SV Staff  |  Apr 01, 2018  |  292 comments
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Rob Sabin  |  Apr 01, 2018  |  3 comments
Audio had Loof every April, but Stereo Review had Rodrigues all year long.

In preparation for our April print edition , and in search of a subject for our retrospective flashback feature, I pressed deep into our 60-year archive for hints of the origin of Lirpa Labs and its mysterious, opinionated, and wildly creative founder, Loof Lirpa.

Michael Antonoff  |  Apr 01, 2018  |  0 comments
Venture capital is flowing into an array of startup services poised to exploit the emerging trends of 2018. We know because we happened to retrieve a document entitled “Where to Put Your Money Now” that had fallen out of the pocket of a tuxedo-clad capitalist as he stepped into a black limo and sped off.
SV Staff  |  Mar 30, 2018  |  0 comments
The Gear Gods have been very good, bestowing upon us a steady stream of excellent if not eclectic gear. From what may be the world’s best sounding in-ear headphones to the latest DVR from the company that created the category to a gorgeous retro-styled integrated amplifier that sounds as good as it looks, there’s something for everyone. Let us refresh our memories.
Rob Sabin  |  Mar 29, 2018  |  3 comments
For decades, the cartoons of Charles Rodrigues poked fun at us and the hobby we otherwise take all too seriously.

In the very first issue of HiFi & Music Review in 1958, the magazine that became Stereo Review and then Sound & Vision, a gifted 31-year-old artist named Charles Rodrigues contributed the first in a string of cartoons that both celebrated, and made fun of, that odd bird known as the audiophile. It ended up being a long run that lasted more than 40 years.

Brandon A. DuHamel  |  Mar 29, 2018  |  2 comments
In a not too distant future, the wealthy plunk down big bucks to enter Westworld, a Disneyland for adults populated by “hosts”—human-like A.I. androids capable of fulfilling their every desire. With a cast of A-list names such as Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, and Ed Harris, this psychological, character-driven drama series goes beyond the gimmickry of its 1973 original to offer up a well-crafted exploration of what it means to be human as well as the blurred lines between good and evil and past and present. Could it be a replacement for Game of Thrones? Only time will tell.
Chris Chiarella  |  Mar 29, 2018  |  0 comments
Following his introduction to Marvel’s well-established “Cinematic Universe” in Captain America: Civil War, the beloved Spider-Man has been fully rebooted (again) in the wildly enjoyable Homecoming. Decked out in a new high-tech costume, he’s eager for big adventures, but until then, he occupies himself as a local do-gooder in his Queens neighborhood—when not attending high school. Young star Tom Holland is a perfect fit for Peter Parker and his alter ego, an agile dancer/athlete with an irresistible wide-eyed enthusiasm.
Al Griffin  |  Mar 29, 2018  |  13 comments
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SV Staff  |  Mar 29, 2018  |  0 comments
Showtime Networks has announced that its stand-alone Showtime streaming service and Showtime Anytime authentication service are now available through LG’s webOS smart TV platform.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 28, 2018  |  0 comments
Apple is throwing its hat into the arena of original programming in hopes of capturing a piece of a very lucrative market pioneered by Netflix and more recently capitalized on by Hulu and Amazon. Details have been emerging about production deals for which Apple has budgeted $1 billion.