SV Staff  |  Mar 08, 2019  |  2 comments
Qobuz, the Paris-based high-resolution (hi-res) music streaming and download service that launched in the U.S. last month, is now available on Sonos wireless music systems.
SV Staff  |  Mar 07, 2019  |  2 comments
Vanguard Dynamics today announced that it is now shipping an in-wall docking system/stereo amplifier that converts Amazon’s little Echo Dot virtual assistant/speaker into a high-performance audio source.
SV Staff  |  Mar 07, 2019  |  0 comments
Sonos today began shipping an updated “Gen 2” version of its Top Pick-designated Sonos One wireless smart speaker, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it.
SV Staff  |  Mar 07, 2019  |  4 comments
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Q I own an AV receiver but don’t ever listen to broadcast radio. In the future, I’d like to just buy a multichannel integrated amp with no AM/FM tuner, but if those exist they are few and far between. Do people still really use the radio on their systems? —Dave Black, via email

Barb Gonzalez  |  Mar 06, 2019  |  0 comments
The PLEX media player app has expanded to include more than just the downloaded movies and music you own. It now offers the ability to stream music from the TIDAL subscription service.
SV Staff  |  Mar 06, 2019  |  0 comments
DTS has announced that more than three-dozen DTS Play-Fi-enabled speakers can now be designated as the default speaker when linked with an Alexa-powered Amazon device.
Al Griffin  |  Mar 06, 2019  |  1 comments

PRICE $5,300

Excellent sound quality
Strong feature set
Good ergonomics and control app

Simaudio's Moon 390 is a high-res stream machine that combines high-end sound with an extensive feature set and solid ergonomics.

Canada's Simaudio has been designing and manufacturing audio electronic components from its home base in Quebec for almost four decades. While the company's product lineup clearly skews toward the high end—a pair of its flagship Moon 888 monoblock amplifiers will run you around $120,000—the company also makes a wide range of other components with more approachable price tags. A number of these, such as the Moon 390 preamplifier ($5,300) we have under review here, feature the MiND 2 streaming module, a built-in network player that lets you stream audio from services like Tidal, Qobuz, and Deezer, along with files stored on a NAS or USB drive or computer.

SV Staff  |  Mar 06, 2019  |  0 comments
LG today announced that its 2019 “premium TV” lineup featuring the OLED and NanoCell LCD 4K/Ultra HD TVs unveiled at CES 2019, will begin rolling out this week in the U.S. and in LG’s homeland, South Korea with other countries to follow.
SV Staff  |  Mar 05, 2019  |  1 comments
Have you ever attended a concert plagued by bad sound? Or maybe the question is have you ever experienced a live show that sounded as good as your favorite recordings — where sound wasn’t muffled and favorite harmonies or guitar solos weren’t buried in the mix?
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Mar 05, 2019  |  2 comments
Your phone has a 100 million-times more computing power than the Apollo guidance computer that landed men on the moon! How many times have you heard that? In fact, that is probably a reasonably true statement, and perhaps even underestimates just how powerful today's phones are. But one thing hasn't changed much since 1969, or even since its invention in 1925 - the dynamic loudspeakers in the astronaut's helmet headsets.