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SV Staff  |  May 17, 2018  |  0 comments
Sennheiser today introduced a splash- and sweat-resistant set of wireless earbuds designed to stay in place during active workouts.
Al Griffin  |  May 17, 2018  |  1 comments
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Q I’m currently using an Apple TV 4K box that’s connected to my HDTV with an HDMI cable. For sound, I run a cable from the HDTV’s optical digital output to an external DAC connected to my stereo system. Here’s my question: Would it be a useful upgrade to buy an HDMI audio converter so I could connect to my stereo system directly without first routing the signal through the TV? —Kristóf Kollár

Thomas J. Norton  |  May 16, 2018  |  1 comments

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $3,995

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Impressive blacks
Wide color gamut
Crisp, natural detail
Minus
Not native 4K
No automated lens cover

THE VERDICT
We’d like to see JVC offer a true 4K design, rather than a pixel-shifted one, at a consumer-friendly price. But you’ll forget about all of that after your first two minutes viewing this outstanding projector—with either a 2K or a 4K source.

True native 4K projectors (those that deliver full UHD resolution to the screen with no reliance on pixel-shifting) are thin on the ground when it comes to prices that most home theater fans are likely to consider. As I write this, only Sony offers one model for as little as $5,000, the VPL-VW285ES.

SV Staff  |  May 16, 2018  |  0 comments
Adding to its steadily growing stable of new products, McIntosh today introduced two “best-in-class” audio source components that straddle the worlds of physical and digital media: the MS500 music streamer and MCD600 SACD player.
SV Staff  |  May 16, 2018  |  0 comments
TiVo is the latest company to pledge allegiance to Amazon’s voice-enabled virtual assistant Alexa.
SV Staff  |  May 16, 2018  |  0 comments
Onkyo USA has announced a free firmware update that will make certain Onkyo, Integra, Pioneer, and Pioneer Elite brand AV receivers compatible with Sonos’ proprietary wireless audio platform.
Steve Guttenberg  |  May 15, 2018  |  0 comments

Performance
Features
Comfort
Value
PRICE $499

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Eighty percent thinner diaphragm
New HiFiMan aesthetic
Improved comfort
Minus
Can’t hush external noise

THE VERDICT
HiFiMan ups its game with Sundara’s new headband design that makes for a more comfortable fit and a new diaphragm that improves sound quality.

HiFiMan rocked my world back in 2009 with its revelatory HE-5 headphones. These were the first planar magnetic headphones I’d ever heard, and the sound was so clear and sweet, I’m pretty sure you’ll feel the same way about HiFiMan’s latest planar, the Sundara.

SV Staff  |  May 15, 2018  |  0 comments
Optoma today announced the availability of the “world’s first voice-enabled home theater projector.”
Thomas J. Norton  |  May 15, 2018  |  8 comments
Every year there’s a major high-end audio show in Munich, Germany, held in a large convention-center type facility. By all reports it’s the biggest such event in the world, though it began as a modest hotel show in Frankfurt (also Germany, not Kentucky). I actually attended two of those 80s shows when I was stationed in Germany in the Air Force, an hour’s drive from Frankfurt.

But this isn’t about audio shows, though from what I’ve heard about the Munich event it’s more about viewing than serious auditioning. And since home theater isn’t nearly as significant in Europe as it is in the U.S., Munich is mainly about 2-channel audio. I have no issue with that; I’m a fan myself. But the high-end 2-channel market isn’t doing itself any favors with the current trend toward crazy pricing. While a new, $250,000 pair of monoblock amplifiers from an industry icon may be an outlier, it’s symptomatic...

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