidence of the collaboration launched with the unveiling of Pandora NOW, the first Pandora station available on the SiriusXM platform featuring the most-played music currently trending on Pandora.

Josef Krebs  |  Apr 05, 2019  |  0 comments
After her father is jailed for treason at the end of World War II, Alicia Huberman, a disillusioned, hard-drinking, but patriotic party girl is recruited by Devlin, a suave, cynical government agent. Her mission is to romance a wealthy friend of her father's, Sebastian, infiltrate his palatial home, and observe his associates that are suspected of Nazi conspiracy in Rio, Brazil.
SV Staff  |  Apr 05, 2019  |  0 comments
This spectacular stereo specimen is a new arrival from New Jersey-based vintage audio specialist SkyFi Audio. Introduced in 1965 and produced until 1976, the Garrard 401 turntable — and its predecessor, the Garrard 301 — were designed and built in the U.K. and exported around the world. As a testimony to their build quality, the sister turntables were also used by the BBC and European radio stations.