SV Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2017 0 comments
Samsung today announced that the 4K QLED televisions it previewed at CES 2017 are now available at and retailers nationwide.

The company also announced that its new UBD-M9500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player will be available in April for $399, followed by...

SV Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2017 2 comments
Sony has announced that pre-sales of the 4K OLED TVs it previewed at CES 2017 begin today at Amazon and
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2017 1 comments
To commemorate three decades of innovation and success in OLED technology in advance of Display Week 2017, the Society for Information Display (SID) has shared an infographic that traces OLED’s evolution from early R&D through its present day status as a major display technology.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Mar 14, 2017 2 comments
Without question, voice control is the hottest thing in audio. Tomorrow it will be something else. Today it is voice control. In particular, Amazon's Alexa is all the rage and is poised to appear in phones, cars, refrigerators, and pretty much anything else that is powered by electrons. But Alexa is really just the gateway drug to the Internet of Things.

SV Staff Posted: Mar 13, 2017 0 comments
The newest addition to Denon’s Heos line of wireless multiroom products is a high-style AV receiver that pushes traditional AVR design in a new direction—one that exudes simplicity.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 13, 2017 0 comments
For the first time ever, the percentage of free or paid streaming video subscribers in the U.S. has nudged past the number of paid TV subscribers at 68 percent vs. 67 percent, according to new research from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
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Mike Mettler Posted: Mar 10, 2017 0 comments
Paula Cole has always been an artist with a singular vision, and she’s still on point to this day. In celebration of the recent 20th anniversary of This Fire, Cole re-recorded the majority of the album live on May 1, 2016 at The City Winery in New York, along with revised/new studio versions of “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait” for release as This Bright Red Feeling on her own label, 675. Cole and I got on the line to discuss her original production goals for the sound of This Fire and its re-recording, working with Peter Gabriel, and her thoughts on streaming.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Mar 10, 2017 1 comments

Verus II Grand Speaker System
Build Quality

Bravus II 12D Subwoofer
Build Quality
PRICE $5,005 as reviewed

Tight, detailed bass
Excellent tonal balance
Spacious, cohesive soundstage
Sub has limitations in very large rooms
Narrow tower can be unstable on carpet

With modest but significant improvements to their flagship speaker line, Aperion Audio has again hit the jackpot in offering the sort of value that’s rare in today’s increasingly pricey audio marketplace.

Six years ago, I reviewed the first version of Aperion Audio’s then new Verus Grand speaker line. While this was a considerable step up from the internet-direct manufacturer’s previous, well-regarded budget-priced models, it still offered incredible value. As I concluded at the time: “If [the Verus Grand] impresses you as much as [it] impressed me, you’ll ultimately be a winner.”

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Mar 10, 2017 0 comments
It would be easy to dismiss the Facebook Video app as unnecessary and just another way to waste time. The new app,recently launched for Samsung TVs and the fourth generation Apple TV, is a lot better than I had expected. And oddly, I find that I’m spending less time using it.
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Josef Krebs Posted: Mar 10, 2017 0 comments
This elegant, suspenseful adaptation of John le Carré’s novel, Our Kind of Traitor, makes for a marvelous companion piece to the recent excellent TV miniseries adaptation of the writer’s The Night Manager. Here, a bored and lost university poetry professor whose marriage is in crisis—one of le Carré’s endless supply of honorable and principled innocent civilians who, seeking purpose and redemption, allow themselves to become involved in international intrigue—is seduced into helping Dima, a charismatic money launderer for the Russian mafia desperate to defect to England and save his family.