Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jun 06, 2019  |  2 comments
Apple has a long history of creating compelling advertising like the legendary “1984” commercial that contrasted its maverick standing with the conformity of its competitors. In January Apple rented a billboard to deliver a message to attendees of the annual CES trade show: “What happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone.”
Michael Trei  |  Jun 05, 2019  |  0 comments

Build Quality
PRICE $500/pair

Clear and dynamic sound
Bargain price
Plain-Jane appearance
Limited finish options

The A170 is a refined, capable speaker that draws the best from recordings, and punches way above its bargain price.

It's funny how old impressions die hard. Remember the loudspeaker wars of the 1960s and 1970s? I certainly do. Back then, people would describe speakers as having either an East Coast or a West Coast sound, with the buttoned-down and refined east represented by brands like Acoustic Research, Bozak, and Dynaco, and the more raucous, wild west dominated by Altec Lansing and JBL.

SV Staff  |  Jun 05, 2019  |  0 comments
Klipsch today introduced two soundbar systems designed to “look and sound” like its flagship Reference series speakers.
SV Staff  |  Jun 05, 2019  |  0 comments
Stewart Filmscreen has redesigned its web site and created screen-finder tools that streamline the process of selecting the right projection screen.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jun 04, 2019  |  1 comments
We go behind the scenes at Sound United's annual dealer/rep get-together in New Orleans.
SV Staff  |  Jun 04, 2019  |  0 comments
Last summer Samsung teased its long-anticipated entry into the bustling smart speaker arena with a peek at the retro-futuristic Galaxy Home. Almost 10 months later, the speaker has yet to materialize but today Samsung CEO Hyun-suk Kim told The Korean Herald that it will launch in the “mid-second half of the year,” which suggests a September/October timeframe.
SV Staff  |  Jun 04, 2019  |  0 comments
Qobuz, the Paris-based high-resolution (hi-res) music streaming and download service that launched in the U.S. earlier this year, is now available on 10 Yamaha products via a free firmware upgrade.
SV Staff  |  Jun 03, 2019  |  0 comments
KEF today announced a software update that brings Apple’s AirPlay 2 streaming platform to the $1,100 LSX wireless speaker system it introduced last fall.
SV Staff  |  Jun 03, 2019  |  5 comments
LG today kicked off sales of the world’s first 8K OLED TV in South Korea and announced 8K availability in the U.S.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jun 03, 2019  |  0 comments
When Dirac Research releases a new product, it always causes our ears to perk up. The company that made great strides in reference room-correction software has just released Dirac 3D Audio, an software solution that delivers 360-degree surround sound via any standard headphone or gaming headset.