Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 24, 2019  |  0 comments
Peace between Amazon and Google means that the YouTube app will return to Fire TVs and Amazon Prime Video will be available to cast to Google Chromecast.
David Vaughn  |  Apr 24, 2019  |  0 comments

Build Quality
PRICE Price: $1,099 (piano gloss black), $999 (black ash)

Outstanding performance for price
Excellent iOS/Android control app
Compact form factor
Lacks auto-calibration/room EQ

SVS continues its tradition of providing more than ample bass for your buck, this time in a relatively compact subwoofer accompanied by a useful setup and control app.

Over the past 15 years I've reviewed more A/V products than I can count, but the ones I most look forward to watching the FedEx guy hoist off the delivery truck are subwoofers. That's mainly because I love hearing bass—the more the better. Also, the reviewing process gives me an opportunity to revisit some of my favorite movie bass torture-test scenes to see if the latest, greatest subwoofer is up to snuff.

SV Staff  |  Apr 24, 2019  |  1 comments
Satellite radio pioneer SiriusXM is rolling out a streaming-only plan offering access to a diverse lineup of more than 300 entertainment channels for $8/month.
SV Staff  |  Apr 24, 2019  |  0 comments
Smart-home specialist Savant today introduced a line of self-powered network speakers that mimic recessed lighting.
Al Griffin  |  Apr 23, 2019  |  0 comments

PRICE $200

Impressive sound and build quality for price
Good looks
Easy to set up
Limited connection options
Analog input can be noisy

The Fluance Ai40 delivers great sound and easy setup at a stunningly low price.

The Fluance Ai40 is a good-looking and reasonably compact powered speaker system that's equally at home on the desktop and in the living room. With aptX Bluetooth and stereo RCA inputs and not much else, it's easy to set up for streaming and vinyl or CD playback. At $200, the Ai40 is also a notably affordable given the performance level it provides.

Tom Norton  |  Apr 23, 2019  |  1 comments
The annual Audio Expo North America (AXPONA) show in Chicago has exploded into the biggest audio show in North America. 2019 was my first experience there, and it lived up to its reputation. The only show that’s now bigger, based on the number of exhibitors (though I understand it’s heavy on static displays), is May’s Munich show in Germany.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Apr 23, 2019  |  0 comments
Once upon a time, when you wanted to change channels on your TV, you had to actually get up, walk across the room, and twist a dial. While you were there, savvy users also wiggled the rabbit ears a little bit, and for good measure, whacked the side of the (wood) cabinet. Times have changed.

SV Staff  |  Apr 23, 2019  |  0 comments
EPV Screens has introduced a series of reference-grade-white projection screens that have been certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) to provide reference-grade picture quality
SV Staff  |  Apr 23, 2019  |  2 comments
Marantz has introduced a hi-res-capable network receiver that provides access to half a dozen music streaming services, supports whole-house wireless streaming, and plays CDs — all from a compact chassis that can fit almost anywhere.
SV Staff  |  Apr 22, 2019  |  0 comments
Sony today announced pricing and availability for its flagship Masters Series TVs and other LCD and OLED models previewed at CES 2019 in January.