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SV Staff  |  Mar 16, 2018  |  1 comments
Chart courtesy of Parks Associates.

New research from Dallas-based Parks Associates shows that a growing number of American are using good old-fashioned TV antennas to pull in pristine digital broadcasts over the air.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Mar 15, 2018  |  2 comments
The State of Washington has become the first state to pass its own full-fledged net neutrality law, grabbing the regulatory reins from the FCC, which had axed its own net neutrality rules a few months ago.
Michael Antonoff  |  Mar 15, 2018  |  1 comments
When Netflix launched its DVD-by-mail service 20 years ago, the dozens of websites selling DVDs said the newcomer would never survive. Funny how almost all of those competitors are now long gone.
Al Griffin  |  Mar 15, 2018  |  9 comments
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Q The idea of physical media going away bothers me because video streaming quality still seems so spotty. Even my wife — I’ll call her a home theater appreciator, if not an enthusiast — noticed how bad the last season of Game of Thrones looked when we streamed it on HBO Now. To be fair, that’s not the case with all streaming services. For example, Stranger Things looked great on Netflix in 4K. With both examples, however, you will most certainly get the definitive experience by watching the show on disc. Here’s my question: Which of the video streaming services currently offers the best possible AV quality? Are there any advances on the horizon? —Jason Acosta / via e-mail

Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 14, 2018  |  3 comments
Disney will go head-to-head with the likes of Hulu and Netflix when it launches its own streaming service in late 2019. And, yes, they plan to stream more than Mickey Mouse cartoons.
SV Staff  |  Mar 14, 2018  |  0 comments
McIntosh has announced that it will revive its legendary “McIntosh Clinic” at the LA Audio Show in Irvine, CA, June 8-10.
Steve Guttenberg  |  Mar 14, 2018  |  0 comments
Performance
Build Quality
Comfort
Value
PRICE $2,695

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Designed and handcrafted in Brooklyn
Best-ever sounding Grado
Freewheeling dynamics
Minus
The non-removable and not very flexible cable

THE VERDICT
The Grado Labs PS2000e takes the classic Grado sound to new heights, but it won’t please everyone.

Grado headphones all have a sound, and they sound like Grados. They’re some of the most viscerally dynamic and lively headphones I’ve heard, and they’re so open and spacious, you never feel like the sound is confined to the space between your ears. The new flagship, the PS2000e, takes the Grado sound to new heights.

SV Staff  |  Mar 14, 2018  |  0 comments
The unique Xperia Touch mini projector Sony introduced to the U.S. market last fall is getting an upgrade.
SV Staff  |  Mar 13, 2018  |  0 comments
Movies Anywhere today announced that video-on-demand service FandangoNow has joined its Hollywood-backed movie ecosystem.
Kris Deering  |  Mar 13, 2018  |  5 comments
Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $25,000

AT A GLANCE
Plus
True 4K (4096 x 2160) SXRD panels
HDR support, including HLG
Laser light engine
Minus
Middling dynamic contrast
Limited HDR adjustments

THE VERDICT
With the new VPL-VW885ES, Sony has added a premium laser model to its consumer projector line, but even at $25,000, it comes with some compromises.

These days, if you want a true native 4K projector (no pixel-shifting required) that doesn't have a Sony badge on it, you'll have to spend $35,000 and up for the privilege. Meanwhile, Sony now has four different models below that mark, starting at $5,000. Since the debut of the VPL-VW1000ES (in 2011!), we've been waiting for other manufacturers to join the native 4K fray—and yet, here we are.

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