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Bob Ankosko Posted: Apr 14, 2016 4 comments
I hate to open on a downer, but you need to know right up front that the magnificent TV shown here is available only in England and Germany. Did I mention it’s a Panasonic? And an OLED? Or that its U.S.-equivalent price is eleven grand? Yes, it’s true: The one-time plasma stalwart is making moves in a territory that until now has been ruled by LG. The Viera TX-65CZ950 was unveiled at the IFA electronics show in Berlin last September and shipped to select stores in Europe a month or so later. Panasonic also demonstrated the 65-inch TV at the CES 2016 in Las Vegas, giving us hope that it (or its more reasonably priced progeny) might be headed our way. There was no announcement regarding U.S. availability, however.
SV Staff Posted: Apr 14, 2016 0 comments
Pioneer today introduced a larger, more powerful subwoofer to complement its SP series of speakers.
SV Staff Posted: Apr 11, 2016 0 comments
Denon has announced that it will add two 4K/HDR-ready AV receivers to its budget S Series by the end of the month.
SV Staff Posted: Apr 07, 2016 3 comments
Klipsch is commemorating its 70th anniversary by issuing limited runs of the iconic Klipschorn and Heresy Heritage series speakers. Special attention has been paid to the details of each new speaker, as they features design enhancements, exotic wood veneer finishes, special edition logos, and unique grille cloths.
SV Staff Posted: Apr 04, 2016 0 comments
Fluance has announced that its first line of turntables is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter.
Bob Ankosko Posted: Mar 31, 2016 1 comments
Is your mouth watering yet? Mine was when I laid eyes on the 2HP-D, one of three amazing amplifiers that signal the return of Scientific Audio Electronics. Founded in 1967 by stealth designer Morris Kessler (see "15 Minutes with SAE Founder, Amp Guru Morris Kessler."), SAE has always been synonymous with world-class amplification, which in Kessler’s view boils down to three key ingredients: reliability, accuracy, and freedom from noise. As he puts it, “Voltage and current must be available to satisfy the demands of the program material, and the amplifier itself cannot intrude on the user experience.”
Bob Ankosko Posted: Mar 22, 2016 5 comments
Today marks the official launch of Vizio’s four-model P-Series lineup of high-dynamic range-enabled HDTVs at prices ranging from $1,000 for a 50-inch model to $3,800 for a 75-inch model. But that’s just part of the story.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 21, 2016 1 comments
Spring is in the air and it’s time to start prepping those landscape beds for new flowers, shrubs…and maybe a few outdoor speakers.

SV Staff Posted: Mar 18, 2016 3 comments
Two affordable 7.1-channel network AV receivers will join Pioneer’s Elite series lineup in April.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 17, 2016 0 comments
Soundbar pioneer Zvox has announced that the super-slim SB400 and SB500 soundbars it previewed in January are now available at bestbuy.com, amazon.com, crutchfield.com, and zvox.com.

SV Staff Posted: Mar 17, 2016 0 comments
Pioneer’s latest headphone has an unusual twist. The “Hi-Res-capable” SE-MHR5 ($300) includes a four-pole balanced 2.5mm cable in addition to a standard 3.5mm cable. The cable is designed to provide greater signal separation when used with an amplifier that has a balanced output.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 16, 2016 0 comments
Legacy Audio Powerblock² Amplifier
“Incredible performance in a small package…at a fair price” is how Legacy Audio describes the Powerblock², the company’s first amplifier in more than a decade. Assembled in Legacy’s Springfield, Illinois factory, the amp is a dual-mono design boasting an ultra-wide 1.5-Hz to 70-kHz bandwidth and healthy power output of 2 x 325 watts into 8 ohms (or a rip-roaring 2 x 650 into 4 ohms). Ice Ice Baby: The low-profile Powerblock² is built around ICEpower Class D technology featuring self-oscillating closed-loop architecture and a robust power supply capable of supplying peak current of 30 amps per channel. High damping factor (1,000 <1 kHz) and dynamic range (117 dB) are cited as key characteristics along with low distortion (0.005% THD at rated output). Balanced XLR and unbalanced inputs are provided. Price: $1,600
SV Staff Posted: Mar 15, 2016 0 comments
Onkyo has announced plans to introduce four AV receivers in April and May.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 15, 2016 0 comments
If you’re interested in an inexpensive 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) TV, you might want to drop by your local Best Buy in a few weeks. The national chain plans to roll out three 4K models featuring onboard Roku streaming capability in early April.
SV Staff Posted: Mar 10, 2016 4 comments
LG today announced pricing and availability for the Super UHD TV series it previewed at CES 2016 and said all models will support the HDR10 and Dolby Vision high-dynamic range (HDR) formats. Dolby Vision will be added via a firmware update in Early April.

The 2016 lineup, featuring IPS 4K Quantum display technology, 10-bit color processing, and LG’s webOS smart TV platform, comprises nine models with 55- to 86-inch screen sizes. Models with 55-, 60- and 65-inch screens from the UH7700 and UH8500 series will be available later this month at prices ranging from $1,800 for the 55UD7700 to $3,000 for the 65UH8500.

LG said 65- and 86-inch models in the flagship UH9500 series will be available later this spring at $4,000 and $10,000, respectively. The 75-inch 75UH8500 is also slated for later introduction at $5,000.

The company said it is working with Amazon Video, Netflix, and VUDU to offer HDR content streaming via its webOS interface.

Most major studios have announced support for Dolby Vision and Dolby estimates as many as 100 titles could be available by the end of 2016.

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