John Sciacca  |  Aug 24, 2016  |  2 comments
When you’re constantly surrounded by technology and automation, you tend to take things for granted, just accepting all the cool stuff happening around you as normal. It isn’t until someone who doesn’t live with this stuff on a daily basis comes over and points out all the stuff that happens in our house as different and special that we pay attention to it and realize how awesome it is.
John Sciacca  |  Aug 23, 2016  |  7 comments

PRICE $4,495 as reviewed

Unrivaled user interface
Terrific image quality including HDR10
Fast access times with no buffering
Excellent HDMI handling
Limited to content bought from Kaleidescape store
No Dolby Vision support

Strato serves up gorgeous, full UHD images using Kaleidescape’s unparalleled interface, with content delivered from the company’s store.

SV Staff  |  Aug 23, 2016  |  1 comments
Is your Netflix consumption pushing your mobile data consumption past the cap? The company has new tool to help subscribers dodge overage charges.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Aug 23, 2016  |  3 comments
Why does everyone suddenly hate the headphone jack?

SV Staff  |  Aug 23, 2016  |  0 comments
Vizio today announced enhancements to the SmartCast App it introduced earlier this year and announced that Google Play Movies & TV will be integrated into the app.
SV Staff  |  Aug 23, 2016  |  0 comments
LG is rolling out an upgrade for its webOS 3.0-enabled smart TVs called Channel Plus.
SV Staff  |  Aug 22, 2016  |  9 comments
Kaleidescape, the company that pioneered the movie server category and waged an unsuccessful decade-long battle over the right to sell disc-ripping movie servers, has closed its doors.

UPDATE: As was reported on, Kaleidescape announced on Friday, September 9th that it had secured new funding and reopened its doors as a slimmed down operation with plans to continue selling its new Strato line. You can read the story here.

SV Staff  |  Aug 22, 2016  |  0 comments
HiFiMan today introduced a super compact audio player that plays files at resolutions up to 192 kHz/24-bit and supports all lossless file formats including DSD.
SV Staff  |  Aug 22, 2016  |  3 comments
Whether it dates back to classic TV shows like My Favorite Martian who knows but levitating speakers are apparently a thing. We recommended the Om/One novelty speaker in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and now Taiwan-based ASWY has announced that it will unveil a prototype wireless home theater system with levitating speakers at IFA 2016 in Berlin, which opens September 4.
SV Staff  |  Aug 22, 2016  |  1 comments
CD-based compact stereo systems were all the rage in the ‘90s. Virtually every big AV brand offered minisystems—as they were called—and a few of them were pretty good (and pricey).