SV Staff  |  Dec 13, 2018  |  0 comments
Astell&Kern has announced a firmware update that adds MQA support to three of its portable hi-res music players.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Dec 12, 2018  |  1 comments
The release of the Fire TV Recast DVR highlights Amazon’s effort to offer a complete streaming solution. The Recast is a network connected tuner and DVR that adds live TV and recording to Fire TV’s current offering of streaming apps and Amazon Prime premium channels like STARZ, HBO, Showtime, and more. It’s everything a cord-cutter could want.
Al Griffin  |  Dec 12, 2018  |  1 comments

PRICE $1,999

Extended color
Good brightness and contrast
Great value
Blacks could be better
High fan noise with picture optimized for HDR

he Epson 4010’s near-perfect color, good contrast, and wide array of setup features make it a strong under-$2,000 projector option.

Affordable, 4K-capable projectors are very much a reality — Sound & Vision has reviewed several such models plucked from the DLP, LCD, and LCOS camps. And in some cases, “affordable” can equate to $2,000 or less. One drawback you have to contend with when considering such projectors is their dependence on pixel-shifting technology to display a full Ultra HD image onscreen. But given the crisp pictures we’ve seen when viewing with pixel-shifting models from JVC, Optoma, Epson, and others, the lack of true 4K-resolution imaging chips ultimately isn’t much of a drawback at all.

SV Staff  |  Dec 12, 2018  |  0 comments
The subwoofer gurus at JL Audio announced that they have begun shipping an 8-inch version of their high-performance Fathom in-wall subwoofer system featuring an enclosure option for in-ceiling applications.
SV Staff  |  Dec 12, 2018  |  0 comments
Vizio today announced several “last minute holiday bargains” on 4K TVs and soundbars, including one that supports Dolby Atmos.
Mike Mettler  |  Dec 12, 2018  |  0 comments
Scott Kirkland of The Crystal Method got on the line with us to discuss getting back to his core electronic music values on The Trip Home after parting ways with his longtime collaborative partner Ken Jordan, his thoughts about remixing new and catalog material in Dolby Atmos, and refocusing his goals following brain surgery.
 |  Dec 11, 2018  |  5 comments
DTS today announced the release of the first two IMAX Enhanced 4K/Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Dec 11, 2018  |  0 comments
Well, actually, that title should be Bass Cows from Mars! But in any case, in the long tradition of weird ways to show off your system's bass response, NASA has kindly obliged us with an especially weird way.

Michael Antonoff  |  Dec 11, 2018  |  1 comments
It had been a rough 24-hours for Steve Kroft, the 60 Minutes correspondent. His boss had just been fired for sending an eye-popping text to a female reporter at CBS News investigating sexual harassment at the company. In the New York Times the next day, Kroft called the text "threatening and inappropriate. It’s unfortunate, and everything about this situation saddens me.”
SV Staff  |  Dec 11, 2018  |  0 comments
Take a moment to tally up how much time you spend watching TV every day/week/month. A lot, right? Now consider much of that time is spent watching movies and TV shows on Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming services.