SV Staff  |  Oct 18, 2018  |  0 comments
As we head into the holiday season, TVs are once again the most-wanted tech gift among American adults who are expected to spend a record $96 billion on tech purchases through the end of the year, according to new research from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 17, 2018  |  2 comments

PRICE $3,500

Impressive HDR brightness
Excellent black level and shadow detail
Superior off-center viewing angle for LCD
Some backlight blooming artifacts
Unimpressive built-in sound

Sony’s Master Series Z9F LCD makes a strong claim for top-dog status in today’s Ultra HDTV market. It produces superb images, with enhanced off-center viewing so all guests will be happy at your next Super Bowl party.

In mid-2016, Sony launched a new flagship LCD design, the XBR-Z9D. The series incorporated Backlight Master Drive, a local dimming technology that was a big step forward in realizing the peak brightness potential of high dynamic range (HDR). The Z9D series has remained at the top of Sony’s TV lineup for two years—an eternity for UHDTV technology. But it now shares space with the new XBR-Z9F Master Series LCD models, which are available in 65- and 75-inch sizes, along with the company’s new A9F Master Series OLED TVs.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Oct 17, 2018  |  0 comments
Amazon’s updated Fire TV Stick 4K boasts an improved processor and a newly designed Alexa Voice remote.
SV Staff  |  Oct 17, 2018  |  0 comments
Berlin-based Senic has announced a self-powered wireless controller that aims to simplify the smart home experience by providing one-click control over Sonos speakers, Philips Hue lighting, and other smart devices.
SV Staff  |  Oct 17, 2018  |  0 comments
Video Premiere: Abbey Road’s Miles Showell on how he mastered albums from the band’s prolific 1968-1972 period.

Craft Recordings is celebrating the brief but astonishingly prolific career of one of America’s greatest rock-and-roll bands, Creedence Clearwater Revival, with a 50th anniversary LP box set comprising all seven of the band’s studio albums on 180-gram vinyl.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 16, 2018  |  6 comments
A recent product announcement from Amazon touted the launch of a “subwoofer” to supplement the response of Amazon’s popular Echo vocal assistant. Presumably it will work with the even smaller Echo Dot as well. But for me it raised a couple of eyebrows.

Given that the low frequency response of an Echo alone probably doesn’t reproduce any useful output much lower than 100 Hz (admittedly an educated guess), the Echo Sub certainly can't hurt. But given its size and its 6-inch driver, there's no way that such a product it can be considered a subwoofer...

SV Staff  |  Oct 16, 2018  |  0 comments
The Audio History Library & Museum is paying tribute to the early days of audio in a special display it has put together for the 145th International AES Convention, which opens tomorrow (October 17) and runs through Saturday at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Oct 16, 2018  |  2 comments
As this magazine celebrates its 60th anniversary, we are trying to reconcile the fact that Ken Pohlmann is the longest-serving contributor to these pages. Frankly, we’re not sure why we ever hired him 30 years ago. In an effort to find out, we asked Mr. Pohlmann to share his stories of his early days at the magazine. —The Editors
SV Staff  |  Oct 16, 2018  |  0 comments
Screen Innovations (SI) has announced that the motorized version of the ambient-light-rejecting Short Throw (ST) screen it previewed at CEDIA Expo will ship in October.
SV Staff  |  Oct 15, 2018  |  1 comments
Following a year in which TV sales declined globally, TV shipments are forecast to grow 3.6% year over year in 2018, with an additional 1.4% growth in 2019, according to research released today by London-based IHS Markit.