Al Griffin  |  May 31, 2018  |  First Published: May 30, 2018  |  2 comments
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Q Why are different units of brightness measurement used for different display technologies? For example, I’ve seen lumens used for home theater projectors, foot-lamberts for movie theaters, and nits for high dynamic range-capable TVs. Wouldn’t it be less confusing for the average consumer to lump everything together as a single measurement?
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Mark Fleischmann  |  May 30, 2018  |  2 comments

Q Series Q350 Speaker System
Build Quality

The Kube 12b Subwoofer
Build Quality
PRICE $3,150 as reviewed

Atmos add-ons
Coincident Uni-Q drivers
Sub has three placement EQ modes
Grilles not included
Not as dressy as other KEF products

KEF’s Q series combined with its new Kube subwoofer line brings the trademark Uni-Q driver array and a potent bottom end to a lower price point, with reliable performance and an Atmos add-on option.

One of the headlines I considered for this review was “What Becomes a Legend Most.” It’s a poignant song from Lou Reed’s New Sensations. Before that, it was an advertising slogan that sold mink coats in ads featuring Judy Garland, Lauren Bacall, and Marlene Dietrich, among others. Somehow, it fits KEF, the British speaker manufacturer responsible for numerous driver-related innovations, including the Uni-Q coincident array. KEF’s Muon and Blade towers have the fragrance of luxury about them.

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...
Thomas J. Norton  |  May 29, 2018  |  7 comments
Ah, summer movies. The summer blockbuster tradition is relatively new, but summer moviegoing likely became a big thing when air conditioning was new and “Air Conditioning” on a theater marque guaranteed an audience.

But as I sat in a nearly empty local theater last week watching Avengers: Infinity War (it was a weekday afternoon and the movie had been out for 2 weeks), I wondered if the now ubiquitous Marvel Universe has painted itself into a corner. There are now too many characters to squeeze into a single film, even if some of the lesser lights were sidelined in this one (on holiday, perhaps—after all, only the future of the universe was at stake). So you have a gaggle of actors, each one of which is expecting significant screen time by getting his or her own little slice of the pie. That means a few meaty and/or witty lines for each of them and then off to the next battle. And if there’s one thing this movie isn’t lacking, it’s a next battle. And the next. And the next...

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.