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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
All photos courtesy of Apple Corps Ltd. unless otherwise noted.

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.
Howard Kneller  |  Oct 21, 2022  |  0 comments
Audio-Technica celebrates the accomplishments of its founder Hideo Matsushita and the milestone of the company’s 60th anniversary at New York’s vintage-cool Turntable LP Bar & Karaoke Club.
Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 20, 2022  |  0 comments
B&W bonds with Bond, LG TVs get WiSA-certified, interest in quality sound is on the rise, and streaming bundles gain favor.
Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 19, 2022  |  1 comments
NAD Electronics, the iconic audio brand founded in London 50 years ago with a commitment to performance, value, and simplicity in design, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the C 3050 LE Stereophonic Amplifier, a new limited-edition integrated amp that evokes hi-fi’s heyday.
Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 17, 2022  |  1 comments
Technics is covering all of the bases with the SL-G700M2 multi-digital audio player slated for release early next year.
Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 13, 2022  |  2 comments
There’s a good reason speakers are so popular in these pages. They make a difference! Pick the right ones and you are rewarded with an immediate improvement in sound quality. Whether you’re buying a new set of stereo speakers, upgrading an existing suite of home theater speakers, or introducing a new subwoofer into the mix, the result should be transformative. A speaker that recreates the recording space in a mind-blowingly lifelike way. A subwoofer that punches you in the gut and gives new meaning to going low. Forget subtle. Forget straining to hear a difference. This is where Sound & Vision comes in. We’ve compiled capsule reviews of our 2022 Top Picks in subwoofers, soundbars, and speakers. With any luck, one or more of our recommendations will play a meaningful role in elevating your listening experience.
Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 13, 2022  |  0 comments
The audio wizards at England’s KEF are out to prove that they are not just a speaker company with today’s launch of the Mu7 wireless, noise-canceling headphones.
David Vaughn  |  Oct 11, 2022  |  12 comments

Hands On with the Kaleidescape Strato C Movie Player and Terra 48TB Movie Server

Reviewing A/V products began as a hobby that led to some paid gigs starting 16 years ago. Years of reviewing fantastic equipment opened my eyes to two concepts: Better equipment does come with a cost, but there’s this thing called “The Law of Diminishing Returns.” For example, in the AVR world, a $1,000 receiver offers a lot more features and functions than a $300 one — more power, more HDMI inputs, more channels, more robust onboard EQ, etc. But what about a $3,000 model versus one that costs $1,000? Likely it will also offer more, but not necessarily three times the value.
Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 06, 2022  |  1 comments
Though our coverage of CEDIA 2022 dominated these pages over the past week or so, there were plenty of A/V companies that didn’t make it to Dallas. Here’s a look at some of the gear introduced outside of the annual event.
Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 05, 2022  |  0 comments
Though KEF did not physically attend the CEDIA 2022 in Dallas last week, the iconic British brand was there in spirit. Hours before the Expo opened its doors, the company announced the addition of two THX-certified models to its line of architectural speakers — an in-ceiling/wall subwoofer and its first a three-way coaxial design.
Mark Henninger  |  Oct 04, 2022  |  First Published: Oct 03, 2022  |  2 comments
A successful trade show has a special energy to it. You get a buzz out of the traffic, the constant hum, and the ever-present chance of bumping into someone you know to share anecdotes. In that sense, CEDIA 2022 in Dallas ranks as a huge success, a return to form for a show that experienced a couple of rough years due to COVID.
Mark Henninger  |  Oct 03, 2022  |  1 comments
The show in Dallas is over but the memories remain. It was no ordinary expo, three years have passed since I last attended a CEDIA, and the relief in seeing folks face-to-face and getting hands-on with gear was palpable. So too was the sense of having fast-forwarded to the future, the changes in tech reflected skipping right from 2019 to 2022, instead of seeing the usual yearly increment. Here's a slice of what got my attention on the show floor, our Sound & Vision Editor's Picks for CEDIA 2022.