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).
Leslie Shapiro  |  Aug 22, 2016  |  1 comments
It’s that time of year—when kids cringe and parents rejoice. The school bus armadas have begun. Little ones are heading back to school, but the whole family is heading back to the malls and online to load up on school supplies for the year. What tops the shopping list? Technology. What is the third most popular back-to-school technology purchase? Headphones. Bizarre, right?

Lauren Dragan  |  Aug 19, 2016  |  2 comments
With VR flooding 360 degrees of our fields of vision, the clock is ticking on 3D audio to match. Lately there seem to be a plethora of kickstarters for headphones that will track head movement. But what if you love the headphones you already have? A company called 3D Sound Labs has created a module that they say will allow any headphones to be 3D sound ready. Of course I had to get one in and try it myself. Could this really work?
Thomas J. Norton  |  Aug 19, 2016  |  0 comments
Judy Hopps is an ambitious little bunny. Stuck in a zillion-rabbit town, she longs to join the police force. Topping her class at the police academy, and despite the misgivings of her conventional, veggie-farmer parents, she heads off to Zootopia, the Big Carrot in the film’s all-animal universe, to forge a career in the ZPD.
Daniel Kumin  |  Aug 19, 2016  |  4 comments
Space is tight and time is short, so let’s dispense with the preliminaries. This is a guide to evaluating loudspeakers—how I do it, anyway. You’ll find as many methodologies as you will listeners, but most experienced “experts” fall in along similar lines.
SV Staff  |  Aug 19, 2016  |  0 comments
Amazon’s retail dominance, video distribution, and voice control—among other things—have been in the news lately.

SV Staff  |  Aug 19, 2016  |  15 comments
On Tuesday, Irvine, CA-based startup Epict launched its WatchAir Smart HDTV Antenna on Kickstarter. Less than four days later the company had already funded 97 percent of its $50,000 goal with 29 days to spare. Not too shabby.

SV Staff  |  Aug 19, 2016  |  3 comments
The TV rating system, dating from 1997, is being eyed for an overhaul.