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Steve Guttenberg Posted: Aug 04, 2016 1 comments
Grado Labs is located in a nondescript four-story building in the Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn, where Joe Grado started manufacturing phono cartridges in the early 1950s. John Grado (Joe’s nephew) took over day-to-day operations in 1978, and in 1989 Grado Labs jumped into the headphone market. John and Joe hand-built all of the company’s first-generation headphones—the HP-1, HP-2, and HP-3—and those ’phones now fetch anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500 on eBay! Grado Labs is still a family-owned business, and John’s son Jonathan came aboard in 2014.
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Al Griffin Posted: Aug 04, 2016 11 comments
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Q I am looking to replace the 65-inch Panasonic plasma TV in my man cave/theater room with a larger, high dynamic range-compatible Ultra HD model that would be used for watching sports and movies. I was considering a Samsung 85-inch LCD, but am also looking into a projector like the JVC DLA-X550R, a Sound & Vision top pick. When all is said and done, I believe that the cost would be the same: roughly $8-10,000. My room is 30 feet long by 20 feet wide, so I have plenty of wall space for the new screen. What display should I buy? —Chris Amaral

A Since your room is a man cave, I’d say get a projector. To me, man cave implies an utter absence of aesthetic or lifestyle considerations that might interfere with the quest to get the biggest, best picture possible. It also means stuff like dartboards and mirrors embossed with the Jack Daniel’s logo, but that’s not our concern here.

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 04, 2016 3 comments
Enjoy this multi-part collage recalling long-forgotten audio brands, represented here by iconic advertising of the day.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 04, 2016 2 comments
Hisense USA, a division of China-based Hisense Company, Ltd, the number three TV manufacturer globally according to 2015 IHS data, has restated its aggressive plan to become a top-three TV maker in the U.S. in the next five years.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 04, 2016 2 comments
In yet another sign of its momentum, music technology company MQA has hired Warner Music executive Mike Jbara to lead the company as CEO and sit on the Board of MQA Ltd.
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Mike Mettler Posted: Aug 03, 2016 1 comments
It’s one of the Top 3 moments of smashed guitars in music history, right behind Jimi Hendrix at Monterey Pop and Pete Townshend at Woodstock. But this one happened in a movie — namely, in the 1978 comedy classic, National Lampoon’s Animal House. That man on the stairs whose guitar was so violently gutted by Bluto (John Belushi) was in fact noted singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop (“On and On,” “It Might Be You,” “Separate Lives”). I called Bishop, 64, at his homestead in Los Angeles to discuss the literal sonic blueprint for his eclectic new album Blueprint, the give and take of writing with Eric Clapton, and confirming some heretofore unrevealed tech specs about that infamous Animal House guitar.
Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 03, 2016 2 comments

2D Performance
3D Performance
PRICE $3,000

Impressive edge-lit local dimming
Respectable off-axis viewing
Bright, punchy HDR
Often redundant menus
Tight remote control layout

Full-array local dimming remains the gold standard for LCD Ultra HDTVs, but Sony has now upped the ante with the best edge-lit set we’ve seen.

The last time I reviewed one of Sony’s 4K sets, it had large speaker enclosures attached permanently to the sides of the screen, with a separate “subwoofer” firing out the back. This made for an inconveniently wide design, and with the introduction of Sony’s new 2016 models, those audio “wings” are now history.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Aug 03, 2016 1 comments
The Xbox One S was just released with 4K and high dynamic range (HDR) capabilities. Here are some first impressions.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 03, 2016 4 comments
The opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is Friday at 8 p.m. ET but NBC’s coverage of the games actually gets underway today with live coverage of women’s soccer, including U.S. vs. New Zealand at 6 p.m. ET. and the NBC Sports app will live stream 4,500 hours—including all Olympic Games competition—for authenticated pay TV subscribers via TV Everywhere to desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, plus connected TVs for the first time...

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 03, 2016 1 comments
Klipsch yesterday announced the formation of the Klipsch Heritage Museum Association (KHMA) to preserve and study the materials from the Klipsch Museum of Audio History that has stood in Hope, Arkansas since 1979.