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SV Staff  |  May 21, 2018  |  0 comments
The pursuit of serious home theater demands serious gear and no component is more important than the command center that sits at its core. Of course, we’re talking about the AV receiver (AVR), which in addition serving as system hub and providing unified control delivers power to five, seven, or more speakers. Among the dozens of products we’ve reviewed so far this year, are three exemplary yet still reasonably priced AVRs: the Yamaha Aventage RX-A2070 ($1,600), Denon’s AVR-X3400H ($999), and the NAD T758 V3 ($1,300). Let’s take a closer look…
Josef Krebs  |  May 18, 2018  |  4 comments
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Facing their own complete extinction due to extreme storms that are destroying whole cities, the world finally comes together, sending 17 teams of scientists and engineers to create a system, a series of satellites all controlled by a giant space station that can use an assortment of devices—super lasers, thermal missiles, freezing beams, etc.—to stabilize the weather. Naturally, someone’s gonna try to seize control of Dutchboy, as the system is known, and weaponize it to make himself president of an all-powerful country that will destroy its enemies and rule the planet.
SV Staff  |  May 18, 2018  |  0 comments
Sound United today announced that it has reached a settlement with Sonos, resolving all patent infringement litigation between the two companies, including the upcoming case filed against Sonos by Denon.
SV Staff  |  May 18, 2018  |  0 comments
China-based TV maker Hisense today announced the availability of an 80-inch followup to the 100-inch ‘Laser TV’ it introduced last year.
Michael Antonoff  |  May 18, 2018  |  0 comments
Most streaming services offer free trials to first-time subscribers, so it’s possible to feast on a tower of see-food without paying a dime. These trials extend from one week to 30 days, but the onus is on the new subscriber to cancel just before their credit card is charged.
Laurence Greenhill  |  May 17, 2018  |  9 comments
The results of blind listening tests with eleven audio experts.

Editor's Note, 2018: In the early 1980s, esoteric high-end audio as we know it today was just taking off as an alternative to the mass-market equipment offered in neighborhood TV/appliance stores. Fueled by an underground audio press that included magazines and newsletters such as Sound & Vision sister publication Stereophile, The Absolute Sound, International Audio Review, The Audio Critic, and others, a cottage industry emerged, one populated by small manufacturers of low-volume, high-priced exotica claiming greater faithfulness to the music than the gear reviewed and advertised in the pages of Stereo Review, High Fidelity, Audio, et al.

Mike Mettler  |  May 17, 2018  |  0 comments
Photos: Matthew Murphy

You say you want a musical (r)evolution? Well, you know, look no further than what’s being done with Rocktopia, the quite inspiring, electrifying hybrid rock-meets-classical musical that recently completed a triumphant six-week run on Broadway, with a tour currently in the midst of being planned for the fall. I sat down backstage with Rocktopia co-creators Rob Evan and Tony Bruno to discuss the clever ways they fuse the worlds of classical and rock music together, and where the show may be headed next.

SV Staff  |  May 17, 2018  |  0 comments
More than two-thirds of U.S. internet-connected (a.k.a. “broadband”) households now subscribe to a streaming service such as Netflix and about four out of ten (38 percent) subscribe to more than one service, according to new research from Dallas-based Parks Associates.
SV Staff  |  May 17, 2018  |  0 comments
Sennheiser today introduced a splash- and sweat-resistant set of wireless earbuds designed to stay in place during active workouts.

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