SV Staff  |  Jul 26, 2018  |  0 comments
A good soundbar performs a valuable service: It elevates TV sound quality far beyond what the TV’s tiny speakers TV could ever hope to achieve and, in some cases, it will even deliver a legit surround-sound experience. Does that mean a soundbar can replace a full-blown home theater speaker system? Nope, but that’s rarely the goal. Instead, most soundbar shoppers are looking for a simple, space saving setup. We’ve compiled snapshots of the best soundbars — and soundbases — we’ve reviewed over the past 18 or so months. Prices range from $270 to $799 and all but one model received a four-star or higher rating in the important Performance category. If you’re in the market for a soundbar, start here.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 25, 2018  |  9 comments
How choice, community support, and nostalgia are keeping the last Blockbuster alive in Bend, Oregon. After spending an afternoon at my local blockbuster, I learned a lot about who still rents videos and why.
Mike Mettler  |  Jul 25, 2018  |  0 comments
Legendary producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner at LA's iconic Capitol Studios.

“I make these records, so I know what the artists want to hear,” notes legendary producer/engineer Elliot Scheiner (a.k.a. ELS) while perched behind the main mixing board in Capitol Records Studio A in Los Angeles. I sat down exclusively in the control room with Scheiner and the members of acclaimed indie/folk-rockers Dawes to discuss their mutual and individual goals for surround sound recording and mixing, and how well it all comes across in the ELS Studio 3D premium audio system in the 2019 Acura RDX.

Al Griffin  |  Jul 25, 2018  |  0 comments
The weather is warm and outdoors is the place to be. It doesn’t matter if you’re poolside, at the beach, or on the road with the family, you don’t have to leave your music and movies behind. Here are 10 AV gear suggestions for getting an entertainment fix in the great outdoors.
SV Staff  |  Jul 25, 2018  |  0 comments
Cord-cutting — the practice of dropping traditional cable TV in favor of internet-delivered content — is expected to jump more than 30 percent this year, according to the latest forecast from eMarketer.
SV Staff  |  Jul 25, 2018  |  0 comments
Atlantic Technology has announced that the Gatecrasher 1 smart speaker it previewed in June is now available on for $499.
SV Staff  |  Jul 24, 2018  |  0 comments
If you have privacy concerns about what information your smart TV is gathering and how it’s being used, you’re not alone.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jul 24, 2018  |  0 comments
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (that is, a sequel) opened in theaters this week. I didn’t realize that the first film, Mamma Mia! The Musical was a major hit when it was released in 2009, selling hundreds of billions of tickets to folks worldwide. I wasn’t of them, having a love/hate relationship with the Abba tunes featured in the film.

In fact I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with movie musicals. La La Land lost me after the first song and dance number from the otherwise appealing leads who could neither sing nor dance. And apart from that title and a few others (notably The Greatest Showman—a recent release now available on a spectacular UHD Blu-ray), the musical hasn’t received a lot of film love in recent years. But it was, for decades, a movie staple...

SV Staff  |  Jul 24, 2018  |  5 comments
Vizio today announced the availability of the flagship 65-Inch 4K smart TV it previewed at CES 2018 in January.
SV Staff  |  Jul 24, 2018  |  0 comments
HBO has announced that the stand-up comedy special Bill Maher: Live from Oklahoma that aired July 7 will be available for digital download August 6.