SV Staff  |  Oct 20, 2017  |  0 comments
The Grammy Museum Experience at Prudential Center arena in Newark, NJ, officially opened its doors today, offering visitors an intimate look inside not only Grammy history but the history of music.
Chris Chiarella  |  Oct 20, 2017  |  0 comments
If you’re going to steal, the saying goes, steal from the best. Like many a filmmaker, Dario Argento was strongly influenced by the works of a certain British director, so much so that he earned the nickname “The Italian Hitchcock.” His debut film, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, embraces many a cliché of the thriller genre while also forging its own path. Shot and scored with genuine inspiration, the film boasts a clever plot, with twists that are not easy to predict, as well as a distinctive sense of humor.
Brandon A. DuHamel  |  Oct 20, 2017  |  0 comments
Donnie Darko is the 2001 indie cult film from Richard Kelly (Southland Tales). Set in the 1980s, the film is an amalgam of sci-fi, psycho-thriller, and horror that’s an early new-millennium answer to the John Hughes films of the 1980s. The titular character, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, is a disaffected high school student in suburban Middlesex living with his college-age sister (played by sister Maggie), his mother and, and younger sister. Donnie deals with psychological problems that cause him to see a 6-foot-tall rabbit named Frank that tells him the world is going to end in less than a month.
John Sciacca  |  Oct 20, 2017  |  0 comments
Having the right tool makes any job easier — or even possible — and when my company’s vans show up for an installation, they are loaded down with a huge array of gear to help us overcome virtually any hurdle. Between specialized drill bits, to hand tools for terminating an assortment of fittings, to fiber-optic cameras for peering into walls, having the right tool on hand can make the difference between a job well done and an impossible one.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 19, 2017  |  3 comments

M16 Speaker System
Build Quality

B10 Subwoofer
Build Quality
PRICE $4,050 as reviewed

High transparency
Equalized subwoofer
Wall-hanging surrounds
Manual sub EQ requires expertise

Revel draws on Harman’s world-class engineering depth to produce immaculate high-end sound—this time, at an extremely reasonable price.

Audiophiles (myself included) often point out that high-end audio is stigmatized compared with other product categories. High-end cars, high-end wine, high-end watches: All attract aficionados who don’t mind paying a stiff premium to get the best of the best. And if an average onlooker ventures an opinion at all, it’s “nice watch!” But when a bleeding-edge speaker or amp takes the stage, the applause of the cognoscenti mixes with heckling from the peanut gallery. High-end audio has long been subject to that extra measure of skepticism.

SV Staff  |  Oct 19, 2017  |  0 comments
Netherlands-based Avanca is offering its new Minim Wireless Earbuds at a sizable discount through Indiegogo.
SV Staff  |  Oct 19, 2017  |  0 comments
Sling Television is offering free, no-credit-card-required access to its 30-channel Sling Orange package to new customers this Sunday (October 22).
SV Staff  |  Oct 19, 2017  |  0 comments
Klipsch today announced the expansion of its plug-and-play Reference Powered speaker series.
Al Griffin  |  Oct 19, 2017  |  0 comments
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Q My current setup includes an “older” 7.1-channel receiver that isn’t equipped to decode new sound formats such as Dolby Atmos. I understand that when you play an Atmos disc, older receivers are presented with a standard 5.1- or 7.1-channel version of the soundtrack for decoding. What difference, if any, is there between this default version and something like a Dolby True HD mix? My assumption is that it would be better to select a dedicated lossless mix over a backward-compatible, and presumably compressed, fallback mix. — Jason Acosta

SV Staff  |  Oct 18, 2017  |  1 comments
Texas-based Megatel Homes has announced plans to include smart home features in the base home package for more than 1,200 homes in Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.