SV Staff  |  Nov 26, 2018  |  0 comments
KEF has announced a V3.0 firmware update for its recently introduced LSX wireless speaker system that adds support for the Spotify music streaming platform and Roon music management system.
SV Staff  |  Nov 26, 2018  |  0 comments
Black Friday has come and gone and early reports indicate it was a record-breaker — not for in-store sales, which were down slightly compared with 2017, but for online purchases. That consumers took to their phones on Black Friday to the tune of $6.2 billion bodes well for today — Cyber Monday. If the pundits at Adobe Analytics are correct, U.S. consumers will buy a record breaking $7.8 billion worth of goods online today. Will you be one of them?
SV Staff  |  Nov 25, 2018  |  3 comments
So did you join in on the Black Friday frenzy with the intention of jumpstarting your holiday shopping? Or did you partake in another, more cunning plan? Your fellow readers (and we editors) want to know! Don’t forget to leave a comment if you have a deal-of-the-century story to share.
What Did You Do on Black Friday?
I wasn’t about to wait until Friday so I skipped the pumpkin pie and hit the stores Thursday evening.
4% (18 votes)
I got up insanely early and made the retail rounds, hit list in hand.
1% (6 votes)
I got up insanely early and made the retail rounds with no particular plan in mind.
1% (3 votes)
I stayed home but searched out the best Black Friday deals online.
25% (107 votes)
I stayed home with the intention of seeking out the best online deals on (Cyber) Monday.
5% (23 votes)
To hell with Black Friday…I stayed home, watched college football, and ate leftovers.
63% (272 votes)
Total votes: 429
Mike Mettler  |  Nov 23, 2018  |  9 comments
Qobuz makes a play to own the U.S. hi-res music streaming market — but does it have the goods to pull it off?
Michael Trei  |  Nov 21, 2018  |  2 comments
603 Speaker System
Build Quality
ASW610XP Subwoofer
Build Quality
PRICE $4,399 as reviewed

Engaging, transparent sound
Powerful, tuneful bass
Clean, contemporary look
Treble can overwhelm with some music
Center speaker tonal match could be better

The latest update to the Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series brings technological improvements trickled down from the company’s 700 and 800 Series speakers. This system delivers engaging, upfront sound and good value.

Maybe it’s because our country is still young, but Americans tend to think of the British as having lots of long-standing traditions. Is that impression still valid? These days, Jaguar Cars is owned by India’s Tata Motors. Mini Cooper, Rolls Royce, and Bentley are owned by German companies. Even Marmite, that most British of toast toppings, is half-owned by the Dutch. Following that trend, it should come as no surprise to learn that a quintessentially British hi-fi company like Bowers & Wilkins is owned by a Silicon Valley, California-based startup called EVA Automation. Engineering and design still takes place at the company’s headquarters in Worthing, England, even if most of the actual production now takes place in Asia.

SV Staff  |  Nov 21, 2018  |  0 comments
The early bird Black Friday specials keep rolling in. Here are the latest deals to hit our inboxes. Happy Thanksgiving and, of course, happy hunting.
Mike Mettler  |  Nov 21, 2018  |  0 comments
We check in with Berlin-born electronic-music maestro Klaus Schulze about his excellent new ambient album Silhouettes, his view of surround sound, how the many significant socio-political changes in Germany over the past 60-plus years have affected his creativity, and what future generations might make of his endlessly fascinating “picture music.”
SV Staff  |  Nov 20, 2018  |  0 comments
Yes, it’s that time of the year again — time to start putting together a holiday shopping list, not to mention your own personal wish list. Here we present the first installment of our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide series, featuring gear that grabbed our attention for one reason or another. With any luck you’ll be able to kick off the holiday season by crossing one or two names off your list. Unless otherwise noted, we haven’t done any hands-on testing, so be sure to check return policies and, if possible, take items of interest for a spin.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Nov 20, 2018  |  0 comments
I have little experience with Black Friday mania, having studiously avoided any contact with Best Buy, Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, or Targea on that frenzied day. Black Friday doesn’t mean a day of mourning, but is rather named for the day of the year when retailers anticipate their annual sales will finally go positive—out of the red and into the black.

And there’s no denying it to be an important day to people with plastic and a yearning for good stuff at fire-sale prices. For them it’s a Holy Day of Obligation. They line up outside at closing time on Thanksgiving (the day before the main event) to spend a cold night bundled up outside hoping to score that new flat screen TV (though Black Friday Vigil sales late on Turkey Day are now a thing)...

SV Staff  |  Nov 20, 2018  |  0 comments
Hong Kong-based Helm Audio is making its debut in North America with three products, including “audiophile-grade” over-ear planar-magnetic headphones that sell for $350.