SV Staff  |  Mar 28, 2020  |  0 comments
A few days ago we asked S&V readers how they're spending newfound free time at home as most of us hunker down and do our part to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Here's what they said...
Roger Kanno  |  Mar 27, 2020  |  0 comments
Zombieland: Double Tap revisits the characters of Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock (played by Woody Harrelson, Jessie Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin, respectively) 10 years after the original Zombieland takes place. There is plenty of clever dialogue and zombie kills to keep the film moving at an entertaining pace, even though it lacks some of the freshness of the original. This latest version of the zombie apocalypse also benefits from an excellent supporting cast that includes Rosario Dawson, Thomas Middleditch, Luke Wilson, Avan Jogia, and Zoey Deutch in an especially humorous performance.
SV Staff  |  Mar 27, 2020  |  1 comments
Responding to “repeated requests” from its customers, Clarus, the sister brand of Tributaries specializing in high-end audio cables, is updating its popular Crimson line with new Mark II balanced XLR and singled-ended RCA audio cables and speaker cables.
SV Staff  |  Mar 27, 2020  |  0 comments
LG today announced the availability of the Movies Anywhere app on LG smart TVs built from 2017 onward and running version 3.5 or higher of its webOS platform.
Al Griffin  |  Mar 26, 2020  |  1 comments
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SV Staff  |  Mar 26, 2020  |  0 comments
Sports fans who are mourning the loss of live games for a still-undetermined amount of time may get some relief from the new PlayersTV network that just launched on Samsung TVs.
Mike Mettler  |  Mar 26, 2020  |  0 comments
Some bands have sonic innovation flowing through their veins, right from conception. Case in point: Nektar, the progressive European collective who initially made their bones in Germany in the 1970s, even though their founding members were all from the U.K. Early, mind-expanding Nektar albums like 1971’s Journey to the Centre of the Eye, 1972’s A Tab in the Ocean, and 1973’s Remember the Future were all said to have influenced the always exploratory likes of Pink Floyd. I sat down with Derek “Mo” Moore and founding drummer Ron Howden to discuss the enduring legacy of their deep canon and how they address their history on their recent album The Other Side.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 25, 2020  |  0 comments
Streaming is hotter than ever in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown as Hollywood scraps theatrical release schedules and streaming services extend free-trial periods. Let’s take a closer look.
Daniel Kumin  |  Mar 25, 2020  |  0 comments

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Parasound, a Bay Area maker with a half-century of success walking the parapet between high end audiophilia and value-engineering design, apparently concurs. The company's new NewClassic 200 Integrated is, as you might well guess, an integrated amplifier, with a high-quality onboard digital-to-analog converter section. The 200 Integrated was in fact derived by the simple expedient of sliding a class-D stereo power amp sourced from Danish class-D amp-module stalwart Pascal Audio into its otherwise-identical preamp stablemate. This slim, two-channel module delivers a claimed 110 watts per channel into either 4-ohm or 8-ohm loads with typical class-D efficiency, pulling only a modest 50 watts from the wall.

SV Staff  |  Mar 24, 2020  |  9 comments
In his new blog, AV veteran Tom Norton shares some of the AV entertainment-related things he’s been doing to occupy his “mandated free time.” In a world that’s been shaken to its core by the coronavirus pandemic, we all have something in common as we contemplate how to make the best of a situation over which we have no control. When your garage, basement, and closets are all nice and tidy, then what? Which brings us to our poll question: What’s your go-to form of home entertainment during these stay-at-home days? Pick the response that best describes your top choice. And, as always, leave a comment to elaborate on your selection or tell us what we missed.
Poll: What’s Your Go-To Form of Home Entertainment?
Watching movies and TV shows on disc (ideally 4K Blu-ray)
27% (288 votes)
Watching movies and TV shows on disc (any format)
8% (86 votes)
Online video gaming
3% (28 votes)
Console video gaming
6% (68 votes)
Streaming 4K movies and TV shows on a single service (Netflix, Amazon Prime video, Disney+, etc.)
7% (79 votes)
Streaming movies and TV shows on a single service (any format)
4% (42 votes)
Streaming 4K movies and TV shows on several services
12% (126 votes)
Streaming movies and TV shows on several services (any format)
17% (180 votes)
Streaming music in hi-res on a single service (Tidal, Qobuz, etc.)
4% (38 votes)
Streaming music in different formats on several services
3% (31 votes)
Spinning Compact Discs on my CD player
5% (58 votes)
Spinning vinyl LPs on my turntable
5% (53 votes)
Livestream music performances on social media
0% (2 votes)
Total votes: 1079