Bob Ankosko  |  Apr 15, 2024  |  0 comments
Samsung today added a second 98-inch 4K TV to its 2024 lineup but this one costs $11,000 less than the 98-inch QN90D Neo QLED set announced earlier this year.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Apr 15, 2024  |  0 comments
Hello S&V readers. This is Bram Stoker speaking to you. I passed away in 1912 so if you do the math, I am communicating from beyond the grave. But that's not important right now. What is important is that the classic movie Dracula is complete B.S. Let me explain.

Bob Ankosko  |  Apr 12, 2024  |  2 comments
U.K.-based Cambridge Audio today kicked off the 2024 edition of the Audio Expo North America (AXPONA) with word that an updated version of its popular CXA81 integrated amplifier is on the way.
Bob Ankosko  |  Apr 11, 2024  |  1 comments
Ads, ads, everywhere. Seems to be a trend that begs the question: Is ad-free viewing going the way of cable TV? Are we heading back to the days when ads were accepted? The rapid growth of free-ad-supported TV (FAST) seems to suggest so. And now comes word that Roku is exploring a novel (sinister?) way to serve up advertising on your idle HDMI inputs — one guaranteed to piss you off.
Greg Tarr  |  Apr 10, 2024  |  0 comments

PRICE $6,300

Significantly brighter HDR peak luminance than 2023
Great gaming features
Attractive design, nearly invisible bezel border
ATSC 3.0 over-the-air tuning
Attractive and snappy smart TV interface
Screen picks up room reflections when using stand.
Continued dearth of native 8K content
Lacks codecs like VVC likely to be used with future 8K content
No Dolby Vision support

Samsung's QN75QN900D Neo QLED 8K TV impresses with bright HDR, smart features, and AI game mode, offering stunning visuals from 4K and Full HD sources. Its speed and responsiveness make it a top choice for gaming, appealing to those willing to invest in premium 8K technology.

The QN75QN900D Neo QLED is Samsung's 2024 flagship 8K mini-LED LCD TV series, and it delivers a brilliantly bright, colorful, and detailed picture from most content. The series replaces last year's flagship Samsung 8K Neo QLED, offering a thinner panel design and a significantly brighter picture.
Chris Chiarella  |  Apr 10, 2024  |  1 comments
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Conan the Destroyer (1984)

The seminal hero of sword and sorcery, Conan was created by author Robert E. Howard and later evolved from the pages of pulp magazines across movies, TV, and more. His first big-screen outing was also a pivotal career move for bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, who became a bona fide movie star by anchoring director John Milius’ epic adventure film Conan the Barbarian with his statuesque presence: While not everyone can survive the fashion risk of a furry little loincloth, Arnie rocks it. But yes, there are a couple of solid stories to back it all up, reunited in Arrow’s magnificent new “Conan Chronicles” boxed set featuring 1982’s Conan the Barbarian and the 1984 follow-up Conan the Destroyer on 4K Blu-ray.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Apr 10, 2024  |  0 comments
It must be springtime as Roku today introduced its 2024 Pro Series of mini-LED 4K TVs and announced new features for its forthcoming OS 13 update.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Apr 09, 2024  |  2 comments
While movies and other categories of (primarily) non-musical programming dominate what we hear and see in our home theaters, it's a good bet that if you've been into this hobby for more than a few years it all began with music. But there's more to music than simply listening to it with no images involved apart from those in our head. How those artists not only sing but also act out a song can be a critical part of the overall experience.
SV Staff  |  Apr 09, 2024  |  0 comments
The 2024 edition of the Audio Expo North America, more commonly known by the acronym AXPONA, opens on Friday (April 12) at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, IL.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Apr 08, 2024  |  1 comments
I have great news for you! All that gear in your home theater will soon be junk. Or, more specifically, obsolete junk. You see, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will soon revolutionize everything, including audio/video. Instead of wasting precious time twiddling knobs, you will simply have a pleasant conversation with an AI that, I am told, is far more intelligent than any of us.