LATEST ADDITIONS

Bob Ankosko  |  Sep 20, 2017  |  0 comments
I’ve been a hard-core Beatles fan for…well, let’s just say a very long time. So I was more than a little intrigued when I saw Pro-Ject’s Fab Four turntables (my name, not theirs) at the May press event unveiling Giles Martin’s stereo remix of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The thought of a “new” Beatles record being played on a table that pays homage to the greatest band ever was compelling. Maybe it’s time to revisit my long-dormant vinyl collection...
Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 19, 2017  |  1 comments

Audio Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $999

AT A GLANCE
Plus
App-driven HEOS eco-system
Up to 5.1 channels
Wireless HEOS surround and sub options
Minus
Nearly no front-panel controls
No low-volume mode
No Dolby Atmos or DTS:X

THE VERDICT
The Denon HEOS AVR reimagines the black-box receiver as a sleek, shapely, app-driven beauty that leverages the home network to provide wireless sub and surrounds.

Having successfully developed their own wireless ecosystem under the HEOS brand, Denon is using it to reinvent the audio/video receiver. What the company calls the HEOS AVR departs from the black-box norm by offering suave dove-gray aluminum as an optional alternative to the usual black. It isn’t a box, either, or at least not a pure rectangular solid, thanks to a diagonally split, convex front panel. Whereas other A/V receivers wear lots of buttons or conceal them behind a flip-down door, the HEOS AVR has a front panel that’s pointedly devoid of any controls except a large metal volume dial. And in lieu of a front-panel display, it has only a large horizontal LED stripe in the HEOS style for volume and status. This isn’t just another receiver. It’s a deliberate provocation.

SV Staff  |  Sep 19, 2017  |  1 comments
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the eighth chapter in the Star Wars saga, opens in U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017. Get ready for the marketing blitz.
SV Staff  |  Sep 19, 2017  |  4 comments
When the news hit last fall that Samsung was set to acquire Harman International, pundits wondered how the merger would impact the iconic company whose history includes introduction of the first stereo receiver under the Harman Kardon brand in 1958.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Sep 19, 2017  |  4 comments
I know, I know. You read Sound & Vision to learn about audio and video topics. It’s a welcome refuge from the political furor that has engulfed every other facet of our lives. But, of course, ultimately, nothing is immune from politics. So, let me ruin your day by telling you about the latest political hot potato: hearing aids. You heard me right. Hearing aids.
SV Staff  |  Sep 18, 2017  |  0 comments
Soundcast, the San Diego-based company specializing in wireless outdoor speakers, has announced a couple new features its latest VGX Series models: a capacitive touch interface in two models and DTS Play-Fi support in another.
SV Staff  |  Sep 18, 2017  |  1 comments
More than 5 billion smartphones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices are at risk of an invisible hack that spreads an infected device to nearby Bluetooth devices without any user interaction such as clicking on a booby-trapped link or downloading a malicious file, according researchers at IoT security firm Armis Labs.
Al Griffin  |  Sep 18, 2017  |  1 comments
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SV Staff  |  Sep 15, 2017  |  1 comments
Yarra 3DX, hailed as “the world’s most advanced 3D-audio platform” is off to a brisk start.

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