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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
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

Build Quality
PRICE $399

Uber clarity
Titanium drivers
Made in Japan
Doesn’t fold for compact storage

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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SV Staff Posted: Mar 23, 2017 0 comments
Mario’s iOS honeymoon is over. Nintendo’s iconic videogame character makes his debut on Android devices today in Super Mario Run, more than three months after he first skipped his way onto iOS.
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Al Griffin Posted: Mar 23, 2017 4 comments
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Q Are any of the new Ultra HDTVs coming out 3D-compatible? I don’t want my 3D Blu-ray disc collection to become an unusable relic. —Don Fowler

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 23, 2017 0 comments
Sublime With Rome, a collaboration between Eric Wilson, formerly of the band Sublime, and singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez, has announced that it will release a limited-edition 12-inch vinyl album of recent unreleased demos on April 22 to celebrate with Record Store Day 2017.
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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Mar 22, 2017 1 comments
Apple is finally getting around to allowing users to rent a video once and watch it on all devices. I took the new feature for a test drive.
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Mike Mettler Posted: Mar 22, 2017 0 comments
Chilly Gonzales (seated) and Jarvis Cocker. Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.

Let us now give praise to the power of the almighty song cycle that comprises Room 29, a decidedly thrilling 16-track treatise jointly concocted by vocalist/lyricist Jarvis Cocker (of Pulp fame) and composer/pianist Chilly Gonzales (Feist, Peaches, Daft Punk) in and around a baby grand piano located in the same-numbered room on the second floor of the famed Chateau Marmont Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood. Gonzales called in from his room across the Pond to discuss the sonics of Room 29, his and Cocker’s “reverse” song-cycle writing process, and how (yes) Gilligan’s Island fits into the middle of it all.