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SV Staff Posted: Aug 26, 2016 3 comments
Phase Technology, the company that invented the soft-dome tweeter nearly 50 years ago under the United Speakers Systems banner, will demonstrate a new version of its sophisticated dARTS room calibration system at the upcoming CEDIA trade exhibition that opens in Dallas on September 15.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 26, 2016 0 comments
Amazon is working on a couple ad-free music streaming service, one of which would be exclusive to its wildly popular Echo Bluetooth speaker/personal assistant.

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 24, 2016 2 comments
Sony and Best Buy today announced that starting this week Sony Hi-Res Listening Stations are being rolled out to 250 Magnolia Home Theater locations around the country, joining the 82 Magnolia Design Centers that have had listening stations since late last year. The rollout is expected to be complete by September.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2016 3 comments
Vizio today announced enhancements to the SmartCast App it introduced earlier this year and announced that Google Play Movies & TV will be integrated into the app.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2016 2 comments
Is your Netflix consumption pushing your mobile data consumption past the cap? The company has new tool to help subscribers dodge overage charges.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 23, 2016 1 comments
LG is rolling out an upgrade for its webOS 3.0-enabled smart TVs called Channel Plus.
SV Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2016 1 comments
HiFiMan today introduced a super compact audio player that plays files at resolutions up to 192 kHz/24-bit and supports all lossless file formats including DSD.
Leslie Shapiro Posted: Aug 22, 2016 3 comments
It’s that time of year—when kids cringe and parents rejoice. The school bus armadas have begun. Little ones are heading back to school, but the whole family is heading back to the malls and online to load up on school supplies for the year. What tops the shopping list? Technology. What is the third most popular back-to-school technology purchase? Headphones. Bizarre, right?

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2016 10 comments
Kaleidescape, the company that pioneered the movie server category and waged an unsuccessful decade-long battle over the right to sell disc-ripping movie servers, has closed its doors.

UPDATE: As was reported on, Kaleidescape announced on Friday, September 9th that it had secured new funding and reopened its doors as a slimmed down operation with plans to continue selling its new Strato line. You can read the story here.

SV Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2016 2 comments
CD-based compact stereo systems were all the rage in the ‘90s. Virtually every big AV brand offered minisystems—as they were called—and a few of them were pretty good (and pricey).
SV Staff Posted: Aug 22, 2016 4 comments
Whether it dates back to classic TV shows like My Favorite Martian who knows but levitating speakers are apparently a thing. We recommended the Om/One novelty speaker in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and now Taiwan-based ASWY has announced that it will unveil a prototype wireless home theater system with levitating speakers at IFA 2016 in Berlin, which opens September 4.
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SV Staff Posted: Aug 19, 2016 4 comments
The TV rating system, dating from 1997, is being eyed for an overhaul.

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 19, 2016 16 comments
On Tuesday, Irvine, CA-based startup Epict launched its WatchAir Smart HDTV Antenna on Kickstarter. Less than four days later the company had already funded 97 percent of its $50,000 goal with 29 days to spare. Not too shabby.

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SV Staff Posted: Aug 19, 2016 1 comments
Amazon’s retail dominance, video distribution, and voice control—among other things—have been in the news lately.

SV Staff Posted: Aug 18, 2016 1 comments
Triad’s new Outdoor Series of two-way speakers are available in two woofer sizes but what sets them apart from the scads of other weather-resistant speakers is that the company will paint them any color you want and even custom-match colors for a “slight upcharge.”