Chris Chiarella  |  Jul 19, 2024  |  0 comments

Pi tells the story of Max Cohen, a tortured mathematical genius who sees the world as few do, detecting the patterns that exist all around us. He’s searching for an elusive 216-digit number that could have applications in the stock market and even in the divine, but his obsession might be killing him, or driving him insane, or both. And then paranoia creeps in, as forces seek to exploit his not-so-beautiful mind. What the filmmakers lacked in dollars they more than made up for in creativity, yielding a brisk, gripping tale told with genuine tension.

SV Staff  |  Jul 18, 2024  |  3 comments
Amazon’s just-concluded Prime Day shopping event has inspired audio companies to run sales of their own. KEF recently announced its Sounds of Summer sale and, though its two-day Christmas in July “flash sale” is over, Klipsch continues to offer a roster of deals sure to ignite interest from enthusiasts.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jul 17, 2024  |  3 comments
JBL today announced its most ambitious product launch in recent memory with lifestyle-focused AV receivers and mix-and-match speakers for music and movies that draw on its rich history in audio with support from a parent company that also happens to be the top TV brand in the world — Samsung.
SV Staff  |  Jul 17, 2024  |  1 comments
KEF is running a Sounds of Summer sale with discounts up to 50% off a collection of speakers, including a couple of Sound & Vision Top Picks. The discounts run through August 31 and the mix includes wireless streaming speakers, KEF’s Ventura Series of outdoor speakers, and Q Series speakers for stereo and home theater systems.
Rob Sabin  |  Jul 16, 2024  |  1 comments

Build Quality
PRICE $1,050 (as tested)

Exceptional value in build and sound quality
Optional wireless sub and surrounds
Thoughtful and extensive adjustments
Easy-to-use remote and app interface
Needs the add-on sub for best dynamics
No DTS decoding
No rear-height surrounds...yet

Klipsch has partnered with Onkyo to deliver an audiophile-quality soundbar that is one of the best values for the money you'll find.

Dolby Atmos, once a costly premium, is enjoying a surge of popularity across a range of new audio gear. In particular, very good Atmos soundbars from capable audio brands are becoming common and less costly. These are made even more attractive today thanks to Dolby’s support in developing an immense catalog of evergreen music for spatial audio.

SV Staff  |  Jul 16, 2024  |  8 comments
Kaleidescape, the Silicon Valley firm that introduced the first dedicated movie server in 2001, today announced a new 4K movie player that supports Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) and lossless audio, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The move addresses the criticism that previous players were limited to the static HDR10 format.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jul 15, 2024  |  1 comments
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” George Orwell, 1984
Bob Ankosko  |  Jul 15, 2024  |  2 comments
Subwoofers may not be the first thing that come to mind during these mid-summer days (I’m thinking more along the lines of poolside speakers like Soundcore’s Boom 2 party box) but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Klipsch and Starke Sound from offering great deals on some of their bass boxes.
Mike Mettler  |  Jul 12, 2024  |  1 comments
In the summer of 1984, two ascending musical forces vaulted themselves into the megastar stratosphere on a parallel tract that would be virtually impossible to duplicate today. Bruce Springsteen upped his own iconography by touring stadiums in support of Born in the U.S.A., a perpetually catchy album whose underlying message actually served to tear down the tenets of the American mythos. At the same time, Prince and The Revolution dominated the charts with Purple Rain, the ostensible soundtrack to the low-budget box-office phenomenon of the same name that chronicled the rise of “The Kid” and his killer Minneapolis-bred band, despite their respective struggles with a myriad of mental and physical obstacles alike.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jul 11, 2024  |  2 comments
In case you haven’t heard, the high-resolution music streaming service Tidal will end its support of the MQA and 360 Reality Audio formats in less than two weeks, on July 24.