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Bob Ankosko  |  Dec 01, 2022  |  0 comments
McIntosh’s new Hybrid Drive technology brings vacuum-tube and solid-state amps together in one component for the best of both worlds.
Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 30, 2022  |  0 comments
And you thought the hi-fi record console was a thing of the past. Nope. San Diego-based Wrensilva today introduced a limited-edition version of its compact Loft console.
Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 22, 2022  |  1 comments
Yes, there will be crazy blow-out deals on Friday, led by low-end loss-leaders to get you in the store (thanks but no thanks), but everyone knows Black Friday deals are already here as companies vie for your attention in the hopes of boosting sales in the almighty fourth quarter. Here’ a smattering of some of the better deals that can be had online today. Happy shopping.
Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 17, 2022  |  0 comments

TV Prices Buck U.S. Inflation Trend

Consumer electronics in general but TVs in particular have a decades-long history of providing amazing value. Except for an unprecedented and short-lived Covid-driven spike in 2020-2021, retail TV prices have been relatively immune to inflation over the past four decades while the cost of almost everything crept up. (Lately, of course, inflationary pressures have caused the price of everything to spike up.) So if you’re thinking about updating your TV, now is a great time to do it. But don’t just take our word for it. We checked in with Robert (Bob) O’Brien, TV expert and co-founder of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), to get his take on TV pricing as we head into the holiday season.

Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 17, 2022  |  0 comments
TVs have a decades-long history of providing amazing value and, even in the face of the historically high levels of inflation we’re experiencing today, they remain an oasis of relief from inflation. In other words, now is a great time to buy a new TV! If you’ve been eyeing one of the new QD OLED sets from Samsung or Sony — or any TV for that matter — there’s no need to wait for Black Friday…
Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 16, 2022  |  0 comments
Pro-Ject USA has reimagined the classic integrated amplifier, choosing a refreshingly compact form factor over the traditional bulky box for two of its latest products.
Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 15, 2022  |  0 comments
Polk today announced plans to expand its popular Monitor XT Series of speakers with an entry-level subwoofer rated down to 24Hz.
Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 10, 2022  |  0 comments
MicroLED gets a market update while KEF rolls out the holiday discounts and McIntosh presents its latest two-channel amplifier. We also cover a new cabinet that makes your TV disappear and stylish surge protectors you can mount on the wall.
Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 09, 2022  |  1 comments
MQA, the high-resolution audio technology developed by Meridian Audio co-founder Bob Stuart, announced today that the prestigious Japan Audio Society (JAS) has certified the new MQAir codec for its ability to transmit high-resolution audio wirelessly.
Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 07, 2022  |  0 comments
Capital Audiofest 2022 returns to the metro Washington, D.C. this Friday and runs through Sunday, November 13, offering enthusiasts the chance see and hear the latest audio gear. Sound & Vision will be there to cover the event.
Bob Ankosko  |  Nov 03, 2022  |  0 comments
Ready for the hands-down best all-in-one soundbar you’ve ever heard? Or how about a light cannon that will project a massive image on your wall without you having to climb up on a ladder to install it on the ceiling? These are just two of the remarkable products that made our Top Picks list in recent weeks along with an alluring set of noise-canceling wireless earbuds and an exceptional sounding wireless speaker system. Read on as we celebrate the latest round of A/V riches.
Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 31, 2022  |  0 comments
China-based headphone specialist 1More is taking on Apple’s AirPods Pro with its new Aero wireless earbuds, which offer active noise cancellation (ANC), up to 5 hours of playback from a single charge with ANC turned on, and dynamic head-tracking for an improved “spatial audio” experience — all for $110, less than half of what the new AirPods Pro sell for ($249).
Matt Hurwitz  |  Oct 28, 2022  |  0 comments
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For many Beatles fans, Revolver is their favorite album. A balance of great songwriting and first dips into experimentation and change even place the 1966 LP above Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road for some. The album was a clear step forward into new kinds of music, fresh sounds, and pioneering recording techniques. Following in line with Special Edition packages of Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road , The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album), and Let It Be, Apple Corps, Ltd/Capitol Records/UMe today released a series of new special editions of Revolver featuring the original mono mix and a new stereo remix by Giles Martin (son of original producer Sir George Martin) and engineer Sam Okell plus a Dolby Atmos mix of the album, now available via download. Matt Hurwitz explores the creation and lasting legacy of the work that marked a turning point in the evolution of the world’s greatest band.

Howard Kneller  |  Oct 25, 2022  |  1 comments
Nobody ever went broke betting that the latest turntables and phono stages from the Austria’s Pro-Ject delivered good sound and high value. With that precept in mind, I headed to Brooklyn’s trendy Café Kitsune last week to attend a demonstration of the company’s new “True Balanced Connection” turntables and phono stages.
Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 24, 2022  |  0 comments
Audioengine, the Austin-based company specializing in powered speakers and all-in-one music systems, has introduced its first headphone amplifier/digital audio converter (DAC) with the goal of providing a hassle-free way of upgrading high-resolution music listening over headphones.