SV Staff  |  Dec 14, 2018  |  0 comments
We combed through our recent Top Picks as we head into the final stretch of the 2018 holiday shopping season and came up with a list of 11 potential gifts — to give or get.
Josef Krebs  |  Dec 14, 2018  |  0 comments
Set in the early 1400s, Russian writer-director Andrei Tarkovsky’s greatest masterpiece depicts the life of the famous icon painter, Andrei Rublev. But it also keeps everyday village existence, extraordinary events, and medieval Russian history moving from background to foreground in an episodic narrative tapestry. Princes and religion rule every aspect of Russian life, with motivation for actions stemming from belief in God (or the retribution of the church), subservience, and fear of the merciless Tartar invaders. Faith and art are put to the test in this overflowing epic as the painter travels through the decades of his time.
SV Staff  |  Dec 14, 2018  |  0 comments
DTS has announced that 11 more DTS Play-Fi-enabled products from three top audio brands are now compatible with Alexa voice control.
SV Staff  |  Dec 13, 2018  |  6 comments
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame today announced its Class of 2019 inductees, comprising seven acts that launched influential music careers in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.
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.