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SV Staff  |  Mar 03, 2020  |  0 comments
Cambridge Audio announced yesterday that it has added hi-res streaming and Roon Ready music management capability to its flagship Edge NQ and CXN (V2) network audio players.
SV Staff  |  Mar 02, 2020  |  0 comments
When it comes to home entertainment, the new decade is off to a great start, having produced a handful of AV gems — all recipients of Sound & Vision prestigious Top Pick honors — over the past eight or so weeks. From a home theater speaker system that will pull you into the middle of the action to a versatile streaming preamp that makes room for your turntable, there’s a little something for everyone.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Mar 02, 2020  |  3 comments
You buy a product. It functions well for a few years, and then its warranty eventually runs out. Clearly, you are now responsible for any repairs. The manufacturer then kindly updates the product’s firmware and…wham! It’s suddenly dead in the water. Is the manufacturer now responsible for repairing or replacing it?
Mike Mettler  |  Feb 28, 2020  |  3 comments
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Subtitle it The Ballad of Never-Easy Rider. Produced by Cameron Crowe, David Crosby: Remember My Name is a self-actualized love letter to one of rock's most significant rollercoaster-ride careers. Croz's admitted goal for the film's wished-for postscript is some level of interactive redemption with his chief collaborators of years past—i.e., Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young—all of whom he doesn't speak with to this day. (Why? As he readily admits, the combination of anger and adrenaline always turn him into "instant asshole.")
SV Staff  |  Feb 28, 2020  |  0 comments
If you love going to concerts but are tired of paying exorbitant ticket prices (if you can even get them) or settling for cheaper seats in the nose-bleed section, MelodyVR is building a library of alternate reality “concert going” options you might find appealing.
SV Staff  |  Feb 27, 2020  |  2 comments
Every now and then you come across a crazy deal. Like this one…
Al Griffin  |  Feb 27, 2020  |  0 comments
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Q I’m using the built-in apps on my Sony XBR-55X850C TV for video streaming. The set’s optical digital audio output is connected to an older Denon AVR-4306 receiver. My problem is that I only get Dolby Digital 5.1 sound from the TV’s Netflix app; no other app (HBO Now/Go, Sony Crackle, Hulu, or Disney+) provides DD 5.1. My local AV shop suggested using another streaming device or upgrading to a high-quality optical cable. Any advice or suggestions? —Ken Ashlock, Colorado Springs, CO

SV Staff  |  Feb 26, 2020  |  0 comments
Yamaha is offering discounts on a couple of AV receivers and one of its home theater systems in the run-up to the 2020 NCAA Division 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament (a.k.a. March Madness), which kicks off March 19th.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Feb 26, 2020  |  1 comments

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Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $2,200

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Solid performance
Flexible 4-, 2-, or 3-channel setup
Five-year warranty
Minus
Intrusive rear-panel lighting

THE VERDICT
The Avalon G4 may be designed for upgrading systems to the new immersive audio formats, but it's also a fine performer that's flexible enough to satisfy other configurations.

Four may be an even number, but a four-channel amplifier like AudioControl's Avalon G4 might seem like an odd duck to some. With Dolby Atmos and other immersive audio formats becoming more common in the custom install market (where AudioControl, which manufactures products at its Seattle facility, has a heavy presence), however, upgrade-anxious customers will obviously need four additional amp channels to complement the company's existing 5- and 7-channel designs.

SV Staff  |  Feb 26, 2020  |  0 comments
Ready to up the ante on your AV investment and take your theater or music setup to the next level? Trade that puny boom box for a subwoofer built to deliver deep, palpable bass that reminds you you’re alive and tricks you into thinking for a moment you’re circling the track in a Shelby Cobra while watching Ford v Ferrari? The editors of Sound & Vision have singled out five outstanding yet reasonably priced subwoofers you must consider if your answer is “yes.” All made our coveted 2019 Top Picks of the Year list and are presented here in ascending price order.

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