SV Staff  |  Jul 13, 2018  |  0 comments
Home audio has a prominent place among the 14 people being inducted into the 2018 Consumer Technology Hall of Fame.
SV Staff  |  Jul 13, 2018  |  0 comments
LG has partnered with Danish furniture brand BoConcept and interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel to create a custom living room space featuring its 65-inch E8 “picture on glass” OLED TV.
SV Staff  |  Jul 13, 2018  |  0 comments
Following up on a promise it made last fall, Sonos has announced that its newer speakers now support Apple’s AirPlay 2 wireless streaming platform.
Al Griffin  |  Jul 12, 2018  |  0 comments
Build Quality
PRICE $900 ($1,200 as tested)

Atmos and DTS:X sound from a compact package
Easy setup
Limited overhead effects capability
Performance with music less impressive than movies

Sony’s soundbar offers an easy way to get Atmos, but you’ll need the optional wireless surround speakers for best performance.

Soundbars designed to deliver Dolby Atmos sound in an all-in-one package offer a convenient alternative to complicated—and pricey—setups that require in-ceiling speakers or “elevation” modules. We’ve checked out a few such specimens in Sound & Vision, including Sony’s HT-ST5000 ($1,500). Now, the company’s new HT-Z9F ($900), aims to deliver the same object- based Atmos—and DTS:X—experience from a more compact and notably less costly soundbar.

SV Staff  |  Jul 12, 2018  |  0 comments
Hong Kong-based Nativ has introduced remote control apps for its Vita high-resolution music server.
SV Staff  |  Jul 12, 2018  |  0 comments
Severtson Screens has introduced a motorized, retractable projection screen designed to disappear into the floor when not in use.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jul 11, 2018  |  0 comments
We test drive Philo, the live TV streaming service that lets you binge on and record shows on basic cable channels.
SV Staff  |  Jul 11, 2018  |  1 comments
A hearty subwoofer is an essential ingredient of any serious sound system. It has to play low and loud and do so without making rude noises and without sounding flabby. Besides scaring your kids (and the neighbors), a good subwoofer will deliver deep, powerful bass that conveys emotion and adds palpable dimension to music and movie soundtracks…so you can feel the sound. We’ve compiled snapshots of the best subwoofers we’ve reviewed over the past 18 or so months. Prices range from $399 to $6,500 and all models received a five-star rating in the critical Performance category. If you’re on a mission to bring home the bass, start here.
Mike Mettler  |  Jul 11, 2018  |  0 comments
Steve Cropper is the king of the song intro and one of the chief architects of the legendary Stax Records sound. To get the scoop on his recorded history, I called the once and forever Booker T. & The MG’s guitarist/producer to discuss the process of going from mono to stereo in the studio, the true origin of Sam Moore’s indelible “Play it, Steve!” exclamation on “Soul Man,” and the compositional sizzle behind the Booker T. instrumental masterpiece, “Green Onions.”
SV Staff  |  Jul 11, 2018  |  0 comments
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MSE Audio’s Soundsphere facility in Stratford, CT was lost to fire early Monday morning. The building had served as an office, warehouse, and manufacturing site for omnidirectional speakers made for public spaces. No injuries were reported.