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Kim Wilson Posted: Nov 06, 2013 0 comments
You are no doubt familiar with the Sonos Wireless Home Audio system, as we’ve written up many reviews of their products in the magazine. What you might not know is that they have a facility in Los Angeles called the Sonos Studio, which opened in June 2012.
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Nov 05, 2013 3 comments
The wildly popular Google Chromecast just got even better. It has added Pandora Radio and Hulu Plus to its list of supported content. And, the best may be yet to come.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Nov 04, 2013 1 comments
A visit to Bang & Olufsen’s headquarters in Struer, Denmark provides a rare look inside the AV company know for trendsetting design.
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Michael Antonoff Posted: Oct 31, 2013 0 comments
Seventeen years is an odd interval for measuring progress, but if you’d been sleeping under a pile of VHS cassettes and emerged as a flash mob of cicadas, you’d be impressed by how far home entertainment technology has come.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Oct 31, 2013 1 comments
With the introduction this week of the BeoLab 17 compact speaker, BeoLab 18 column speaker, and the BeoLab 19 powered subwoofer, luxury A/V manufacturer Bang & Olufsen has begun marketing its first component-quality wireless music system and the first wireless system from anyone to offer WiSA certification.

Leslie Shapiro Posted: Oct 28, 2013 2 comments
Iconic indie-rocker Lou Reed passed away at the age of 71 on Sunday, October 27th from complications after a recent liver transplant. Reed was married to experimental performance artist Laurie Anderson. Although Reed had only a single top-ten hit, he will be remembered for so much more.

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 25, 2013 0 comments
In a move that Onkyo hopes will revolutionize how iOS users enjoy music on headphones and other compatible hi-fi systems, the company has introduced the HF Player app that enables playback of high-resolution audio files while giving listeners unprecedented control over how their music sounds.
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 23, 2013 0 comments
Soundbars may be one of the top selling categories in consumer electronics today, offering a simple and inexpensive path to (faux) surround sound, but many hardcore enthusiasts who read Sound & Vision wouldn’t dream of using one for their main AV setup, according to the findings of our soundbar poll. We asked “do you own a soundbar" and offered several yes/no choices, but the vote wasn’t as overwhelming against soundbars as you might think. Although half of the respondents “would never consider a soundbar,” four in ten acknowledged using one for different reasons. Here’s the breakdown…
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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Oct 15, 2013 8 comments
A screen of infinite beauty, of most excellent fancy. He hath shone on me a thousand times. And now, how abhorred he is. Where be your hues now? Your wider viewing angle? Your deeper blacks? Your brightness that was wont to set the room on a roar? Now get you to my lady’s chamber, and let her paint a screen an inch thick. Make her look at that.

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 10, 2013 0 comments
Klipsch has introduced the SB 120 TV sound system, a self-contained 2.1-channel soundbar that supports wireless Bluetooth streaming from mobile devices. List price is $500.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Oct 10, 2013 0 comments
Bose today introduced the SoundTouch family of self-contained wireless music systems, marking its entry into a field dominated by Sonos. Designed for “effortless” ease of use, three systems are being offered initially: SoundTouch 30 ($699), SoundTouch 20 ($399), and SoundTouch Portable ($399).
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 10, 2013 Published: Oct 09, 2013 0 comments
To commemorate its 40th anniversary, Polk Audio has launched the “Listen to the Music” competition inviting independent musicians of all genres to reinterpret the Doobie Brothers rock classic of the same name. Contestants will submit performance videos to vie for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to open for the Canadian pop-rock band Walk Off the Earth and John Legend at the Hard Rock Cafe in early January.
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 08, 2013 0 comments
Harman International today announced two entry-level surround-sound speaker packages from JBL: the Cinema 610 and Cinema 510, which list for $400 and $300, respectively.

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SV Staff Posted: Oct 02, 2013 0 comments
WD, a Western Digital company and leader in storage solutions, today introduced My Cloud, a cloud-based hard drive described as a solution for organizing, centralizing, and securing digital content from computers and mobile devices. Once My Cloud is connected to the Internet, content stored on it can be accessed from any device without having to pay monthly fees or giving up control of personal data, according to the company.
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Rob Sabin Posted: Oct 01, 2013 0 comments
Panasonic has officially entered the 4K Ultra HDTV fray with a single model, the 65-inch TC-L65WT600, an edge-lit LCD priced at $5999 and available later this month at Magnolia stores and the Shop.Panasonic.com Web site.

Notably, the set is the first to offer a DisplayPort connection, making it the only available Ultra HDTV today able to handle 4K content at 60 frames per second from computers or other sources. The set’s HDMI inputs are also HDMI 2.0 compliant. Other Ultra HDTVs are currently limited to 4K/30p.

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