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SV Staff Posted: Jul 28, 2015 6 comments
For better or worse, portable Bluetooth speakers have become one of audio’s hottest commodities, capturing a huge share the billion-dollar portable speaker business. Do you own one and, if so, how often do you use it? Take a moment to tell us which scenario best describes your situation. And don’t forget to leave a comment explaining your choice.
Do You Own a Portable Bluetooth Speaker?
Yes, I use it in or around the house a few times a week.
36% (270 votes)
Yes, I use it in or around the house almost every day.
13% (98 votes)
No, I do not own a Bluetooth speaker but plan to buy one.
12% (88 votes)
No, I do not own a Bluetooth speaker and have no plans to get one.
39% (287 votes)
Total votes: 743
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jul 28, 2015 0 comments
Some people think that digital audio is cold. That's debatable. But it's almost universally accepted that analog audio is cool. It is also funky, weird and apparently makes people say and do strange things. Digital audio comprises binary data offering relatively few opportunities for freakish mischief. Analog audio, on the other hand, offers endless possibilities. For example, I am sure you have noticed that flour tortillas fit nicely on a turntable platter.

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Jul 27, 2015 0 comments
Sure, everybody knows Ludwig van Beethoven. But how about his slightly less famous baroque predecessor (Johann) Ludwig Krebs?
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 27, 2015 0 comments
Rega was approached by the legendary rock band Queen to produce a limited edition turntable to coincide with the September release of Queen: The Studio Collection, an 18-piece 180g vinyl LP box set from Virgin EMI Records, according to Sound Organisation, which distributes Rega and other European audio brands in the U.S.
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 27, 2015 2 comments
More than half (55 percent) of the people who own a soundbar use it for listening to music, podcasts, and other audio-related content in addition to watching TV, according to a new survey from The NPD Group.

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Jul 25, 2015 0 comments
E3, the yearly video game expo, was last month (yeah, I had other cool stuff to write about first).

I didn’t go, because I don’t hate myself.

A bunch of cool games were announced, and now that we’ve got a bit of distance from the sturm und drang of the show, I figured it was worth taking a look at what to look forward to in the coming year.

A short list, with trailers…

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Chris Chiarella Posted: Jul 24, 2015 0 comments
If not the first movie to expose the true inner workings of organized crime—in contrast to Coppola’s seminal, romanticized The Godfather—GoodFellas is arguably the most influential, and the most enduring. It is also one of Martin Scorsese’s most popular films, a near-perfect intersection of source material and cinematic execution. Nicholas Pileggi’s book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family recounted bona-fide gangster Henry Hill’s rise from two-bit mob gopher to prolific felon, as well as his ultimate downfall, and the many escapades in between. Adapted with ample violence and profanity, GoodFellas (renamed to avoid confusion with contemporary TV series Wiseguy) is also incredibly funny, often darkly so, for a more deeply entertaining tale.
Bob Ankosko Posted: Jul 24, 2015 1 comments

Build Quality
PRICE $299

Compact design
Impressive build quality
Simple to set up and use
Spacious, full-bodied sound with a kick
No remote control
Not ideal for driving rock
Not practical for use as a soundbar

The little Theatre Box will surprise you with its bold, big sound.

Sinatra is crooning in the background. “I like New York in June, how about you? I like a Gershwin tune, how about you?”

Frankly (sorry, couldn’t resist), I like what I’m hearing from the small box sitting on the filing cabinet in my home office. Impressive how clear and present the Chairman is on this Capitol recording (“How About You?”) released 59 years ago (Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!). Even more impressive, his voice is coming from a speaker that’s about half the size of a shoebox.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 24, 2015 0 comments
American Sniper introduces us to Chris Kyle, on his first tour of duty in Iraq as he’s protecting an advancing Marine patrol. Through the scope of his sniper rifle, he spies an Iraqi mother as she hands a grenade to her preteen child with the intention of killing as many Americans as they can. Kyle must choose to take the life of this kid or risk losing his brothers in arms. To Kyle, the choice is clear: He must protect the troops at any cost. And so we can understand why he went on to become the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, with 160 confirmed kills during his four tours.
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 24, 2015 0 comments
Are you stuck in the past, musically speaking? Blogger Ajay Kalia studied listener data from Spotify and rankings of the most popular music artists and found that people—especially males—tend to “age out” of mainstream music in their early to mid 30s because they stop liking or discovering new music.


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