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Leslie Shapiro Posted: Jul 20, 2015 0 comments
Face it: life can be hard for our favorite gadgets. I love my gear, but admittedly, I’m not as gentle with it as I should be. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active was made for people exactly like me. I lead an active life, and my electronics need to be up for the challenge. I ride my bike almost daily, kayak, and hike as often as I can – either along a mountain creek or along the beach. I need my phone (which these days is my camera, music player, and laptop too) to stand up to the rigors of dirt, water, rugged terrain, and less glamorously, sweat. I took the Galaxy S6 Active along this summer to see if it was as active as I needed it to be.

Bob Ankosko Posted: Jul 08, 2015 0 comments
Previewed at the recent CE Week event in New York City, the HearNotes wire-free earbuds use Kleer technology to stream CD-quality uncompressed audio with “extremely low latency and power consumption.”
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 03, 2015 0 comments
A waterproof speaker that floats, color-coded HDMI cables, a mammoth outdoor projection screen, and more new gear.
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SV Staff Posted: Jun 10, 2015 1 comments
A mirror TV to spice up your kitchen, sweet sunburst speakers that echo an iconic guitar (can you guess which one?), a Bluetooth—yes, Bluetooth—turntable, a soundbar for Connoisseurs, and more.
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SV Staff Posted: May 29, 2015 0 comments
You’ve got the gear, but when it comes time to show it off, can you walk the walk? There are many approaches to displaying or hiding your home theater equipment and a multitude of furniture, mount, and accessory products out there. Here are just a few that, we think, put their own unique spin on your personal space.
Bob Ankosko Posted: May 28, 2015 7 comments
2015 is shaping up to be the Year of the Ultra HD as the balance begins to shift from everyday HDTVs to 4K/Ultra HDTVs with their higher-than-HD 3840x2160 pixel count. The latest projections from the Consumer Electronics Association show UHD shipments growing exponentially over the next few years, jumping from 1.3 million sets in 2014 to 4 million this year and tripling again to 13 million in 2017. Before long, UHD will become as commonplace as HD.
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SV Staff Posted: May 06, 2015 1 comments
A super router, wireless high-performance home theater speakers, Sony's 75-inch UHD TV, and more.
Bob Ankosko Posted: Apr 24, 2015 1 comments
Sony this week announced pricing and availability of two new budget AV receivers and four soundbars, including the high-end HT-ST9 that will list for $1,500 when it hits stores in July.

Bob Ankosko Posted: Apr 14, 2015 2 comments
Samsung S9W Ultra HDTV

I tried to imagine the S9W at home but quickly realized my rustic family room is no match for its art-gallery vibe. Although I have to admit, when I first laid eyes on its magnificent 82-inch Ultra HD screen with its cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio, I wondered why it was perched, just shy of teetering, on a compact refrigerator. Refreshments at hand, perhaps? No, that wasn’t it. (Not even close, knucklehead.)

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 10, 2015 0 comments
The most stylish DAC/amplifier you'll ever see, an AV cabinet made of reclaimed teak from a sunken naval vessel, another Atmos-enabled speaker, and more.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Feb 24, 2015 2 comments
GoldenEar's latest speaker, a wireless video transmission system, Panasonic's THX-certified 65-inch Ultra HDTV with full array LED backlighting, and more.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Feb 11, 2015 0 comments
Canada’s Classé built its first amplifier way back in 1980 and has been perfecting the art ever since, adding preamp/processors and other components along the way. In 2001, the company became a part of the vaunted B&W Group—a meeting of minds that made perfect sense given their shared dedication to uncompromised audio fidelity and design elegance. The Classé story continues with the introduction of the Sigma Series, which includes the $5,000 7.1-channel Sigma SSP surround preamp/processor and the companion AMP5 power amp, also $5,000. (As it turns out, naming products is not one of the company’s strong suits, but I digress.)
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Feb 03, 2015 0 comments
A swiveling TV pedestal, stand-alone Atmos-enabled speaker, tiny subwoofer, and more...
Bob Ankosko Posted: Dec 23, 2014 7 comments
LG 65EC9700 65-Inch Ultra HD OLED TV

LG made headlines this past summer with the announcement that its 55-inch OLED TV would sell for $3,500. Not cheap, but a whopping 75 percent less than what its predecessor sold for. Then along came the 65EC9700, a TV capable of delivering lush OLED images in 4K resolution that sells for $10,000. LG made headlines again—this time for making television’s holy grail a reality. We spoke with Tim Alessi, director of new product development, for the story behind this inspiring 65-inch hybrid.

Bob Ankosko Posted: Nov 24, 2014 0 comments
Audiophiles have long been enamored with the lifelike presentation of electrostatic speakers but vexed with having to sit precisely in the sweet spot to enjoy the glorious sound. Canada’s Muraudio aims to change that with the “world’s first omnidirectional electrostatic speaker,” the Domain Omni ESL, perfected over more than a decade by company founder and chief technology officer, Murray Harman.

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