Steve Guttenberg  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  0 comments
Build Quality
PRICE $299

Open-back, planar magnetic design
Solid build quality
Handsome look
Can sound bright

These Tidal Force headphones face stiff competition from other comparably priced planar magnetic designs.

Tidal Force is a brand spanking new headphone company, and at the time I started working on this review, the Wave 5 was their one and only set of headphones. They’re off to a good start; build quality is excellent, and the mostly metal design felt great in my hands.

SV Staff  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  0 comments
The number of on-demand audio streams exceeded 184 billion during the first six months of the year, representing a 62 percent increase over the same period in 2016, according to recently released mid-year statistics from Nielsen Music.
SV Staff  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  0 comments
Severtson Screens has announced that the new version of its acoustically transparent SAT-4K projection screen is now available.
SV  |  Jul 26, 2017  |  0 comments
This guest technical primer was submitted by Dave Rodgers, marketing manager for Elite Screens Inc. and a 20-year professional in the audio/video and wireless communications industries.

You might be surprised to learn that there is more to contrast than just black and white. The intensity of color matters just as much. While the topic of black-white level has been explained in all its glorious intricacy by the best minds in the AV world, I prefer a more basic approach — one that makes sense to someone who doesn’t know lux from lumens.

SV Staff  |  Jul 25, 2017  |  0 comments
Bluesound, sister company of audio stalwarts NAD and PSB, has announced the availability of the RT100 wireless speaker link that enables any active subwoofer to be connected wirelessly to its Top Pick-designated Pulse Soundbar.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jul 25, 2017  |  2 comments
War is Hell, but it does offer endless opportunities for great (and often not so great) movies. That goes double for WWII. The recently released Dunkirk reminds us vividly of that fact. The reviews have been ecstatic and clearly make it the first film of the year likely to be nominated for Best Picture of 2017, not to mention leaving home theater fans salivating over the release, later this year, of the Blu-ray (and, presumably, the Ultra HD Blu-ray).

While I haven’t yet seen Dunkirk, its release sent me scurrying to my disc collection for other great titles. Some worthy entries aren’t...

SV Staff  |  Jul 25, 2017  |  0 comments
Klipsch continues to dip into its product archives to resurrect iconic speakers from its storied past. The latest model to get the revival treatment is the Forte, which was introduced in 1985 but has been out of production since 1996. The speaker went on to become one of Klipsch’s best-selling models of all time.
SV Staff  |  Jul 25, 2017  |  0 comments
In case you haven’t heard, Atari is planning a comeback. Details are scant but the iconic brand has been teasing a new game console called Ataribox that evokes original Atari VCS (a.k.a. the 2600). And then there’s the Speakerhat, a patented baseball-style cap with a microphone and speakers woven into the underside of its visor.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jul 25, 2017  |  0 comments
I've owned my fair share of jalopies. Cranky starters, wheezing engines, recalcitrant gearboxes, vague steering, indifferent brakes — I've had it all. And let's not forget everyone's favorite — plastic interior trim pieces that create an unholy symphony of buzzy vibrations. But now, German automobile parts supplier Continental thinks that's a good thing.

SV Staff  |  Jul 24, 2017  |  0 comments
Lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries power millions upon millions of electronic devices—from phones and laptops to headphones and Bluetooth speakers—without incident but every now and then something goes awry. Who can forget Samsung’s massive recall (and eventual discontinuation of) the Galaxy Note 7 following reports of spontaneous combustion.