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Chris Chiarella Posted: Dec 09, 2016 0 comments
It’s time once again to separate the digital wheat from the chaff to find movies, TV shows, and music that make great gifts. Venerable Blu-ray is joined by upstart 4K Ultra HD this year, and even a bit of vinyl for good measure. Whichever holiday you call your own, make it a little brighter with one or more of these.

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SV Staff Posted: Dec 09, 2016 1 comments

“One of the great gifts I’ve had in this life is to be able to make music, and it’s something that will outlive me. That alone is a phenomenally gratifying and rewarding thing. To have left a mark—just that alone is a real privilege.” —Greg Lake

Greg Lake, progressive-rock pioneer and the voice and co-founder of ‘70s prog-rock phenomenon Emerson, Lake & Palmer, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

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SV Staff Posted: Dec 08, 2016 0 comments
Register to win a Wireworld Starlight Cat8 Ethernet Cable ($210.00 Retail Value) we are giving away at AudioStream.com.

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"Wireworld Starlight Cat8 Ethernet cable provides breathtaking improvements in sound quality with a radical flat design that exceeds the new Category 8 performance standards."

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment at AudioStream.com. Click here for details on how to enter.

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Rob Sabin Posted: Dec 08, 2016 0 comments
There was a time when audiophiles bemoaned “cheap” soundbars as the bane of our existence. We had good reason. Many early examples of the genre, sometimes from companies we’d most closely associate with clock radios, compromised the home theater experience in every way possible. Along with dramatically shrinking the front soundstage and sacrificing the discrete rear channels required for adequate reproduction of a surround field, they just sounded bad. By which I mean bright, boomy, fatiguing, and amusical. Frequently, “helpful” surround processing to enhance imaging just added echoey reverb and messed with the natural timbre of vocals and instruments.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 08, 2016 0 comments
A lot has changed in the past 15 years. Ultra-thin TVs that hang on the wall have replaced bulky tube and rear-projection TVs. DVD and CD players have become quaint relics of the early days of digital. The list goes on…
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 08, 2016 0 comments
Slowly but surely the Internet of Things (iOT) is creeping into our lives. The latest everyday product to get connected is the Ekko mirror from Miliboo.
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 08, 2016 2 comments
DTS has announced that 34 new-model-year 2017 cars will be equipped with HD Radio receivers.
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Al Griffin Posted: Dec 08, 2016 1 comments
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Mike Mettler Posted: Dec 07, 2016 0 comments
Besides having one of the coolest band names ever, Van der Graaf Generator has been making deeply adventurous music since the late ’60s in a style that, frankly, is hard to pigeonhole. Sure, it’s easy to call what they do “progressive,” but I’m inclined to agree with VdGG guitarist/vocalist Peter Hammill, who describes VdGG music as being “barely controlled chaos.” It’s also a good way to define VdGG’s recently released 13th studio album, Do Not Disturb (Esoteric Antenna). I connected with Hammill to discuss the sonic template for DnD, what it’s like to be admired by a punk legend, and VdGG’s possible future (or not).
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Dec 07, 2016 2 comments
Pay-TV subscribers love watching programs but hate searching for them, according to Evolution Digital.

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