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SV Staff Posted: Mar 17, 2016 0 comments
The 1994 independent film Walls of Sand became the first feature film to be streamed over the Internet 18 years ago this week.

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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
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 16, 2016 1 comments
The success of Amazon’s voice-controlled Echo speaker/personal assistant apparently has AV companies scrambling.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 15, 2016 91 comments
Register to win a set of Serene Audio Talisman Powered Speakers (MSRP $395) we are giving away.

According to the company:

Made in Vancouver, Canada, Talisman speakers are hand crafted from bamboo, leather, and brass, and meticulously engineered. Verified by experienced engineers and customers, they enthrall you with the clearest and most transparent sound to come from your desktop. Talisman speakers are designed to sit on your desk, but they have plenty of power to fill the whole room. They are self-powered, meaning they can be paired with almost anything.

[This Sweepstakes is now closed]

SV Staff Posted: Mar 15, 2016 1 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 15, 2016 5 comments
Onkyo has announced plans to introduce four AV receivers in April and May.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2016 8 comments
If you’ve ever thought about building your own speakers and are looking for a little inspiration, here it is in the form of a speaker built by DIYer Mark in Latvia.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 14, 2016 1 comments
Sono Luminus has announced that Crossing Over, the new album by the Skylark Vocal Ensemble, is the label’s fifth release to be recorded and mixed in Auro-3D surround sound.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 12, 2016 1 comments
Another icon of the rock generation has departed this world: Keith Emerson, founder and keyboardist extraordinaire of the influential progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, a.k.a. ELP, died Thursday night at his home in Santa Monica. He was 71.
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SV Staff Posted: Mar 11, 2016 7 comments
Tributaries has introduced an active fiber optic HDMI cable that has been certified by DPL Labs to transport HDMI signals at data rates up to 18Gbps over cable lengths up to 98 feet. The cable is said to be the first to receive such certification.