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SV Staff Posted: Feb 18, 2016 2 comments
Klipsch Reference R6 Headphone
A reference headphone without the reference price is one way to look at the R6, an on-ear design that weighs just over a third of a pound and costs less than a hundred bucks. Its generous 1.5-inch custom-tuned drivers are ensconced in swiveling ear cups to ensure a good fit, and they’re voiced to emulate the sound of Klipsch’s Reference Series speakers. A pretty tall order. Travel Buddy: The headphone folds flat, making it an excellent travel companion, and it has an adjustable leather headband and padded memory foam cushions for noise isolation and comfort. A carrying case is included. Price: $79 ($99 for the R6i, which adds an iPhone-compatible in-line remote and microphone)
Bob Ankosko Posted: Feb 16, 2016 1 comments
When JBL fired up the latest iteration of its state-of-the-art Synthesis system at 2015 CEDIA Expo, more than a few jaws dropped (ours included). The system mated a mind-blowing array of 32 speakers with a 17-foot-wide screen and a battery of amplifiers that delivered 10-plus kilowatts of power to the (eight) subwoofers alone. Talk about visceral.
SV Staff Posted: Feb 12, 2016 0 comments
LH Labs—short for Light Harmonic—which designed premium sound options for the Tesla S, will start taking preorders for two versions of its Inspire 5 soundbar system on Monday, February 15.
SV Staff Posted: Feb 10, 2016 0 comments
Apple is aiming to simplify control of its popular Apple TV) streaming media player by adding a voice control feature.
SV Staff Posted: Feb 09, 2016 0 comments
PSB has announced that its first Dolby Atmos-enabled speaker, the Imagine XA, and the new SubSeries 450 subwoofer—both previewed at CES 2016—will ship next month at $499/pair and $1,499.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Feb 02, 2016 4 comments
What’s not to like about a video projection system that throws a dazzling 147-inch 4K image on the wall from only a few inches away? No need to run wires and hang a bulky box from the ceiling or build an alcove in the back of the room to hide it away. And no distracting shadows when Uncle Ted stands up in the middle of the movie to stretch…again. Even better, the Sony LSPX-W1S is 21 inches deep and stands only 10.5 inches off the floor. Its decorative aluminum grille lends an air of elegance, concealing the projector in what could easily be mistaken for a high-end baseboard heating unit.
SV Staff Posted: Jan 28, 2016 1 comments
Sure to stand out among the sea of wireless speakers, Fluance today introduced a most unusual looking Bluetooth speaker, the Fi70.
Bob Ankosko Posted: Jan 27, 2016 1 comments
When I picked up Pioneer’s SE-MASTER1 headphone at CEDIA Expo in October, I knew it was special. Substantial yet lightweight and exceptionally well crafted with scrupulous attention to detail, right down to the contoured ear cushions and engraved serial number. (Sorry, S/N 00001 is already spoken for.) If you were to crack open the ear cups, you’d find the same commitment to excellence in the form of a highly refined ceramic-coated aluminum diaphragm surrounded by a ribbed ring, designed to reduce distortion, all framed in a sturdy aluminum alloy to minimize resonance.
SV Staff Posted: Jan 26, 2016 1 comments
Zvox demonstrated a pair of “Full Metal Jacket” soundbars earlier this month at CES 2016 that it plans to ship in April.
Leslie Shapiro Posted: Jan 25, 2016 1 comments
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, the giant behind the Fender Stratocaster, has just announced a new product line: in-ear monitors from the legendary guitar manufacturer. There will be five models when the products hit the shelves in March. However, it’s the history of these products that is the most interesting.

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SV Staff Posted: Jan 20, 2016 1 comments
A new and improved surround processor, stylish on-wall speakers, a serious Bluetooth speaker, and more.
SV Staff Posted: Jan 20, 2016 2 comments
England’s Naim Audio has introduced Mu-so Qb, a smaller version of the Top Pick winning Mu-so wireless audio system Sound & Vision reviewed in December.
SV Staff Posted: Jan 20, 2016 0 comments
Acoustic Research, a brand with a storied history dating back to the early days of home stereo, has carved out a niche out for itself in wireless speakers since Voxx International acquired the brand more than a decade ago. More specifically, Bluetooth speakers that masquerade as lights.
SV Staff Posted: Jan 18, 2016 0 comments
If you travel, here’s a neat little gadget with a name you won’t forget that might be of interest.
SV Staff Posted: Jan 13, 2016 0 comments
Audio icon McIntosh introduced an AV processor, streaming audio player, and wireless speaker at CES 2016 in Las Vegas last week, all sporting the brand’s signature retro styling.

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