Daniel Kumin Posted: Feb 22, 2017 0 comments

PRICE $699

Good power in compact form
Outstanding app-enabled subwoofer auto-setup
Onboard 192/24 USB DAC
No line outputs for external amp
Small display

Elac’s Element EA101EQ-G amp/DAC nails the sweet spot of price, performance, and worthwhile features with surprisingly audiophile sound and the added value of auto-EQ and app-enabled subwoofer crossover/blending.

It’s an amplifier. It’s a USB DAC. It’s a room/subwoofer equalizer. It’s a headphone amp. It’s an app-enabled Bluetooth receiver. It’s all of these, and it’s only $699—and it’s from the revived German brand Elac, whose latest Andrew Jones–designed loudspeakers have won acclaim in these pages and elsewhere. Ultimately, Elac’s Element EA101EQ-G may be best characterized as what the stereo receiver is morphing into for the 21st century.

SV Staff Posted: Feb 22, 2017 2 comments
Bryston today announced a digital music player/entertainment hub that supports “virtually all” digital file formats and resolutions including DSD 128 and high-resolution PCM up to 32-bit/384kHz.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 22, 2017 0 comments
LG’s webOS has become the first smart TV platform to be cybersecurity-certified by UL, the independent safety testing company.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Feb 21, 2017 0 comments
Before the era of sound movies the frame rates for silent films varied considerably due to the hand-cranked cameras of the time. When picture and sound became the future of movies in the late 1920s, however, the industry settled on 24Hz (24 frames per second) for both production and display standards. But 24fps alone would have produced significant jitter. For acceptably smooth motion, each film frame was flashed on the screen twice, using a two-bladed shutter in the projector (or, more rarely, three times with a triple blade shutter). This rate was also chosen, rather than an even higher one, to keep film costs manageable.

Even though the digital bits that now convey our films from the studio to the screen are far cheaper than celluloid, 24fps still dominates the films we see in both the multiplex and at home. But occasional efforts have tried to break the mold...

SV Staff Posted: Feb 21, 2017 0 comments
Como Audio has expanded its line of wireless music systems with a two-way speaker that converts its entry-level Solo into a stereo system.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 21, 2017 0 comments
The thought of watching video on a smartphone might have seemed crazy a decade ago, yet nearly six in 10 consumers (57 percent) around the world watch videos on their phones every day, according AOL’s annual advertising study—virtually the same as the number of people (58 percent) who watch videos on a laptop or desktop every day.
SV Staff Posted: Feb 21, 2017 1 comments
Elite Prime Vision (EPV) has introduced an ambient-light-rejecting projection screen designed for use with ultra-short-throw projectors that sit against the wall at the base of the screen.
SV Staff Posted: Feb 20, 2017 3 comments
Sometimes a product name says it all. Like the recently introduced Grandioso K1 SACD player from Toyko-based Esoteric, which sells for a cool 27 grand.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 20, 2017 0 comments
Facebook has announced plans to launch a free app in the coming weeks that will let owners of Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Smart TVs watch Facebook videos on the big screen.
Leslie Shapiro Posted: Feb 20, 2017 0 comments
When JLab Audio launched their new Party Series wireless Bluetooth speakers last month, they quickly created quite a stir. After they won a 2017 CES Innovations award and a 2017 Dealerscope IMPACT! Award, I knew I had to check them out in person. I’m certainly glad I did.