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SV Staff Posted: Mar 28, 2017 0 comments
Photo: Glenn Gottlieb. Logo: Roger Dean c.2016.

As the members of Yes prepare for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Class of 2017 next Friday (April 7) at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY, drummer Alan White looks back on the band's nearly 50-year history and what's still to come for one of the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Mar 28, 2017 0 comments
Perhaps you remember the story from two weeks ago. A woman (pictured) wearing headphones on a plane was burned when the headphones exploded and caught fire. The woman was relatively okay, but it's never good when a piece of gear catches fire, especially when it's on a plane and especially if it's near your face. With the rise of battery-powered headphones, are in-ear explosions yet another thing to worry about?

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Mar 27, 2017 0 comments
Leading-edge DSP research holds hope for the hearing-impaired. Which will eventually be almost all of us.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 27, 2017 0 comments
Onkyo today introduced an entry-level 5.2-channel AV receiver with automatic room calibration that sells for $349.
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NAD’s C 338 Class D integrated amp, hailed as the first “hi-fi amplifier” to feature built-in Chromcast streaming capability, is now available for $649, the company announced.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Mar 24, 2017 2 comments
Photos by Jomar Bragança

Sometimes, you have to go big. And that’s just what one young power couple did when they built their dream home in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, a teeming metropolis that sits about a six-hour drive north of the Rio de Janeiro coast. To be more precise, they went 50,000 square feet big. With that area, the modern two-story residence shown in these photos, if laid flat, would cover the size of an American-style football field (minus a couple of end zones).

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Fred Kaplan Posted: Mar 24, 2017 0 comments
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I was thrilled with Punch-Drunk Love when it came out: such loopy energy, zigzag surprises, so preposterous but insouciantly so oddly appealing—a mess but a dazzling mess, like most of P.T. Anderson’s movies. A decade-and-a-half later, it’s lost a lot of its punch. I don’t know if I’ve changed, if imitations have sucked out its novelty, or what, but its shortcomings now shine too clearly. Adam Sandler plays a plumbing-parts salesman who’s out on the spectrum (a bit of Benjamin Braddock crossed with Rain Man), who’s never traveled or had a girlfriend, who’s always been tormented by seven playful sisters who don’t know the madness they’re inflicting.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 24, 2017 1 comments
Fans of college basketball will be able to experience March Madness in virtual reality, starting with tonight’s Sweet 16 semifinal games in San Jose.
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Steve Guttenberg Posted: Mar 23, 2017 1 comments

Performance
Build Quality
Comfort
Value
PRICE $399

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Uber clarity
Titanium drivers
Made in Japan
Minus
Doesn’t fold for compact storage

THE VERDICT
The Final Sonorous III is in a class of its own because it doesn’t sound like anything else, and that’s a good thing.

The Final Audio Design Sonorous III showed up when I was in the midst of working on reviews of some very high-end, very expensive headphones. I usually try to avoid simultaneously working on reviews of products that would put one at a serious disadvantage. No problem this time: The Sonorous III held its own against the new HiFiMan HE1000 V2 ($2,999) and the AKG K872 ($1,495). I’m not saying the Sonorous III was in the same league as those two heavyweights, but I’ve never heard a mid-price dynamic driver headphone as transparent as the Sonorous III.

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 23, 2017 3 comments
Thirty-six years ago this month, RCA introduced its long-awaited videodisc player, nine years after it demonstrated that it was possible to store color video on, and play it back from, an LP-like 12-inch disc.

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