Tom Norton  |  Jun 15, 2018  |  0 comments
Darkest Hour shows the other side of the 1940 events depicted in 2017’s equally superb Dunkirk. The latter showed the evacuations that enabled the British army to survive, the former depicted how Churchill, taking the office of Prime Minister almost by default, navigated around the pacifists in his cabinet who wanted to negotiate a settlement with Hitler’s Nazi Germany. In doing so he cemented his status as arguably the most important national leader of the 20th century.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jun 15, 2018  |  0 comments

PRICE $350

Even coverage from unusual drivers
Down-firing bass driver
No Dolby or DTS decoding
Limited EQ options

The Q Acoustics M2 soundbase is a well-built and well-voiced product whose cleverly constructed flat-diaphragm drivers provide wide dispersion and excellent overall sound.

I will never forget my first flat-panel TV. Its substantial metal chassis included large side-mounted speakers that sounded, by TV standards, pretty good. Sure, I used my surround system for movies, but it never would have occurred to me to use an external audio system just to watch the news. My next flat-panel TV was flatter, though not in any way that especially benefitted me, and its back-firing speakers were too awful to survive more than a single newscast. I hooked up a good pair of powered speakers and called it a day. Since then, TV enclosures have only gotten slimmer and flimsier. With rare exceptions, their speakers sound worse than ever. That’s an opportunity for companies like Q Acoustics, which offers two soundbars and the new M2 soundbase ($350), reviewed here.

SV Staff  |  Jun 14, 2018  |  0 comments
MartinLogan has expanded its Dynamo Series of subwoofers with five models ranging in price from $400 to $1,700. Four of the five new models feature app-based control via Bluetooth as well as wireless room correction...
Al Griffin  |  Jun 14, 2018  |  1 comments
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Q I have searched extensively for an HDMI splitter that will let me connect a high dynamic range source to both my new Dolby Vision-capable Vizio TV and my legacy Anthem receiver (for lossless audio). Oppo’s UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player has dual HDMI outputs and supports Dolby Vision. It also has an HDMI input that would enable passthrough of another HDR-capable source like a Chromecast Ultra, Roku Ultra, Fire TV, or Apple TV 4K. Here’s my question: Is there a less expensive option than the Oppo that would deliver the same result? —Andy Lutz / Houston, TX

SV Staff  |  Jun 14, 2018  |  0 comments
Yesterday, we posted a photo of this movie scene and asked if you could identify the film. While the obvious focus is actress Cate Blanchett, S&V readers know the real star of the scene is the McIntosh gear, whose cool blue power meters scream for attention.
SV Staff  |  Jun 13, 2018  |  0 comments
Elite Screens has announced that its MaxWhite B Matte projection screen material is now Greenguard Gold-certified.
SV Staff  |  Jun 13, 2018  |  8 comments
There’s no mistaking those iconic blue power meters — a hallmark of McIntosh Labs audio gear — but can you guess the movie this scene belongs to?
SV Staff  |  Jun 13, 2018  |  1 comments
Samsung has partnered with the Denmark’s Steinway Lyngdorf to deliver a home entertainment experience that draws on cutting-edge gear from each company.
SV Staff  |  Jun 12, 2018  |  0 comments
Sonos has been in the news a lot lately with the recent announcement of its Alexa-enabled Beam soundbar and the introduction of a couple dozen Sonos-certified AV receivers. Now the company that created the market for wireless speakers more than a decade ago is teaming with Swedish furniture king IKEA to create a speaker “aimed at coordinating sound and design in the home.”
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jun 12, 2018  |  2 comments
I covered the pros and cons of choosing a projector or a flat screen set in a blog late last year. But a new candidate makes it worth a second look. That technology is the short throw projector, currently being heavily promoted by several manufacturers. Many of these devices are still pricey, but a few models that are at least competitive with premium flat screen sets are now available, with more sure to come...