Dennis Young  |  Jun 11, 2024  |  0 comments
One of the forward-thinking rooms in the April AXPONA 2024 show contained a system that is not a new idea per se, but a good idea for sure. The technology used exists, implemented in various forms in other products. But now we have an (almost) complete package with the Dynaudio Focus series: A self-contained streamer, active crossover, and amplifier is found in each unit within the Focus lineup.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 10, 2024  |  0 comments
Software updates are great for fixing technical glitches and adding new features to all kinds of AV gear, but VU meters?
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jun 10, 2024  |  1 comments
Congratulations! Welcome home! That five-year mission to Mars (and back!) must have really been something. While you were gone, honestly, nothing much happened. There was a flu bug of unknown origins, but that’s about it. Well, you might want to look into something called AI. I think it’s going to really shake things up.
SV Staff  |  Jun 07, 2024  |  3 comments
Until now, little has been said about the future direction of MQA since Lenbrook Media Group (LMG) — the Canadian parent company of PSB, NAD, and Bluesound — acquired the assets of MQA Ltd. nine months ago.
Mike Mettler  |  Jun 07, 2024  |  0 comments

Machine Head is one of those perfect storm albums. As Deep Purple entered the 1970s, they undertook a creative shift from the psychedelic blues/pop of their late-’60s origins — embodied by hits like 1968’s perpetually catchy “Hush” and their cover of Neil Diamond’s “Kentucky Woman” — to move into full-on rock overdrive with June 1970’s Deep Purple in Rock and July 1971’s Fireball. With that tableau firmly set, Deep Purple ramped it up yet another notch to construct March 1972’s truly seminal Machine Head, which features enduring hardrock staples like “Smoke on the Water” (ahh, that right-of-passage guitar riff), “Highway Star” (their 8-cylinder vehicular love letter), and “Space Truckin’” (“Come on!”) among them.

Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 06, 2024  |  1 comments
German speaker specialist ELAC today announced plans to add a new seven-model series of entry-level speakers to its popular Debut family in the fall.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 06, 2024  |  4 comments
There’s something magical about the notion of drifting away into a deep sleep while immersed in music. And I’m not talking wearing earbuds to bed.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 05, 2024  |  4 comments
Looking for the best of the best in TV? Samsung today announced three new ultra-large screen sizes for its flagship 2024 MicroLED TV lineup.
Bob Ankosko  |  Jun 05, 2024  |  2 comments
Future owners of Jeep's first all-electric vehicle, the 2024 Jeep Wagoneer S due out this fall, will be richly rewarded with a custom McIntosh sound system guaranteed to turn heads in the showroom — and make driving a more pleasurable experience.
Mark Henninger  |  Jun 04, 2024  |  2 comments

PRICE $1,299

Superb SDR and HDR picture quality
Low input lag and Game Bar
Attractive design, easy assembly
Extensive and responsive smart TV features
Peak brightness could be higher
A bit pricey for a 32" display

The Samsung Odyssey OLED G80SD is a premium, 32-inch 4K smart monitor that is a feature-packed, state-of-the-art visual powerhouse with a slick, modern design. It looks fantastic, supports a variety of sources, and delivers exceptional picture quality.

Simply calling the G80SD a monitor doesn't do it justice because it offers so much functionality, it is very TV-like. It is also a gamer's dream machine thanks to its support for up to 240Hz refresh rates and VRR (variable refresh rate). It comes with a convenient remote as well as support for Alexa and Bixby voice assistants.