Rob Sabin  |  Nov 21, 2017  |  0 comments

Arena Wireless Speaker

Festival Wireless Speaker
PRICE Festival, $499; Arena, $249

Excellent build and sound quality
Chromecast, AirPlay, Bluetooth built-in
Away mode and optional battery for portability
Chromecast multiroom interface

Riva Audio continues a tradition of excellent sound quality with the WAND series, the company’s first wireless multiroom speakers.

I first met Riva Audio founder Rikki Farr and chief engineer (now also president) Don North in the fall of 2014 when they marched into Sound & Vision’s New York City conference room to demo their first product, a Bluetooth speaker called the Turbo X. North was a youthful, glasses-wearing geek who had just enough of the right credentials and tech swagger to suggest he really knew what he was doing.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Nov 21, 2017  |  0 comments
You are, I’m sure, familiar with the Energy Star certification. It’s a little yellow sticker found on all appliances that claim to show you what it will cost per year to run them under average usage. Of course, no one can really determine what average usage is. For a refrigerator, how many times a day do you open it? How full is it? For a washer or dryer, how many loads a day pass through it?

The same for a television, perhaps even more so. How many hours is it on per day? And how is the picture adjusted. New developments, such as HDR, add a whole new layer to this.

Energy Star was initially launched by the EPA, and is now managed and run by them and the Department of Energy. And while Energy Star certification isn’t mandatory, it might as well be. No retailer is going to stock an appliance without being able to point to that little sticker that says it will cost only $100 a year to run it—no matter how inexact that number is for the average consumer...

SV Staff  |  Nov 21, 2017  |  0 comments
Arnie Nudell, considered one of the founders of high-end audio, has died. He was 80.
SV Staff  |  Nov 21, 2017  |  0 comments
Moodelizer of Stockholm, Sweden has introduced a free app that makes it easy to add pizzazz to videos you shoot on the fly.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Nov 21, 2017  |  0 comments
I once observed that the business of running a recording studio was like renting out a Gutenberg Bible for parties. Your upfront costs are enormous, the anticipated income is relatively slight, and the potential downsides can be tragic. Largely because of that terrible business model, the studio business has changed dramatically.

SV Staff  |  Nov 21, 2017  |  0 comments
’Tis the season of the discount and SVS is back with its annual Black Friday blowout.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Nov 20, 2017  |  0 comments
Televisions are one of the most popular items to purchase during the myriad Black Friday sales extravaganza that’s already begun—even though it isn’t Friday, yet. Last year, for example, Target sold 3,200 televisions per minute in first hour of opening on Thanksgiving. With prices coming down on 4K UHD TVs with HDR, you can bet that TVs will be as big—if not a bigger—a sales success.
SV Staff  |  Nov 20, 2017  |  1 comments
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved new rules that let television broadcasters use the next generation TV transmission standard known as ATSC 3.0 on a voluntary basis.
SV Staff  |  Nov 20, 2017  |  0 comments
There will be no HomePods under Christmas trees this holiday season. Apple announced on Friday that it will postpone the launch of its first smart speaker to “early 2018.”
Leslie Shapiro  |  Nov 20, 2017  |  0 comments
A week ago, if you had asked me if I could love a $550 portable speaker, I would have laughed you out of my listening room. Yet here I am, just days later, completely smitten with the Oslo speaker from Vifa, a Danish speaker manufacturer. It’s uniquely stylish, massively overbuilt, and the sound is amazing. I am in love with the Oslo.