SV Staff  |  Aug 08, 2019  |  0 comments
On the eve of its six-month anniversary, Paris-based music streaming and download service Qobuz says it's laser-focused on amassing "more hi-res content than anybody else and delivering the best sound experience possible" by providing access to a vast collection of music at resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz for streaming or download
Barb Gonzalez  |  Aug 08, 2019  |  0 comments
Disney has revealed more details of its Disney+ streaming service. In addition to launching an exclusive streaming service in November, the entertainment empire will also offer a bundle that includes Disney+, ESPN+, and ad-supported Hulu.
Al Griffin  |  Aug 07, 2019  |  0 comments

Build Quality
Integrated Amplifier
PRICE $400 (as tested)

Great value
Tidal, Spotify, and TuneIn streaming
Digital and analog inputs accommodate multiple sources
Subwoofer output
Treble-forward sound with some music
Coarse volume steps
No USB-DAC input

OSD Audio’s compact, component-based system is a great value and offers a high-er-performance alternative to many all-in-one wireless speakers.

OSD Audio is a company that seems to make everything— everything audio-related, that is. When I stopped by the company's booth at the CEDIA trade show in 2018, CEO Dave Chai took me on a guided tour of the vast array of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, outdoor speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, accessories, and cables on display, thoroughly impressing me with his ability to speak about each product in detail. While much of OSD Audio's catalog is aimed at custom installation pros, two new consumer-oriented categories for the company are bookshelf speakers and integrated amplifiers with wireless streaming capability.

SV Staff  |  Aug 07, 2019  |  2 comments
In a matter of days kids around the country will be heading back to school, many with fancy new duds and (hopefully) fancy new electronics to help transform drab college dorms into lively entertainment spaces (when studies are done, of course). Whether you’re an undergrad or just looking for a great deal, we’ve culled through Sound & Vision’s Top Picks to find AV gems that can be had for reasonable prices. Here’s what we found.
SV Staff  |  Aug 07, 2019  |  0 comments
If there's one TV that really captured the imagination of showgoers at CES 2019, it was LG's rollup OLED TV — an impossibly thin flexible screen that magically appears and disappears into a svelte aluminum enclosure the company calls Zero View.
SV Staff  |  Aug 06, 2019  |  0 comments
Rocketman, the story of Elton John’s transformation from child prodigy to one of pop music’s most iconic figures, is available in digital release starting today and slated to arrive on 4K Blu-ray August 27 in high dynamic range (HDR) with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.
SV Staff  |  Aug 06, 2019  |  3 comments
Samsung and Korean satellite broadcaster KT SkyLife teamed up last week to demonstrate the commercial viability of broadcasting 8K video via satellite and over the air at 100 megabits per second (Mbps), according to news reports out of Korea.
SV Staff  |  Aug 05, 2019  |  2 comments
Anthem Electronics, sister company of Canadian speaker powerhouse Paradigm, is targeting audiophiles with two hi-res-capable audio distribution systems.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Aug 05, 2019  |  0 comments
They say you get what you pay for. With budget audio products, that’s rarely a good thing. Finding a pair of true wireless earphones for under $50 is a rare thing, and finding ones with acceptable sound quality is even rarer. I had a chance to check out the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 53 earphones that retail for $45. Let’s see what just under fifty bucks gets you these days.

Kris Deering  |  Aug 02, 2019  |  2 comments
The Spears & Munsil (S&M) UHD HDR Benchmark is a video test disc developed with a wide range of users in mind. It has basic video setup and evaluation patterns aimed at the general consumer, but also patterns and features designed for use by professional calibrators, reviewers, and even manufacturers. Unlike S&M's previous test disc, the HD Benchmark, this version does not include general explanations on how to use the patterns wrapped into its interface but is still easy to navigate and use. (Tips are posted on the website that will help to get the most from the disc's content.)