Al Griffin  |  Jan 15, 2020  |  0 comments

PRICE $1,499

Extended color
Good brightness
Great value
Contrast could be better
Difficult to access HDR adjustment

BenQ's budget 4K DLP projector delivers solid overall video performance at a very affordable price.

[Editor's note: BenQ raised the price of the HT3550 to $1,699 after this review was originally written. According to the company, the price increase is due to "tariffs."]

As you might expect, low-cost projectors are much more common than premium models. Survey the market, and you'll find loads of options in the under-$3,000 range, while projectors priced above $10,000 are rare birds, indeed. Even so, affordable models are by no means basic: a look at the under-$1,500 range will turn up plenty of projectors with features such as 4K and HDR10 support—BenQ's CinePrime $1,499 HT3550, for example.

Sandy Gross  |  Jan 15, 2020  |  4 comments
I attended CES 2020 — probably my last as it seems that Specialty Audio, once the show’s raison d’etre, is really no longer a part of it, at least in any significant way. There are many views as to why this is. Some blame the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), but as a participant in this annual event (once bi-annual) since the early 70s, I feel strongly that the CTA and its CES did not abandon Specialty Audio. Quite the opposite: Specialty Audio abandoned the CES.
SV Staff  |  Jan 15, 2020  |  0 comments
Music technology company MQA and Bluesound, sister brand to audio stalwarts NAD and PSB, have teamed up with British Underground and Jazz re:freshed to present the Master Sessions series of concerts that will be live-streamed to audio retailers around the world.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 15, 2020  |  0 comments
My company has installed whole-house, distributed audio systems since literally the day we opened our doors back in 1995, and over the years we’ve witnessed generational improvements in technology. Mostly gone are wall-mounted rotary volume controls, now replaced with smartphone app control. And “fixed” six-source/six-zone audio systems of the past have largely been replaced with scalable streaming systems that let you add more zones as needed.
SV Staff  |  Jan 15, 2020  |  0 comments
Amid the hustle and bustle of CES 2020, China-based headphone specialist 1More announced that it’s getting ready to ship a new $200 set of wireless, active noise canceling (ANC) earphones at the end of the month.
Mike Mettler  |  Jan 14, 2020  |  2 comments
Neil Peart, perhaps the only man to inspire just as many air drummers as actual practicing drummers, passed away on January 7, 2020, following a long and private battle with brain cancer. The world-renowned, world-class drummer and chief lyricist for Rush, the perpetually progressive Canadian power trio, was 67 years old.
SV Staff  |  Jan 14, 2020  |  3 comments
Super Bowl LIV beckons and six out of 10 Americans are planning to watch the big game, according to researchers at Piplsay, not to mention those crazy commercials and the over-the-top half-time show — courtesy of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira this time around. Question is, what kind of TV will they (you?) be watching?

Are you satisfied with your current screen or busy making plans for the big upgrade? Cast your vote and, as always, leave a comment to explain your choice.

Are You Buying a New TV Before the Super Bowl?
Hell no, I love my current TV.
60% (346 votes)
No way, I can’t afford the TV I really want.
28% (164 votes)
Hell yeah, I’m upgrading to the latest and greatest 4K TV.
9% (53 votes)
Hell yeah, I'm upgrading to the latest and greatest 8K TV.
1% (5 votes)
You betcha, I’m upgrading to the latest and greatest video-projection setup.
2% (11 votes)
Total votes: 579
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 14, 2020  |  0 comments
CES 2020 is history. It might seem odd for me to comment here on an event I didn’t attend. But Sound & Vision editor Al Griffin, along with free-lancers, went and got the job done. Upwards of 185,000 dedicated souls registered for the event, including over 30,000 from points outside of North America. As far as I know it’s the biggest consumer technology show on the planet...
SV Staff  |  Jan 14, 2020  |  0 comments
JVC is revisiting the high-end headphone category in the U.S. with two upscale in-ear models, one featuring a stainless-steel housing, the other a unique wood-cone driver and housing.
SV Staff  |  Jan 13, 2020  |  0 comments
Last week at CES 2020, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)’s Smart Home Division announced its 2020 Mark of Excellence Awards celebrating outstanding custom-installation AV products.