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Lauren Dragan Posted: Sep 24, 2016 0 comments
If you have a child, or friends with kids in your life, you probably saw the recent New York Post article somewhere in your social media feed, complete with its click-bait-ish title: “It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies.” Fear-mongering headline aside, the question raised is a good one, especially for those of us who are A/V fans. When it comes to developing brains, how much media is too much?

SV Staff Posted: Sep 23, 2016 0 comments
You’ve probably never heard of Phazon but the Montreal-based startup is getting ready to launch its first product—an Indiegogo-funded one-size-fits-all wireless earbud aimed at athletes and people with active lifestyles.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: Sep 23, 2016 1 comments
Following a dubious big-screen debut three years prior, the fate of the entire Star Trek franchise was at risk when The Wrath of Khan opened to somewhat skeptical audiences. They needn’t have worried: Khan essentially saved Star Trek from potential doom and has gone on to become probably the most beloved of the Enterprise’s cinematic adventures. This time out, a ship full of trainees—under a familiar command crew—get more than they bargained for when they embark upon one of the most dangerous missions any of them will ever face. Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) returns to active duty only to face Khan (Ricardo Montalban), a figure from his past now consumed by unreasoning hatred. Having recently acquired a dreadful weapon, Khan is a menace not only to his old adversary but to the galaxy at large.
SV Staff Posted: Sep 23, 2016 1 comments
We’ve seen Bluetooth speakers in many different shapes, sizes, and styles but the football helmet design from NiMA Sports gets the prize for originality.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 22, 2016 1 comments
Twenty-five years ago this week a little-known band from Seattle called Nirvana released their second album, Nevermind.
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Daniel Kumin Posted: Sep 22, 2016 0 comments

Imagine X Speaker
Build Quality

SubSeries 200 Sub
Build Quality
PRICE $3,443 as reviewed

Brilliant octave-to-octave balance for musical playback
Exceptional center-channel timbral match
Effective and adaptable Atmos module design
Short towers may require tilt/angle manipulation
Limited subwoofer extension
A bit expensive relative to some recent debuts

Though it’s got some stiff competition at and even below its price, the Imagine X series trickles the magic of PSB’s near-perfect tonal balance down to a more attainable price while adding the option of object-based surround sound.

It’s a fact that good loudspeakers sound more alike than different. After all, they’re trying to accomplish the same task: reproduce the recording presented to their inputs with as little change, whether reduction or addition, as possible.

PSB speakers are good loudspeakers. Thus, thanks to the transitive property we all learned in middle school, one PSB model should sound very much like another PSB model, with allowances made for size, price, and range. It follows that PSB’s new mini-tower in their Imagine X series, the X1T, should sound like the full-sized and vastly more expensive Imagine T3 (Sound & Vision, September 2015, and soundandvision.com).

SV Staff Posted: Sep 22, 2016 4 comments
SVS announced today that the versatile Prime Elevation speaker it previewed at CES back in January is now available.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Sep 21, 2016 3 comments
If you're a Netflix binge-watcher, you are not alone. Netflix even knows which episode got you hooked.
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 21, 2016 1 comments
Fiber-optic-over-HDMI cable, wireless noise-canceling headphones, electronic clutter eliminator, and more.
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Mike Mettler Posted: Sep 21, 2016 1 comments
Charlie Daniels is an American treasure. Still going strong on the cusp of his 80th birthday, the man best known for fiddle-driven story songs like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “In America,” and “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” has just released a long-gestating passion project, Night Hawk (CDC Records), which covers all different shades of the authentic cowboy lifestyle. “It was a long time in the making,” Daniels recounts. “Night Hawk is an album I’d always intended to make for many, many years, so I had been collecting songs for it for a long time. I wanted it to be an album with songs about the working cowboy, because that culture still exists.” I got on the line with Daniels, 79, to discuss the changes in recording technology over the years, the art of storytelling, and the many ways his band transforms other people’s material into Charlie Daniels Band (CDB) songs. With Night Hawk, the Long Haired Country Boy finally comes full circle.