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SV Staff Posted: Oct 13, 2014 0 comments
The “smart home of the future” that’s been coming for decades finally appears to be making some headway. In just the past year or so, the number of companies offering affordable do-it-yourself options has increased dramatically and covers everything from automated lighting and security to thermostats and door locks that can be monitored and controlled from your smartphone, and more. In light of this trend, we thought it would be interesting to find out how many Sound & Vision readers are dipping their toes in the home automation waters. So, with that in mind, our question for this month’s poll is: “Do you have a home automation system?” Thanks in advance for your participation and we look forward to your comments.
Do You Have a Home Automation System?
Yes, I have a basic system that I installed myself.
20% (89 votes)
Yes, I have a basic system that was professionally installed.
3% (14 votes)
Yes, I have a full-blown system that was professionally installed. It does everything except bring me coffee in the morning.
5% (22 votes)
No, but I’m thinking about doing a DIY system.
24% (103 votes)
No, but I’m thinking about having a system professionally installed.
4% (18 votes)
No. My life is fine without home automation.
44% (191 votes)
Total votes: 437
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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Oct 11, 2014 0 comments
Electrostatic speakers might not be the most obvious drivers to use in a Bluetooth speaker, but that’s exactly what BenQ has done with the eVolo.

Wait… BenQ? That BenQ?

Yep, that BenQ. All the info after the jump.

Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 10, 2014 2 comments

Excite X14 Speaker System
Build Qaulity

Sub 250 II Subwoofer
Build Quality
PRICE $5,100

Generous soundfield
Surprisingly strong bass
Gorgeous veneers
Expensive for small speakers

Dynaudio’s X14, part of the revised Excite line, earns its high-end price tag with sweet build quality and high performance, including a bottom end that is amazingly substantial for a small speaker.

The high end exists in the eye of the beholder. To some folks, a pair of mini-monitors selling for $1,500—or a 5.1-channel system at $5,100—may seem steeply priced. In fact, if you want lower-priced alternatives, you’ll find plenty among our Top Picks. But there always will be another kind of consumer who is fussy about what he or she brings into the living room. Vinyl-wrapped boxes won’t cut it; they want furniture-grade wood veneer. In the same discriminating spirit, the Danish manufacturer Dynaudio is equally fussy about materials, including drivers that the company designs and makes itself. In the recently overhauled Excite line, the result is a speaker that exceeds already high expectations in both appearance and sound. The X14 monitor and X24 center are my favorite kind of small speaker: the kind that sounds bigger than it looks.

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 10, 2014 0 comments
A speaker that fades into your wall, a cloud-based server audiophiles will love, an acrobatic TV mount, and more.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 10, 2014 0 comments
In the first 15 minutes of Pompeii, I wondered if it was heading toward a mashup of Gladiator and The Horse Whisperer. But the horsey part turned out to be just a minor plot (such as it is) driver. The lead character had been a slave since childhood, begins as a star sword-to-hand fighter in a backwater Britannia arena, has a seething grudge against the Romans for killing his family, soon becomes a gladiator in Pompeii, pals up with another gladiator (a big African, natch), and together they score a major victory in the arena against a faux Roman army in front of a vile, powerful Roman senator. Sound familiar?
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Anthony Chiarella Posted: Oct 10, 2014 0 comments
Hard-drinking, chain-smoking ex-convict Joe (Nicolas Cage) frequents hookers, instigates deadly dog fights, and makes his living managing a gang of day laborers charged with deforesting a Texas backwater—hardly a soft-hearted guy. Yet, when 15-year-old Gary (Tye Sheridan) comes looking for a job, hell-raising Joe quickly befriends the boy and eventually risks his life to save him from his violent, alcoholic father, Wade (Gary Poulter, who died shortly after the film’s release). Heralded as Cage’s return to serious dramatic roles, Joe is primarily a character study of its hero, portrayed with a gritty realism that magnifies the brutality of the film and the desperation of its subjects.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 10, 2014 0 comments
Sony’s PlayStation TV is a set-top box that partners with the new PlayStation 4 console to play games on a secondary TV. But it’s not just a gaming hub—it also bids to be a media hub by accessing movies and TV shows through the PlayStation Store. It plays PS3 titles through the PlayStation Now service, which made its debut on July 31, as well as older PS2 and PS1 titles. Price is $99 for the PlayStation TV itself or $139 for the box with controller, 8-GB memory card, and digital download code for a game based on The Lego Movie.
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 10, 2014 Published: Oct 08, 2014 1 comments
SVS is introducing an affordable series of speakers and a new “powered cylinder” subwoofer at the 2014 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF), which opens today at the Marriott Tech Center in Denver, CO and runs through Sunday.
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 10, 2014 0 comments
Marking the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the world’s first digital loudspeaker, Meridian will demonstrate its Special Edition DSP Digital Active Loudspeakers at a live event in Dallas, Texas.

The event will take place at Dallas Sight and Sound on Tuesday, October 14 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Visit for more information on Merdian’s Special Edition Series of DSP Digital Active Loudspeakers.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Oct 10, 2014 0 comments
This small streaming subscription video-on-demand service offers classic films from Gandhi to Ghostbusters for less than the price of a single HD streaming rental.


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