Mike Mettler Posted: Jun 03, 2014 0 comments
Never one to favor flash over substance, Andy Summers may very well be the most underrated guitarist of the rock era. Summers took a minimalist approach with his work for the juggernaut pop-alternative trio known as The Police, letting atmospherics and not pyrotechnics fuel such indelible hits as “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “Every Breath You Take.” His echoing, chorused, chordal-centric technique schooled a generation of players from U2’s The Edge to The Fixx’s Jamie West-Oram. Even a player as accomplished as Rush’s Alex Lifeson added a Summersesque “less is more” dimension to his repertoire during the ’80s.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Jun 03, 2014 0 comments
As a longtime observer of the audio/video scene, I can state with confidence that things have changed more in the last five years than they did in the prior 25. I say that with full acknowledgement of the breakthroughs I’ve been lucky enough to report on during my career, including the introductions of the VCR, camcorders, Laserdiscs, Compact Discs, DVDs, high-definition television and its HD disc formats, surround sound in its various incarnations, flat panels, digital music downloads, and others.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jun 02, 2014 2 comments
I am so very, very, very disappointed in you. You recycle. You installed solar panels on your roof. You put up a wind turbine. You voted for Al Gore. You phased out incandescents. You bring your own hemp bags to the grocery store. You compost. You ride a bicycle to work. You water your xeriscape with gray water. You have a Greenpeace bumper sticker on your Prius. And then you have to go and ruin it all. You play a DVD. You traitor. I hate you.

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Daniel Kumin Posted: Jun 02, 2014 8 comments
Fully powered, or “active” loudspeakers have a lot of very real advantages. But can you name three serious models on the market today?
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 02, 2014 0 comments
Denon today introduced its first multiroom wireless sound system. Dubbed HEOS, the compact system is available in three versions ranging in price from $299 to $599 and operated by an iOS/Android app designed for whole-house control.
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 02, 2014 1 comments
Summertime is just around the corner even if it feels like it has already arrived in some parts of the country. Backyard barbecues, lazy afternoons, pool parties…listening to your favorite tunes on the patio or deck. All of which leads us to this week’s question. Which of the selections below best describes your outdoor audio setup? Leave a comment and tell us how you bring music to the great outdoors.
What Kind of Outdoor Music Setup Do You Have?
I just move my indoor speakers to the window and crank ‘em up.
7% (19 votes)
I run wires from an indoor stereo to the patio/deck and hook up a pair of speakers.
9% (23 votes)
I bring my battery-powered Bluetooth speaker outside and stream music from my phone.
14% (36 votes)
I put my Sonos (or Sonos-like) speaker on the patio/deck and stream music from Pandora (or another other Internet music site).
10% (26 votes)
I have a set of hard-wired weatherproof speakers mounted outside (under the eaves, etc.)
36% (94 votes)
I have weatherproof speakers hidden in the landscaping.
8% (20 votes)
I have weatherproof speakers and an in-ground subwoofer hidden in the landscaping.
7% (19 votes)
I don’t need no stinkin’ speakers — I listen to my iPod/MP3 player through earbuds/headphones.
8% (21 votes)
Total votes: 258
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: May 30, 2014 2 comments
I’m in the interesting position of telling you how to do something with a subwoofer that you shouldn’t do. No, it’s not illegal. But in the ears of those for whom sound quality is more important than ergonomics, décor, and/or domestic tranquility, it’s definitely heretical.
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Chris Chiarella Posted: May 30, 2014 0 comments
Michael Mann’s feature film directing debut, this rough-hewn caper drama fairly throbs with energy, thanks in large part to the inspired use of a Tangerine Dream musical score. Criminal or not, Frank (James Caan) is pretty difficult to like, but he’s a total professional, so naturally the Chicago mob wants to own him. They underestimated Frank, however, and his rage erupts stylishly in this unrated director’s cut.
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SV Staff Posted: May 30, 2014 0 comments
Chinese consumer electronics giant TCL (The Creative Life) today announced the 3600 Series of 720p LED/LCD TVs, which kicks off with 32- and 39-inch special edition models endorsed by professional surfer Erica Hosseini.
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SV Staff Posted: May 29, 2014 0 comments
An amazing stretchable soundbar, a Wi-Fi music player, a DLP projector that's so bright you need sunglasses, and more.


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