Bob Ankosko  |  Jul 15, 2024  |  2 comments
Subwoofers may not be the first thing that come to mind during these mid-summer days (I’m thinking more along the lines of poolside speakers like Soundcore’s Boom 2 party box) but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Klipsch and Starke Sound from offering great deals on some of their bass boxes.
Mike Mettler  |  Jul 12, 2024  |  2 comments
In the summer of 1984, two ascending musical forces vaulted themselves into the megastar stratosphere on a parallel tract that would be virtually impossible to duplicate today. Bruce Springsteen upped his own iconography by touring stadiums in support of Born in the U.S.A., a perpetually catchy album whose underlying message actually served to tear down the tenets of the American mythos. At the same time, Prince and The Revolution dominated the charts with Purple Rain, the ostensible soundtrack to the low-budget box-office phenomenon of the same name that chronicled the rise of “The Kid” and his killer Minneapolis-bred band, despite their respective struggles with a myriad of mental and physical obstacles alike.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jul 11, 2024  |  3 comments
In case you haven’t heard, the high-resolution music streaming service Tidal will end its support of the MQA and 360 Reality Audio formats in less than two weeks, on July 24.
SV Staff  |  Jul 11, 2024  |  2 comments
The era of movie-disc vending machines has officially come to an end.
Mike Mettler  |  Jul 10, 2024  |  6 comments
The art of songwriting can sometimes be mysterious, frustrating, and even off-putting, to a certain degree—but when it’s done right, a songwriter can literally teach the world to sing. One such songwriter who has an inherent knack for consistently reaching the masses in a special way is Jesse Colin Young. During a recent Zoom call, Young and music editor Mike Mettler discussed the impetus behind The Perfect Stranger Songwriting Contest, how “Get Together” beat the odds to become an indelible hit, and why he feels “Darkness, Darkness” is among his best-loved—and most covered—songs. . .

Click here to enter The Perfect Stranger Songwriting Contest.

Tom Norton  |  Jul 10, 2024  |  0 comments

Build Quality
PRICE $6,000 (system as tested)

Dynamic, powerful sound
Tight, well-defined bass
Crisp detail
Best with subwoofers

SVS has earned a formidable reputation for producing loudspeakers and subwoofers that outperform their reasonable price points. With the new Ultra Evolution range, they’ve more than upheld their past record. While the Ultra Evolution speakers are the company’s priciest offerings to date, most home theater enthusiasts don’t need to win the lottery or take out a second mortgage to at least consider them.

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that SVS first entered the audio scene. But time does fly.

Bob Ankosko  |  Jul 10, 2024  |  1 comments
The Audio Advice Live show hosted by its AV specialist namesake will return to the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Raleigh, NC on August 2-4, 2024 for the third consecutive year.
SV Staff  |  Jul 10, 2024  |  1 comments
Mount-It!, a family-owned company specializing in a wide range of AV-related mounts and stands, recently introduced a $200 heavy-duty wall-mount designed to support TVs weighing up to 275 pounds with screens as big as 110 inches (diagonal).
SV Staff  |  Jul 09, 2024  |  1 comments
SVS today announced the addition of a subwoofer adapter to its growing SoundPath line of A/V cables and accessories.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jul 09, 2024  |  5 comments
Whether new A/V fans are into basic two-channel audio, the full home theater schtick, or both, they'll eventually acquire a collection of physical (packaged) media that need to be stored somewhere. Here are some tips on how and where to store those precious discs — and maybe even a few tapes.